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Russian mixed duet leaves strong impression in Rome

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No one really knew what to expect, even less so the athletes. With the first-ever world championships mixed duet competition set to take place in six weeks in Kazan everyone has but this question in mind: what would the brand-new routines be like?

The four duets of Russia, Colombia, Turkey and host Italy that performed in the test event at the Stadio del Nuoto in Rome from June 13-14, 2015 provided a mouthwatering foretaste of what can be expected next July in the capital of Tatarstan.

On the opening night, 20-year-old Aleksandr Maltsev, the one and only male synchro swimmer in Russia, performed brilliantly with partner Darina Valitova, 2014 European champion, to earn the gold in the duet technical routine with a total 87.314, besting Italy and Turkey.

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Kosovo is the 208th FINA member

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The Kosovo Swimming Federation became the 208th FINA Member, after the recent approval of affiliation by the FINA Bureau. The distribution of the FINA National Member Federations in the five continents is now as follows: Africa – 52; Americas – 44; Asia – 44; Europe – 52; Oceania – 16.

 

FINA in mourning – Mario Vazquez Raña (MEX)

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FINA learnt with great sadness about the death of Mario Vazquez Raña, a great lover of Sport and a long-time supporter of the Aquatic disciplines. A respected businessman in Mexico, Mr. Vazquez Raña had been President of his country’s Olympic Committee, IOC Member, President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), Chairman of Olympic Solidarity, and was still presently President of PASO, the Pan-American Sports Organisation.

An Olympian in shooting, his contribution to the Olympic movement was remarkable for many decades, and his action largely contributed to the development of Sport in Mexico and in the five continents.

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Meilutyte: “I was like a jungle kid”

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Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)Wearing huge sunglasses, Ruta Meilutyte leans back in her comfortable chair and enjoys the Qatari sun.

On the closing day, December 7, 2014 of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, the 17-year-old Lithuanian bags home one gold (50m breast) and one silver medal (100m breast). Even though she wanted to win gold in both races, she is satisfied with her performances – missing the world record in 50m breaststroke just by one-hundredth of a second.



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Lasting champions

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Michael PhelpsFrench Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat caused a stir when she announced her retirement from swimming at 24 last July.

Like her, a dozen Olympic medallists from the 2012 London Games, including Leisel Jones, Alain Bernard, Rebecca Soni, Brent Hayden and Rebecca Adlington, have deserted the training pools since then. With less than two years to go to the next summer Olympics in Rio, is this wave of retirements in swimming merely post-Games blues-related or is there something underneath the surface?


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FINA President meets Hungarian Prime Minister, ahead of Budapest 2021

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FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu spent two days in Budapest and met with the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban to discuss the preparations for the 2021 FINA World Championships.

Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary received FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in the company of FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, 2021 LOC President Lajos Kosa and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas in the Parliament to overview the preparation process for the 2021 FINA World Championships and for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. The meeting took place almost exactly a year after the FINA Bureau voted for Budapest as the host of these events.

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FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar ends on a high

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A total 110 swimming officials, representing 62 countries, gathered for the eleventh edition of the FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar taking place in Miami (USA) on June 20-21, 2014.

FINA Vice President & Technical Swimming Committee Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger, FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Soren Korbo all spoke at the two-day conference.

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Conor Dwyer clinches title with 200m IM win in Santa Clara

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Olympic medallist Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) closed strong over the final 50 meters to earn the win in the men's 200m individual medley and lock up the men's Arena Grand Prix Series overall title Sunday June 22, 2014 at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at the Georg F. Hains International Swim Center.

Swimming side by side with North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammates Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.), Dwyer inched ahead over the freestyle leg of the 200m IM to touch first in 1 minute, 59.49 seconds.

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Gergely Kiss trains Sri Lankan water polo players

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Three-time Olympic champion Gergely Kiss (HUN) is taking an exotic tour: he’s currently in Sri Lanka to hold a three-week series of training sessions for the local water polo players.

The Hungarian left-hander, aged 37 but still playing at club level, was busy with the national team during the summers between 1996 and 2012, but afterwards he was keen to play in summer leagues.

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Hungary's Hosszu claims six victories in Charlotte Grand Prix

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Hungary's Katinka Hosszu was a double winner for the third straight night, picking up victories in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke, and U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) earned his third win of the meet in the men's 1500m freestyle.

Six-time Olympic medallist Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) sprinted to victory in the 100m freestyle and fellow gold medallist Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) earned a tie in the same event to lead the USA Swimming National Team members in action Sunday at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

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