George Bovell III led the cast of Trinidad and Tobago sportsmen and teams in championship performances this past weekend, winning the 50-metre freestyle final in Swimming’s series-closing World Cup meet in Singapore yesterday, following on his third place finish in Saturday’s 50-metre breast-stroke in what was a new Trinidad and Tobago national record time of 26.81 seconds.
The previous mark was 26.86 seconds which he had posted at last year’s meet also in Singapore where he was fourth-place in the final.
Bovell produced a stirring late surge to cover the seven-man opposition in yesterday’s 50-metre freestyle final, timed at 21.37 seconds, closer to his national mark of 20.82 seconds.
It was his third gold medal achievement in his five appearances of the seven rounds of this year’s World Cup but his first in the freestyle. He had won gold in the 100-metre individual Medley in both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
He had also finished second in the freestyle in both places and was also second too in Tokyo, Japan last week.