2 major diving and open water swimming events to take place in Mexico this month

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The Mexican Swimming Federation called on its divers to participate in the internal selection for the Grand Prix of Russia and Germany, and to join the team of divers to participate in the international selection for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.

The diving pool named after Mexican’s legend "Joaquin Capilla" will host the first two diving events of the season, scheduled from January 28-30, 2010.

Moreover, on January 23, 2010, in the beautiful port of Acapulco will be held the first open water competition of the season in Mexico; the 5K Ronald Johnson. The event will attract top swimmers who are preparing their way to the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.


Divers who qualify in the international selection for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 may participate in the individual 3m springboard and 10m platform. As for the Grand Prix of Russia and Germany, it will include both individual and synchronised diving events.

Mexico will present its best athletes at the international diving qualifying for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010, to be held next March in Guadalajara (province of Jalisco).

Currently, one of the best diving schools of the country, headed by Mexican coach Ivan Bautista, is one of the most successful examples of sport development in Jalisco; several of his new talents had an outstanding participation at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome.


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The first two diving events of the season will be held in Mexico


"On January 28, 2010, we will be in Mexico City to compete in the internal trials in order to define the best Mexican divers that will seek their place in the forthcoming Youth Olympics Qualification in Guadalajara. For that, we are actively preparing our athletes,” commented Ivan Bautista.

Moreover, on January 23, 2010, in the beautiful port of Acapulco will be held the first open water competition of the season in Mexico; the 5K Ronald Johnson. The event will attract top swimmers who are preparing their way to the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Among them is Ivan Lopez, participating in FINA Grand Prix and FINA World Cup, along with Patricia Castaneda, double silver medallist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, Alejandra Gonzalez and Odette Saldivar, who, among other competitions, participated in the 2009 World Universiade in Belgrade (SRB).

The event, which is organised by the Mexican Swimming Federation in conjunction with the Ministry for Sport (CONADE), is expected to be a great sport festival, with the participation of Mexican and foreign swimmers; it seeks to promote open water swimming at all levels, in categories ranging from 9-year-old swimmers to Masters and even includes a journey of 1 km and 1.5 km for children.

The Organising Committee announced Steve Munatones’ presence in Mexico, open water swimming specialist and member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, who will deliver a presentation to swimmers, fans and parents in Acapulco.

The 5k Ronald Johnson will be also selective for the National Olympiad, the most important sport event in Mexico when considering that many sport stars of the country made their “appearance” in this event.

The open water competition is named after Ronald Johnson, as a tribute to the American coach who died in August last year. He was behind the only two Olympic medals in Mexico’s swimming history.

Open water swimming made its debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will also make its entry in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games.

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