21.49 SECONDS: George Bovell

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BOVELL STRIKES AGAIN

By Mark Pouchet mark.pouchet@trinidadexpress.com

Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell splashed to another bronze medal yesterday, this time in the men’s 50 metres freestyle on day two of the Russia leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup.
The 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist produced a 21.49 seconds swim for the two-lap event in the 25-metre short course pool in Moscow to finish third.
Swimming at home, Vladimir Morozov secured his second gold with a fast 20.59 seconds clocking, while South African Roland Schoeman captured silver in 21.15.
Japan’s Shinri Shioura (21.51) was fourth, finishing ahead of Poland’s Konrad Czerniak (21.72), Japan’s Kenta Ito (21.80), Russia’s Nikita Konovalov (21.81) and Great Britain’s Benjamin Propud (21.96).
In the morning preliminaries, Bovell was the fourth fastest qualifier for the final when he was second to Ito in the fifth heat--21.67 to 21.71. Morozov won heat six in 20.90 to be the top seed, while Schoeman easily topped heat four in 21.69 to be the third fastest qualifier.
On Saturday, Bovell claimed his first bronze medal when he was timed in 52.88 seconds for the four-lap men’s 100m individual medley (IM) . Morozov captured the gold in 51.61, while Australia’s Kenneth To grabbed silver in 51.83.
Thirty-year-old Bovell’s next assignment is the Dubai, United Arab Emirates leg of the 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup, which takes place on Thursday and Friday. Bovell will also compete in the last four legs of the Cup--Doha, Qatar (October 20-21), Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10) and Beijing, China (November 13-14).
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