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Barcelona 2013 is on!

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Opening ceremony - credit: Giorgio Perottino/DeepbluemediaThe 15th FINA World Championships are on! After the spectacular Opening Ceremony held in Palau Sant Jordi and the port of Barcelona, the best Aquatic athletes in the five continents are ready to shine in the six disciplines on the programme: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water Swimming, and for the first time in the history of FINA major’s event, in High Diving.

In a ceremony displaying Barcelona’s “Dreams of Water”, acrobats, actors, synchronised swimmers, divers, and many volunteers highlighted the importance of the natural element, and provided an excellent appetizer for the two-week competition in the Catalan capital. At Palau Sant Jordi, the event was marked by the parade of the 181 flags representing the participating nations, a new record at FINA World Championships. In Port Vell, the ceremony concluded with a magnificent firework, recalling Barcelona’s vocation to host sport major events – the 10th edition of the FINA World Championships was held also in the Mediterranean city.

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Experience the Barcelona World Championships 2013 in real time!

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find FINA on social networks!Whether you are a Swimming, Diving, Water polo, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water or High Diving fan, you can live the unique experience of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) in real time!

On the FINA website homepage, you will have access to complete schedules, startlists, statistics, live results and reports for all FINA disciplines.

Moreover, and for the first time, FINA will feature a Live Blog, offering all Aquatics fans worldwide a fascinating immersion within the Barcelona World Championships 2013!

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First swimmers at Palau Sant Jordi to inaugurate the main pool of BCN2013

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The main pool of the 15th FINA World Championships, installed at Palau Sant Jordi, and host of the swimming and synchro events during the competition was inaugurated this Sunday with two popular initiatives.

The first one, called “BCN2013 Challenge”, gathered more than 1000 competitors aged 55 and more, while the second one, “Mulla’t” (“Get Wet”) was attended by the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas, and by the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias.

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Maria Pelaez: from the pool to Planet Water!

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On that August 24, 1997 it was also hot in Seville. A dry warm weather compared with the humid and boiling atmosphere in Barcelona, six days before the start of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013. Almost 17 years separate the two moments, but one person links them: Maria Pelaez. On that Sunday, covering the European Championships in Andalucia, I was surprised, like many other journalists, with the astonishing victory of the 19-year-old butterfly star from Malaga in the 200m, in a fast time of 2:10.25.

It was the first continental success ever for a Spanish female swimmer, and the highlight of a long career, spanning from 1992 until 2010. On this July 13, 2013 I met the same smiling Maria in the accreditation centre, where she is in charge of communication with the delegations of the 181 nations (a new record) entered for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

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Barcelona 2013 unveils medals for upcoming FINA World Championships

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The medals of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP)The medals of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) and various music pieces of the award and victory ceremonies were presented at the historic swim club CN Natacio-Barceloneta in the Catalan capital on June 27, 2013.

Barcelona’s Mayor, Xavier Trias, attended the vibrant presentation. “Everything we have seen today forms part of the image of Barcelona. The Championships will be in the limelight and we have to make the most of it,” Trias said.

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