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T&T swimmer George Bovell swam to
his third FINA World Cup bronze medal
on the trot, this time in the men s 100m
individual medley final on the first day
of the competition, at the Hamdan Sports
Complex, Dubai, yesterday.
Competing from lane six, Bovell was
third at the half-way stage of the four-lap
event, behind main rivals, Australian Ken-
neth To (23.39) and Russia's Vladimir Moro-
However, despite swimming the second
fastest second-half of the event in 28.21,
the 30-year-old Bovell, last December's
World Short Course 100m IM bronze win-
ner, could only touch the wall in 53.38 sec-
onds, still adrift of gold medallist To (51.64)
who had a second-half splash of 28.25 and
Morozov (51.76) who swam the quickest
second half, in 28.06 seconds.
Fourth home in the final was Japan's
Shinri Shioura in 52.90, well ahead of Hong
Kong duo, Geoffrey Cheah (54.70) and Ray-
mond Ho Lun Mak (55.62) while Hungary's
David Foldhazi (55.70) and Finland's Sami
Myren (55.84) brought up the final plac-
In the morning heats, Bovell, a silver
medal winner in the same event last year,
was the fourth fastest qualifier, but winner
of the fifth and penultimate heat in 54.74.
He was followed home by Cheah (54.80),
Myren (55.71) and Ho Lun Mak (55.76) who
all qualified to the final.
Morozov, who won gold in the same
event on home soil on Saturday in 51.61
ahead of To (51.83) and Bovell (52.88) was
the top qualifier from the heats overall in
53.81 to top heat six ahead of Shioura (54.01)
while To won heat four in 54.11 and was
third best in the heats.
The bronze for Bovell, follows his double
bronze in Moscow where he touched the
wall in 21.49 in the men's 50m freestyle
Morozov (20.59) and World Champi-
onships and World Cup record holder
Today, Bovell, the reigning World Long
Course Championship 50m freestyle bronze
medal holder, will look to add to his impres-
sive haul of 22 medals from 23 finals when
he goes after gold in his pet event, the
men's 50m freestyle in the seventh of eight
heats from lane five.
Also in the heat are Jean-Baptiste Febo
(Switzerland), Han Zheng (China), Felipe
De Souza (Brazil), Luca Dotta (Italy), Roland
Schoeman (South Africa), Shehab Younis
(Egypt), Liam Tancock (Great Britain), Geof-
frey Cheah (Hong Kong) and UAE's Saeed
Last year, USA's Anthony Ervin won gold
in 21.18 ahead of Bovell (21.23) and Australian
Kyle Richardson (21.58)
A four-time Olympian, Bovell began
the World Cup with gold in the 100m IM
in a new national record mark in Holland,
when he touched the wall in 51.15 seconds
while he also took bronze in the 50m
freestyle final after he clocked 21 seconds.
This was followed by bronze in the 100m
IM (51.65) seconds behind Morozov (51.13)
and To in 51.21 in Berlin a week later and
fourth in the 50m freestyle to halt his medal
winning streak at the World Cup at 19
medals from 19 finals before he resumed
with a double bronze in Russia last weekend.
After competing in Dubai, he will jour-
ney to Doha, Qatar for the fifth leg on
Sunday and Monday followed by stops in
Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo, Japan
(November 9-10) and Beijing, China,
BRIDGETOWN---The West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) has denied reports that Ottis
Gibson, West Indies head coach, is in con-
tention to take over at the Glamorgan
cricket club, according to ESPN Cricinfo.
BBC Wales had reported that Gibson is
being highly considered for the coaching
job at Glamorgan.
Gibson has been in his current role since
2010 and signed a three-year contract exten-
sion earlier this year, after interest from
"Ottis is not aware of this," Cricinfo has
quoted a WICB spokesman as saying.
"He signed a new three-year contract
this year and is focused on his role as the
West Indies head coach."
Gibson oversaw West Indies' victorious
World Twenty20 campaign last year and
the team has won its last six Tests in a row---
their best run since 1988.
Under his tenure, West Indies has also
moved up the test ranking to number five.
Gibson, 44, spent two seasons at Glam-
organ and is a former team-mate of the
county's new chief Hugh Morris.
Glamorgan will hold the final round of
interviews for the position on Tuesday.
As well as Gibson, former Glamorgan and
England bowlers Robert Croft and Steve
Watkin have both applied for the position.
GEORGETOWN---West Indies Under 19s rode
on a half century from Tagenarine Chanderpaul
and a four wicket haul from fast bowler Preston
McSween to register a convincing 67 run win
over Bangladesh Under 19s in the fifth Youth
One Day International (ODI) match at the Guyana
National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Chanderpaul patiently compiled a top score of
51 as West Indies were bowled out for 177 runs
while McSween removed key frontline batsmen
and tail enders to trigger a Bangladesh collapse
for 110, allowing the homeside to keep the seven
match series alive.
Bangladesh now lead the series three games to
The Guyanese batsman faced 94 balls, cracking
six fours and a six and played the lead role in
pulling the West Indies innings around after a top
He added 42 runs with Nicholas Pooran at a
crucial rebuilding phase after the homeside lost
some early wickets including Shimron Hetmyer
for a well played 29.
Pooran was caught after scoring 23, the same
contribution from Tristan Coleman, one of the
frontline batsmen who lost his stumps.
Zubair Hossain Likhon accounted for most of
the West Indian wickets finishing with four for
20.The West Indies pace attack troubled the front-
line batsmen and before the 18th over Bangladesh
had plunged to 55 for five as Ramaal Lewis's men
took control of the game.
Tight fielding as well by the regional side also
helped to contain the run flow as wickets continued
to tumble including that of Rifat Pradhan who
was brilliantly run out by Fabian Allen for 5.
Only a responsible top score of 49 by Sadman
Islam Anik succeeded in temporarily stabilizing
the Bangladesh innings.
But then any hopes Bangladesh would have had
of consolidating on Anik's persistence were dashed
after he was smartly stumped by Pooran off
McSween, the Grenadian pacer.
McSween, awarded player-of the match,finished
with impressive figures of 8.3-2-20-4 while Ray
Jordan picked up two for 30.
Trinidad and Tobago jumped ahead of
Caribbean rivals Jamaica in the latest offi-
cial FIFA World ranking released earlier
The T&T Warriors are now in 81st posi-
tion with Jamaica slipping four spots in
T&T is ranked 9th among CONCACAF
nations, while they are 4th in the Caribbean
Football Union (CFU) standings. The USA
leads the CONCACAF rankings, followed
by Mexico and Costa Rica.
T&T's jump is due largely to the per-
formance at the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia
which included a 3-3 regulation time draw
with United Arab Emirates and a 3-1 win
over Saudi Arabia. Tuesday's 0-0 draw with
New Zealand is likely to have a positive
impact on the next month's FIFA rankings.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart is not
too excited by the jump but knows of the
importance of T&T's move forward.
"Rankings are not something I pay par-
ticular attention to but yes it's good when
we can continue to make improvements
as we are trying to do at the moment. For
the sake of the players who are trying to
excel on the international club stage, this
is always a plus when the country can
improve in the ranking," Hart told TTFA
"But personally I think our ambition is
to continue improving as a team and a
football nation. That is what we are setting
out to do and the rankings will have its
TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee wel-
comed the jump over Jamaica, adding "We
have set ourselves some goals and making
our rise to the top of the Caribbean again
is one of those goals and of course improv-
ing the standard of our football and our
national teams. The process is an ongoing
one and any improvement on our rankings
is welcomed. This has some say also on
the interest that other international teams
will have in us as well and there are benefits
for our players in terms of the opportunities
that can arise for them to play outside."
Spain continues to lead the World rank-
ing table, followed by Germany, Argentine
is third, Colombia climb to fourth, with
Belgium up to fifth. World Cup 2014 hosts
Brazil, have dropped 3 places to 11th.
Bovell bags Dubai
100m bronze medal
George Bovell...third bronze medal on the trot.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul compiled a top score of
51. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
T&T jumps past Jamaica in FIFA ranking
WICB denies reports Gibson is quitting
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