ASATT 'proud' of Bovell's successes
The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) has praised swimmer George Bovell III for keeping the T&T flag flying high with his recent successes in the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup.
Bovell's latest feat was capturing 50 metres freestyle gold at the World Cup leg in Moscow, Russia on Thursday, and ASATT said his accomplishment "brings the swimming fraternity tremendous joy and inspiration."
The World Cup competition is a short course event, which means it is held in a 25m pool, as opposed to long course events that take place in a 50m pool, as was the recent Summer Olympics in London.
In Moscow, Bovell set a new national open record and personal best of 20.90 seconds, his second sub-twenty-one second clocking.
He beat American Anthony Ervin (21.11) and Russian Evgeny Lagunov (21.80) into second and third places respectively.
An ASATT media release yesterday stated that the local swimming community is "one hundred per cent behind Bovell's effort to come out as the top overall winner" in the World Cup competition, and will be cheering him on as he competes in his latest World Cup assignment in Berlin, Germany today.
Bovell also competes in China from November 2-3, in Japan from November 6-7 and finally in Singapore from November 10-11.
According to the ASATT media release: "The rewards Bovell is now reaping is wholly deserving and speaks to his discipline, dedication and love for competition.
"We have no doubt that he can maintain his form and continue inspiring young athletes in all spheres of sport in this country."
The Swimming World Cup is a precursor to the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships which will be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey from December 12-16.