WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club coach Jayson Lamb says Australian representative Isaac Jones is relaxed ahead of his international debut today.
Jones, 18, will swim the 4x200m freestyle relay heats at the FINA world junior swimming championships in Dubai about 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.
The Emmanuel College student is ranked ninth in his second event, the 200m butterfly, which is scheduled for Saturday.
Lamb said Australia was a “realistic medal chance” in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
“In his first international meeting to be right up there would be a good feeling I’d reckon,” Lamb said yesterday. “He seems fairly relaxed which is good and he seems to have handled the travel well so far.
“He seems to have fitted in with the team environment well.
“That is something country kids cope a lot better with than city kids because they travel to meets all the time.
“When you reach this level it is a benefit.”
Lamb said Jones’ personal best of 1.59.81 was the ninth-best time of the 48 competitors in the 200m butterfly heats.
“He is in with a finals chance,” Lamb told The Standard.
“When you look at it from a layman’s perspective, when you are already ninth in the world it’s a pretty special effort.”