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T&T s George Bovell III will make his
entrance at the 15th FINA World Long
Course Swimming Championship at the
Palau Sant Jordi Swimming and Synchro-
nised Arena, Barcelona, Spain, today when
he competes in a tough heat ten of 11 from
four at 5 am (10 am TT time).
Bovell, an Olympic and and World Short
Course Championship bronze medal swim-
mer winner takes to the indoor pool in the
men's 50m freestyle preliminary heats where
he will go up against American duo Anthony
Ervin and Nathan Adrian, a bronze medalist
in the 100m freestyle yesterday as well as
Yoris Grandjean (Belgium), Kenta Ito (Japan),
Marco Orsi (Italy), 100m freestyle semifinalist
Adam Brown (Great Britain), Shinri Shioura
(Japan), Nobert Trandafir and Sahnoune
Oussama of Algeria for places in the semi-
final and final to follow on Saturday August
3. This will be the second time that Bovell,
who turned 30 on July 18 will be competing
in the World Championship in Barcelona
after he was fifth in the 200m individual
medley finals ten years ago.
The Detroit, Michigan-based T&T
swimmer who is unbeaten this season is
also hoping to improve on two seventh
placed finishes in his last two World Long
Course Championship 50m freestyle final
after switching from his former pet event,
the 200m IM after a shoulder injury in
Two years ago in Shanghai, China, he
touched the wall in 22.04 while Adrian was
fourth in the gold medal splash won by
Brazilain Cesar Cielo (21.52) with Italy's Luca
Dotto (21.90) and France's Alain Bernard
(21.92), second and third respectively.
In the heats, both Bovell and Adrian clocked
22.03 for joint fastest qualifying time with Cielo
while in the semis, Adrian sped home in 21.98
and Bovell, 22.04.
In 2009, in Rome, Bovell was also seventh in
the gold medal swim in 21.51 just behind Adrian
21.49 while Cielo also won in a new Championship
Record time of 21.08 followed by Frenchmen,
Frederick Bousquest (21.21) and Amaury Leveaux
However, so far this year, Bovell has been in
good form having won the men's 50m butterfly
(25.08) and the 50m breaststroke, in a new national
record of 28.22 at June's Canada Cup to add to
his victory at the TYR Jax50 freestyle , held in
Florida, in April and is confident of his chances
to improve his previous showings.
Today he will no doubt have to keep his eyes
on Adrian as well as Ervin, the 2001 50m freestyle
champion, who was his main rival during the
FINA Short Course World Cup eight-leg meet
last year, which the latter eventual won on points.
Following the Championship, Bovell will turn
his attention to this year's FINA World Cup which
begins in Eindhoven, Holland on Saturday and
Sunday followed by a stop in Berlin, Germany on
August 10 and 11.
Last year he rebounded from a medal-less Lon-
don 2012 Olympic Games---his fourth Olympics---
where he was also seventh in the men's 50m
freestyle final with awesome performances in the
World Cup to claim 16 medals, seven gold and
nine silver for second overall "Most Outstanding
Men's Swimmer" behind Ervin.
He then placed fourth in the 50m freestyle final
at 11th International Swimming Federation's (FINA)
World Short Course Swimming Championships
in Istanbul, Turkey followed by his bronze medal
in the 100m individual medley.
So far, Mc Leod brothers Abraham and Joshua
have failed to get to the medal rounds at the
On Monday, 21-year-old Abraham Mc Leod,
was a disappointing ninth among the field of ten
in 28.26 seconds only ahead of Slovenia's Marek
Botik (28.39) and 41st overall from 80 competitors
in heat six of nine in the men's 50m breaststroke.
GROS INLET---International Sports Holdings Ltd
(ISH) has confirmed the purchase of the St Lucia
Zouks franchise just a day before the inaugural
Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20
tournament got underway.
The Singapore-based company is expanding into
cricket and other sports franchise opportunities glob-
Members of the management team were responsible
for the recent acquisition of Glasgow Rangers and
have extensive experience with global sports man-
agement, franchise operations and investment man-
"The formation of the LCPL T20 League heralds
the arrival of an exciting cricketing format to the
Caribbean through a dynamic commercial initiative,"
said Fayyaz Alimohamed, CEO of the St Lucia Zouks
"We hope that this is the start of an expansion of
cricket throughout the Americas and we are very
pleased to be part of this inaugural tournament."
"We are absolutely thrilled that ISH has joined the
Limacol Caribbean Premier League franchise family,"
said Damien O'Donohoe, CEO of the CPL.
"ISH and CPL share a vision of nurturing and
growing the sport of cricket and bringing a joyous,
celebratory form of cricket that is unique to the West
Indies to a global audience."
Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International and
Founder of the LCPL, commenting on the franchise
acquisition said, "We are excited to have ISH own
and build the St Lucia Zouks franchise."
Bovell makes entrance at World Championships
ISH buys St Lucia Zouks
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