Olympics: Burch Wins Heat #4, Places 24th Overall

August 2, 2012

[Updated] Locals watching the Olympics on TV early this morning [Aug 2] were in for a treat, as they were able to witness Bermudian Roy Allan Burch winning his heat in the 50m freestyle.

Burch touched the wall in 22.47, the first of eight swimmers to finish Heat #4. Unfortunately this time will not see him advance him to the semi-finals, missing out by .20 of a second.

The time did however see him place 24th overall in the field of almost 60 world class swimmers, a very credible result for the 26-year-old swimmer and a major improvement upon his finish in 2008.

Update: Burch’s time in this morning’s heat has set a new Bermuda record. He posted on his Facebook page saying: “I want to thank everyone for all the support. It was absolutely amazing. Can’t describe the feeling. So close to getting a second swim but it’s hard to do better than your best. Rio?”

The “Rio?” one can take as a hint, as the 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

- File photo by Doug Patterson

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  1. Rick Olson says:

    Excellant performance to bad all winners don’t go thru to the semi’s . Congrats you did us all proud with your WIN !!

  2. Jeff Sousa says:

    We are all very proud of you Roy Allan Burch. I know this will inspire other young Bermudians to follow in your foot steps.Your hard work and dedication has truly paid off.
    Fantastic result my friend !

  3. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    It was a treat to watch you Roy as you blazed atrail on the world stage .

  4. Future says:

    Simply amazing. Well done!

  5. proud bermudian says:

    Congrats to Roy Allan Burch. You represented your country very well.

  6. JM says:

    Congrats to Roy Allen – we are all proud of your accomplishment.

  7. Judgement says:

    Congratulations! Well done! Yes I!

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  9. welldone says:

    Well done Roy Allan. With the success of the Bermuda swimmers at Carifta this year I see great things in our future for 2016 in Rio and 2020.

  10. Politely Pompous says: