No sign or sight of George Bovell III in the Olympiisky Swimming Pool in Moscow, Russia this past weekend for the fourth city stop in Swimming’s World Cup series, the TT star also a no-show in the September 29/30 third leg in politically divided Hong Kong – this after identical 100-metre individual medley gold and 50-metre freestyle silver over the Doha Qatar- August 27/28 first stop and the August 31st/September 1st second in Dubai, UAE.
Bovell, if not dropped out of the lucrative World event for whatever the reason, has three more competitive stops to pick up competition – Beijing, China October 24/25, Tokyo Japan October 28/29 and Singapore November 1st and 2nd.
Bovell’s troubling absence from competition and the Trinidad and Tobago Under-23 Male Volleyball team’s straight-set whipping at the hands of host country Cuba in one of yesterday’s matches in the six-nation second Pan American Age-Group Cup Championship also soured.
Cuba won 25-14, 25-12, and 25-10, outscoring TT in spikes 37 to 8, blocks 10 to three and services three to one and leaving the youthful, virtual inexperienced TT team to fend off toughies like Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and El Salvador in the battle for two World Championship spots.
For the Brandon Legall-captained, Gideon Dickson-coached Trinidad and Tobago team, Nicholas Prescott tallied four points best.
But Trinidad & Tobago had plenty more reason to celebrate away in Jamaica yesterday as the hockey men’s team completed an unbeaten sweep of the opposition to qualify for next year’s Round Two of the International Hockey Federation’s Hockey World League.
The TT women’s team on Saturday completed a trail-blazing sweep of their opposition to be the first to book passage to Round Two set for Uruguay next February.
The TT men rode on goals by Akim Toussaint (45th and 67th) and one by Tariq Marcano (60th0 to shut out hosts Jamaica 3-nil, adding to a 3-1 beating of Barbados on Saturday and a 2-nil penalty decider against Dominican Republic who featured in a 2-all regulation-time draw on Thursday.
The womens team meanwhile whipped Barbados 2-nil on Saturday with captain Alanna Lewis and Oire Trotman scoring and the win followed successes 2-nil against Jamaica on Thursday, 3-1 against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and 5-1 over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
More TT success in the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in Suriname over the weekend as Akil Campbell, Tyler Cole and Teniel Campbell and Keiana Lester earned the nation’s largest medal collection in a regional cycling event – six medals comprising four (4) Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze over the two day Championships.
Akil Campbell, a 10-time reigning TT Junior National Champion won both the Road Time Trial and Road Race on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
14 year old Tyler Cole, in his first event representing T&T was also dominant as he captured two medals, Bronze in the Road Time Trial and Gold in the Road Race.
And to cap T&T’s exceptional performance, Teniel Campbell and Keiana Lester led a one-two finish in the Junior Ladies category with Campbell taking the top honours.
Other TT cyclists in action were Kasim Charles-Walcott, Jeron Loubon and Nicholas Paul.
In Tobago Colombian OSCAR Pachon won yesterday’s UCI Tourof Tobago Cycling Classic while Winston David of the USA won the pre-Classic four-day tour series with Patrik Moren of Sweden, Yondi Schmidt of the Netherlands and TT’s Emile Abraham, fourth.