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Hausding retains 3m springboard title – Koltunova with second gold for Russia

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Patrick Hausding, the “World Diver of the Year 2010”, retained the first of his two 2010 titles in the 3m springboard at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, on Thursday. In a close competition, the German won with 499.40 points ahead of the two Russians, Ilya Zakharov (493.85) and the new 1m European Champion Evgeny Kuznetsov (482.35). After the fifth round Hausding and Zakharov were still joint leaders.

“My first dive could have been a little better. But after everything went well. You simply have to put your best dives at the end”, said the German who had gained medals in all five competitions in Budapest 2010. Patrick Hausding also achieved the second quota place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after Noemi Batki (ITA) had ensured the first one by winning the women’s 10m platform on Wednesday.

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Kuznetsov snatches title from Kvasha – Italy rejoices

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Ukrainian Illya Kvasha’s dominance of the 1m springboard event ended on the opening day of the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, taking place from March 8-13. The 23-year-old was striving for his fourth successive title since 2008, but Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov snatched the primacy from him. The 20-year-old from Stavropol, who finished fourth in this competition in Budapest last year, received 427.05 points, Kvasha 419.65.

“A medal is not bad, but I’m a bit disappointed as I wanted to win my fourth title in a row. My second and third dives were the problem, when I didn’t perform perfectly”, commented the defeated champion. Kuznetsov admitted that he was sure of gold before his last dive: “There wasn’t much that could go wrong anymore.”

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Tom Daley in London 2012 new mascot film

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Team GB diver Tom Daley stars alongside Olympic mascot Wenlock in the new animated film, ‘Adventures on a Rainbow’, with Olympic mascot Wenlock and Paralympic mascot Mandeville, which are continuing their journey around the UK, trying out new sports and discovering British icons. It follows the first film, Out of a Rainbow – both written by children’s author Michael Morpurgo.

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2010 SAC Report

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The Chairman of the SAC (Swimwear Approval Commission), Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, made a report to the FINA Bureau with the occasion of its meeting on December 13, 2010 in Dubai (UAE), providing the background, context and details of the entire procedure and analysing the results and evolution of this complex process.

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(procedure, analysing of the results and evolution of this complex process)


French stars shine in Genoa

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European champion in the 400m freestyle, Yannick Agnel debuted in style over the same distance at the “Nico Sapio” Trophy (short course). The French swimmer coached by Fabrice Pellerin clocked 3:42.31, close to the world season's best, resisting the onslaught of Italian middle-distance swimmer Federico Colbertaldo, who stopped the clock at 3:45.19.

Camille Muffat (FRA) dominated the women's race all the way and although she sped up in the last 50 meters, the Frenchwoman was not able to go below the four-minute mark. Her time was 4:00.30.

50m breastroke European champion, Fabio Scozzoli (ITA), produced a great performance, easily winning the 100m in 58.92. This places him at the top of the continental rankings.

Moreover, a fascinating battle took place in the men's 100m backstroke between American Nick Thoman and Damiano Lestingi from Italy, which ended in favour of the first (52.20 vs. 52.59). Another thrilling fight unfolded in the men's 100m freestyle, where the French Gregory Mallet powered home in a winning time of 48.69, beating American Schneider (48.86) and Calvi from Italy (49.43).


Eva Fabian (USA) wins in Roberval first gold medal in 5k for Americans since 1998

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Eva FABIAN (USA) was first among the 32 athletes who entered the 19.9 degree waters of Lac-St-Jean this morning following the American's strategy to take it out strong and to finish even faster. FABIAN led the field from the start of the race but ironically she and the silver medalist Georgia CONSIGLIO (ITA) were out faster in the first 2.5K in Saturday's 10K race than they were today in the event that was half of the distance. FABIAN's (USA) margin of victory was .10 of a second covering the two loops in 1:02.01.0. This is the first gold medal for an American swimmer in the 5K since Erica ROSE (USA) won this event at the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth. In that same championship another American Tobie SMITH (USA) collected a gold medal in the 25K event but the American drought of 12 years ended today with a gold medal in the 5K event.

Georgia CONSIGLIO (ITA) earned her second silver medal of the FINA World Championships trying to chase down one American and stay ahead of another American and two Brazilians who were in the group sprinting to the touch pad. Ana Marcela CUNHA (BRA) was 1.7 seconds off the gold medal pace but collected the bronze medal. Her teammate Poliana OKIMOTO (BRA) shared 4th place with American Christine JENNINGS (USA) in today's race, tied at 1:02.02.8.

The FINA 5K event was held under a bright sun and clear conditions, the first day of warm pleasant conditions without the threat of thunderstorms in Roberval (CAN). This was the first year than Larissa ILCHENKO was not competing in the 5K distance. She earned a silver medal last year on Ostia Beach during the 2009 FINA world Championships. More significantly she was the reigning world champion in the 5K distance from 2004 to 2009. ILCHENKO holds 8 gold and 1 silver medals in FINA world championship competition. ILCHENKO (RUS), the Beijing gold medalist in the Olympic 10K event withdrew from Saturday's 10K race due to hypothermia. She was not entered in today's 5K event.
Ekaterina SELIVERSTOVA (RUS) was disqualified for unsporting conduct towards her competitors and asked by officials to leave the race. Seven yellow card warnings were issued to the competitors.

FABIAN, who will turn 17 next August 3, was disqualified in the 10K competition on Saturday after being in the lead pack for almost all race. She was ejected from the course for her violation of the rules when she and another swimmer collided near one of the turn buoys and both swam on the wrong side of the buoy. Her father Jack who is also her swim coach and shared that "Eva was inspired after the 10K disqualification. She swam today's race the way she wanted to. We weren't sure it was going to work and honestly she doesn't have that much experience with 5K racing having swum only her third a month ago in Long Beach, CA (USA) to qualify for the World Championship team. Today she swam a front end strategy and we weren't sure it was going to work, some people told us it doesn't always work and others told us that it never works! Apparently we were lucky because it sure worked today."

Eva FABIAN spoke about her race just after leaving the water. "It was really good today. The start was really fast. I had attempted to make a breakaway a few times but I wasn't able to get away from everyone. I was pretty tired but I made sure I had plenty left for the sprint at the finish. The water was really nice today, a perfect temperature. I made sure that I was on the right side of buoy #4, the one I missed the other day. It was a tough race and I felt the waves give me trouble. Some of the waves were bigger than me, but it was a great race and a great finish. It was my best sprint ever and i am really happy with how I swam today."

USA Head Coach Mike GOBRECHT (USA) said that the success of the American women today was "a result of mental toughness, this race came down to the finish and this is something that Eva has been working on consistently. Her performance today has convinced me that you have to work on your finish in order to be successful. What you do in the last two or three strokes is the difference between earning a medal and not earning a medal. Eva led this race almost entirely, a few times the pack caught up with her, and she took off putting some distance between them and her. I am sure she was thinking that no one is going to catch me. After her disqualification in the 10K event, I can tell you that 'adversity leads to greatness.' This was a great day for American women. Christine raced somewhere between 6th and 8th position but she put herself in a good line for a strong finish and she was in the pack that raced for a medal."

CONSIGLIO (ITA) earned a silver medal in the FINA 10K event this past Saturday finishing just behind teammate Martina GRIMALDI (ITA). This is the third Italian medal for the women and the 4th for the Italian team following Valerio CLERI's (ITA) gold medal in Sunday's men's 10K. The Italian coach Emanualle SACHHI (ITA) said "this lake is very kind to us this week; four medals and three races which is very good for Italy. For Giorgia it was very important to continue to swim strong after her 10k medal, today her race was perfect." The silver medalist offered these comments: "I did everything I thought was possible today. I didn't expect the American to be out that fast. I had decided that i wanted to swim in 4th or 5th position and be ready for a strong finish. The American was faster in the sprint and I wasn't able to catch her."


1st FINA World Aquatics Convention - Online registration now open!

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FINA is pleased to announce the launch of the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention website, providing key information about the inaugural event, which is to be held in Punta del Este (URU) on September 27-29, 2010.

Please visit the page: http://aquaticsconvention.fina.org/.

This website was specifically created to deliver information about the Convention to delegates from National Federations, sponsors, partners, and media. An online networking tool will also be accessible via this website allowing delegates to contact each other in advance of arriving in Uruguay to pre-plan meetings with existing and new clients, reinforcing partnerships amongst the international Aquatics community.

The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention is set to become the premier event gathering the most influential people involved in Aquatic sports.

FINA’s 202 National Member Federations will meet in Uruguay with many other protagonists of the FINA world to discuss and contribute to the future of aquatic sports.

The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention will include a comprehensive programme of meetings, conference sessions and networking events accompanying a dynamic exhibition.

The programme includes presentations from respected international lecturers from several areas – Olympic movement, FINA Family, sponsorship, organisers of events, coaches and athletes, media partners – and will be accompanied by specific workshops:

-    National Federations’ development
-    New trends in Media
-    How to get successful Aquatic events

Media representatives are of course welcome to attend this Convention.

Media accreditation can be requested by no later than September 15, 2010 (please take into account the time needed for Visa procedure) to Pedro Adrega, Head of FINA’s Communications Department at the following e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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