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T&T s Olympic and World Short Course
Championships bronze medal swimmer,
George Bovell, cruised to victory in the men s
50m breaststroke finals and 100m freestyle
at the Canada Cup in Montreal on Friday
The 29-year-old Bovell won in 28.22 seconds
ahead of Warren Barnes (28.55) and Richard
Funk (28.90) in the ten-man final on the
penultimate night of competition at the Parc
The other finishers in the final were Kyle
Duckitt (28.92), Konrad Bald (29.16), Ian Blech-
ta (29.43), Bruno Ortiz (29.51), Jake Armstrong
(29.91), Jeremie Dery-Bergeron (30.52) and
David Nowicki (30.82).
Earlier on Friday morning in the 77-man
field heats, Bovell touched the wall in 29.14
seconds to share top honours with Club
Wolverine clubmate, Funk, and just ahead
another Club Wolverine entrant, Duckitt who
Bald (29.34), Warren Barnes (29.45), Blechta
(29.45), Ortiz (30.11), Dery-Bergeron (30.16),
Armstrong (30.20) and Nowicki who touched
the wall in 30.21 were the others qualifiers.
Last night, Bovell was also expected to com-
pete in the 50m butterfly finals after he qual-
ified as the fourth fastest qualifier overall.
Ortiz was the top qualifier in 24.83 seconds
ahead of his brother, Miguel Ortiz (25.24),
Christopher Bezeau (25.23) and Bovell, 25.50.
The other swimmers to secure places in the
50m butterfly final were Oliver Lee (25.71),
David Sharpe (25.84), Marc Muise (26.00),
Alexandre Magnan (26.13), Mirando Jarry
(26.18) and Michael Sinila (26.21).
Bovell also led the way in the men s 100-
m freestyle with a time of 50.13 as Club
Wolverine of Michigan took the top five spots
with his team-mates Anders Nielsen (51.03),
Junya Koga (51.31), Miguel Ortiz (51.36) and
Bruno Ortiz (51.63) next in line.
The other finishers were Blake Worsley
(51.66), Hassaan M Abdel Khalik (51.94), Aly
Abdel-Khalik (51.98), Christopher Manning
(52.61) and Evan Van Moerkerke (52.76).
In the morning heats, Nielsen was the top
qualifier in 51.15 followed by Worsley (51.60),
Ortiz (M) 51.74, Hassaan (51.95), Koga (51.99),
and Bovell, in 52.14.
Speaking after his double-gold swim, Bovel
who is undefeated in finals this season said,
"It was a solid night with two wins with a
100m freestyle time of 51.13 and then 28.22
in the 50m breaststroke.
He added, "Both were great in season times
that felt smooth and easy and the 100m
freestyle time is actually the same time that
I went last year before the London Olympics
Games at the meet or slightly faster. So thats
a good sign. The breast was my best time and
a possible national record.
Looking forward, Bovell said he was anxious
to see what time he can go in the 50 freestyle
today (Sunday), and more importantly what
mistakes he is making so he can learn from
The meet in Canada being hosted by Club
de Natation des Piscines du Parc Olympique
which ends today is the first taste of com-
petitive action for Bovell since he splashed off
his season with victory in the TYR Jax50
freestyle at the Bolles School Vible Pool, San
Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, in April.
He was then expected to compete at the
Santa Clara Grand Prix, last month, however,
there was a mix up with the entries and he
was a day late and was not allowed to compete.
Bovell, who used the time during his first
meet of the season and the current meet in
Canada to do some charitable work in Uganda
in the form of spreading the awareness and
fight against Malaria and Drowning also
stepped up his training after opting out of the
48th Sette Colli International Swimming Tro-
phy Meet in Italy, Rome earlier this month as
Following the Canada Cup, Bovell, the 2004
Olympic bronze medallist in 200m individual
medley, is due to head over to Europe to com-
pete at the French Open in Vichy (July 6 - 7)
and then the FINA World Long Course Cham-
pionships from July 28 to August 4 in
At the conclusion of the World Champi-
onship he is expected to turn his attention to
the FINA World Cup which starts with an
August 7-8 meet in Eindhoven, Holland fol-
lowed by Berlin, Germany, September, 10-11.
The remaining six stops will continue in Octo-
ber and November, but Bovell, who won a com-
bine 16 medals on the World Cup circuit last
year to end in second spot overall says he may
not participate in those as it was deemed too
hard to continue through all eight like last year.
Bmobile joined forces with
the T&T Gymnastics Federation
(TTGF) a couple weeks ago
when they successfully hosted
a National Invitational Cham-
pionship at the Woodbrook
Youth Facility from June 7 to
Bmobile is committed to the
development of youth and sport
in T&T and this event brought
much reward, as more than 200
gymnasts came out to compete.
Gymnasts between the ages of
five to twenty from over 12 clubs
throughout the country showed
their potential over the three-
The weekend was filled with
excitement, as the young partic-
ipants sought to make their mark
and advance their skills and per-
formance. The aim of the event
was not only for sport develop-
ment and recreational activity,
but also for self development.
At a media conference on June
7, Nicole Kerry Lum Kin, Head
Retail Sales (POS and West) bmo-
bile praised the TTGF for believ-
ing in the youth of T&T.
She stated "Bmobile applauds
the TTGF for the service which
they continue to give to our
nation s youth in promoting and
developing gymnastics at all levels
and educating and certifying
coaches and judges throughout
Trinidad and Tobago."
Also at the conference, Richard
Lue Shue, the TTGF President,
stated the importance of the tour-
He said: "The tournament is
instrumental in preparing our
local athletes to attend interna-
tional meets inclusive of the Pan
American Apparatus Champi-
onships and World Games which
will take place in Puerto Rico and
In summing up bmobile s
involvement, Lum Kin said devel-
oping youth and sport is "A cor-
nerstone on which our nation
builds the strong men and
women who in turn influences
the future generations."
Bovell wins two golds in Montreal
Bmobile on board with gymnasts
Leah Licorish won a Nokia PureView handset in the event's text to
win. She is presented with the device by Naresha Ali, Manager,
Mobile Marketing at Bmobile.
T&T s upcoming triathlon stars,
Nicholas Mitchell and Renee Chin Lee
did well on their international debut
at the Pan American Triathlon Junior
Championship, in Vila Velha, Sao
Paolo, Brazil, yesterday, when they
placed 57th and 45th, respectively.
Mitchell, the 2012 CCT Sprint
Triathlon champion finished in a time
of 1:09.56 among a pool of 68 starters.
The seas were rather rough, making
the challenge somewhat more diffi-
After his swim, Mitchell took to the
bicycle ride segment, where he suffered
an unfortunate spill, costing him pre-
He, nevertheless took completed the
ride successfully, before taking the 5km
run, where he recovered well to finish
in ahead of 11 other athletes.
Chin Lee, who was stifled with a
shortage in training due to recent exams
also did well to better nine other ath-
letes, when she finished 45th out of 54
starters. She clocked in at 1:21.01.
The races consisted of a 750m swim,
a 20km bicycle ride and a 5km run.
The two athletes are expected to return
Mitchell, Chin Lee complete Pan Am tri
T&T triathlon athletes Renee Chin Lee, left, and Nicholas Mitchell pose after
completing the Pan American Triathlon Championship, in Sao Paolo, yesterday.
Chin Lee placed 45th, while Mitchell took 54th, in the girls and boys divisions,
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