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Toby wins 3rd race, April 2012: 100-metre butterfy

In this video you’ll see Toby in second place for the first 50 metres, then catch up and eventually win over the second 50-metre stretch.

You’ll see him shake hands with the boy who came second; cheering on his teammates in the next race immediately after his; and going for his gold medal.

You’ll hear the Arabic commentator say “Tobi John Al Ain” 3 times…

Here is Toby’s time…

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Before the race he said he felt very tired.

He had shared a hotel room last night with 3 of his fellow team mates (Connor from America, Bryce from South Africa, and Ossian from Sweden) — and they had talked until midnight then got up at 6.30.

He said he felt a bit sick, and that butterfly is the hardest race. I replied that it was likely that he’d still give it 100% in the race. And he did.

I was shaking from the adrenalin 15 minutes after the race!


Toby was so exhausted that he fell asleep on the 2-hour journey home…

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As of May 2012, Toby’s speeds are…

50m free: 28.9 seconds
100 free: 1.03.00

200 free: 2.21.31

50 fly: 31.2
100 fly: 1.10.00
50 back: 32.3
100 back: 1.12:44
50 breast: 36.7
100 breast: 1.20.35

Toby is 12.