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Bovell III seeks UAE medal improvement
T&T’s George Bovell III will be seeking to improve on last weekend’s double bronze medal swim in Moscow when he competes in the fourth leg of the FINA Short Course World Cup at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, today and tomorrow.
The 30-year-old local swimmer will line up in heat five of six in the men’s 100 metre individual medley (IM) from lane four against Ayatsugu Hirai (Japan), Ahmed Mousa (Egypt), Geoffrey Cheah (Hong Kong), Sami Myren (Finland), Liam Tancock (Great Britain), Dmitriy Shvetsov (Uzbekistan), Andy Bushell (Colombia), Mubarak Albesher (United Arab Emirates ) and Russian Mikhail Dorinov.
The duo of Russian Vladimir Morozov, the winner on home soil on Sunday, and finalist Japan’s Shinri Shioura are in heat six while Australian Kenneth To and Japan’s Kenta Ito are in heat four.
Competing in the same event in Dubai last year, Bovell, who got bronze at last December’s FINA Short Course World Championship, and also got silver in 52.18 seconds, behind To (51.43) in the World Cup while Darian Townsend was third in 52.80.
On Saturday last, he had to settle for bronze in the men’s 100m IM with a time of 52.88 seconds in Russia to trail inform Morozov (51.61) and To (51.83), respectively.
Tomorrow, Bovell will also compete in the men’s 50m freestyle in the seventh of eight heats from lane five against Jean-Baptiste Febo (Switzerland), Han Zheng (China), Felipe De Souza (Brazil), Luca Dotta (Italy), Roland Schoeman (South Africa), Shehab Younis (Egypt), Liam Tancock (Great Britain), Geoffrey Cheah (Hong Kong) and UAE’s Saeed Aljasmi.
Last year, USA’s Anthony Ervin won gold in 21.18 ahead of Bovell (21.23) and Australian Kyle Richardson (21.58) while last Sunday, Bovell won his second bronze medal in Moscow with a 21.49 clocking in the men’s 50m freestyle.
Morozov was again the winner in 20.59 followed by World Championships and World Cup record holder Schoeman (21.15) and he will compete in the final heat along with Ito and Shioura.
With the two medals won, Bovell III carried his World Cup medal haul to an impressive 21 from 22 starts since the start of last year.
Looking ahead to the meet in Dubai and remaining four World Cup stops, the top T&T swimmer and 2004 Athens Greece Olympics broze medal winner in the 200m IM said he expects to get faster as the event progresses, just as he did last year.
“So that by the time I get to Singapore and Tokyo I hope to be hitting close to my lifetime bests and perhaps faster,” said Bovell.
With regards to the meet in Dubai, Bovell noted that the competition for medals in his events are very stiff with Ervin, Morozov and Schoeman, all Olympic medalists and finalists from Barcelona, among others in the 50m freestyle.
“The 100m IM is a three-way battle with Morizov and To and I expect that if I can get back down to the 51.15 which I did in Eindhoven, Holland to win there it would be enough to hold them off.”
Speaking yesterday on the eve of the two-day meet Bovell said he arrived in Dubai in much better shape than when he arrived in Moscow.
“That two-day trip up there just almost killed me, and there was very little time to recover before racing,” he said.
On his return to competitive racing after taking a break at the start of August Bovell said, “I got right back to work after returning home from my last racing stint in the beginning of August and I am coming out of a training phase and am transitioning into a racing period of less quantity and more quality as I keep racing.
“This is a great opportunity to practice racing, the skills, the mental approach, and to experiment with strategy and implementing new tools like my former weakness - the underwater dolphin kick which I have really been practicing the last few months.”
After competing in Dubai, he will journey to Doha, Qatar (October 20-21); Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10) and Beijing, China, (November 13-14).
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