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Burch Sets Bermudan National Record in Olympic 50-Free

Roy Burch Swims in 2012 London Olympics London, England -- August 2, 2012 -- Swimmer Roy-Allan Burch won his heat and established a Bermudan national record in the 50-meter freestyle at the Olympic games earlier this morning, but did not advance to the semifinals of his lone event. Thus, despite swimming his best time ever, the Olympic dreams for this Springfield College grad are over.

Burch, swimming in his second Olympic Games, posted a time of 22.47 seconds, which bettered his own Bermudan national record of 22.69 seconds which he set in Shanghai, China last year at the World Championship Games.

Burch finished 24th of 58 swimmers, but needed to swim a top-16 time to advance to the semifinals which will take place later today at the Aquatics Centre. The final for this event will take place tomorrow. Only six swimmers posted a time of less than 22 seconds, including Americans Anthony Ervin (21.83) and Cullen Jones (21.95). The best overall time in this morning's 50-free was 21.77 by George Richard Bovell of Trinidad, who placed first in Heat #6.

Roy Burch

This was Burch's second time competing at the Olympic Games, having also competed in Beijing in 2008. In those games, Roy swam a time of 52.65 seconds in the 100 meters, but also did not advance beyond the "heat" stage to reach the semifinals.

Burch owns the Bermudan national records in both the 50-meter and 100-meter events. He chose to compete in the 50-meter event in these London games.

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