Abduljabar Adama sets new British Swimming Record

Sheffield had its heart racing as Abduljabar Adama romped to victory in the 13/14 Men’s 50m swimming Freestyle final; putting in one of the swims of the week.


This was on the sixth day of action at Ponds Forge.


The athlete from Nigeria came off the back of another solid swim in the 100m butterfly on Tuesday, 26th July to win by over a body length across the one-length race. Aberdeen Dolphins’ Dean Fearn took the silver, with Mount Kelly’s Alessandro D’Onofrio the bronze.


The Men’s 800m Freestyle provided the first medals on what was a lively day of swimming, as the final heat provided the heats viewers with racing worthy of a final.

Abduljabar Adama sets new British Swimming Record
Abduljabar Adama sets new British Swimming Record

According to BritishSwimming, a four-way battle between swimmers with varying levels of national and international experience took place during the first half of the race, with City of Liverpool’s Tyler Melbourne-Smith and Loughborough University’s William Bell both pulling away from the other two contenders into the finish. Despite a solid effort from Bell it was Melbourne-Smith who kept his slender lead to record the fastest time of the event, as Swansea University’s Joseph Deighan touched home for the third.


An intense one-on-one battle for the 18 year-old title took place between City of Birmingham’s Aimee Hood and Wycombe District’s Ella Dyson. The two could not be separated throughout the race as they broke away from the pack, with one hundredth of a second being the gap between them going into the final 100 metres. Dyson then turned it up a gear as the race drew to a close, with Hood hanging on before a late dash saw the Birmingham swimmer claim gold. It was Newcastle’s Lucy Hedley who won bronze, with Ella Dyson earning a clear silver medal after a race which excited the Ponds Forge spectators.

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The evening then came to the Men’s 200m Individual Medley finals, with the 13/14 year-old final seeing a tight dash for the finish. RTW Monson’s Aran Bissett took the race out and looked a clear favourite at halfway, before Camden Swiss’ Llewellyn Porter worked the breaststroke leg to draw them level, to then win the gold on the touch. Coming in behind Bissett for the bronze medal was Tigers Jersey’s Isaac Thompson.


The starters changed ends for the Men’s 50m Freestyle finals, which were always bound to put on a show. Following Adama’s record-breaking swim and a trend of top seeds putting in strong performances to be in and amongst the gold medals, the 17 year-old final was particularly eye-catching as Mount Kelly’s Arun Oelkers won the race from lane 8. With the naked eye unable to pick out a winner, the timeboard showed the news, much to the delight of the cheering Mount Kelly swimmers in the stands. Millfield’s Adam Graham finished just two hundredths of a second behind for silver, as Plymouth Leander’s Jacob Whibley took bronze by the same margin.


The fastest time of the event went to Millfield’s Alexander Painter; the athlete putting in a stunning performance in the 18 year-old final to take the victory by eight tenths of a second. City of Glasgow’s Ruairi McKinnon took the silver, after he finished less than a tenth of a second ahead of Mount Kelly’s Calvin Fry, who was forced to settle for the bronze medal.

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Abduljabar Adama have always been a bold athlete. Back in Nigeria, September 2019, during the National Youth Games, held in University of Ilorin, Kwara State; the then twelve-year-old won 3 silver and 1 gold for Lagos State in the 4x50m mixed medley event.


His contribution with Oluwasemilore Ogundipe, Naomi Oke and Agnes John ensured that Lagos won the gold medal of the keenly contested mixed medley event.


Adama’s name was listed among the swimmers who were called to the national camp by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.


When asked about his winnings, the team player said;

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“I’m not bothered that I won more of silver medals in this tournament. Even if I didn’t win any individual gold in this Games, I’m so happy with the team gold I won with my colleagues,” he said.


“I happy with my performance this year especially in those events where I won silver medals. The Delta State swimmer that won gold in those events, I understood he was taken part in his last Games because of his age. So next year, I know that I will be back, even stronger. Age is still on my side for me to come back next year.


Full list of Winners

Men’s 800m Freestyle

13/14 Yrs – Llewellyn Porter, Camden Swiss

15 Yrs – James Raw, City of Leicester

16 Yrs – Jake Tomkins, Barnet Copthall

17 Yrs – Tyler Melbourne-Smith, City of Liverpool

18 Yrs – Matthew Woodhall, City of Sheffield

19 Yrs & over – William Bell, Loughborough University


Women’s 400m Freestyle

13/14 Yrs – Amelie Blocksidge, City of Salford

15 Yrs -Jessica Brandom, Nova Centurion

16 Yrs – Ashleigh Baillie, City of Sheffield

17 Yrs – Aimee Monks, Royal Wolverhampton School

18 Yrs – Aimee Hood, City of Birmingham

19 Yrs & over – Rachel Anderson, Loughborough University


Men’s 200m Individual Medley

13/14 Yrs – Llewellyn Porter, Camden Swiss

15 Yrs – Filip Nowacki, Tigers Jersey

16 Yrs – Edward Marcal Whittles, Chelsea & West

17 Yrs – Matthew Ward, Mount Kelly

18 Yrs – Alexander Casey, City of Leicester

19 Yrs & over – Ben Harrison, Loughborough University


Women’s 100m Butterfly

MC – Georgia Sheffield, Bolton Metro


Men’s 100m Butterfly

MC – Louis Lawlor, City of Glasgow


Women’s 200m Individual Medley

13/14 Yrs – Theodora Taylor, Torfaen Dolphins

15 Yrs – Ruby Stephenson, City of Milton Keynes

16 Yrs – Evie Dilley, Northumberland and Durham

17 Yrs – Annabelle Wilkinson, City of Sheffield

18 Yrs – Abigail Miles, City of Sheffield

19 Yrs & over – Candice Hall, City of Sheffield


Men’s 50m Freestyle

13/14 Yrs – Abduljabar Adama, Mount Kelly (13 year-old British Record)

15 Yrs – Callum Broadhead, Doncaster Dartes

16 Yrs – Nicholas Finch, Chelsea & West

17 Yrs – Arun Oelkers, Mount Kelly

18 Yrs – Alexander Painter, Millfield

19 Yrs & over – Alex Cohoon, Loughborough University


Women’s 50m Backstroke

MC – Claire Connon, City of Cambridge

13/14 Yrs – Tegan Matthews, Guildford City

15 Yrs – Amara Addison, Norwich Swan

16 Yrs – Libby Freeman, Northumberland and Durham

17 Yrs – Leah Evans, City of Bristol

18 Yrs – Kidiest Hodgson, City of Leeds

19 Yrs & over – Katie Latham, Bromley

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