Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 2: China leads way in team tech as well
Already 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."
Water from Kazan travels to ISS
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
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 1: China provisional leader in Duet
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
SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 2: Hosszu (HUN) finishes show with five gold medals
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
SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 1: Hosszu (HUN) continues to impress
Top-flight international competition returned to Hong Kong at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool on Monday night, with the star power provided by the Iron Lady.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) proved every bit as tough as her nickname suggests at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 tonight, but it does her a disservice – she’s a golden girl.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in action
300-day countdown has started
On the 300 days to go to the 16th FINA World Championships, a new countdown clock ticking down the time left to the start of next summer's international aquatics event is now available. The clock was opened on September 27 in Bauman Street, near the iconic Arabian style street clock. The ceremony was attended by Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin, and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, Vladimir Leonov.
Special guests at the event were Merited Master of Sport, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion, three-time world champion, eight-time European champion, multiple winner of world and European cups, TV presenter and actress Maria Kiseleva and three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion, fifteen-time world champion and seven-time European champion Svetlana Romashina, as well as lead singer of the Kazan pop band Bolshoy Kush Rustem Chanyshev. They all were revealed as ambassadors for the upcoming FINA World Championships. Ilsur Metshin hosted the ceremony and handed credentials and ambassador scarves.
300 days to go
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China dominates on platform
The last day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) appeared to be very stressful and tense for all the participants but especially for the Russian athletes looking for the first gold medal at their home championship.
In the Girls B 3m springboard final, Tatiana Stepanova finished fourth, 20 points behind the bronze medallist and 27 behind the leader. Ekaterina Nekrasova, who claimed silver on the lower board, came only seventh. The two Russian divers walked through the mixed zone with their heads down and refused to talk to journalists. Australian Georgia Sheehan delighted with her performance and was, on the other hand, very communicative and jovial. She earned her third medal of the competition, this time the gold, totalling 407.65. Georgia overtook another favourite of the championship, Song Anxin from China (404.30) and Christina Wassen from Germany (400.40).
The podium of the Girls B 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 5: Sixth gold for China, first title for Australia
The first event on the programme of the fifth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) was the Boys B 3m springboard final and the Chinese athletes were again among the favourites. In the end, they did not disappoint, with Zhu Han claiming gold with a total score of 466.15. Andreas Sargent Larsen from Denmark tried to repeat his victory on the lower board but finished “only” second, earning 462.60. Li Zheng (CHN) won the bronze medal with 446.25.
“I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than yesterday. I came third on the platform but managed to climb higher today on springboard. So I will return to China and train harder to improve my performances”, confessed Zhu Han after the award ceremony.
Action in the Boys B, 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 4: Colombia and Japan collect gold
The fourth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) saw new champions coming from Colombia and Japan, the seventh silver for Russia and one more gold for China. Alejandro Arias Munoz from Colombia emerged victorious in the Boys A 1m springboard with a total score of 531.20, leaving his runner-up more than 20 points behind.
As for the silver medal, there were four contenders for the “vice champion title”. Kacper Jakub Lesiak, from Poland, was in second position until the last attempt: then, a mistake ruined his hopes of medal and he ended up being only fifth (498.40). German Timo Barthel overtook Lesiak but didn’t manage to get on the podium, losing by just 5.60 points to Chinese Huang Bowen. The winner of the 3m springboard final captured the bronze this time earning 510.30. Silver went to Mexican Diego Rodrigo, whose advantage over Bowen was only 0.95 points.
Action in Penza - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 3: Second gold for Wu (CHN), Larsen wins for Denmark
On the third day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS), the Girls A 3m springboard final was almost a copy of the 1m springboard event that took place on Day 2. From the beginning of the evening session, China’s Wu Chunting, Russia’s Maria Polyakova and Australia’s Maddison Keeney were on top of the ranking.
But Keeney probably had a stronger desire to gain revenge. On the lower board, the Australian hopeful pulled herself back from first to third position after she had missed her last dive. This time, she went down to fifth place after a poor third attempt. And she was not able to improve the situation.
The medallists in the Girls A 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin
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