BCN2013 - General
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Thank you Barcelona! Over to you Kazan!
Shortly after the conclusion of the swimming finals, the Closing Ceremony of the 15th FINA World Championships gathered all the flags of the 180 participating countries in Barcelona (ESP), while the FINA flag was officially given to the city of Kazan (RUS), the next organiser of FINA’s major event in 2015.
“We come to the end of a great Aquatic Festival here in Barcelona! During two weeks, our best athletes performed at the highest level with remarkable results. My sincere thank you to all of them! The venues, the Host Broadcaster, the spectators, the organisation and the hosts’ hospitality were amazing”, said FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione. “The 15th FINA World Championships has increased the importance and value of all our aquatic disciplines and FINA brand gained more exposure and prestige. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all Spanish and Catalan authorities, to the Organising Committee Barcelona 2013, to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, and to the volunteers for their contribution, support and excellence in staging these 15th FINA World Championships here in Barcelona. These Championships were unforgettable!” added Dr. Maglione.
Aquatic Family gathered at the FINA Gala Dinner
The Prince of Spain Felipe honoured FINA with his presence on July 27, 2013 at the FINA Gala Dinner, organised in the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona (ESP). Gathering around 1000 attendees, this convivial occasion was also highlighted by the presence of the best Olympian in history (22 medals including 18 titles), US swimmer Michael Phelps, as well as several IOC members and many Spanish and Catalan authorities.
Representatives of the FINA National Federations present in Barcelona for the 15th FINA World Championships, as well as members of the FINA Technical Committees and Commissions were also in attendance. Finally, the sponsors and suppliers of the championships were obviously invited to this Gala Dinner.
Orlando Duque: "Why High Diving? Because it's a new challenge"
Orlando Duque, from Colombia, is one of the most well-known high divers in the world. He explained today to the media in Barcelona (ESP), two days before the start of the High Diving competition, for the first time included in the programme of a FINA World Championships, what leads a pool diver like him, to higher heights. “When you dive on a pool, it gets a bit boring after a while. All the pools look the same and you want to look for something different. Then, you start to think on diving a bit higher, then again a bit higher and then you end up doing the 27m-platform. It’s a kind of new challenge. This was my case”, considered Duque, a champion in the Cliff Diving World Series.
FINA Masters Congress
The FINA Masters Congress was organised today in Barcelona (ESP), during the sixth day of competition at the 15th FINA World Championships. The delegates sanctioned the following main changes:
- New requirements for the approval of World Records and top-10 results;
- Water temperature for open water events must be comprised between 18° and 31° Celsius;
- In water polo, at the FINA World Masters Championships, a player cannot represent more than one team;
- In Synchro, new adjustments in the judging system and change in the age groups (starting now at 25-29 – previously 20-29).
FINA Technical Swimming Congress
FINA held today its Swimming Technical Congress in Barcelona (ESP), with the presence of delegates from 134 National Federations.
The main decisions of the Congress were:
- Introduction of Mixed Relays, “which must consist of two men and two women”. World Records will be recognised in 50m-pool for the 4x100m free and medley mixed relays. In relation to split times in these events, they “cannot be used for records and/or entry purposes”.
- Approval of 25m World Records in the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley relays, and the 4x50m free and 4x50m medley mixed relays.
- The rules on breaststroke concerning the start and the turn remain as in the present rulebook.
Barcelona 2013 is on!
The 15th FINA World Championships are on! After the spectacular Opening Ceremony held in Palau Sant Jordi and the port of Barcelona, the best Aquatic athletes in the five continents are ready to shine in the six disciplines on the programme: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water Swimming, and for the first time in the history of FINA major’s event, in High Diving.
In a ceremony displaying Barcelona’s “Dreams of Water”, acrobats, actors, synchronised swimmers, divers, and many volunteers highlighted the importance of the natural element, and provided an excellent appetizer for the two-week competition in the Catalan capital. At Palau Sant Jordi, the event was marked by the parade of the 181 flags representing the participating nations, a new record at FINA World Championships. In Port Vell, the ceremony concluded with a magnificent firework, recalling Barcelona’s vocation to host sport major events – the 10th edition of the FINA World Championships was held also in the Mediterranean city.
Experience the Barcelona World Championships 2013 in real time!
Whether you are a Swimming, Diving, Water polo, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water or High Diving fan, you can live the unique experience of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) in real time!
On the FINA website homepage, you will have access to complete schedules, startlists, statistics, live results and reports for all FINA disciplines.
Moreover, and for the first time, FINA will feature a Live Blog, offering all Aquatics fans worldwide a fascinating immersion within the Barcelona World Championships 2013!
First swimmers at Palau Sant Jordi to inaugurate the main pool of BCN2013
The main pool of the 15th FINA World Championships, installed at Palau Sant Jordi, and host of the swimming and synchro events during the competition was inaugurated this Sunday with two popular initiatives.
The first one, called “BCN2013 Challenge”, gathered more than 1000 competitors aged 55 and more, while the second one, “Mulla’t” (“Get Wet”) was attended by the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas, and by the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias.
Maria Pelaez: from the pool to Planet Water!
On that August 24, 1997 it was also hot in Seville. A dry warm weather compared with the humid and boiling atmosphere in Barcelona, six days before the start of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013. Almost 16 years separate the two moments, but one person links them: Maria Pelaez. On that Sunday, covering the European Championships in Andalucia, I was surprised, like many other journalists, with the astonishing victory of the 19-year-old butterfly star from Malaga in the 200m, in a fast time of 2:10.25.
It was the first continental success ever for a Spanish female swimmer, and the highlight of a long career, spanning from 1992 until 2010. On this July 13, 2013 I met the same smiling Maria in the accreditation centre, where she is in charge of communication with the delegations of the 181 nations (a new record) entered for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Barcelona 2013 unveils medals for upcoming FINA World Championships
The medals of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) and various music pieces of the award and victory ceremonies were presented at the historic swim club CN Natacio-Barceloneta in the Catalan capital on June 27, 2013.
Barcelona’s Mayor, Xavier Trias, attended the vibrant presentation. “Everything we have seen today forms part of the image of Barcelona. The Championships will be in the limelight and we have to make the most of it,” Trias said.
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