Cyprianos breaks national swimming records


DENILSON Cyprianos of Penguins swimmers broke two national outstanding records in the 50m and 100m backstroke categories during the four-day Matabeleland Swimming Championships held at City Pool in Bulawayo over the weekend.


The 11-year-old Cyprianos won the 50m backstroke race in 36,77secs beating his own time of 37,64secs set in October this year at the Mutare Sprint Gala.

He went on to set a new 100m backstroke record beating Harare’s Federico Bescotti’s March 2008 record.

Cyprianos finished the 100m backstroke in one minute 20,87 secs against Bescotti’s one minute 21,31secs.

It was an eventful championship as a number of Matabeleland swimming records were also broken in other different categories.

Cyprianos was also on another third record breaking when he completed the 200m backstroke in two minutes 58,06secs beating his three minutes 0,27secs record set in April this year.

Crusaders swimmers’ Liam O’hara also set a new breaststroke record in the 12 years and below category finishing in three minutes 01,30secs beating James Isermonger’s 2009 three minutes 05,43secs.

Wandile Banda who is also affiliated to Crusaders swimmers was also on record breaking as she finished 1 500m freestyle in 25mins 39,24secs beating club mate Avalon Bruce’s 25mins 43,91secs record set on 2009.

Matabeleland swimming board chairperson Edmore Cyprianos said he was pleased by the performance of young swimmers.

“The future is in the young stars especially in the 11 and bellow and 12 and under categories. There is no competition in other categories especially the 16 and bellow category, even the results are not pleasing at all, but we hope that they will pick up themselves and do better next time,” Cyprianos said.