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Abraham McLeod 22nd at World Short Course

Bovell goes in 50 free prelims today

Trinidad and Tobago's Abraham McLeod placed 22nd in the Men's 100 metres breaststroke on day one of the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey yesterday.

And top T&T swimmer George Bovell will splash off with Joshua McLeod in heat 15 of the men's 50m freestyle preliminaries today.

McLeod (A) is now ranked 22nd in the World in the 100m breaststroke after he finished his heat in a time of 59.35 behind eventual top seed going into the semi-finals, Kevin Cordes (57.66) of the United States.  McLeod,  who established a new national record with that swim, became the first T&T swimmer to go under one minute in this event. He will also swim in the 200m breast and 50m breast later on in the week.

Abraham's elder brother Joshua, was also in action on the first day and is now ranked 35th in the World in the 100m fly after completing his heat in 53.20. Ryan Lochte was the top finisher going into the semi-final round in a time of 50.16.

Athens Olympic bronze medallist George Bovell III, who registered the second fastest time (20.82) ever in a textile suit during the eight leg FINA/Arena World Cup Series last month, is the top seed in heat 15 and starts from lane four. Mc Leod splashes off from lane seven of the same heat.

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