Carter begins Paris Olympic prep in Turkey

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Associated Press / Lee Jin-man, file

T&T ace swimmer Dylan Carter is at his training base in Antalya, Turkey, preparing for next month’s Olympic Games in Paris, France which takes from July 26 to Aug. 11.

The swimming segment of the Paris Olympics will take place from July 27 to Aug. 4 at the Paris La Defense Arena where 28-year-old Carter will first compete in the men’s 100m freestyle and then the 50 freestyle.

Carter was joined recently in Turkey by his T&T-based coach Dexter Brown, and have been putting in the work, with the first event in Paris, the 100m freestyle heats set for July 30 and the semifinals on the same day, followed by the final, a day later.

The men’s 50m freestyle will take place on Aug. 1 with the semifinals on the same day, and the final on Aug. 2.

Coach Brown said, “Dylan and I are currently in Turkey at the Gloria Sports Arena in Antalya.”

“It’s a beautiful facility and atmosphere that is perfect for providing an opportunity to focus on the mental and physical parameters that we believe will give us a chance to streamline all the factors necessary for him (Dylan) to be at his best in Paris.”

He added, “Our training sessions thus far have been solid and Dylan has been in great spirits, so we plan to keep things that way until Wednesday, July 10 when we depart for France and the final descent into the Paris Games.”

Brown noted that there will be no more competitive meets for Carter but with some top-quality swimmers also using the facility for training, it will no doubt help to improve the T&T swimmer.