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Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM

VIRGINIA, United States (CMC):Celebrated Trinidad and Tobago athlete Ayanna Alexander has produced the best triple-jump performance of her career to erase her own national record at the 39th annual Potomac Valley Games in Virginia.

Alexander disturbed the sand with a leap of 14.40 metres, 0.49 metres better than the effort that earned her bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, in August.

Her previous personal best was 14.15m, achieved in May 2012, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain.

Alexander, 32, who represented Ashburn, is the only woman to fly the T&T flag at the Olympic Games in the triple-jump event and is the record holder of national championship titles - eight - which she secured on a run from 2006-2013

Alexander's record breaking leap has catapulted her from 39th to tenth on the 2014 world performance list.

Bovell takes the gold in Dubai

DUBAI, UAE (CMC):Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell claimed gold in the men's 100m individual medley at the second leg of the Fina/Mastbank Swimming World Cup in Dubai on the weekend.

A four-time Olympian, Bovell touched the wall in 51.79 seconds to take the top spot and later secure silver in the men's 50m freestyle.

He scraped into the final of the 50m after he and his training partner Miguel Ozeki both tied for the eighth and final qualifying berth with an identical time of 21.95 seconds in the heats.

However, Bovell advanced to the final after Ozeki withdrew from the 'swim off' to focus on another event.

Swimming out of lane eight in the final, Bovell clocked 21.31 seconds to take second behind the USA's Josh Schneider, who touched the wall in 21.11 seconds.

The Trinidadian swimmer also finished behind Schneider in the 50m freestyle final at the first leg of the World Cup series in Doha, Qatar, last week.

Cleverley at Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):Aston Villa have taken England midfielder Tom Cleverley on a season-long loan from Manchester United, completing the deal a day after the closing of the summer transfer window.

Villa had to wait until the Premier League confirmed that it had received the paperwork for the signing before Monday's transfer deadline.

Villa announced Cleverley's arrival on its Twitter account yesterday.

The 25-year-old Cleverley joined fellow England international Danny Welbeck in leaving Old Trafford after seeing his prospects of game time reduced following the club's summer spending spree.