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Canada to host inaugural World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships

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Swimming Canada received the great news that its bid for the 2012 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, presented to FINA, the International federation for competitive swimming, had been accepted. This inaugural event will be held in the spectacular Welland Recreational Waterway, located in the heart of Niagara, Ontario in August of 2012.

“FINA is delighted to award the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships to Canada,” said Dr. Margo Mountjoy, member of the FINA bureau.  

“Canada has a longstanding history in open water swimming and in hosting FINA events having just recently held the successful FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships 2010 in Roberval, Quebec. The Niagara Region is an attractive and exciting location for these Championships,” added Mountjoy.

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Brazilians take home 13 medals from Port Elizabeth

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Nine Brazilian swimmers took part in the International Invitation Swimming Meet 2011 taking place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The national team included Fernanda Alvarenga, Henrique Barbosa, João Luiz Junior, Tatiana Lemos, Fabiola Molina, Carolina Mussi, Raphael Rodrigues, Tatiane Sakemi and Diogo Yabe. In all, 13 medals were garnered by the Brazilians. Luiz Junior was the only one to bag two gold medals, in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

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Israeli swimmers show talent

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Year 2011 started great for the Israeli swimming with participation of lots of swimmers in national and international events. Among them, Amit Ivry showed great performance at the beginning of the long course season, by winning the 100m butterfly in the "Victoria championship" at Melbourne, Australia, basing herself at the world top long-course ranking for the 100 fly event for 2011.

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Kitajima gears up for Japan s/c nationals

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Breaststroke specialist Kosuke Kitajima announced his participation to the Japan Swimming Short Course Nationals taking place on February 26-27, 2011, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center. He has been training with many world-class swimmers under Dr. Dave Salo at the University of Southern California (USA) since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Before the Japan Nationals, Kitajima will come home and prepare for the competition.

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Thorpe is back to the pool

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Swimming Australia National Head Coach Leigh Nugent says he is delighted to welcome five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe back to swimming, and is looking forward to his competitive return to the pool later this year.

Thorpe, who announced his intention today to return to the competition pool, also submitted a FINA Return to Competition Form* to Swimming Australia, which has now been sent to the international governing body for processing.

Once the form is processed by FINA, which usually takes 3-5 working days, Thorpe will then have to wait nine months before he can compete domestically and internationally at a FINA recognised competition.

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Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing retires

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Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing has decided to retire to end the speculation over the past one year on her future at the national team. National diving team leader Zhou Jihong told Xinhua on Sunday that the Olympic and world champion diver had submitted her application for retirement.

"She already made it clear that she would not train and compete any more, so she will not appear in the London Games," Zhou said.

"After one-year consideration, Guo decides to retire. We understand and respect her decision. She is no more a member of the national team from now on, " Zhou continued.

This is the first time that the national team confirmed Guo's retirement. After the Beijing Olympic Games, Guo has become the center of speculation as what she will do next. Her last major event was the 2009 East Asian Games held in Hong Kong when she competed in the synchro springboard.

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SA swim stars look to shine as the international speedsters gather in Port Elizabeth

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The South African swim stars and a rising pool of talent that competed at the recent Zone 6 as well as Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be out in search of top honors when the inaugural SA International Invitational Swimming meet takes place in Port Elizabeth on 29 and 30 January 2011.

Natalie du Toit’s extraordinary performance during 2010 is sure to continue in 2011 when she competes in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.

Du Toit broke 8 World Records at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships that took place in Pietermaritzburg last year.  She maintained her “golden girl” status when she achieved three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and won two gold and a bronze (SA Record) at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Einhoven.  

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Swimmers unite for flood relief

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Queensland has a proud history of producing champion swimmers and those elite athletes and their interstate colleagues have jumped in to pledge money and support for flood relief in Queensland and NSW.

Led by pledges of support and donations from Brenton Rickard on the Gold Coast, Queenslander Alicia Coutts and Cameron Prosser who live in Canberra, Marieke Guehrer in Melbourne, Emily Seebohm in Brisbane and Blair Evans in Perth, swimmers will band together across the nation to host a number of fundraising clinics in their home states.

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Good 2011 start for Japanese swimming

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The 2011 Konami Open was held at the Konami Sports Club-Nishinomiya near Kobe in Hyogo on January 15 and 16. Siho Sakai clocked 2:09.49 in the women’s 200m backstroke. Naoya Tomita did a good job, racing smoothly in the men’s 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:12.31. Sakai and Tomita were both declared "Swimmer of the Meet". In all, 36 meet records were established.  

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2010, a marvelous year for the Israeli swimming teams

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The great success began at the European Junior Championships in Finland, when Yakov-Yan Toumarkin won the 100m backstroke, 0.16 sec shy of Laszlo Cseh's record, while teammate David Gamburg finished third, giving the Israeli team a swim to be proud of.
After this performance, Yakov Yan Toumarkin proved that he is one of the top swimmers in the world for his age by taking two silver medals at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (SIN) in the 100m and 200m backstroke events.

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