x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Benner happy with UAE team's progress in the world

Emirati swimmers may have been out of their depth but they are moving in the right direction having set five national records.

DUBAI // Emirati swimmers may have been out of their depth during the 10th Fina World Championships (25 metres) but they are moving in the right direction having set five national records.

Mubarak al Besher and Mohammed al Ghaferi both lowered the UAE best times in two events. Al Besher posted 1min 03.23secs for the 100m breaststroke and 2.22.33 for the 200m in the same discipline.

Al Ghaferi set two sprint records, taking over half a second off the 50m backstroke best with a swim of 26.33secs and then did the same in the 50m butterfly by clocking 25.34.

Obaid al Jesmi, the captain of the UAE team and leader of a family of four brothers who made history by competing together in the relay heats, went comfortably under the previous 400m individual medley national best time with a swim of 4mins 36.89secs.

Jay Benner, the national team coach, said: "It feels good to be part of the progress of the UAE team. I have been with them for only three months and their dedication and achievements are significant and commendable."