Japan rewards its top athletes and swimmers get ready for FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
The 44th TV Asahi Big Sports Award 2009 was held on January 15, 2010, at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in Japan and rewarded not only swimmers but also a wide range of athletes coming from baseball, golf, sumo, soccer, athletics, and others.
Birth and staleness force Aussie Sharks captain Whalan to have year-long break
Aussie Sharks men’s water polo captain Thomas Whalan is taking a year away from international competition. He and former international swim star wife Elka (nee Graham) are expecting their first baby and the 264-game veteran for the Sharks told his team-mates by email that his focus and motivation since the Rome FINA World Championships last July has not been 100 per cent.
2 major diving and open water swimming events to take place in Mexico this month
The Mexican Swimming Federation called on its divers to participate in the internal selection for the Grand Prix of Russia and Germany, and to join the team of divers to participate in the international selection for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.
The diving pool named after Mexican’s legend "Joaquin Capilla" will host the first two diving events of the season, scheduled from January 28-30, 2010.
Moreover, on January 23, 2010, in the beautiful port of Acapulco will be held the first open water competition of the season in Mexico; the 5K Ronald Johnson. The event will attract top swimmers who are preparing their way to the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Brazil's National Team convened for South American Championship
The national swimming team for the South American Championship has been convened. As a whole, 28 swimmers are convened to dispute the event from the 25th to the 29th of March, in Medellin, Colombia.
Pinheiros won the last event of the 2009 season and Cesar Cielo broke the World Record in the men’s
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the last national competition of 2009, the Brazilian Sports Aquatic Confederation Open Championships (in 50m-pool). The club scored 975 points and dominated the swimming events. Minas TC finished the competition in second with 479 points, while Unisanta took third with 161.5 points. As a whole, one new World Record and three new national records were set and 29 clubs scored points in the event. The competition took place at the city of São Paulo, in the pool of Pinheiros club.
Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins second title in Brazil’s WP League
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won its second title in the Men's National League of Water Polo (João Havelange Trophy). In the second final game, Pinheiros defeated Fluminense by 12-7 in Rio de Janeiro. In the first decisive match, Pinheiros was also better, scoring 12-5. Last year, Pinheiros and Fluminense also played the final games and the Pinheiros club got the title as well.
Istanbul successfully organised European SC Swimming Championships
The continental swimming elite concluded the year at an impressive level at the 13th European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Istanbul (TUR) from December 10-13, 2009. Ten World records (pending FINA approval) were established during the competition.
The Netherlands were the top nation by medals with ten gold, three silver and one bronze, followed by Russia (8-5-8), France (6-2-3), Germany (5-3-4), Hungary (3-4-1) and Croatia (2-3-0). No nation had achieved more than ten titles at European Short Course Championships since Sweden in Valencia 2000. The Championships Trophy, however, went to Russia for the best team by points (909), far ahead of Germany (671), Italy (600), France (586), the Netherlands (520) and Sweden (476).
Swimmers from 22 nations shared the medals in Istanbul. 41 participating LEN Member Federations were present, meaning a new participation record.
Istanbul will host in 2012, the 11th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
Japan collects 19 gold medals at the East Asian Games
The Japanese Team entered home after the 5th East Asian Games, held from December 5-13, 2009 in Hong Kong (HKG). 34 swimmers (19 men and 15 women) and eight divers (four men, four women) took part in the competition. The Japanese delegation came home with 19 gold medals. The Games were attended by over 2,300 top athletes from nine countries of the region: China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau, DPR Korea, Chinese Taipei and Guam. 22 sports were represented in these Games and more than 1,700 international journalists were accredited to the competition. Overall, China was very strong and dominated the operations.
Libby Trickett (AUS) retires from swimming
Dual Olympian, world record holder and multiple world champion Libby Trickett has announced on December 14, 2009 that she will retire from competitive swimming with immediate effect.
One of Australia’s most decorated female swimmers of the modern era, the 24-year-old plans to spend more time with her family and look to pursue a career in the media with Network TEN and ONE.
Speaking at today’s announcement, Trickett said it has been the most difficult decision of her life, but one she is now completely comfortable with.
Australia Wins 10th Holiday Cup in Women's Water Polo
Australia took home first place of the 2009 Holiday Cup anchored by tourney MVP Bronwen Knox and Top Goalie Victoria Brown. They defeated Russia 11-9 in the final day of action to claim the outright title. Team USA tied Canada 8-8 and earned second place at the event (held in Newport Beach, CA, USA) while Canada took third. Italy defeated the Netherlands 9-7 to earn their first win of the event despite the Holiday Cup's leading scorer Mieke Cabout who led the five day event in scoring.The rest of the standings saw Russia in fourth, the Netherlands in fifth and Italy ending in sixth place.
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