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Bovell bags Dubai 100m bronze medal
T&T swimmer George Bovell swam to his third FINA World Cup bronze medal on the trot, this time in the men’s 100m individual medley final on the first day of the competition, at the Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai, yesterday.
Competing from lane six, Bovell was third at the half-way stage of the four-lap event, behind main rivals, Australian Kenneth To (23.39) and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (23.70).
However, despite swimming the second fastest second-half of the event in 28.21, the 30-year-old Bovell, last December’s World Short Course 100m IM bronze winner, could only touch the wall in 53.38 seconds, still adrift of gold medallist To (51.64) who had a second-half splash of 28.25 and Morozov (51.76) who swam the quickest second half, in 28.06 seconds.
Fourth home in the final was Japan’s Shinri Shioura in 52.90, well ahead of Hong Kong duo, Geoffrey Cheah (54.70) and Raymond Ho Lun Mak (55.62) while Hungary’s David Foldhazi (55.70) and Finland’s Sami Myren (55.84) brought up the final placings.
In the morning heats, Bovell, a silver medal winner in the same event last year, was the fourth fastest qualifier, but winner of the fifth and penultimate heat in 54.74.
He was followed home by Cheah (54.80), Myren (55.71) and Ho Lun Mak (55.76) who all qualified to the final.
Morozov, who won gold in the same event on home soil on Saturday in 51.61 ahead of To (51.83) and Bovell (52.88) was the top qualifier from the heats overall in 53.81 to top heat six ahead of Shioura (54.01) while To won heat four in 54.11 and was third best in the heats.
The bronze for Bovell, follows his double bronze in Moscow where he touched the wall in 21.49 in the men’s 50m freestyle behind
Morozov (20.59) and World Championships and World Cup record holder Schoeman (21.15).
Today, Bovell, the reigning World Long Course Championship 50m freestyle bronze medal holder, will look to add to his impressive haul of 22 medals from 23 finals when he goes after gold in his pet event, the men’s 50m freestyle in the seventh of eight heats from lane five.
Also in the heat are 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)
A four-time Olympian, Bovell began the World Cup with gold in the 100m IM in a new national record mark in Holland, when he touched the wall in 51.15 seconds while he also took bronze in the 50m freestyle final after he clocked 21 seconds.
This was followed by bronze in the 100m IM (51.65) seconds behind Morozov (51.13) and To in 51.21 in Berlin a week later and fourth in the 50m freestyle to halt his medal winning streak at the World Cup at 19 medals from 19 finals before he resumed with a double bronze in Russia last weekend.
After competing in Dubai, he will journey to Doha, Qatar for the fifth leg on Sunday and Monday followed by stops in Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10) and Beijing, China, (November 13-14).
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