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MSWC 2014: Reichert (GER) and Olasz (HUN) win in Hong Kong

10km Marathon Swimming World Cup

Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)Ninety-three swimmers from 21 countries arrived at the waters edge just few minutes before 8 a.m. today, allowing an hour for swimwear inspection and the application of their numbers and sun block. Precisely at 9 a.m. the 51 male competitors entered the 27.5 centigrade water, holding one hand on the start rope for mere seconds before the horn signaled their official start. The athletes would be expected to navigate five loops each of 2km. A pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees and a light westerly wind made for ideal conditions.
 
The 42 women would start five minutes after the men's race following the identical course that was peppered with more than 40 boats and kayaks.

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MSWC 2014: Brazil's Cunha and do Carmo top favourites in Hong Kong

10km Marathon Swimming World Cup

The eighth and final stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 returns to Hong Kong's Repulse Bay on Saturday morning October 18. Just minutes after Friday's technical meeting and safety briefing most of the 51 male and 43 female competitors boarded on coach buses to one of the most beautiful venues of open water swimming.
 
Among the women taking a practice swim today were Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha and Poliana Okimoto. In early February Okimoto won the opening leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in front of 7,000 spectators in Viedma, Argentina. In the lead pack from the start, Okimoto finished the women’s race in 2h05m03s88, a little more than 13 seconds ahead of her Brazilian teammate Ana Marcela Cunha.

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 4: China and Ukraine win gold in a great final day

Synchro World Cup

The dramatic theme of the “Phantom of the Opera" opened the last day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup and gave China a 100% success as the Asian delegation won every event in which it participated. The 10 Chinese athletes achieved 95.4000 points in the final free combination, at Laval’s University aquatic centre in Québec City (CAN). The Team Highlight and a gala event, with the participation of many countries that were fighting for medals, closed the World Cup in great style.

The head coach of the Chinese team, Mayuko Fujiki, said that the competition was important to provide valuable experience for the new athletes: “As I said in the beginning of the event, the team includes many novelties, both in terms of athletes and officials. Moreover, we are now focusing on the work that will allow swimmers to have additional strength and speed in the water. Our main goal is to stay at each event closer to the Russian team. They were not here, but the competition was very important for the girls’ self-confidence. I think that we will collect the benefits of this work at the 2015 FINA World Championships, in Kazan. I could see in Quebec that we are in the right way. Meanwhile, we will participate in many Open Championships, maybe in France and in Brazil”, she explained.


The "golden" team of China - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

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SWC 2014, Moscow Day 2: Hosszu and Le Clos keep the lead

Swimming World Cup

Katinka HosszuKatinka Hosszu of Hungary was untouchable at the fourth leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, held in Moscow, Russia on October 4-5, 2014. With a total of seven gold at this stage and an overall 104 victories through the World Cup series, Hosszu is very close to the record of two-time Olympic champion Martina Moravkova from Slovakia, who earned a total 106 gold medals. "I think l will beat this record at the next stage in Beijing," Hosszu said.

Hosszu had no opponents in the women's 100m and 400m IM, clocking a respective 58.93 and 4:25.33. She also swept the women's 100m backstroke in 56.63 and 200m butterfly in 2:02.99, and took the bronze in the 50m butterfly. The only event where she did not medal was the 400m freestyle (Hosszu took fourth).

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 3: China's Huang/Sun win duet free

Synchro World Cup

Brazil teamChina leaves this penultimate day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchro World Cup as the winner of all gold medals. On Saturday October 4, they won at the University of Laval pool the duet free routine and team technical events. In the latter, which finished the day of an intensive programme, swimmers performed on 'The Faith' to give more a show of precision, synchronisation and artistic creativity routines, scoring an overall 188.0322.

Japan got the silver medal with a slightly bigger margin than in the technical event to outscore Ukraine. The Asians scored 182.4088 points while the Europeans settled for third with 181.9573.

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SWC 2014, Moscow Day 1: Hat-trick for Hosszu and Le Clos

Swimming World Cup

Katinka HosszuBefore the start of the fourth stage of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Moscow, journalists were betting in how many races Katinka Hosszu would take part in this time. At a press conference, the Hungarian 'Iron lady' said she would stick to her 11-12 events schedule.

After the first competition day Hosszu added five more medals – three gold and two bronze – to her solid World Cup collection. In the women's 200m freestyle, Hosszu registered a clear victory in 1:53.18 over local Veronika Popova (1:54.88) and teammate Evelyn Verraszto (1:56.26).

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 2: China leads way in team tech as well

Synchro World Cup

synchro world cupAlready heading first in the technical duet on Day 1, China topped the preliminaries in the technical team on Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Quebec City. The Chinese team showed a routine called 'Anges Noirs' (Black Angels), swimming to the music 'City of Bones' to score a total 92.7655 points. Ukraine (90.0906) and Japan (90.0755) follow with very tight scores.

According to their Japanese coach Mayuko Fujiki, the Chinese team has been entirely renovated since the London Olympics in 2012: "With the exception of two swimmers, the whole team is new. The coaching staff is new as well so they work differently now. Up to London, China was known as a team which focused on beauty, ballet and plasticity; they won silver at the Olympics, finishing close to Russia. To beat them, we must use more strength, technique and power. We're happy because we see here that it is working."

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Water from Kazan travels to ISS

Kazan 2015

Everyone expects that the 16th FINA World Championships, to be held in Kazan (RUS) will be an enormous success on Earth, but the organisers of the competition want to reach ever higher. On September 26, 2014 the Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a symbol of the FINA major event - a special barrel filled with water from the Kazanka River – and travelled to the International Space Station (ISS).

During the press conference that took place shortly before the lift-off, Tatarstan's Minister of Sport Vladimir Leonov extended gratitude to the Federal Space Agency and the expedition crew members for contributing to the development of sports, and especially aquatic sports.


Russian cosmonauts taking Kazan's water to the space

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 1: China provisional leader in Duet

Synchro World Cup

The technical duet event opened on October 2 the 13th edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, with all 17 countries represented. The Chinese took the lead of this competition debut at the Aquatic Centre of the Laval Université in Québec City (CAN). Xuechen Huang and Sun Wenyan totalled 92.2374 points with the theme “He is the sound of a pirate”, from Hans Zimmer, and a very vigorous routine.


The Chinese duet getting ready for their routine - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

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SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 2: Hosszu (HUN) finishes show with five gold medals

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu confirmed her place among swimming’s all-time elite with a two day performance that was the best ever at a FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong tonight.

After claiming five wins from six finals on day one of the third leg of world cup, Hungarian Hosszu repeated the dose with another five gold and a silver from six events.

There weren’t the world records of Doha and Dubai, but there was controlled power and almost total dominance. She has lost just six World Cup races this season, three each against Mireia Belmonte (ESP) and Inge Dekker (NED).


The medallists in the women's 400m free

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