Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell won sliver in the Men’s 50m freestyle at the second leg of the FIN/Mastbank World Cup in Dubai, UAE, yesterday. T&T’s four-time Olympian scraped into the final after he and his training partner Miguel Ozeki both tied for the eighth and final qualifying berth with an identical time of 21.95 seconds in the heats.
However, Bovell advanced to the final after Ozeki withdrew from the ‘swim off’ to focus on another event. Swimming out of lane eight in the final, Bovell clocked 21.31 seconds to take second behind the USA’s Josh Schneider, who touched the wall in 21.11 seconds.
Bovell also finished behind Schneider in the 50m freestyle final at the first leg of the World Cup series in Doha, Qatar, last week. He got joint silver in Doha with Poland’s Konrad Czerniak in 21.43 as they both finished behind Schneider (21.07).
Bovell, who won bronze in the 200m individual medley (IM) at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, copped gold in the 100m IM on Sunday, touching the wall in 51.79 seconds. He also won gold in the 100m IM in Doha last week.
Bovell has now garnered 33 medals at the FINA World Cup over the last two years. He won 13 medals (one gold, five silver, seven bronze) last year, 16 (nine gold & seven silver) in 2012 and thus far in the current campaign has bagged four (two gold, two silver). The World Cup series will be on a break from today until the third leg in Hong Kong from September 29-30.