Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning while expressing shock at the postponement of the 2020 Olympics due to the outbreak of the Covid 19 coronavirus, believes the right decision was made. “For the past four years, we’ve been training endlessly with Tokyo 2020 in mind and to be so close to the Games and for it to be postponed is heart-breaking. But waiting another year to make sure that the world is a safer place and that more lives can be saved is definitely worth the sacrifice,” said Gunning.
The 25 year old national record holder in the 200 metre freestyle, says he's in his best shape physically and mentally and it would have been a massive honour to represent Jamaica at the Games.
“I was just really excited to see where my performances got me this year. Obviously, I was aiming for that FINA “A” time and I was lucky to have the “B” time already. I’m obviously going to carry on training and pushing my goals for Tokyo 2021,” he said.
Gunning is the first Jamaican man to dip below 2 minutes in the men's 200 metre butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 59.98 seconds. He also holds the national record of 1 minute, 48.28 seconds in the men's 200 metre freestyle.