Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell improved to a silver medal when he sprinted his way home in the men’s 50 metres freestyle on the second and final day of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 Dubai leg, in the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.
The 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist added to his tally one gold and five bronze medals from four FINA Cup legs to date, including the bronze he won in the men’s 100m inidvidual medley on Thursday.
Swimming out of lane two, Bovell was the last to react at 0.72 seconds off the block. But his swimming speed for the two-lap event was fast enough for him to rally back for silver in 21.32 seconds behind Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, who claimed gold in 20.66. USA Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin gained bronze in 21.34.
South Africa’s Roland Schoeman was fourth in 21.46 while Japan’s Shinri Shioura (21.58), Poland’s Konrad Czerniak (21.64), Japan’s Kenta Ito (21.66) and Brazil’s Felipe De Souza Martins (21.84) rounded out the other spots in the final in that order. In the morning preliminaries, the FINA Long Course Swimming Championships Men’s 50m freestyle bronze medallist finished second by a fingernail in his seventh heat behind Schoeman (21.67 to 21.68) to be the fifth fastest qualifier.
On Thursday, Bovell grabbed bronze in the Men’s 100 IM behind Australia’s Kenneth To and Morozov.
The 30-year-old Bovell’s next Cup assignments following the Dubai leg will be in Doha, Qatar (October 20-21), Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10), and Beijing, China (November 13-14).