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Bovell gets second bronze in Moscow
T&T's George Bovell won his second bronze medal at the FINA Short Course World Cup at the Olympiisky Swimming Pool, in Moscow, Russia when he placed third in the men's 50m freestyle final, yesterday.
The 30-year-old Bovell, who entered the event as the defending champion, placed third in the eight-man final in 21.49 seconds.
First was home-town swimmer and World Short Course Vladimir Morozov who won in 20.59 followed by South African, Roland Schoeman (21.15).
The other finishers in the final were Japan's Shinri Shioura (21.51), Poland's Conrad Czerniak (21.71), Japan's Kenta Ito (21.80), Russian Nikita Konovalov (21.81) and Great Britain's Benjamin Proud (21.96).
Earlier in the heats, Morozov was also the fastest qualifier in 20.90 seconds ahead of Ito (21.67), Schoeman (21.69) and Bovell (21.71) who was second in heat five to Ito.
The other qualifiers for the final were Russian Andrey Arbuzov (21.88) who opted out the final, Konovalov (21.95), Czerniak (21.97), Shioura (21.97) and Proud, ninth in 22.06, but given a spot in the final after Arbuzov’s withdrawal.
On Saturday, Bovell also won bronze in the men’s 100 metres individual medley with a time of 52.88 seconds.
First was Morozov in 51.61 while Australian Kenneth To took silver in 51.83 and Brazilian Henriques Rodrigues fourth in 53.47.
With the two medals, Bovell, the reigning World Short Course 50m freestyle bronze medallist, has now carried his World Cup medal haul to an impressive 21 from 22 starts.
The meet was also his first since August when he had his World Cup medal winning streak halted at 19 medals from 19 finals with a fourth placed in his pet event, the men’s 50m freestyle final on the second day of competition in Berlin, Germany.
Bovell also took bronze in the 100m individual medley in 51.65 seconds behind Morozov (51.13) and To in 51.21.
Earlier on in August, Bovell, a four-time Olympian, began the World Cup with gold in the 100m individual medley in a new national record mark in Holland, when he touched the wall in 51.15 seconds.
He also competed in the 50m breaststroke but missed a spot in the gold medal splash by one spot after he was fifth in the final heat.
A day later he got bronze in the 50m freestyle final after he clocked 21 seconds.
Bovell will compete in the other legs of the World in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (October 17-18); Doha, Qatar (October 20-21); Singapore (November 5-6)’ Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10) and Beijing, China, (November 13-14).
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