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.



 


 


Doha 2014, Day 3: Five WR in glorious evening for Hungary

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

BernekAfter skipping the heats of the 400m free in the morning, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the protagonist of the third day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha (QAT). The FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014 strategically decided to be in top shape for her two evening finals, the 200m backstroke and the 100m IM and the choice paid off: in both events, the Magyar great established new World Records! In the backstroke race, she clocked 1:59.23 (improving Missy Franklin’s WR of 2:00.03 from 2011) and became the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark; in the medley event, she touched home in 56.70, bettering her own best time of 56.86 from the Swimming World Cup action last September. After setting also a global best mark in the 100m backstroke on Day 2, Hosszu has now three gold medals and three WR, plus two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m IM.

But the Hungarian saga in this third night continued with her compatriots Daniel Gyurta and Peter Bernek. In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Gyurta controlled the race and got the gold in 2:01.49, while Bernek dominated the men’s 400m free, with a victory in 3:34.32, a new Championships record (CR), the oldest one in the charts (the best previous mark of the competition had been established by Australia’s Grant Hackett in 1999, in a time of 3:35.01).

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Doha 2014, Day 2: Brazil rejoices, Hosszu gets WR consolation

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Ruta_meilutyteThe satisfaction of Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and of her coach at the end of the women’s 100m backstroke is the image of Day 2 at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha (QAT) until December 7. After an initial day where she lost two races (200m butterfly and 400m IM) to Mireia Belmonte (ESP), the Magyar swam with all her energy for the gold in the backstroke event, highlighting her effort with a new World Record of 55.03 – Hosszu swam 0.20 faster than Shiho Sakai (JPN, 55.23) in 2009. When looking at the scoreboard, the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014, strongly beat the water, and screamed her joy, meaning to whoever doubted on her shape that she is one of the swimmers to beat in the Qatari capital.

But this consolation was not enough to win the third direct duel with Mireia Belmonte, this time in the 800m free. The Magyar champion looked tired throughout the final, and Belmonte, WR holder since 2013 in 7:59.34 easily managed to control operations: she got her third gold in Doha, winning in a new Championships record of 8:03.41 (almost five seconds faster than the 8:08.25 clocked in 2008 by Rebecca Adlington, from Great Britain). Hosszu was fifth (8:20.71) of the fastest heat and ninth in the overall ranking of the event.

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Doha 2014, Day 1: Belmonte, 2 – Hosszu, 0

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Mireia_belmonteThe 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), staged in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014 couldn’t have started in a better way: after the initial day, three World Records and six Championships records were already established, with some races having unpredictable outcomes.

The hero of the inaugural evening session was undoubtedly Mireia Belmonte (ESP), winning the women’s 200m butterfly and the 400m IM in outstanding WRs of 1:59.61 and 4:19.86 respectively. And in both occasions, she defeated Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the dominator of the 2014 season in short-course pool. Chad Le Clos (RSA) won the men’s 200m free duel against Ryan Lochte (USA), France was first in the men’s 4x100m free, while the Netherlands totally dominated the women’s 4x200m free in a new global best mark of 7:32.85.


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FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 unveiled in Doha

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Huang XuechenThe FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 were unveiled on December 1, 2014 in Doha (QAT) in a memorable Gala “Soirée des Etoiles” (Evening of the Stars), held after a successful two-day FINA World Aquatics Convention and FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic.

Less than two days before the start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) also being held in the Qatari capital from December 3-7, the Aquatics Family paid a sincere tribute to its great stars in the six aquatic disciplines.


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Day 2, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Combining elite and development programmes

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FINA_presidentThe morning opened with a panel titled “Swimming for All, Swimming for Life Programme: adding social responsibility to FINA activities”. FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione, also Honorary President of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport of UNESCO, delivered the introductory speech.

After reminding  the audience that thanks to the efforts of the Athletes, the Coaches, the Officials, the National Federations and FINA itself, for the first time is in the Tier A of the IOC, he said: “Every year in the world 372,000 persons drown. Water is fatal especially to children in the poor countries. For this reason, we have developed the programme “Swim for All, Swim for Life”.

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