Who the hell is Yu?
Veteran Trinidad and Tobago swim star George Bovell’s Rio 2016 Olympic campaign ended in just 22.30 seconds, as he was beaten at the line by 20 year old China rising star Yu Hexin (22.20) and 25 year old Poland swimmer Filip Wypych (22.23) in the heats of the 50 metre freestyle event.
So it would stretching it to say old Georgie, who is 33, could have been Yu’s pappy—although the very thought of that might be another reason to outlaw child weddings. But they might easily refer to Trinidad and Tobago’s 2004 Olympic bronze medal as “uncle”.
Mr Live Wire can just picture Yu now chatting with his little 20 year old “Belieber” buddies: “He won a medal in 2004?! OMG, wasn’t Blackberry like number one then?!”
Okay, that probably is not what 20 year old Chinese young men sound like. But the truth is Bovell three years ago—when he clocked 21.20 to take silver in the FINA World Cup—would be on his way to another Olympic final right now. And Yu, who set the new Youth Olympic record of 22 seconds in this event two years ago, would be leaving teary-eyed messages into SnapChat.
The 33 year old Bovell, who has suffered some injuries in recent years, has not been quite as dashing. He was still good enough to earn his spot among the best swimmers on the planet. But he could not break into the elite category of the best 16 athletes in his event.
Bless up, Georgie boy. Five times an Olympian. You’re still Trinidad and Tobago’s premier “wetman”!
Trinidad and Tobago judoka Christopher George didn’t quite have the performance of his dreams either, as he lost out to Myanmar’s Naing Soe Yan in his first and only outing in the 100kg judo division.
George and Yan both made their Olympic debuts today. Only the Myanmar man—wait, did we get that right?!—is in his 17th year as a judoka while his Trini opponent, who is a chartered engineer by profession, only discovered the sport in 2009.
Hard luck Christopher.
Considering that Myanmar is notorious for human rights abuses, civil wars and military juntas, maybe the Sport Company should send George to Longdenville to prepare for the 2020 Olympics!
Tomorrow is another day and, with all due respect to the previous competitors, nobody can doubt that the size of balls being cupped by Trinidad and Tobago’s next athlete. It has been measured at between 95 to 110 millimetres in diameter and tips the scale at four kilos.
And, of course, Mr Live Wire is referring to our shot put queen and 2015 Sportswoman of the Year, Cleopatra Borel.
Wait… What did you think we were talking about?!
Borel’s event tosses off at 9am while the preliminary round of the women’s 100 metre dash gets going from 10am with Michelle-Lee Ayhe—a dream combination of syllables for excitable commentators—Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett and teenager Khalifa St Fort all set to face the starter’s gun.
There is more action from 8pm on Friday night as the trio of 2015 Sportsman of the Year Machel Cedenio, 2012 Olympic individual and 4×400 bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon and 2012 Olympic 4×400 metre bronze medalist Deon Lendore will get going in the 400 metre individual event.
The meet of that glorious sandwich is Mr Anti-Bulls**t himself, Njisane “J-Boy” Phillip, who will look to lend his swag to the cycling sprint event from 3.14pm.
Make them eat dust J-Boy!
And, lest we forget, Andrew Lewis is still sailing tomorrow. Yeah, it is the same Laser event that he started on Monday. No, it’s not done yet.
Imagine people thought cricket test matches go on forever! Hang in their Laser blazer!