FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

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Organised in even years, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) gather the world's fastest swimmers for a five-day, top-level showdown in 25-metre pool.

This year, about 900 swimmers coming from all continents will compete in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014.

46 events (34 individual and 12 relays) are featured on the competition programme, for a total 138 medals.


 


 


Dubai, Day 2: Two more WR and tied match (3-3) between USA and Russia

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Stanislav Donets (RUS) - credit: gettyimagesTwo World Records and a handful of Championships records on Day 2 definitively confirm the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai as the premium event of the year in terms of world-class results. In a session with eight finals, USA and Russia shared the lead of the medal chart with three gold each, and also obtained one WR each: for the Americans, the first individual WR of the season (by the “insatiable” Ryan Lochte in the men’s 400m IM), and for the Europeans a new best time in the 4x200m free relay. Spain (and Belmonte Garcia) continues to impress, and South Africa got the first title in Dubai.   

Unstoppable Lochte
Lochte remains the man to beat in Dubai, and after the victory in the 200m free on Day 1, he established the first individual World Record of the year, with a superb 3:55.50 effort in the 400m individual medley. This performance improves the previous world best mark by a comfortable margin (Laszlo Cseh, from Hungary, had clocked 3:57.27 in December 2009). This was Lochte’s 17th medal in this competition, and his 10th victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), since his first participation in 2004, in Indianapolis (USA). Moreover, it was the third consecutive victory for Lochte in this event, after his 2006 and 2008 successes (he now equalled the three straight wins of Matthew Dunn, from Australia, in 1995, 1997 and 1999).

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Dubai, Day 1: China sets first WR of the year and Spain gets first gold ever

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

China - credit: gettyimagesAs FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione predicted in his opening Press Conference of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships, memorable performances will highlight this competition in Dubai (UAE). After the first day of action in the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, the first World Record of the year was established in the women’s 4x200m free relay and no less than 12 Championships records were established.

Following the five finals on the programme, a variety of countries is also represented in the medal chart, with swimmers from 10 countries (153 nations, a new record, are represented in Dubai) getting at least one award. The gold medal count is led by Spain, with two victories in this first day (the championships are held until December 19).

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Soni looks forward to renewing her “very good” rivalry with Leisel Jones of Australia in Dubai

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Rebecca Soni (USA) - credit: gettyimagesOlympic gold medallist Rebecca Soni of the United States of America (USA) is looking forward to renewing her “very good” rivalry with Australia’s Leisel Jones when the two go head-to-head at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai next week. Soni won her gold medal in Beijing in 2008 when she edged out Jones in the 200m breaststroke final and she beat the Australian in the 100m and 200m events in this year’s Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine, California in August.

But Jones turned the tables on Soni to win the 100m breaststroke final in Beijing and was also part of the 4x100m medley relay team that beat the USA, including Soni, to gold. That level of competition between the pair sets things up beautifully for another confrontation at the spectacular, new Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex on the Dubai Bypass Road when the Championships take place from 15 – 19 December.

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Italy’s Pellegrini looks to fill gap in her medal collection in Dubai

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Federica Pellegrini (ITA) - credit: gettyimagesOlympic gold medallist and long course world champion Federica Pellegrini of Italy will be desperate to fill a gap in her medal collection at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai later this month.

The 22 year-old freestyle swimmer, who is the world record-holder in the long and short course over 200m and in the long course over 400m, struck gold in Beijing in 2008 in the 200m.

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World Cup winner Alshammar and Olympic champion Frolander head up Sweden’s bid for glory in Dubai

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Therese Alshammar and Lars Frolander, two of the greatest swimmers in the history of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), are heading up Sweden’s bid for glory at this month’s event in Dubai.

The duo, both multiple medallists from past events, are the most prominent names in a powerful squad of 20 that also includes Sarah Sjostrom, the world record-holder in the 100m butterfly.

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