Gold and silver continue to elude Trinidad and Tobago after five days of competition at the Central American and Caribbean Games but the tide may well turn today with the brilliant swimmer George Bovell THIRD leading the quest once more.
Bovell last night landed TRinidad and Tobago a fifth medal but it was bronze as he was a well beaten third in a record-breaking final of the men’s 50-metre backstroke.
David McLeod, the other Trinidad and Tobago swimmer in the final finished seventh.
Venezuelans Albert Subirats and Robinson Molina took the gold and silver with Subirats achieving a new Games record of 25.72 seconds, chipping 24 hundredths of a second of the previous mark set in the 2010 Games held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Colombian Andres Omar Pinzon, the record setter then, could only finish fourth in last night’s final timed at 26.04 seconds.
Bovell who was second to Molina in one of the two Heats to book passage to the final improved on his 26.65 clocking in the preliminary as he touched the final finish at 25.91 just a shade of a second off second-placed Molina whose time was 25.90.
McLeod meanwhile was 4th of the five swimmers in the first of two heats timed at 26.81 seconds with eventual gold medallist Subirats winning the prelim in 26.42 seconds.
Bovell’s medal was the fourth of the same kind Trinidad and Tobago earned yesterday as cyclist Kwesi Browne n the men’s keirin, table tennis men’s doubles tandem of Curtis Humphreys and Dexter St Louis, taekwondo artiste Dorian Alexander in the men’s 68-kilogram category had joined first medallist , pistol shooter Roger Daniel on the rostrum.
Also in finals row yesterday was TT’s third male swimmer at the Games Joshua McLeod who had the distinction of winning the non-medal B final for the 100-metre Butterfly event.
Later we tell you about the TT teams; showing yesterday and look ahead to today in Vera Cruz, Mexico, Day 6 of the Games ending November 30 and having a contingent of some 272 TT athletes and staff.