Trinidad & Tobago: The road to London
Joshua Romany, Dylan Carter, Joshua McLeod, Abraham McLeod and Sharntelle Mc Lean all made their mark and signaled their intent for London. Not participating but present on the final day of competition was Kimberlee John Williams who also indicated her desire to qualify for the Olympics. There are commonalities among all these athletes other than the obvious – key is the mindset and determination to succeed. A variable is the pathway to preparation.
Brazilians swam 23 blistering marks in 2011
The Brazilian swimmers conclude 2011 with 23 brilliant times. In all, 14 athletes and one relay team clocked times that would qualify them for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the last event of 2011, an additional five swimmers got the marks: Graciele Herrmann in the 50 free, Joanna Maranhao in the 400 medley, Henrique Barbosa in the 100 and 200 breast, Joao Luiz Junior in the 100 breast and Nicolas Oliveira in the 100 free. In open water swimming, Brazilian star Poliana Okimoto has qualified to dispute the marathon swimming race in London too.
Double gold for Belmonte on the opening day
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte was the most successful swimmer on the opening day of the 2011 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Szczecin, winning double gold within just a few minutes. The 21-year-old, three-time World Short Course Champion dominated the finals in the 200m individual medley (2:07.06) and the following 200m butterfly (2:03.37).
“It wasn’t a big problem for me to swim the two races within just 15 minutes. I had focused a bit more on the 200m IM. Everything went according to plan to win the two titles.“
Pinheiros club wins Brazil's Swimming Juniors
The Pinheiros club triumphed at the Brazilian Junior Swimming Championships, also named the Julio de Lamare Trophy. The club scored 595.50 points, obtaining their 13th title in the event. In second came the club Gremio Nautico Uniao with 332.50 points and Minas TC took third with 305 points. Moreover, two new Championship records were set. The event took place at the Corinthians club in the city of Sao Paulo.
Sierra Leone's swimming team ends trials
After four weeks of intensive training, the Sierra Leone Swimming Association ended on November 21 its trials for swimmers at the National Stadium Swimming Pool. The four-week training programme was conducted by two German coaches, Gert Muller and Herbert Bernauer, and was supported by the National Association and the National Sports Council (NSC). Their objective was to identify potential swimmers that would be invited to the national team.
The coaches will hand over a list of the best six swimmers to the National Association that would be expected to represent the country in next year’s Olympic Games in London. The six swimmers together with the National Swimming Coach, Arthur Browne, will leave Freetown for Germany to undergo a five-week advanced training which is expected to start in April 2012. Afterwards, the swimmers are expected to depart Germany together with Coach Muller and Bernauer for the London Olympics.
Open Water makes debut at South-East Asian Games
Open water was part of the competition programme for the first time in 52 years at the 26th South-East Asian Games. The event is organised from November 17-19, 2011 on Putri Island one of the Thousands Islands around ‘Seribu’ archipelago in Indonesia, 17km from the Capital of Jakarta.
Air and water temperatures were around 30˚C and 28˚C, respectively. The competition was entered by four countries: Indonesia as host, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. There were events of 5km and 10km for both men and and women.
Pini (PNG) shows talent at World Cup
The Asian leg of the 2011 FINA/ARENA World Cup series held in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo saw PNG Olympian Ryan Pini, eager to swim well and fast competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly in a 25 metre pool.
Ryan’s first event in the World Cup series was the heat swim of the 100m freestyle in Singapore where he clocked 49.43, a life time personal best time to finish in 10th place. Next was the 100m backstroke, an event Ryan has not swum for many years. He qualified in third spot for the final (53.30). “Ryan’s 50m butterfly was his last heat swim of the morning and he qualified in third spot with a sub 24 swim,” said Coach Rick Van der Zant.
Mexican Espinosa leads diving at home
Thousands of spectators cheered the home favourite diving team during their total sweep of eight gold medals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara (MEX). Diving was one of the most watched sports during America's biggest sports festival. Besides, the host nation totalled a record tally of 133 medals, including 42 gold, 41 silver and 50 bronze, to finish fourth in the overall medals ranking.
Paola Espinosa, Olympic and world medallist, created a sensation at the Games, going down in Mexico's diving history by gathering three gold medals in the 10m platform, both individual and synchro, and 3m synchro (also incidentally bagging a bronze in the 3m springboard). Espinosa successfully defended her title in the 10m platform in a tight final with team-mate Tatiana Ortiz. Mexico eventually placed 1-2 with Espinosa (370.60 points) and Ortiz (369.05 points). The minor medal was reserved for Meaghan Benfeito from Canada (358.20 points).
Brazil third behind USA and Cuba at Pan Am Games
The Brazilian delegation bagged 30 medals (ten golds, nine silvers and 11 bronze) from the Pan American Games which concluded on October 30 in Guadalajara (MEX). The squad was reinforced by the presence of swimming aces Cesar Cielo and Thiago Pereira. Olympic champion Cielo won four gold medals. He notably took out the 100m freestyle in 47.84, the season's second best time. Team-mate Pereira won eight medals, thus becoming Brazil's most decorated athlete at the Games with a total 12 gold medals.
In open water, Poliana Okimoto repeated her silver medal from Rio (2007) while the men's and women's water polo teams both won the bronze against Cuba. Brazil's synchro team finished third in both the duet and team free and Cesar Castro was the only Brazilian diver to pick up a medal (bronze) in the 3m springboard competition.
USA and Brazil put up a good show at Pan Am Games
Team USA confirmed they are the favourites in the swimming events for the XVI Pan American Games currently taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. But USA's strongest rival Brazil is also determined to steal the show in the pool. Thousands of fans filled the stands at the Aquatic Complex which will also host the FINA World Championships in 2017.
Brazilians Thiago Pereira and Cesar Cielo were most certainly up for the gold but in each race they entered, they had to contend with the likes of the Americans. Thiago Pereira competed in eight events and won medals in all of them (six golds, a silver and a bronze), repeating his feat from four years ago in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). His participation in Guadalajara made him the Brazilian athlete with the most gold medals at a Pan American Games. The talented swimmer has collected 11 medals since his first podium. Brazilian star Cesar Cielo won four gold medals, improving his performance from 2007 where he bagged three golds and one silver. Cielo was the fastest in the 50m freestyle, touching the wall in 21.58.
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