(CMR) Jordan Crooks (20) has made history and became the first Caymanian swimmer to win gold on Day Five of the Men's Finals at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia earlier today. His record-setting 20.46 for the 50 freestyle edged out Britain's Benjamin Proud by 0.03. This is Cayman's first gold in a World Championship.
Earlier in the competition, Crooks set a new national record for the Cayman Islands at the swim meet. Expectations were high and Crook did not disappoint. According to Liz Byrnes, European Correspondent for Swimming World Magazine, Crooks edged out Proud, a formidable opponent, with the final touch. Proud came in fifth at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Briton was 0.09 outside his national record in 20.49, with Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago coming from fifth at halfway to take bronze in 20.72.