Kitajima performs well in Japan's nationals
Japan Swim 2010 - Japan's swimming nationals - has started on April 13, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex. The six-day championships welcomed more than 430 teams, totaling 1,365 swimmers, coming from various parts of the country.
Japan’s aquatic news round-up
The Indoor Diving Nationals took place at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 4, 2010. Mai Nakagawa and Sho Sakai took gold in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform in the women’s and men’s events respectively. Sayaka Shibusawa and Mai Nakagawa reached the highest podium in the women's 3m synchro event and the same award was reserved for Sho Sakai and Yu Okamoto in the men’s 3m synchro event.
Brazil takes first place at South American Games in Medellin (COL)
In swimming, the Brazilian team collected 51 medals (27 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze), while Venezuela finished second with a tally of 24 medals (nine gold, six silver and nine bronze) and Argentina took the third place with 19 medals (three gold, six silver and ten bronze). Brazilian swimmer Fabíola Molina in the women’s category and Guilherme Guido in the men’s category won the “Señor of Sípan Trophy”. The best performance goes to Joanna Maranhão, who won five gold medals (in the 200m and 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle) and a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle.
Mexico home to FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series N°2 and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix N°4
Mexico will be home to two major FINA events this month, to be held on the same week-end: the fourth leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2010 will take place in the Sumidero Canyon on April 17 and Veracruz will stage the second meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 on April 16-17.
Kiril Todorov, President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, declared that Mexico is proud to attract millions of looks with these two international aquatics events. He added that the country is ready to welcome the world’s best open water swimmers and divers and help raise the skill level of swimmers and divers in Mexico.
Brazilian teams awarded at South American Games
Brazilian open water swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha won two medals at the South American Games taking place on March 20-25 in Medellin, Colombia. Cunha came first in the 5km and second in the 10km races.
In the 5km race, Cunha and Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto draw in the first place, clocking 1h01m56s. Nataly Caldas from Ecuador finished in third place in 1h01m59s.
In the Olympic distance, it was a tight race for Cunha, who finished second in 1h58m10s3. Only a few metres from the finish line, Pinto sped up and passed Cunha to eventually win the race in 1h58m10s1. Argentina’s Antonella Bogarin took bronze in 1h58m15s5.
Mexican swimmers take home 28 medals from Speedo Series
National swimmers are preparing for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, one of the year’s most important swimming competitions in the region.
Jesus Azuara, Vice President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, announced that Mexico came back with a tally of 28 medals from the last Speedo Champions Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze).
Four Mexican divers in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series in Qingdao (CHN)
The national diving team travelled to Qingdao, China, to participate in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series on March 27-28, 2010.
Diving team’s Vice President, Alberto Acosta, confirmed the participation of four Mexicans in the first stage, which brings together the world’s top eight divers. Among them are 10m platform world champion Paola Espinosa, Yahel Castillo, ranked sixth worldwide in the 3m springboard and pair Ivan Garcia and Germán Sánchez in the 10m platform synchro. The coaches accompanying the team are Ma Jin, Ivan Bautista and Stefan Marinov.
Kitajima back in the race
Japan’s Olympic gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima will return to competitive swimming after a 2-year break. The breaststroke swimmer is currently training at a swimming camp in the USA and will soon compete at the Japan Swim 2010, taking place at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 13, 2010.
World diving champion Paola Espinosa reveals plans for 2010
The "Mexican princess of diving", Paola Espinosa, announced her official schedule for the year 2010; she will defend her title as World Champion in the 10m platform in six events (see below).
When asked about her 2010 schedule, Paola Espinosa said she has worked hard to prepare her list of upcoming events and confirmed she will attend the three meets of the 2010 FINA Diving World Series.
Paraguay gets set for South American Championships
The Paraguayan Olympic Committee (COP) gave a warm speech to the national swimming team, which is to compete at the South American Championships. Sports Minister Paulo Reichert, COP President´s Ramón Zubizarreta, National Senator Miguel Carrizosa and other national figures were present at the event.
The national swimming team will travel to Medellin, Colombia, on March 21, 2010.
For the first time in the history of South American Championships, Paraguay will participate in Synchronised Swimming. Virginie Isabelle Chevalet, who resides in France, will compete in Medellin, representing Paraguay.
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