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.
Pini (PNG) shows talent at World Cup
The Asian leg of the 2011 FINA/ARENA World Cup series held in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo saw PNG Olympian Ryan Pini, eager to swim well and fast competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly in a 25 metre pool.
Ryan’s first event in the World Cup series was the heat swim of the 100m freestyle in Singapore where he clocked 49.43, a life time personal best time to finish in 10th place. Next was the 100m backstroke, an event Ryan has not swum for many years. He qualified in third spot for the final (53.30). “Ryan’s 50m butterfly was his last heat swim of the morning and he qualified in third spot with a sub 24 swim,” said Coach Rick Van der Zant.
Mexican Espinosa leads diving at home
Thousands of spectators cheered the home favourite diving team during their total sweep of eight gold medals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara (MEX). Diving was one of the most watched sports during America's biggest sports festival. Besides, the host nation totalled a record tally of 133 medals, including 42 gold, 41 silver and 50 bronze, to finish fourth in the overall medals ranking.
Paola Espinosa, Olympic and world medallist, created a sensation at the Games, going down in Mexico's diving history by gathering three gold medals in the 10m platform, both individual and synchro, and 3m synchro (also incidentally bagging a bronze in the 3m springboard). Espinosa successfully defended her title in the 10m platform in a tight final with team-mate Tatiana Ortiz. Mexico eventually placed 1-2 with Espinosa (370.60 points) and Ortiz (369.05 points). The minor medal was reserved for Meaghan Benfeito from Canada (358.20 points).
Brazil third behind USA and Cuba at Pan Am Games
The Brazilian delegation bagged 30 medals (ten golds, nine silvers and 11 bronze) from the Pan American Games which concluded on October 30 in Guadalajara (MEX). The squad was reinforced by the presence of swimming aces Cesar Cielo and Thiago Pereira. Olympic champion Cielo won four gold medals. He notably took out the 100m freestyle in 47.84, the season's second best time. Team-mate Pereira won eight medals, thus becoming Brazil's most decorated athlete at the Games with a total 12 gold medals.
In open water, Poliana Okimoto repeated her silver medal from Rio (2007) while the men's and women's water polo teams both won the bronze against Cuba. Brazil's synchro team finished third in both the duet and team free and Cesar Castro was the only Brazilian diver to pick up a medal (bronze) in the 3m springboard competition.
USA and Brazil put up a good show at Pan Am Games
Team USA confirmed they are the favourites in the swimming events for the XVI Pan American Games currently taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. But USA's strongest rival Brazil is also determined to steal the show in the pool. Thousands of fans filled the stands at the Aquatic Complex which will also host the FINA World Championships in 2017.
Brazilians Thiago Pereira and Cesar Cielo were most certainly up for the gold but in each race they entered, they had to contend with the likes of the Americans. Thiago Pereira competed in eight events and won medals in all of them (six golds, a silver and a bronze), repeating his feat from four years ago in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). His participation in Guadalajara made him the Brazilian athlete with the most gold medals at a Pan American Games. The talented swimmer has collected 11 medals since his first podium. Brazilian star Cesar Cielo won four gold medals, improving his performance from 2007 where he bagged three golds and one silver. Cielo was the fastest in the 50m freestyle, touching the wall in 21.58.
Canada's best divers set for 2011 Pan American Games
Just one week prior to the start of the diving events at the 2011 Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Canadian diving team is focused on closing out the pre-Olympic year on a winning note.
“Diving Plongeon Canada has selected its strongest team possible to compete in Guadalajara,” says DPC high performance director, Scott Cranham. “All the divers we are sending to the Pan American Games competed earlier this year at the FINA World Championships and are serious contenders to make our Olympic team for London.”
Huegill and co fly out to Stockholm
The 32-year-old Huegill and world championship 100m freestyle relay gold medallists Eamon Sullivan and Matthew Abood will contest all three European legs of the FINA World Cup in Stockholm (15-16 October), Moscow (18-19 October) and Berlin (22-23 October) and left Sydney today bound for Sweden.
Canadian swimmers kick-start the Olympic season at FINA World Cups
Several of Canada’s big names in swimming will have an early start to the season with some fast racing as they head to Europe this month to compete on the FINA World Cup circuit.
World Championships silver medallist in the 100 freestyle, Brent Hayden of Mission, BC and national teammates Mike Brown, Perth ON, Annamay Pierse, Edmonton AB, Erica Morningstar, Calgary Alta., and 17 year-old Chantal van Landeghem of Winnipeg, MB are amongst Canada’s Olympic hopefuls that will be racing in Stockholm (15-16), Moscow (18-19) and Berlin (22-23).
Sao Paulo wins Chico Piscina Trophy
The team from São Paulo state won again the traditional Chico Piscina Trophy, which comprises the Brazilian Interfederation Youth Championships and International Youth Championships. São Paulo won in both categories (international and national) for the 11th consecutive year. The national championships are contested by the state Federations of Brazil while the international championships are disputed by teams from other countries that are invited. This year Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Peru took part in the event. In all, 375 swimmers forming 22 teams attended the event. Four new records were set in the competition that took place at the Mocoquense club in the city of Mococa (BRA).
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