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Gold, silver for Bovell

Monday, May 26, 2014

T&T Olympic bronze medal swimmer George Bovell won gold in his pet event, the 50m freestyle at the 51st Mel Zaljac Meet held at the University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre, University Boulevard, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday night.


Bovell finised in 22.91 seconds, well ahead of his Club Wolverine team-mate Geoff Cheah who was second in 23.32 while Yuri Kisil and Zach Hayden were joint third in 23.33.


The others in the final were Andrew Poznikoff (23.50), Kyle Troskot (23.60), David Hibberd (23.63) and Hassaan Abdel-Khalik (23.87).


Earlier, Hayden was the top qualifier in 23.29 ahead of Bovell (23.51), Kisil (23.71), Cheah (23.79), Hibberd (23.80), Troskot (23.83), Poznikoff (24.00) and Abdel-Khalik who won a swimoff with Sean Fletcher after both clocked 24.09.


The 30-year-old Bovell III, also won silver in the men’s 50m backstroke in 26.97 behind Russell Wood (26.66) while Jeffrey Swanston took bronze in 27.10.


On Thursday night when the meet began, Bovell was the sixth fastest qualifier in the 50m backstroke heats in 27.66 seconds after being seeded second with a time of 25.96 behind Wood (25.69).


Wood lived up to his top seeded and was the fastest in the heats in 27 seconds, followed by Swanston (27.02), Cheah (27.13), Tim Zeng (27.48), Best (27.55), Fletcher (27.75) and Thormeyer (27.82).


And in the 50m butterfly B-final on Friday, Bovell, won in 25.55 followed by Rohan Jacobs (25.85) and Stephen Calkins (25.91).


Cheah won the A-final in 24.81 followed by Fletcher (24.84) and Troskot (25.14).


Last night, Bovell lined up in the 50m breaststroke gold medal swim after he qualified as the fifth fastest from the heats with a time of 29.53, well adrift of the third seeded time of 28.22 on Thursday night.


The qualifiers to finish ahead of Bovell were his Club Wolverine team-mate Richard Funk (28.48), Zach Hayden (29.08), Rafa Van Leeuwaarde (29.25) and Poznikoff (29.52) while Nick Kostick (29.61), Sergey Holson (29.62) and Antoine Bujold (30.20) were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.


Bovell is using the meet in Canada to gauge his progress since he last competed in November 2013 at the FINA World Cup in Beijing, China.


Following this meet Bovell will compete at USA Santa Clara Grand Prix at the end of June to assess his form before heading into the French Open in early July and the Commonwealth Games at the end of July in Glasgow, Scotland.


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