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Bovell gets down to business

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
From the Olympic Village in London
United States’ Shannon Vreeland, left, and Missy Franklin, right, embrace Allison Schmitt, foreground, and Dana Vollmer, centre, after they won gold in the women's 4x200-metre freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, yesterday. AP Photo


T&T swimmer George Bovell has made it clear that he is here at London Olympic Games to win a medal. He zoned in on the 50 metres freestyle and his every move so far in England has been directed at accomplishing that goal. This morning, the best swimmers in the world will compete in the heats from 10 am (5 am T&T time) at the Aquatic Centre in Olympic Park, seeking to get to the final of the event tomorrow. The medal race is scheduled for 6.32 pm (1.32 pm T&T time). On the advice of his coach, Sports Minister Anil Roberts, he used the 100m backstroke on Sunday as a warm-up, meanwhile setting a new national mark in swimming a personal best time of 55.22 seconds. Bovell passed up competing in the 100m freestyle on Tuesday, to focus on his pet event, of course.
Well that day is here and the Olympic bronze medallist will swim in heat six against Hanser Garcia of Cuba, Sweden's Stefan Nystrand, American Anthony Ervin, Andrey Grechin of Russia, Hungary’s Krisztian Takacs, Adam Brown (Great Britain) and Norbert Trandafir (Romania). T&T will wait with baited breath to see if Bovell can execute his plan to capture his second Olympic medal. T&T sailor Andrew Lewis has been gradually improving each time he gets into to the water since his event, the men’s laser, started on Monday at Weymouth and Portland in Dorset. Yesterday after races five and six, he went up to 42nd spot with 243 points and net points of 196. Unfortunately the higher the sailor’s point the lower his place. After a much improved race five where he placed 29th, disaster struck in the following race six when he came in second-to-last in 47th spot.
“Well I was coming to the last part of the race flying down wind pushing the boat really hard and I lost control and turned over going from 31st to 47th. It was sad but I finished the race with my head up,” said Andrew after yesterday’s races.
Cyprus’ Pavlos Kontides, who has 21 points (net points 12) moved to the top with former leader Australian Tom Slingsby slipping to second with 22 points’(net 13). Third is Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia with 39 points (net 19). Among the other Caribbean athletes competing in sailing, US Virgin Islands (USVI) Cy Thompson moved up one spot to 25th. He finished with 139 points (Net 107). In the women’s laser radial, Beth Lygoe of St Lucia is 38th and Mayumi Roller (USVI) is 40th.
Today, the sailors get a rest day but will be back in action tomorrow from noon (7 am T&T time) seeking a spot in the medal round which is scheduled for Monday. Only the top 10 sailor advance to compete in the final round. 


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