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T&T s George Bovell III repeated
his double silver swim from last year
at the Singapore leg of FINA World
Cup when he ended second in the
men s 50m freestyle final at the Sin-
gapore Sports School Swimming
Pool, Singapore, yesterday.
Following his silver medal swim in
the 100m individual medley gold medal
splash on Tuesday, the USA-based
T&T swimmer was eager to improve
and get a second gold for this year.
However, in the 50m freestyle splash
he had to settle for his second silver
in six starts when he touched the wall
in 21.20 seconds, competing from a
difficult lane seven.
The winner of the event was Russian
Vladimir Morozov, the reigning World
Short Course champion, who gained
his fifth win of the series with a deci-
sive victory in 20.78 while USA s
Anthony Ervin, Bovell s main rival last
year took bronze in 21.26.
The medal won was the 10th by
Bovell this season at the World Cup
and his third silver overall to add to
his lone gold medal won in the 100m
IM in Eindhoven, Holland and his six
bronze medals in 13 swims.
In two years of competing at the
World Cup, Bovell, a 2004 Athens
Greece, 200m IM bronze medal winner
has now won 26 medals (10 gold, 10
silver and six bronze) from 29 finals.
Last year, he won 16 medals, (nine
gold and seven silver).
World record holder Roland Schoe-
man of South Africa was fourth in the
final in 21.36 followed by Brazil s
Nicholas Santos (21.40), Poland s Kon-
rad Czerniak (21.47), Aussie Tommaso
D Orsogna (21.59) and Holland s Jasper
Van Mierlo (21.80).
Earlier on in the morning heats,
Bovell won the fifth of six heats in
21.79 for the sixth fastest time overall
ahead of fellow qualifiers to the final,
Czerniak (21.80) and Van Mierlo
The others to finish in his heat but
failed to advance were Brazil s Fernando
Silva (22.08), who had the ninth fastest
time, Singapore s Darren Fang Yue Lim
(22.26), Russia s Viacheslav Prudnikov
(22.69), Malaysian Daniel William
Henry Bego (23.51) and home town
swimmer, Mattias Jia Hui Ng in 23.94.
Morozov was the top qualifier after
he won the sixth and final heat in 21.03
and was joined in the golden splash
by Schoeman (21.50) and D Orsogna
(21.64) while Ervin (21.42) and Santos
(21.70) qualified from heat four.
Bovell adds 50m
West Indies batsman Shivnarine
Chanderpaul is bowled for 36 by India's
Ravichandran Ashwin on the opening
day of the first Test yesterday at Eden
Gardens in Kolkata, India.
PHOTO COURTESY WICB WEB SITE
KOLKATA---A day that started with much promise
ended in an anti-climax for West Indies, after a half-
century from Marlon Samuels failed to ignite their
batting, as newcomer Mohammad Shami triggered
a collapse to give India an early advantage in the first
Test yesterday in India.
Samuels hit the top score of 65, but Shami grabbed
4-71 from 17 overs on debut, as the Windies, choosing
to bat on an easy-paced pitch, were bowled out for
234 in their first innings about an hour after tea on
the opening day before a half-filled Eden Gardens.
Several of the West Indies batsmen got starts, but
failed to carry on -- Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored
36, Kieran Powell made 28 and Darren Bravo got 23
-- as the visitors crumbled after lunch from a steady
138 for two.
The Windies, whose bowling plans were compromised
with Kemar Roach being sidelined with a sore shoulder,
then failed to remove either left-hander Shikhar Dhawan,
not out on 21, or fellow opener Murali Vijay, not out
on 16, as the Indians reached 37 without loss when
stumps were drawn.
The stylish Samuels was in cruise mode, reaching
his 50 from 61 balls, when he guided left-arm spinner
Pragyan Ojha through square cover for a single in the
second over after lunch.
Samuels was fortunate on 60, when wicketkeeper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, put him
down from an under-edged cut off Ojha.
He was bowled playing back to a well-pitched delivery
from the fast-medium bowler that kept low and moved
back to extract his middle stump. Samuels struck 11
fours and two sixes from 98 balls in 103 minutes, and
put on 91for the third wicket with Bravo that had
revived the Windies from a wobbly 47 for two after
the first hour.
West Indies suffered a further setback, when Bravo
was run out for 23 in a mix-up with fellow left-hander
Shivnarine Chanderpaul next over.
Bravo advanced looking for a single into square leg
from off-spin threat Ravichandran Ashwin, failed to
get a clear response from Chanderpaul and was beaten
by Shami s throw to Dhoni.
Denesh Ramdin was fortunate next delivery, when
he edged his first ball, from Ashwin, just wide of slip
for a boundary, but Shami bowled him for four in the
following over, when he played too late on a delivery
which moved back sharply and also extracted his mid-
Sammy came to the crease and endured a few tense
moments with Chanderpaul against Shami to stem
the fall of wickets. He managed 16 before he tried to
collect his fourth four, off Ojha, and was caught inside
the long-off boundary to leave the Windies 172 for six.
To a tumultuous roar from the crowd, Shane Shilling-
ford s 40-minute resistance came to a momentous
conclusion, when he was adjudged lbw for five playing
defensively forward to Indian batting superstar Sachin
Tendulkar to prompt tea with West Indies 192 for seven.
With Roach nursing his sore shoulder, left-arm fast
bowler Sheldon Cottrell made his Test debut, becoming
the 297th Test player from the Caribbean.
It meant there was only one change to the side that
played in the tour opener against Uttar Pradesh last
week, with off-spinner Shillingford replacing left-
handed batsman and part-time off-spinner Narsingh
India handed debuts to Shami and batsman Rohit
Sharma, leaving out Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane,
Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.
Local authorities held a brief ceremony before the
start of play, presenting both teams -- including the
soon-to-be retired Tendulkar -- with bouquets, a com-
memorative medal and tie.
WEST INDIES 1st Inns
C Gayle c Vijay b Kumar t18
Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-47, 3-138, 4-138, 5-143, 6-172, 7-
127, 8-211, 9-233, 10-234
Bowling: Kumar 14-6-33-1; M Shami 17-2-71-4; Ashwin
21-9-52-2; Ojha 24-6-62-1; Tendulkar 2-1-5-1
INDIA 1st Inns
To bat: C Pujara, S Tendulkar, V Kohli, R Sharma, +MS
Dhoni, R Ashwin, B Kumar, M Shami, P Ojhato
Bowling: Best 2-0-15-0; Cottrell 5-2-13-0; Shillingford 4-
2-8-0; Permaul 1-0-1-0
Position: India trail by 197 runs with all first innings
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: R Kettleborough (England), N Llong (England)
TV umpire: V Kulkarni (India)
Match referee: A Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: S Das (India)
...as Windies batting fails
Samuels half century in vain
The T&T Football Association
(TTFA) yesterday apologised for a
series of contradicting messages con-
veyed via several press releases per-
taining to the contribution of funds
derived from the sale of "I Support
Akeem" T-shirts to the Heart of a War-
In another TTFA release sent yester-
day, this time addressed from the office
of the TTFA general secretary, Sheldon
Phillips, following a meeting with the
T-shirt produced, Native Spirit, the
body acknowledged its error in the com-
munication after originally stating that
all proceeds from T-shirt sales will go
to the Heart of a Warrior foundation.
A week ago, the TTFA disclosed the
total funds which came from the sale
of T-shirts as well as ticket sales for
the Akeem Adams stands. The total
was $72,300, of which $50,000 came
from the sale of 2,000 T-shirts printed
by Native Spirit. It was then that the
TTFA stated that a quarter of T-shirt
sales would be contributed to the fund,
which the remaining $75 would go
toward the production of the T-shirts
by Native Spirit. The disclosure raised
questions as the TTFA previously adver-
tised the sale of the T-shirts stating
that all proceeds would go toward a
fund created for Adams, a 22-year-old
former youth and senior T&T interna-
tional defender, who, following a serious
heart attack in Hungary last month,
had the lower part of his left leg ampu-
The local football governing body also
insisted, via the release that it never
received any proceeds from the arrange-
Phillips yesterday apologised while
he acknowledged that the TTFA should
have corrected its error from the onset.
"Firstly, the TTFA is sorry and would
like to express its regret over any con-
fusion caused by inconsistent commu-
nication regarding the amount of the
sales price directed to the fund sup-
It continued, "In hindsight, a follow
up release expressly stating the amount
going to the fund from T-shirt sales
should have been produced."
"While the TTFA regrets the unin-
tended miscommunication, it is impor-
tant to state that based on third part
confirmation of costs associated with
the production of the shirts, the dona-
tion provided by the T-shirt sales was
appropriate and we respectfully deny
any claims of profiteering."
Phillips said the cost of each shirt
($75) was due to its "exceptional quality."
"Instead of passing along an item of
lesser quality, the TTFA sought to ensure
our brand would adorn items of an
The release concluded by saying it
would be glad to answer any follow up
questions at the next press conference,
which is scheduled for Friday to discuss
matters pertaining to T&T s upcoming
home and away friendly series against
Jamaica, carded for November 15 and
19, in Montego Bay and Port-of-Spain,
TTFA apologises for
Akeem T-shirt error
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