T&T's George Bovell says he will battle a long series to finish with a bang when the eight and final leg of the FINA/Arena World Cup Series in Singapore today.
Bovell says the final leg is especially important and he will be giving it his best shot to close the gap and win the US $ 100,000 top prize.
"This Singapore leg is worth double points towards the overall championship. That means if I swim amazingly well and (Kenneth) To feels the pressure and doesn't produce his usual stellar times, not only will I win the 100 IM again but I will win overall," he said, "I estimate that if I can produce another 100 IM swim of 51.5 or 51.6, it will be good enough to hold on to second. However if I can be faster than what I have been over the whole tour it will ensure that I have done everything I can to win it all."
Bovell said he will be attempting to fix some technical issues that have seen him coming from behind at the halfway mark of the 100m IM
The 50m is a different matter.
"Regarding the 50 free, I see it as another challenge. Can I swim my fastest ever here despite the tiredness that has built up from constant racing and travelling?," he asked rhetorically, "This will be the stop where everyone in the running feels the pressure. It will be very interesting to see how things play out."
Bovell will attempt to bridge a 20-point deficit when he dives into the pool this morning ranked second on the points table to Australia's Kenneth To (145-125).
He was carded to swim in the fourth and final men's of the Men's 100 metres individual medley .
The 29-year-old Bovell, who has won three gold and four silver in seven previous starts in the event, will be a shoe-in for the final later that night where he is expected to renew his rivalry with To.
To, will compete in the third and penultimate heat.
At the end of the seventh leg of the World Cup in Tokyo, Japan Tuesday and Wednesday, the USA-based Bovell, who won gold in the 100m individual medley and gold in the 50m freestyle at the two-day meet gained 13 points to climb to 125 points from 14 medals (seven gold, seven silver).
Bovell earned his fifth 100m IM gold when he touched the wall in 51.20 seconds in Berlin on October 26 in a new national record. The time was also the fastest 100m Short Course time for the year, and second best ever in textile suit swimwear. It is only bettered by American medallist Ryan Lochte. †
He is also now ranked second fastest ever in the 50m freestyle behind 2008 Olympic champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil, while the 20.82 at the Sweden leg of the World Cup is even faster than 2000 Olympic champion Anthony Ervin's American record in Berlin when Bovell was second. Bovell will be seeking the top prize money in this the final leg of the Cup after which the second best swimmer overall among the men gets US$50,000 and third, US$30,000.