Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Carter, Bovell in the hunt

Alexander finishes 10th in kilo


Dylan Carter

Mark Fraser


Kwame Laurence

Teenager Dylan Carter and the experienced George Bovell have secured championship race lanes at the Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow, Scotland.

Carter will dive into the Tollcross Swimming Centre pool at 2.14 p.m. (TT time) in the men’s 100 metres freestyle final. He has been drawn in lane seven.

In the semis, the 18-year-old swimmer clocked a personal best 49.50 seconds to finish third in heat two, advancing to the final sixth fastest. In the preliminary round, earlier in the day, Carter had produced a 49.72 effort to finish second in heat nine and fifth overall.

The 49.50 swim is a new national 15-17 record.

Bovell was also in record-breaking mood yesterday, establishing a new national open standard in the men’s 50m backstroke. His 25.39 seconds swim earned the veteran fourth spot in heat one and a berth in today’s final as the eighth fastest qualifier.

Bovell will hunt precious metal at 3.59 p.m. (TT time). He has been drawn in lane eight.

In yesterday’s opening round of the 50m backstroke, Bovell was third in heat five and sixth overall in 25.50 seconds.

At the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Quincy Alexander produced his fastest-ever ride at sea level, the T&T cyclist clocking one minute, 03.679 seconds to secure 10th spot in the men’s kilometre time trial.

Riding in the third of nine heats, Alexander’s time briefly placed him in the silver medal position. But there was a lot of quality to come, and by the time the next heat was completed, the 20-year-old wheelman had slipped to fourth.

The gold medal ride came in the ninth and final heat, Australian Scott Sunderland producing a Games record time of 1:00.675 to snatch the top spot. Silver and bronze went to New Zealand cyclists, Simon van Velthooven (1:01.060) and Matthew Archibald (1:01.162).

After his ride, Alexander told the Sunday Express that while he was satisfied with his placing, he would have liked to do a faster time. 

“This is my first Games at this level, so it’s good to come out here and finish in the top 10. I was looking for anything around 1:02. We were on schedule, and probably within the last hundred metres, I sort of died a little bit. But I gave it my best, and I think that was the best time I did on sea level, so it’s okay.

“We are always looking forward,” Alexander continued. “This is the start of the qualifying period for the Olympics, so within the next two years we have plenty work and plenty adjustments to do, and a lot of training.”