Martin and Roberts miss out on qualifying spots

Samantha Roberts [LEFT], Lleyton Martin [RIGHT]

National youth swimmers, Samantha Roberts and Lleyton Martin, both missed on qualifying spots in their respective categories at the Natatorium swimming pool at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Roberts, who went into action on Monday in the women’s 100 meters freestyle, was edged out by Tanzania’s Sonia Franco Tumioth for the only qualifying spot in Heat 1, leaving the 2016 Olympiad with a second-place finish (1:01:91).

The former Christ the King High School student could not redeem herself in the women’s 50 meters freestyle, this time settling for a third-place finish in a time of 28.26 seconds in Heat 3 on Thursday morning.

Chile’s Ines Marin took the lone qualifying spot with a time of 27.16 seconds.

Former junior sportsman of the year, Lleyton Martin also suffered the same fate as Roberts while competing in the men’s 100 meters butterfly on Monday finishing third with a time of 59.32 seconds behind Spain’s Ferrara Sire Figueras in Heat 3.

Figueras took the lone qualifying spot in that heat.

Martin could not better his third-place finish in Heat 3 of the 100m butterfly on Wednesday but instead finished a disappointing seventh place in the men’s 50m butterfly.

Competing in Heat 3, Martin, who finished in a time of 25.93 seconds, was left in dismay losing to Armenia’s Artur Barseghyan who swam a time of 24.42 seconds.

All eyes now focus on the reigning junior sportsman of the year, Tiger Tyson and Dahlia Barnes and Soniya Jones.

Tyson, up to press time was competing in the men’s Kiteboarding-IKA Twin Taping competition while Barnes was competing in the women’s long jump.

Jones is expected to be in action today as she races off on the track in the women’s 100 meters.

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