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Difficult start in Argentina for Moore

More to come: Madelyn Moore races today in the 50 metres backstroke (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Madelyn Moore will be hoping to launch her participation at the Youth Olympics in earnest today when she takes to the pool to contest the 50 metres backstroke.

Moore, who is joined in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by fellow swimmer Kai Legband and 400 metres runner Clevonte Lodge-Bean, has already swum in the 100 metres freestyle and 50 metres butterfly with mixed results.

On Monday, she was third in heat two of the 100 freestyle in 58.81 sec, but failed to qualify for the next round.

Her time, more than half a second slower than her qualifying effort, was good enough for 34th place out 45 in the seven heats. The top 16 moved on to the semi-finals.

She returned to the pool yesterday for the 50 butterfly, but fared worse in losing almost a second to her qualifying time of 28.10, a sixth-place finish in 28.96 in heat two, leaving the 18-year-old well down the composite field in 31st out of 36 swimmers.

Moore wraps up tomorrow with the 50 freestyle.

Legband was seventh in his 50 freestyle heat yesterday. It was a hot heat that resulted in four reaching the semi-finals, but Legband’s 23.96 — a half-second slower than his qualifying time — did not make the cut.

He was 26th fastest out of 54 swimmers, and is back in action tomorrow in the 100 freestyle.

Lodge-Bean sees his first action tomorrow in the 400 metres heats.

The Youth Olympics, which began with the opening ceremony on Saturday, will continue until October 18.

The Bermuda team is accompanied by Zoenique Williams as the chef de mission.

Brenda Dale, the vice-president of the Bermuda Olympic Association, is also attending as a representative.