Brazil's team for world titles announced
Japan's talents set for Shanghai qualifier
Japan's famous breaststroke aces Kosuke Kitajima and Naoya Tomita are in good shape and expected to swim well at the Japan Open.
Gorman takes Crippen memorial swim in style
Set up to honour the late Francis ‘Fran’ Crippen, who tragically passed away during an open water swim in the UAE in October last year, Gorman was able to get the better of her US opponents Christine Jennings and Eva Fabian winning the 10km swim and sending a clear message ahead of the world championships to be held in Shanghai in July.
T & T second at CARIFTA Swim
Despite a valiant last day effort from the Trinidad and Tobago CARIFTA Swim Team, Guadeloupe was crowned the champions of the 26th edition of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Aquatic Centre in Barbados. Guadeloupe amassed 736.50 points to T & T's 679 and Bahamas 610.
T & T missed vital on points on the day due to the withdrawal of Dylan Carter. Carter was out of all Day four action, as he sustained an injury in his gold medal winning 100m freestyle performance. T & T in all won 46 medals consisting of 12 gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze. Carter accounted for five of those gold medals from his three days at the meet.
Japanese swimmers selected for the Worlds
The Japan Swimming Trials for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai this July successfully ended at the Hironoshin Furuhashi Memorial Swimming Center in Hamamatsu, Japan, on April 11.
The Japan Swimming Federation announced at a press conference a day after that 22 swimmers (see below), among which Kosuke Kitajima, Naoya Tomita, Takeshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Irie just to name a few. Head coach Norimasa Hirai told the local press that Japan's goal was to win five medals in Shanghai.
Japanese stars ready for Shanghai tickets
Most swimmers in Japan including breaststroke ace Kosuke Kitajima but also Takeshi Matsuda, Junya Koga, Ryosuke Irie, Naoya Tomita, Ryo Tateishi, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa just to name a few, are in top shape for the up-coming test. They will swim fast also for Japan’s hope to rebuild from the natural catastrophe.
Brazil tops medals table at South American Youth Championships (PER)
Brazil won 97 medals at the South American Youth Championships taking place in Lima, Peru, from March 16 to 27 at the Campo de Marte complex.
The Brazilian swimming team totalled 750.5 points and won 74 medals (35 golds, 21 silvers and 18 bronze). Venezuela finished in second position with 404.5 points and Argentina claimed third spot with a total 397.5 points.
In open water swimming events, the Brazilians took six medals (2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze) while in synchronised Swimming, the girls garnered 16 medals (11 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze). In the men's water polo field, the Brazilian squad defeated Venezuela in the final 16 to 3 (5:1, 5:2, 1:0, 5:0). Diving is not in the programme of the South American Youth Championships.
Colombia to host first South American Water Polo Championships
The Aquatic Complex "Horacio Martinez", in Copacabana, Antioquia (COL), was chosen as the stage for the First South American Water Polo Championships (for both male and female U-17 category), to take place from April 5-10, 2011. The delegations of Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and Colombia will take part in the event.
The excellent conditions presented by the Aquatic Complex "Horacio Martinez", widely known in Colombia for the hosting of aquatic events and the experience gained since the last South American Games, allowed the town of Copacabana to be chosen as host of this new event.
Kitajima gears up for Japan Nationals
Japan's swimming hero and breaststroke specialist Kosuke Kitajima is ready for the Japan long-course Nationals and the trials for the Shanghai FINA World Championships to be held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center from April 5-10.
He is now in the USA and training well for the upcoming important trials. Kitajima did a good job last month on February 26 and 27 at the Japan s/c Nationals. His confidence to swim fast is back. He won all his breaststroke events, clocking 26.68 in the 50m, 57.34 in the 100m, and 2:02.95 in the 200m, setting new national records. In all, six national records, eight high school records and four junior high school records were established at the short-course Nationals.
Christchurch earthquake shakes QEII Stadium's future
New Zealand’s iconic QEII Stadium could become another victim of the horrific Christchurch earthquake. Shut since the February 22 quake, which devastated the city and left thousands of people homeless and a third of the central business district’s 1500 buildings destroyed or set for demolition, QEII’s future is uncertain.
All Christchurch’s sporting facilities have been closed and the newly erected Deans Stand at the city’s main rugby stadium in also under a cloud. The stadium is slated to host round matches, quarter-finals and a semifinal of this year’s Rugby World Cup.
QEII is close to the hearts of FINA folk since its emergence in the early 1970s as the athletics and swimming venue for the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Millions of people have flowed through the gates to the aquatic venue, which underwent a major rebuild in the early 2000s to host the FINA World Masters Championships in 2002.
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