Earlier today, youngsters Ryan Maskelyne and Leonard Kalate gave their opposition quite a challenge when they both finished first in their respective heats of the Men’s 50m butterfly.
Maskelyne recorded 26.22 while Kalate brought in a time of 26.89, making it their personal bests yet.
Unfortunately for the men, competing with 42 other swimmers at these Games proved tough, as they finished just a little outside the initial target ranking of top 20.
Maskelyne finished 24th, while Kalate held the 27th spot.
“So far so good, and this experience has surely given us a different perspective to competing at this level, and the personal bests we have achieved is something we can continue to build on,” said Kalate.
Maskelyne also share the same sentiments, adding that the personal bests are a morale booster for them.
Kalate for one has the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in mind and AIMAG2017 has set the level for him to compete at.
Speaking of the boys performance, PNGOC President, Sir John Dawanincura said,” the three swimmers have really stepped up to the occasion, not only personal bests but national records and we are proud of the team, as they have also done PNG proud.
Source: AIMAG2017 Press