Last lap for Japan's swimming stars before Olympic Trials
The stars of Japan Swimming such as Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda and Aya Terakawa were missing at the Nationals (25m) Championships held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center ( T-TISC ) in Tokyo, Japan from February 11-12, 2012 due to a heavy training they are undergoing for the upcoming Japan Olympic Trials taking place at T-TISC from April 2-8, 2012. Each of them trains in different places.
Kosuke Kitajima, Olympic gold medallist in 2004 and 2008, has been training very hard with teammates, such as Americans Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy under Coach Dave Salo at his U.S. training base, the Trojan Swim Club in Southern California, since the beginning of February. Takeshi Matsuda, silver medallist in the men's 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last year, has been enjoying his strong stress training under Coach Yumiko Kuze at 1900m above sea level at the La Loma Altitude Training Center in Mexico since February 15, and will be back home around the first weekend of March. Aya Terakawa, silver medallist in the womens 50m backstroke also in Shanghai, has been training with her team under Coach Norimasa Hirai at the University of Northern Arizona, USA since February 15.
Brazil announces team for South American Championships
The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA) will send a 28-strong team to the South American Championships taking place from March 14-18, 2012 in Belem (BRA). Check out the official team below.
Japan's Water Polo teams place third and miss Olympic target
Despite the hard-fought games, Japan's national women’s and men’s Water Polo teams lost their hope to go to the London Olympic Games this summer. Both teams took third at the Asian Water Polo Championships taking place at the Shin-Narashino International Swimming Center in Chiba-ken (JPN) from January 24-27, an event that served as Continental Water Polo Qualification Tournament for London.
China, first among women and Kazakhstan, triumphant among men, both get to compete at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments in Trieste (ITA) and Edmonton (CAN) respectively, to be held in April.
Busy 2012 schedule for Japan
They underwent a tough training camp during the Christmas holidays, getting in shape for the upcoming Olympic trial to be held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center from April 2-8, 2012.
Trinidad & Tobago: The road to London
Joshua Romany, Dylan Carter, Joshua McLeod, Abraham McLeod and Sharntelle Mc Lean all made their mark and signaled their intent for London. Not participating but present on the final day of competition was Kimberlee John Williams who also indicated her desire to qualify for the Olympics. There are commonalities among all these athletes other than the obvious – key is the mindset and determination to succeed. A variable is the pathway to preparation.
Brazilians swam 23 blistering marks in 2011
The Brazilian swimmers conclude 2011 with 23 brilliant times. In all, 14 athletes and one relay team clocked times that would qualify them for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the last event of 2011, an additional five swimmers got the marks: Graciele Herrmann in the 50 free, Joanna Maranhao in the 400 medley, Henrique Barbosa in the 100 and 200 breast, Joao Luiz Junior in the 100 breast and Nicolas Oliveira in the 100 free. In open water swimming, Brazilian star Poliana Okimoto has qualified to dispute the marathon swimming race in London too.
Double gold for Belmonte on the opening day
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte was the most successful swimmer on the opening day of the 2011 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Szczecin, winning double gold within just a few minutes. The 21-year-old, three-time World Short Course Champion dominated the finals in the 200m individual medley (2:07.06) and the following 200m butterfly (2:03.37).
“It wasn’t a big problem for me to swim the two races within just 15 minutes. I had focused a bit more on the 200m IM. Everything went according to plan to win the two titles.“
Pinheiros club wins Brazil's Swimming Juniors
The Pinheiros club triumphed at the Brazilian Junior Swimming Championships, also named the Julio de Lamare Trophy. The club scored 595.50 points, obtaining their 13th title in the event. In second came the club Gremio Nautico Uniao with 332.50 points and Minas TC took third with 305 points. Moreover, two new Championship records were set. The event took place at the Corinthians club in the city of Sao Paulo.
Sierra Leone's swimming team ends trials
After four weeks of intensive training, the Sierra Leone Swimming Association ended on November 21 its trials for swimmers at the National Stadium Swimming Pool. The four-week training programme was conducted by two German coaches, Gert Muller and Herbert Bernauer, and was supported by the National Association and the National Sports Council (NSC). Their objective was to identify potential swimmers that would be invited to the national team.
The coaches will hand over a list of the best six swimmers to the National Association that would be expected to represent the country in next year’s Olympic Games in London. The six swimmers together with the National Swimming Coach, Arthur Browne, will leave Freetown for Germany to undergo a five-week advanced training which is expected to start in April 2012. Afterwards, the swimmers are expected to depart Germany together with Coach Muller and Bernauer for the London Olympics.
Open Water makes debut at South-East Asian Games
Open water was part of the competition programme for the first time in 52 years at the 26th South-East Asian Games. The event is organised from November 17-19, 2011 on Putri Island one of the Thousands Islands around ‘Seribu’ archipelago in Indonesia, 17km from the Capital of Jakarta.
Air and water temperatures were around 30˚C and 28˚C, respectively. The competition was entered by four countries: Indonesia as host, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. There were events of 5km and 10km for both men and and women.
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