Teenage swimming sensation James Lawson (15) broke a 12-year-old national record at the Mashonaland Fourth Seeded Gala at the Les Brown Swimming Complex on Friday night.
His time of two minutes 20,01 seconds in the Under-16 category in the individual medley brought to an end Scott Miller’s 12-year national record in the same event set in 1998 in Germany.
Young Lawson, who is doing Form Three at St George’s College, has been steadily growing in confidence over the last two years, making him one of Zimbabwe’s brightest swimming prospects.
Friday’s record was his sixth national record this year.
Lawson has been dominating the individual medley event since he was in the Under-13 age group.
Apart from the individual medley, Lawson has also dominated the breaststroke and backstroke categories.
In March he smashed the 100 metres backstroke national record, before setting three other records in the 50, 100 and 200 metres backstroke.
Lawson’s current strong form will be good news for Zimbabwe as he is part of the swimming team set for the Zone Six Youth Games in Swaziland in December.
With the sports’ iconic figure Kirsty Coventry almost reaching the twilight of her illustrious career, young swimmers like Lawson could take over the torch ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
In November last year, Lawson won two gold medals at the Eighth African Swimming Junior Championships in Mauritius, setting an African record in the 100m breaststroke in the process.
Together with his older sibling Mathew, the Lawson brothers took the domestic scene by storm last season, helping Pirates’ challenge in the Mashonaland Swimming Championships.