Kenora's Gabe Mastromatteo began his journey at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games as he competed in the Men's 100m Breaststroke this morning.
In his Olympic debut, the 19-year-old finished his event with a time of 1:01:56 which put him in 6th place in his heat. Mastromatteo's time, unfortunately, didn't qualify him for the Semi-Finals as the top 16 swimmers advanced.
Mastromatteo started the race strong in the first 50m with a time of 28.27 which was third fastest, but in the last 50m he couldn't catch up to Finland's Matti Mattson who won with a time of 1:00:02.
Janet Hyslop, Mastromatteo's mother caught the race live this morning with the company of family and friends cheering him on.
"I'm very proud of Gabe, proud beyond words. I am sure he will not be happy with his performance but understands that this experience is about just building that experience and learning for the next time," said Hyslop
He will regroup and prepare himself for the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay which takes place Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6:28 a.m. CDT.
Mastromatteo's best time in the 100m Breastroke was at this years Canadian Olympic Swim Trails with a time of 1:00:11