Team Zimbabwe ended Day 3 in the Short Course FINA Championships in Doha with the disappointing news of no swimmers moving on to semi-final races.
First seed in the Men’s 50m freestyle, Zimbabwean Chad Idensohn failed to progress to the event’s semi final after finishing a disappointing 59th place, 0.49 seconds slower than his qualifying time of 22.42 seconds. Just behind him in 60th place was fellow teammate Peter Wetzlar who clocked 22.96.
Zimbabwe’s other top prospect for a semi-final berth from Zimbabwe was James Lawson, who had the tenth fastest qualifying time coming into the 200m breaststroke. Lawson, however, finished a disappointing 38th, with a time of 2:28.88, 15.24 seconds behind victor Daniel Gyurta of Hungary. On the opening day of the championships in Doha, Lawson registered a personal best time in the 100m breaststroke
Wetzlar and Idensohn, again swam neck and neck in the 50m backstroke, finishing half way through the pack in 57th and 58th, with times of 26.47 and 26.52 respectively in a field of 110 swimmers. Their times were 3.23 and 3.28 seconds behind winner Florent Manaudou of France. Wetzlar also swam the 50m butterfly this morning, finishing 67th with a time of 25.12 in a field of 140, 2.65 seconds behind victor South African Chad Le Clos, darling of the Doha tournament.
Team Zimbabwe will continue to compete in Doha tomorrow with both Wetzlar and Idensohn competing in the 100m freestyle, and Lawson swimming in the 50m breaststroke, their last events of the tournament. They will be travelling home on Sunday in time to join their teammates in Bulawayo for AUSC Region 5 competitions.