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April 4 to 15 2018

Seychelles breaststroker breaks national record twice in two hours

Swimming
8 Apr 2018 by Hope Kerslake

Seychelles breaststroker Samuele Rossi set two national records in less than two hours on day four of competition.

Competing in the morning 50m breastroke heat, the 17-year-old set a new national record of 29.82 seconds, touching the wall first in front of Zambia's Alexandros Axiotis.

The Phuket British International School student got a rare chance at the Optus Aquatic Centre, getting called back to the blocks to compete in a two-man swim off.

Rossi and Isle of Man's Guy Davies had recorded identical times in their heats, tied for the 18th position.

Although neither qualified directly for the semifinals, the 18th-fastest swimmer is named as one of two reserves, so officials asked them to race off against each other.

In the swim-off, Rossi not only managed to get his hands on the wall first, but shaved off .41 seconds to lower his national record to 29.41.

Rossi also set a national record in the 100m breaststroke heats on Friday 6 April and was the first reserve for the semifinals.

"This is my first Commonwealth Games and I'm super happy with the results," he said.

"I can't wait to come back in four years."

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