Lara Butler set a new Cayman Islands record but her time in the women’s 100-metre backstroke prelims was not fast enough to advance to the next round Sunday (7 August) at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Butler finished fifth in her heat in a time of 1-minute, 4.98 seconds and broke her own national mark in the process. She swam the 29th-fastest time in the preliminary round.
She told Cayman Islands Olympic Committee press officer Jade Webster after the race that it may be the end of the line for her swimming career.
“I’m not too sure to be honest,” Butler said regarding her future in the sport. “I got a job with KPMG in October and that’s back at home. I might do masters classes and stuff but I will just see how things kind of pan out and see where I am at.”
Butler made her Olympic debut at the Games, along with her brother, Geoffrey Butler.
Both Butlers were selected for Rio 2016 through the International Olympic Committee’s Universality Programme, aimed to help smaller countries send athletes to the games even if they didn’t meet qualifying standards.
“The Olympics, that is the pinnacle of swimming, this is the best thing, so if I do end I couldn’t end on a better note than this,” Butler said. “Watching all the best swimmers in the entire world swimming here like world records being broken yesterday in the heats. It’s pretty incredible.”