How The Fingertip Of Fate Favoured Pioneering Nesty

We conclude our Seoul 1988, 25 Years On, anniversary special with Anthony Nesty, a pioneer for his country, ethnicity and sport; “I knew I had a chance to win the race. I knew I was going to be in the top three” – Nesty

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We conclude our Seoul 1988, 25 Years On, anniversary special with Anthony Nesty, a pioneer for his country, ethnicity and sport; “I knew I had a chance to win the race. I knew I was going to be in the top three” – Nesty

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DanishSwimFan

I was pretty young back then, but I still remember how his victory reverberated beyond the usual swimming circles in a way it wouldn’t had he achieved it in anything other than the Olympics. It was a special moment.

Thanks for this series of articles Craig, very enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed reliving Benny’s medal in the 200 fly, but there were so many fantastic swims back then.

DanishSwimFan

… and I just realised John Lohn wrote this article, so I’ll amend that to ‘thanks to Craig and John’ 🙂

Guus

When I was young I used to compete with Anthony in Suriname. We all knew he had great potential, but to winning Olympic Gold that was amazing.

Craig Lord

Thanks DanishSwimFan… and for the alert on Lotte and Jeanette… info added to the Stravius file. best, Craig

Goziëm

I remember getting up early in morning to watch the race. Back then I was 11 years old. After it became clear that Anthony edged out Matt, the whole family was screaming and jumping with joy. That same afternoon when we had our trainingsession me and my friends all wanted to be like Anthony. The game changer.

Bill Bell

For Anthony to remain at his alma mater all these years showd incredible loyalty ad I an sure he has had innumerable opportunities to go elsewhere.
I just hope that as was the case at Stanford last year when Skip hung up his stopwatch and longtime aide and Cardinal grad Tec Knapp got the job that when Greg Ttoy finally allot a day Mesty takes over the Gator program.

And it will be interesting to see if Florida can convince ace prep sprinter Caeleb Dresel to stay in the Sunshine a State for four mas Amos beginning a year from now.

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