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PR 80 - FINA Junior Diving Worlds: Team of China dominates in Penza (RUS)

Sep 15, 2014 - Press Release

Lausanne (SUI), September 15, 2014 - The team of China has dominated the 2014 edition of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, organised from September 9-14 in Penza (RUS), by getting 14 medals (including seven titles out of the 14 events at stake). Individually, Wu Chunting was the most successful diver in Russia, earning three gold medals: Girls A 1m and 3m springboard, and the 3m synchro (together with Song Anxin). The remaining victories for the Chinese delegation came in the Boys A platform (Tai Xiaohu) and 3m springboard (Huang Bowen), Boys B 3m springboard (Zhu Han), and Girls B platform (Song Anxin).Other nations with victories in Penza included Australia, Mexico, Denmark, USA, Colombia and Japan. Besides China, the Australian divers were the only ones with more than one triu...

Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China domi…

Sep 14, 2014 - FINA World Junior Diving Championships

Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China dominates on platform

The last day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) appeared to be very stressful and tense for all the participants but especially for the Russian athletes looking for the first gold medal at their home championship.  In the Girls B 3m springboard final, Tatiana Stepanova finished fourth, 20 points behind the bronze medallist and 27 behind the leader. Ekaterina Nekrasova, who claimed silver on the lower board, came only seventh. The two Russian divers walked through the mixed zone with their heads down and refused to talk to journalists. Australian Georgia Sheehan delighted with her performance and was, on the other hand, very communicative and jovial. She earned her third medal of the competition, this time the gold, totalling 407.65. Georgia overtook another f...

Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 5: Sixth gold for China, first title for Australi…

Sep 13, 2014 - FINA World Junior Diving Championships

Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 5: Sixth gold for China, first title for Australia

The first event on the programme of the fifth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) was the Boys B 3m springboard final and the Chinese athletes were again among the favourites. In the end, they did not disappoint, with Zhu Han claiming gold with a total score of 466.15. Andreas Sargent Larsen from Denmark tried to repeat his victory on the lower board but finished “only” second, earning 462.60. Li Zheng (CHN) won the bronze medal with 446.25. “I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than yesterday. I came third on the platform but managed to climb higher today on springboard. So I will return to China and train harder to improve my performances”, confessed Zhu Han after the award ceremony.Action in the Boys B, 3m springboard - Photo credit:...

FINA World Water Polo Conference

World Water Polo Conference

Under the motto “Sharing the Magic of Team Sports”, FINA, in co-operation with the Mexican Swimming Federation, will organise on February 27-28, 2014 in Cancun (MEX) the FINA World Water Polo Conference.

This will be a unique opportunity for FINA’s Water Polo family to hear from established team sports, newly popular sports, and representatives from the Water Polo family about the new and innovative ideas they have used to ensure continued success.

The conference will provide dedicated leaders within Water Polo with an exciting platform where FINA delegates will meet international experts, drawing on their real-world learnings and giving practical tips to gain new insights and inspire visionary thinking that can be used in the future.

The FINA World Water Polo Conference will include:

• Inspiring success stories and key learnings from the established sport teams in the big leagues such as the NFL (American Football), NBA (Basketball), NHL (Ice Hockey), ICC (Cricket)
• Insights from the newly popular sports on how to break through the already crowded market and on how to capture the young audience’s attention and interest such as Rugby 7 and Beach Volleyball
• Views from sponsors and media partners perspectives including Arena, Dentsu, BrandActivator and Navigate Research
• Interesting success stories and input in Water Polo from both athletes and leaders

Before the conference begins, participating delegates will be “warmed-up” to the themes of the FINA World Water Polo Conference through a pre-survey that will be sent to all FINA Members Federations. Delegates can already think about which questions they would like to ask each of the speakers!

The conference will be highly interactive, featuring:

• A live Twitter Q&A
• Panel discussions, case studies and debates

Please check the most updated version of the Programme

Underlining the importance of this initiative, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said: "FINA is necessarily attentive to the constant evolution in the sport market. In this changing world, many new trends and developments have been made in all areas: the Sport has changed into a business arena made of great Stars and memorable performances, the ways to transmit it have also evolved, and the audiences that follow our best athletes are also not comparable to what existed some decades ago."

Dr. Maglione naturally looks forward to organising this event for the benefit of the Sport:

"The FINA World Water Polo Conference is the latest step in giving this Sport the place it deserves among the top team games in the world. Pioneer at Olympic level, being on the Games’ programme since 1900, it is also a pillar of Aquatics and is practiced in the five continents. This rendezvous in Cancun is primarily a forum of interaction and exchange of ideas and experiences, constituting a very healthy exercise that will certainly allow us to move forward in the right direction."

As with previous FINA World Conferences or Conventions, FINA will provide travel assistance, accommodation and three meals per day for one representative from each National Member Federation to attend the FINA World Water Polo Conference.