Kitajima leads Japan national team to Asian Games
The Japan Swimming Federation has announced the team to take part in the Asian Games at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex in early September. The Asian Games will be held in November 12-27 in Guangzhou, China. 29 swimmers, with breaststroke ace Kosuke Kitajima in the lead, will compete at the Games.
Kitajima and Koga are Japan’s spearheads at Pan Pacs
The swimming season is at its height with the European Championships just ended in Budapest, the Pan Pacific Championships taking place in Irvine (Cal., USA) on August 18-22, 2010, and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships to be held on the island of Maui (Hi., USA) from August 26-30, 2010.
Japan sent a big team to both Irvine and Maui, including Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima, world 100m backstroke champion Junya Koga, Ryo Irie, Ryo Takeishi, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa, Rie Kaneto, Risa Sekine just to name some.
Successful Masters Championships held in Japan
The Nationals 2010-Japan Masters Swimming ended successfully at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on July 19, 2010. Incredible but true, nearly 7,000 swimmers took part in the championships.
Twelve new world records were established; ten in individual events and two in relays. Mieko Nagaoka, 96 years old, broke the world record, timing 2:36.01 in the women’s 50m breaststroke in the category 95-99 years old. After she finished the race, she looked happy, wearing a broad smile.
Action Down Under
Ten years ago Yvette Higgins blasted her name into the Australian sporting psyche when she scored an improbable goal to win water polo’s holy grail — the inaugural women’s Olympic gold medal.
With the decade of women’s Olympic involvement behind us, it’s time to celebrate with six of the world’s best teams returning to the 2000 Olympic Games venue — Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre — for another rousing rendition.
Australia, Canada, China, Greece, Russia and the United States of America will contest 18 games over five days from August 8 in the Auspole Longmont 10th Anniversary Tournament.
Australia is the current World Cup champion; the USA holds the World and World League crowns while Russia is the European champion.
Open water swimmers take the plunge in Japan
The Oiso Long Beach 10km Open Water Swimming Championships were held in a lazy river (i.e. artificially created water current) at the Oiso Prince Hotel in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, on July 4, 2010. Swimmers had to complete a rectangular 500-meter long closed-circuit loop twenty times, counter-clockwise and without turns (two length sides being 250-meter long and two width sides 10-meter long each).
Busy July ahead for Japan
All Japan National Teams (Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming) are busy preparing for their July schedule. The swimming national team, with – just to name some – Kosuke Kitajima, Junya Koga, Ryosuke Irie, Takeshi Matsuda, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa, Marie Kamimura and Rino Hosoda, counts 49 swimmers, who are training hard for the upcoming the Pan Pacific Championships to be held in California (USA) on August 17-21, 2010.
Ivan Garcia proud flag bearer at Singapore Youth Olympic Games
The Mexican Swimming Federation announced that the diver Ivan Garcia will be the flag bearer representing Mexico at the Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore this August. This designation acknowledges the work and talent of Ivan Garcia, who is considered a rising diving star in Mexico.
Ivan García’s pet event is the 10m platform; he performs dives of a high degree of difficulty and his main results have been internationally awarded in platform synchro with German Sanchez, who participated in the FINA World Championships in Rome 2009 and the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup in China. He was also a silver medallist at the third meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz.
Emotive posthumous tribute to Joaquín Capilla, four-time Olympic medallist
Mexican Olympic Committee President (COM), Felipe Muñoz Kapamas, Director of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (Conade), Bernardo de la Garza, and President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, Todorov Kiril Minchev, were all present to pay posthumous tribute to Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla, who passed away on May 8, 2010, in Mexico City.
Mexico will defend swimming title at Central American and Caribbean Games
Twenty-six Mexican swimmers (12 women and 14 men) will defend the championships title at the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in July.
In the editions of San Salvador 2002 and Cartagena 2006, Mexico won 15 gold medals in swimming (long course) competitions and was superior to other countries in the region such as Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
The Mexican team is getting ready by taking part in several international competitions. For example, Patricia Castañeda, double silver medallist at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, and Fernanda Gonzalez participated in the Mare Nostrum meet in Barcelona (ESP) and Canet (FRA).
Mexico successful at the Loano Synchro Cup
Mexico gained one silver and three bronze medals at the Loano Synchronised Swimming Cup. The event was part of the Mexican team’s preparation for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Italy dominated the Team event competition, finishing first with 94.667 points. Brazil was second with 90.167 and Mexico third with 87.833.
In the Duet event, the Italians Giulia Lapi and Manila Flamini accumulated a total of 93.167 points, winning the gold. The Brazilian duo Nayara Figueira and Lara Teixeira took silver with a total of 89.833 points, while the Mexican pair Isabel Diosdado and Nuria Delgado, who will represent the colours of their country at the 2012 Olympic Games, claimed the bronze, totalling 86.667.
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