Humidity hurt Jamaica's Yona Kinght-Wisdom on the one-metre springboard

By Sports Desk July 19, 2018
Yona Knight-Wisdom Yona Knight-Wisdom

Yona Knight-Wisdom failed by a whisker to make it to the final of the men’s one-metre springboard diving at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, as he finished ninth at the Aquatic Complex here yesterday. 

The day was very hot, with temperatures around 100 degrees and humidity hovering near 70 and Knight-Wisdom said this affected his chances of a top-eight finish, which would have placed him in the final.

“The heat and the humidity was just overwhelming - 72 degrees humidity was more than I’ve ever experienced before,” said the 22-year-old British-based swimmer.

“I think that had a massive effect on me, just the way my body was feeling because I’m not used to these type of temperatures for diving and it was a little bit tougher than I’ve experienced before.”

Knight-Wisdom, who created history when becoming the first male diver to represent Jamaica at the Olympics, in 2016, will return to action at the Aquatics Centre when he competes in his bread and butter event, the men’s 3m springboard diving, on Saturday.

“The field’s strong, there’s a lot of good divers in there,” he assessed, after seeing the competition yesterday.

“I just have to execute my dives as well as possible and if I do them all well I should have no problem getting into the final. And then if that happens then who knows what can happen in the finals,” said Knight-Wisdom.

Related items

  • Sun Yang verdict not expected before mid-January Sun Yang verdict not expected before mid-January

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) does not expect to issue a decision in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) case against Sun Yang until mid-January after the swimmer's public hearing was beset by translation issues.

    WADA appealed to CAS after Sun was not punished by swimming's governing body FINA following an inquiry into an allegation that he and his team smashed vials of blood with a hammer in front of anti-doping officials after an out-of-competition test at his home in September last year.

    Sun's November 15 hearing was marred by interpretation problems throughout and there will be no decision handed down by CAS before 2020 as the involved parties work to settle on a transcript of proceedings.

    A statement from CAS read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) heard the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) on Friday, 15 November 2019 during a public hearing held in Montreux, Switzerland which was also live streamed via the CAS website, giving all interested persons across the globe the opportunity to follow the proceedings live.

    "Although the organisation and the schedule of the public hearing was to the satisfaction of the arbitrators and parties' counsels, some concerns were raised with respect to the quality of the interpretation of Mr. Yang's testimony. It must be emphasised that the CAS regulations provide that if a hearing is to be held, the CAS Panel may allow a party to use a language other than that chosen for the arbitration, on the condition that such party provides, at its own cost, interpretation into and from the official language of the arbitration.

    "It is for this reason that, since the language of the proceedings was English, the parties agreed on a private interpretation service to assist Mr. Yang and his witnesses. In order to maintain its independence and neutrality, the CAS cannot engage in the hiring of external interpreters.

    "The parties are currently preparing an agreed-upon written transcript of the proceedings, including a full translation of Mr. Yang's testimony, which the panel will work from when deliberating and preparing the Arbitral Award. In view of these circumstances, the Arbitral Award is not expected to be issued before mid-January 2020."

    Sun was banned for three months in 2014 having tested positive for trimetazidine, a prohibited substance that has since been downgraded from stimulant to modulator of cardiac metabolism.

    His wins in the 200 metres and 400m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships earlier this year saw Duncan Scott and Mack Horton each refuse to share the podium with him.

    Sun, China's most decorated swimmer, has won three Olympic gold medals to go with his 11 world titles.

  • Alia Atkinson wins twice for Team Iron in London leg of ISL Alia Atkinson wins twice for Team Iron in London leg of ISL

    Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the short course 50m and 100m breaststroke events at the London leg of the International Swimming League on the weekend.

  • Alia Atkinson wins 50-breast in International Swimming League debut Alia Atkinson wins 50-breast in International Swimming League debut

    Alia Atkinson won the 50m breaststroke and was second in the 100m on her debut in the International Swimming League on the weekend.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.