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Russian ATM 'eats' Bovell's credit card

By Mark Pouchet

Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell had some money troubles when he landed in Instanbul, Turkey yesterday ahead of the 11th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships.

Bovell, the 2004 Athens Olympic bronze medallist who won 16 medals at the end of the FINA/Arena World Cup series last month, is aiming to win this country's first World Championship medal in swimming in Turkey.

But attempting to get some money from a cash machine, the machine took his card but did not return it.

On Facebook and twitter, Bovell wrote: "ATM ate my credit card as soon as I arrived in Istanbul, spent my last $ on a taxi and Russian Visa today. Alone abroad, no friends, no $$."

Some hours later, Bovell was more upbeat when family sent him some much-needed cash

"Terrible feeling. Fortunately made it to a Western Union nearby and got some help from back home. Everything OK. Can now focus on swimming." he tweeted and posted.

Bovell who recorded the second fastest time in history in the 100m individual medley (IM)--(51.20--and the second fastest time in a textile suit in the 50m freestyle (20.82) during the World Cup series, is looking forward to some good performances at the Worlds.

Bovell is also scheduled to swim in a meet in Russia ten days after the conclusion of the Worlds.

"The swim meet in Russia after these World Champs better be worth all this trouble. Ten days' wait for Visa," he stated.

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