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T&T's George Bovell won his second
bronze medal at the FINA Short Course
World Cup at the Olympiisky Swimming
Pool, in Moscow, Russia when he placed
third in the men's 50m freestyle final,
The 30-year-old Bovell, who entered
the event as the defending champion,
placed third in the eight-man final in 21.49
First was home-town swimmer and
World Short Course Vladimir Morozov
who won in 20.59 followed by South
African, Roland Schoeman (21.15).
The other finishers in the final were
Japan's Shinri Shioura (21.51), Poland's
Conrad Czerniak (21.71), Japan's Kenta Ito
(21.80), Russian Nikita Konovalov (21.81)
and Great Britain's Benjamin Proud (21.96).
Earlier in the heats, Morozov was also
the fastest qualifier in 20.90 seconds ahead
of Ito (21.67), Schoeman (21.69) and Bovell
(21.71) who was second in heat five to Ito.
The other qualifiers for the final were
Russian Andrey Arbuzov (21.88) who opted
out the final, Konovalov (21.95), Czerniak
(21.97), Shioura (21.97) and Proud, ninth
in 22.06, but given a spot in the final after
On Saturday, Bovell also won bronze in
the men's 100 metres individual medley
with a time of 52.88 seconds.
First was Morozov in 51.61 while Aus-
tralian Kenneth To took silver in 51.83 and
Brazilian Henriques Rodrigues fourth in
With the two medals, Bovell, the reign-
ing World Short Course 50m freestyle
bronze medallist, has now carried his
World Cup medal haul to an impressive
21 from 22 starts.
The meet was also his first since August
when he had his World Cup medal winning
streak halted at 19 medals from 19 finals
with a fourth placed in his pet event, the
men's 50m freestyle final on the second
day of competition in Berlin, Germany.
Bovell also took bronze in the 100m
individual medley in 51.65 seconds behind
Morozov (51.13) and To in 51.21.
Earlier on in August, Bovell, a four-
time Olympian, began the World Cup with
gold in the 100m individual medley in a
new national record mark in Holland,
when he touched the wall in 51.15 seconds.
He also competed in the 50m breast-
stroke but missed a spot in the gold medal
splash by one spot after he was fifth in
the final heat.
A day later he got bronze in the 50m
freestyle final after he clocked 21 seconds.
Bovell will compete in the other legs of
the World in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(October 17-18); Doha, Qatar (October 20-
21); Singapore (November 5-6)' Tokyo,
Japan (November 9-10) and Beijing, China,
BRIDGETOWN---Three of the world's
best women's cricket teams will take to
the field at Kensington Oval over the next
two weeks for the region's first ever inter-
national women's tri-nation series.
The West Indies Women will take on
their counterparts from England and New
Zealand in a Women's T20 International
Series from today to Saturday October 26.
All of the matches will be played under
lights and live television coverage will be
made available throughout the Caribbean.
West Indies Women's captain Merissa
Aguilleira is very happy with the decision
to air the matches live throughout the
region, noting that it will only help to fur-
ther develop women's cricket.
She made the point that fans have heard
about the success of the women's team,
but unfortunately have never seen them
"Women's cricket has been developing
rapidly and I think the more matches we
get on television the better for us. I think
this is a good opportunity for people to
see us showcase our talents," said Aguilleira.
The West Indies are upbeat following
its recent ODI series win against New
Zealand just last week but Aguilleira noted
that they are not complacent heading into
the Tri-Nations competition.
"We are pretty much confident going
in and hopefully we can carry the momen-
tum. This is going to be an incredible series,
playing against the top two teams in the
world and we know that we are going to
deliver as well. In order to be the best you
have to beat the best and these girls are
the best so we know what we have to do
to stay focused. There is a lot of room for
improvement especially in our consistency
and our batting, we have to pick up the
slack in certain areas," said Aguilleira.
Staci-Ann King, Julianna Nero and
Shanel Henry have been drafted into the
team for the series and Aguilleira hopes
they will be able to showcase their tal-
New Zealand Captain Susie Bates noted
that despite losing their last two matches
against the West Indies, she was confident
with the line-up they have.
The New Zealand team that played in
the ODI series against the West Indies will
contest in the Tri-Nations T20 Series.
"I know some of our girls especially
with the bat can really stand up and per-
form," said Bates.
England Captain Charlotte Edwards
noted that every tournament they come
into there is pressure on them as a team,
but they are looking forward to playing in
the West Indies.
"We relish the opportunity of playing
out here in the West Indies, none of us
have every played in Barbados, it looks like
a fantastic ground and we are really looking
forward to getting underway next Wednes-
day against New Zealand," said Edwards.
England may have just arrived in the
Caribbean but they have been playing a
lot of cricket in the lead-up to the tour-
Edwards made the point that their sea-
son only ended a little over two weeks ago
and doesn't think that not having played
in the Caribbean recently will be a hin-
"We have a warm-up game tomorrow
[today], the girls are ready. I think it may
have been a problem if it was maybe
December, but this has worked really well
coming at the end of our season," said
The first match in the series will feature
host West Indies coming up against New
Zealand today from 7 pm.
All Whites here
to test Warriors
New Zealand's football team were scheduled
to arrive in Port-of-Spain last night from Hous-
ton for tomorrow's friendly international against
T&T at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The All Whites drew their final training fixture,
playing to a 0-0 draw with American MLS club
Chivas USA on Saturday.
According to New Zealand press officer Seamus
Marten, the visitors are highly anticipating the
match and are also aware of the significance of
the game with Akeem Adams' unfortunate health
"The match has a lot of significance, not just
for us in preparing for the World Cup playoff but
also for T&T and Akeem Adams. We were sorry
to hear of his circumstances," Marten said.
New Zealand head coach Ricki Herbert added:
"We've got a lot of respect for T&T, we saw them
in Saudi Arabia last month and they're a very
good side. More importantly, it's CONCACAF
opposition on their home soil and we'll be able
to see how we go travelling in a couple days before
The 0-0 draw with Chivas was witnessed by
a huge Mexican contingent and there has been
request for media accreditation from Mexican
media correspondents for tomorrow's match which
kicks off at 7:15pm.
Herbert was also at the Azteca on Friday night
to witness Mexico's 2-1 victory over Panama.
"[Mexico] are obviously a quality side and you
could argue, player for player, they are still the
best team in Concacaf despite their recent run,"
Herbert told the Herald on Sunday. "We already
knew how hard it was going to be but coming
here, you can see they take their support to another
level. The volume of people, not just inside the
ground - there were thousands more outside and
all around the stadium --- was incredible."
As of 2010, the New Zealand national team's
home kit is a white jersey with white shorts and
white socks. The away kit is a black jersey with
black shorts and black socks.
The team plays in an all-white strip rather than
the traditional New Zealand sporting black due
to a former FIFA regulation that reserved black
for the international referee strip. The silver fern,
a symbol of New Zealand, appears on the national
Meanwhile T&T will have its final training ses-
sion at the Larry Gomes Stadium today.
Before that, head coach Stephen Hart will join
New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert for a press con-
ference at the Trotter's Sports Bar in Port of Spain
as both men will give their pre-match views.
Hart described Saturday's training session at
Malabar as extremely intense as players tried to
stake a claim for a spot in the starting eleven.
"The session was very competitive and it's great
for us. You can see the intensity and the willingness
to work hard throughout which is what we want
from the players. Despite this being a friendly,
the players realise it's an important preparation
game for us because again, we are building for
the 2018 World Cup campaign," Hart said.
Striker Willis Plaza, back home from a stint in
Vietnam, is hoping to execute well again on Tues-
day following his two lively performances against
United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Riyadh
last month. Plaza scored with his first touch after
coming off the bench against the UAE, helping
T&T to recover from a 3-0 deficit before losing
"New Zealand will be a tough side because they
want to win also but we have to do it for our fans.
I am sure they want to see us play good football
and win the game on Tuesday," Plaza said.
The T&T team trained yesterday evening at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Bovell gets second
bronze in Moscow
Aguilleira says WI ready to deliver
Captains Charlotte Edwards (England), left, Merissa Aguilleira (West Indies), centre, and
Suzie Bates (New Zealand) at the launch of the Women's T20 Tri Series on Saturday in
Christ Church, Barbados. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET
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