Guernsey Press

Charlie-Joe races ‘himself’ to records

CHARLIE-JOE HALLETT treated a domestic crowd to two Guernsey short-course records at the weekend’s Island Championships.

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How was it for you?: Samuel Bourgaize (left) and Samuel Lowe discuss their 200m backstroke performances. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28961948)

The Guernsey Swimming Club star’s 50 and 100m breaststroke marks shone among numerous gala records at St Sampson’s High pool, which hosted five busy sessions as islanders embraced their freedom amid this pandemic.

Hallett clocked a rapid 28.09sec. over 50m to surpass the short-course B standard for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

He backed this up with an A standard over double that distance – 1-00.80 – slashing over a second from his personal best in the process.

‘I am really happy with my performances,’ Hallett said after eclipsing his marks from last year’s Winter Nationals.

‘The breaststrokes were the main aim coming into the weekend and I’m working up to the Commonwealth Games.’

Hallett said having those times behind him was a ‘weight off my shoulders’ and admitted such standards are harder to meet on local soil.

‘I just get my mindset right and it’s quite hard because there’s not any competition, but I just race myself to be honest – see what I can do in the home pool because we can’t leave at the moment.’

Rangy clubmate Samuel Lowe, plus Barracudas backstroke specialist Tatiana Tostevin and distance swimmer Ailish Rabey also emerged with new senior gala records from the hotly-anticipated event.