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T&T swimmer George Bovell III ended his
gold medal drought in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, when he won the 100 metres indi-
vidual medley on the opening night of the
second-leg of the 2014 FINA/MASTBANK
Swimming World Cup at the Hamdan Bin
Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex,
The 31-year-old Bovell, who recently signed
on as an Oasis Water brand ambassador, had
previously picked up four medals competing
in Dubia, over the last two years. This com-
prised three silver and a bronze.
However, yesterday he finally got gold,
swimming from lane four when he touched
the wall in 51.79 seconds well ahead of Amer-
ican duo, Thomas Shields (52.14) and Cody
The other finishers in the final were Italian
Fabio Scozzoli (53.26), South African Leith
Shankland (53.44), Serbian Boris Stojanovic
(53.86), Tunisia s Taki Mrabet (54.42) and
South African Giulio Zorzi (55.71).
In the morning heats, Bovell was also the
fastest qualifier in 53.36 in the fourth and final
heat, ahead of Stojanovic (54.09) and Ger-
many s Marco Koch (54.18), who opted out
of the final.
Australian Lennard Bremer (59.12), home
town swimmer Mohammed Almheiri (1:02.07),
Zeyad Dessouky (1:06.00) and Bahrain s Khaled
Ismaeel (1:00.06) were fourth, fifth and sixth
respectively while the trio of Ayman Klzie
(Syria), and UAE duo, Mubarak Al Besher and
Omar Alhammadi failed to take the starter.
Miller qualified for the final as the top swim-
mer in heat two in 53.54 ahead of Shankland
(54.50) while the trio Shields (54.25), Scozzoli
(54.86) and Mrabet (55.19) were the qualifiers
from heat three.
On Wednesday last, he swam to a gold
medal in the men s 100m IM in 52.80 seconds
followed by Shankland (53.77) and Austrian
Martin Spitzer (54.77) after he also topped the
heats in 54.81 in Doha, Qatar in the first-leg.
In 2012, he was second in the men s 100m
individual medley in 52.19 seconds to trail
Australian Kenneth To (51.43) and he also
sliver in the 50m freestyle in 21.23 behind
USA s Anthony Ervin (21.18) while he was 17th
in the 50m breaststroke in 29.87.
And last year he again got silver in the 50m
freestyle in 21.32 well adrift of Russian Vladimir
Morozov, and bronze in the 100m IM in 53.38
behind To (51.46) and Morozov (51.76).
Earlier yesterday, Bovell also contested the
50m breaststroke but ended in fifth spot in
27.16 for tenth spot overall from lane two in
heat four of five.
The quartet of Scozzoli (26.57), Miller (27.16),
Slovakian Marek Botik (27.28) and Colombian
Jorge Murillo (27.34) finished ahead of Bovell
and qualified for the final while UAE s Mubarak
Al Besher (29.41), Singapore s Brilliant Chu
(30.16), Bahrain s Sufyan Al Malki (30.62), and
home-town competitors, Majid Alhammadi
(32.74) and Mohammed Alkatheeri (37.79) were
the others in the heat.
Russian Andrei Nikolaev (26.97) and Zorzi
(27.12) were the top two qualifiers from heat
three while South African Roland Schoeman
(27.11) and Finland s Eetu Karvonen (27.42)
advanced from heat five.
An Olympic 200m IM and 100m IM World
Short Course Championship bronze medallist,
Bovell also missed out on a spot in the men s
50m breaststroke final in Qatar after he ended
third in heat two of three and, in 27.51 seconds,
behind Zorzi (27.20) and Nikolaev (27.21),
with the tenth fastest time overall.
Schoeman won his second straight 50m
breaststroke in 26.16 ahead of Scozzoli (26.37)
and Miller (26.38).
Today, Bovell a four-time Olympian and
five-time NCAA champion, who has won 31
medals at the World Cup; 13 medals (one gold,
five silver, seven bronze) last year; 16 medals
(nine gold and seven silver) in 2012 and a gold,
and silver so far this campaign will line up in
his pet event, the 50m freestyle.
He will swim in lane four of heat eight
against UAE s Ahmed Alhosani, Seifeldin Kotb,
Erik Regini, Poland s Konrad Czerniak, Finland s
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, Kuwait s Mohammed
Madouh, Colombian Julio Galofre, Japan s Ko
Fukaya and Serbian Aaron Sinkovic.
The quintet of USA s Josh Schneider, Schoe-
man, Stojanovic, Shankland and Sascha Sub-
arsky are in heat seven while Germany s Steffen
Deibler and Japan s Kenta Ito are in the sixth
On Thursday, the Olympic and two-time
World Championship bronze medallist, was
a joint silver medallist with Poland s Konrad
Czerniak in 21.43, and behind USA s Josh
Schneider who took gold in 21.07.
Following the end of the second-leg of the
World Cup today he will have a break of a
close to a month before resuming with the
third stop in Hong Kong (September 29-30)
followed by Moscow, Russia (October 4-5);
Tokyo, Japan (October 28-29) and Singapore
He will then close off the season with the
12th FINA World Swimming Championships
(25m), in Doha from December 3---7, 2014.
T&T Olympian Richard Thompson
claimed gold at the IAAF World Challenge
Meet in Berlin, Germany, yesterday, clock-
ing 10.15 (-0.2) seconds in the men s 100m.
Thompson edged USA s Dentarius Locke
10.16 seconds, while another T&T Olympic
runner, Keston Bledman, came in third in
Both T&T runners came off disappointing
campaigns at the Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow, where neither managed a spot in
the men s 100m final.
Last Thurdsay, Thompson was in action
at the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich,
Switzerland, where he placed seventh in
Also last week, competing in the Stock-
holm leg of the Diamond League, Beldman
placed second in the same distance.
Meanwhile, Cleopatra Borel, T&T s lone
woman s represtative at the World Challenge
Meet placed third in the shot put. The Com-
monwealth silver medalist threw 18.53m,
behind winner Christina Schwanitz of Ger-
many (19.53m) and Evgeniia Kolodko of Rus-
sia (19.43). Borel stands at number seven in
the world rankings.
KINGSTON---President of the
West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) Whycliffe Dave
Cameron is expressing optimism
ahead of the revamped regional
cricket set-up which should see
the more players acquiring
annual retainer contracts.
In lauding Melbourne Cricket
Club for the successful staging of
their cricket summer camp,
Cameron used the platform to
elaborate on the new professional
He declared that West Indies
cricket is at an "exciting period"
and that the professional system
will replace the "amateur cricket"
that was played amongst territo-
"When England barred us from
being a part of the county set-
up we have not replaced that. In
1997, we tried the retainer system
but we didn t get the support of
the entire region and that failed.
"We have now redoubled our
efforts and again partnering with
WIPA (West Indies Players Asso-
ciation), and in particular its lead-
ership, we have been able to look
at West Indies cricket and one
thing we agree on is that we have
to get West Indies cricket better,"
he said, while speaking at the
camp s closing ceremony at Mel-
bourne on Friday.
The new system will take effect
today and will see the WICB hav-
ing six professional set-ups across
the region which will hire a min-
imum of 105 cricketers annually.
That number will amount from
15 players in each of the six ter-
ritories, along with the 15 already
on contracts at the West Indies
"We are just trying to set up a
professional structure that will
have our players working all the
time, and for you to be a profes-
sional at anything you need a
minimum of 10,000 hours,"
Cameron told the Jamaica
He continued: "If you are on a
retainer [contract], as a good play-
er you should make a minimum
of US $30,000 [per year] and as
a West Indies player you could
earn in excess of $2 million if you
play in the Indian Premier League
"That is actually better than a
student coming out of university
at entry level. So we believe it is
a reasonable income and with that
kind of a making we will see the
cricketing structure getting better
Cameron further explained that
the professional structure will be
similar to the Caribbean Premier
League (CPL) and will see players
drafted to represent foreign ter-
DERBY---Chesney Hughes recall to Der-
byshire s first team ended in disappoint-
ment yesterday when he was dismissed
cheaply on the opening day of their County
Championship match against Worcester-
The Leeward Islands left-hander made
just 13 batting at number four as the hosts
finished the day on 323 for eight, after win-
ning the toss and opting for first knock.
Hughes last first class match was nearly
four months ago when he was dismissed
for 0 and 12, ironically also against Worces-
tershire when Derbyshire lost by an innings.
On Sunday, his namesake Alex Hughes
top-scored with 73 not out while captain
Wayne Madsen got 56 and opener Billy
Twenty-two year-old pacer Charles Mor-
ris was the best bowler with four for 43.
The 23-year-old Chesney Hughes was
one of three wickets to fall for 30 runs,
bowled by seamer Jack Leach as Derbyshire
slid from 153 for one to 183 for four just
Hughes has endured a miserable season
with just 54 runs from five County innings.
Known for his big-hitting in the shorter
formats, Hughes fared no better in the
Twenty20 Blast with just 96 runs from nine
George Bovell...finally won gold medal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
up in 100m IM
Thompson wins gold in Berlin Hughes fails on
recall to Derby
Exciting period, says WICB president
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