FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

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Organised in even years, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) gather the world's fastest swimmers for a five-day, top-level showdown in 25-metre pool.

This year, about 900 swimmers coming from all continents will compete in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014.


46 events (34 individual and 12 relays) are featured on the competition programme, for a total 138 medals.



 


 


Youth programme 'aspires' 250 swimmers in Doha

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Penny HeynsThe first-ever Youth programme, jointly organised by the Doha 2014 organising committee and FINA, successfully drew to an end on December 7 at the Aspire's Zone, the world's biggest sport facility.

A total 136 countries sent one or two of their best swimmers aged 14-16 with their coach to take part in a week-long programme. U.S. top-level coach Todd Schmitz, who led Missy Franklin to Olympic glory at the 2012 London Olympics, run the programme with a 10-strong coaching staff.

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Doha 2014, Day 5: Hosszu and Le Clos are also the best in Doha!

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

CieloSome days after being awarded the title of FINA Best Swimmers in 2014, Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) were also the athletes shining the most in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held from December 3-7 in Doha (QAT). At the conclusion of the five-day competition, the South African star and the Magyar champion received the Trophy for the Best Male and Female Swimmer of the competition, respectively, after delivering great performances in the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Hosszu entered in the history of this competition by earning eight individual medals, the highest tally ever among women, and only equalling Ryan Lochte’s performance in Istanbul 2012 in the men’s field. The difference is that the North American collected some of his medals in relay events. Before the Magyar milestone, the best swimmers in a single edition of the championships were Susan O’Neill (AUS), Josefin Lillhage (SWE), Lisbeth Lenton (AUS) and Brooke Hanson (AUS), all with six podium presences.

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Youth Olympians get first taste at racing heavyweights of swimming

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Ahn Vien NguyenIn Nanjing, China last August, 400 swimmers lined-up in the 36 swimming events at the second edition of the summer Youth Olympics. From the up-and-coming field in Nanjing, a dozen made the trip to Doha, Qatar to compete in their first World Championships. Fresh impressions.

Brianna Throssell of Australia, a three-time YOG bronze medallist (100m and 200m fly, 200m free) achieved her best result in the women's 200m fly, taking sixth (2:06.40) in a top-level field led by Spain's Mireia Belmonte and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu on Day 1.

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Doha 2014, Day 4: Inspired stars raise the WR tally to 17

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Chad Alia Atkinson, from Jamaica, knew she was close to the victory and for some seconds looked at the scoreboard, perhaps waiting to see her name next to number 2. When she realised that in fact she was aligned with number 1, she couldn’t almost believe: her expression after getting the gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke says everything about the surprising outcome of the race. Swimming next to her, Ruta Meilutyte, from Lithuania, the World Record (WR) holder in 1:02.36 and fastest of the semis in a Championships Record (CR) of 1:02.43, seemed to have the race under control, but gliding in excess in the last stroke, she allowed the triumph of the Jamaican star.

In an equalled WR of 1:02.36, Atkinson won the first gold medal ever in the history of three Championships for her country, while Meilutyte got the silver in 1:02.46. On Day 2, the 50m breaststroke had finished in the reverse order, with the Lithuanian earning gold and Atkinson finishing second.

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Small country is no hurdle to big feat, says Moravcova

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Martina MoravcovaMartina Moravcova came a long way from small town Piestany in her native Slovakia to making her mark on the international swimming stage for no less than 16 years.

Addressing a 380-strong audience at the Aspire Zone's swimming pool on December 4, 2014 where the FINA / Doha 2014 Youth programme is taking place, the FINA Athletes Commission member delivered an important message to the young swimmers and their coaches, representing more than 130 countries.

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