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Bovell 4th in Short Course 50 free

By Mark Pouchet

Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell finished fourth in the Men's 50 metres freestyle final at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey yesterday,

Swimming out of lane three, Bovell stopped the clock in 21.03 seconds, to finish four-hundredths short of a medal.

Russian Vladimir Morozov blasted to gold in a fast 20.55, followed by the London Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France (20.88), while US 2000 Olympic champion Anthony Ervin grabbed bronze in 20.99.

Also yesterday, Bovell's teammate Joshua McLeod placed 19th in the Men's 50m butterfly preliminaries when he clocked 23.63, placing eighth in heat 14, while his younger brother Abraham was disqualified in the Men's 200m breaststroke.

Yesterday, Bovell was the third fastest qualifier after the semi-finals with a 21.03-second swim. The Athens Olympic Bronze medallist, was actually second in semi-final one behind Manadou (20.92), the reigning London Olympic champion in the event but ahead of US 2000 Olympic champion Ervin (21.17).

Bovell III, who set a new national men's 50m freestyle record of 20.82 in Stockholm in October, had stated his intention to win a medal at the 'Worlds' after his superlative performances during the FINA/ARENA World Cup series that ended last month. There, he captured 16 medals (seven gold, nine silver). But he did not produce that time yesterday.

On the women's side, Jamaica's Alia Atkinson who created history for Jamaica when she splashed to a silver medal in the Women's 50m breaststroke Thursday, placed fourth in the Women's 100m individual medley final in 58.85 seconds. The race was won by Hungary Katinka Hasszu in 58.49 with Lituania's Ruta Meilutyte (58.79) and China's Jing Zhao (58.80).

Bovell will also go after gold in the 100m men's individual medley today from 5.04 am (TT time).

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