Guernsey Press

Hallett rewrites Island breaststroke records in Sheffield

Charlie-Joe Hallett rewrote Guernsey’s breaststroke record books at the weekend.

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Charlie-Joe Hallett in the pool at this summer's Island Games. (Picture By Peter Frankland, 32814338)

The elder of the Hallett brothers smashed his own short-course records over 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke at the Swim England Winter Nationals in Sheffield. He also claimed a bronze medal in the shortest distance.

‘Five times in six races he has beaten his Island records... so, so proud,’ his father Barry Hallett posted on social media.

The Plymouth-based swimmer kickstarted his competition by qualifying for the A final in the 50m breaststroke, which was a very close race with 0.6sec. between all 10 swimmers.

In a blanket finish, he closed brilliantly to get on the podium and lower his record to 27.17sec. His previous mark of 27.72 was set more than two years ago.

On day two, he qualified for the 100m breaststroke A final and, taking seventh in another very tight field, lowered his best to 1-00.31.

He finished off with two superb swims over 200m breaststroke.

His 2-15.01 in the heat already marked an improvement on his previous best, but he then blew that out of the water with a 2-13.76 for fourth in the final.

Unfortunately, brother Ronny could not compete due to illness.

Guernsey’s most successful swim siblings will now shift their focus towards long-course racing in the new year.