George Bovell Lowers 50 Breast National Record At Belgian Open Championships

The 2015 Belgian Open Championships are underway in Antwerp, Belgium, and Trinidad & Tobago’s George Bovell is making head lines.

The 31 year old is currently training in Italy and it is paying off. He qualified second in the men’s 5o breaststroke yesterday, breaking the Trinidad & Tobago national record with his time of 28.10. He set the previous record in 2013 at 28.22. Ioannis Karpouzlis of Greece earned the top seed in the event with his time of 27.36.

Later in finals, Bovell lowered his record again, breaking 28 for the first time with a 27.69. Karpouzlis wasn’t as fast as he was during prelims, but he did win the event with a final time of 27.61.

To view full results from the first day of the meet, click here. 

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6 years ago

Such an interesting career.

Bovell won the 200 IM at NCAAs as a freshman, breaking the US Open record in 2003.
In 2004, he set the WORLD record for the 200 IM (short course), and got a bronze in that at the Olympics.

And then mysteriously (to me anyway) almost never swam the 200 IM again. He did as well as bronze in the 50 free in 2013.

Reply to  floppy
6 years ago


This excerpt from the link below explains why George was forced away from the IM for a while:

“On his return to Auburn after Athens, George suffered a serious injury in November, 2004 to his knee when he tore his Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) which necessitated surgery.”


Reply to  CJ
6 years ago

Yup, he has done the 100 IM in recent years though.

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