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George Bovell Wins 100m IM Gold in Dubai

George Bovell Wins 100m IM Gold in Dubai

Posted by Shanelle Weir on September 02, 2014

Ace swimmer, George Bovell III, has wished this country a happy independence after making waves at the FINA World Cup in Dubai yesterday with a gold medal swim in the Men’s 100m Individual Medley final. The 31-year-old touched the wall in a super quick 51.79 seconds — the fastest time for 2014.

Despite having the second slowest reaction time off the blocks, the former Olympic 200m IM bronze medallist showed his class and speed to beat the American duo of Thomas Shields and Cody Miller into second and third respectively. Shields, who led at the halfway stage, was no match for Bovell in the breaststroke and had to settle for silver in 52.14 seconds followed by Miller who registered a time of 52.46. Bovell III had earlier sounded a warning in the heats with the fastest qualifying time of 53.36 seconds. 

The local swimmer will be back in the pool today chasing more medals when the Men’s 50m freestyle prelims splash off. Bovell III will compete in heat eight. 

With the Dubai leg of the fruelling FINA World Cup ending today, Bovell has so far amasses an impressive haul of three medals including two gold and a silver. He has been unbeaten in the 100m IM with two gold so far while his sole waiver from perfection is in the 50m freestyle where he has silver from the opening leg. 

Following his victory yesterday, the TT athlete took to Twitter to express his happiness. 

“Happy Independence day Trinidad and Tobago. Gold and the #1 time in the world for 2014 tonight in Dubai,” he tweeted. Bovell later repaid the loud cheer he received from a Trinidad and Tobago contingent living in Dubai with a photo.

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