Kitajima gears up for Japan s/c nationals
Breaststroke specialist Kosuke Kitajima announced his participation to the Japan Swimming Short Course Nationals taking place on February 26-27, 2011, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center. He has been training with many world-class swimmers under Dr. Dave Salo at the University of Southern California (USA) since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Before the Japan Nationals, Kitajima will come home and prepare for the competition.
Thorpe is back to the pool
Swimming Australia National Head Coach Leigh Nugent says he is delighted to welcome five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe back to swimming, and is looking forward to his competitive return to the pool later this year.
Thorpe, who announced his intention today to return to the competition pool, also submitted a FINA Return to Competition Form* to Swimming Australia, which has now been sent to the international governing body for processing.
Once the form is processed by FINA, which usually takes 3-5 working days, Thorpe will then have to wait nine months before he can compete domestically and internationally at a FINA recognised competition.
Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing retires
Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing has decided to retire to end the speculation over the past one year on her future at the national team. National diving team leader Zhou Jihong told Xinhua on Sunday that the Olympic and world champion diver had submitted her application for retirement.
"She already made it clear that she would not train and compete any more, so she will not appear in the London Games," Zhou said.
"After one-year consideration, Guo decides to retire. We understand and respect her decision. She is no more a member of the national team from now on, " Zhou continued.
This is the first time that the national team confirmed Guo's retirement. After the Beijing Olympic Games, Guo has become the center of speculation as what she will do next. Her last major event was the 2009 East Asian Games held in Hong Kong when she competed in the synchro springboard.
SA swim stars look to shine as the international speedsters gather in Port Elizabeth
The South African swim stars and a rising pool of talent that competed at the recent Zone 6 as well as Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be out in search of top honors when the inaugural SA International Invitational Swimming meet takes place in Port Elizabeth on 29 and 30 January 2011.
Natalie du Toit’s extraordinary performance during 2010 is sure to continue in 2011 when she competes in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.
Du Toit broke 8 World Records at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships that took place in Pietermaritzburg last year. She maintained her “golden girl” status when she achieved three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and won two gold and a bronze (SA Record) at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Einhoven.
Swimmers unite for flood relief
Queensland has a proud history of producing champion swimmers and those elite athletes and their interstate colleagues have jumped in to pledge money and support for flood relief in Queensland and NSW.
Led by pledges of support and donations from Brenton Rickard on the Gold Coast, Queenslander Alicia Coutts and Cameron Prosser who live in Canberra, Marieke Guehrer in Melbourne, Emily Seebohm in Brisbane and Blair Evans in Perth, swimmers will band together across the nation to host a number of fundraising clinics in their home states.
Good 2011 start for Japanese swimming
The 2011 Konami Open was held at the Konami Sports Club-Nishinomiya near Kobe in Hyogo on January 15 and 16. Siho Sakai clocked 2:09.49 in the women’s 200m backstroke. Naoya Tomita did a good job, racing smoothly in the men’s 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:12.31. Sakai and Tomita were both declared "Swimmer of the Meet". In all, 36 meet records were established.
2010, a marvelous year for the Israeli swimming teams
The great success began at the European Junior Championships in Finland, when Yakov-Yan Toumarkin won the 100m backstroke, 0.16 sec shy of Laszlo Cseh's record, while teammate David Gamburg finished third, giving the Israeli team a swim to be proud of.
After this performance, Yakov Yan Toumarkin proved that he is one of the top swimmers in the world for his age by taking two silver medals at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (SIN) in the 100m and 200m backstroke events.
Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins Swimming Open Championships
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the last championship of swimming in 2010, the sixth edition of Swimming Open Championship. The club scored 633 points and are the only team to win this competition in the history. Minas Tênis Clube finished the event in second position and scored 316 points. Flamengo, club of Cesar Cielo, has third with 140.5 points. As a whole, 375 swimmers to 49 teams disputed the competition. The event registered 16 new records. The championship was realised at Itaguará Country Club in Guaratinguetá city.
Diving coach Ivan Bautista wins the 2010 National Sports Award
Diving coach Ivan Bautista received a deserved recognition for his 16-year career, the National Sports Award 2010, which perpetuates the tradition of diving among the best Mexican sports.
Mexico President Felipe Calderón presented the award to coach Ivan Bautista, for having created a new Mexican school and formed talents such as Ivan Garcia, bronze medallist at the Youth Olympic Games in the 10m platform, German Sanchez, medallist at the 2010 FINA World Series and Kevin Chavez, gold medallist at the World Junior Diving Championships in Tucson (USA).
2010 Fiji Swimming Awards
Tritons Swimming Club of Suva dominated the 2010 Fiji Swimming Awards, which were held at the Anchorage Beach Resort on December 4. Club representatives, Paul Elaisa and Matelita Buadromo won the Best Overall Male and Female Swimmer of the Year Awards, Club Coach Eugene Panuve was awarded Coach of the Year and the Club took out the prestigious Club of the Year Award.
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