High diving under FINA umbrella: towards maturity
Andy Jones gets it right: “It’s scary to think where it will be in another 10 years.” Representing the USA, the 29-year-old high diver will be one of the 26 male athletes competing in the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, taking place in Kazan (RUS) from August 8 to 10. He knows what he is talking about: a member of the prestigious “Cirque du Soleil”, his reflection on the future of high diving says much about the recent evolution of the discipline.
The evolution has been amazing. In a mere 12-month period, this discipline has evolved from a small group of ‘extreme’ crazy athletes to a sport that has found its place among the aquatic disciplines under the FINA umbrella. In the last days of July 2013, on three hot afternoons in Barcelona (ESP), the world and the aquatic family were able to get acquainted with it. Not on paper, nor in the images from the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, but at FINA’s major event, the World Championships. In the port of the Catalan capital, looking at the serene waters of the Mediterranean, 13 men and six women played their role: pioneers at FINA level of a staggering sport. Presentations were officially made, FINA had found its sixth aquatic discipline.
Shanghai 2014, Day 1: China's Chen/Huang claim team victory in mixed event
Chen Aisen/Huang Xiaohui gave host China their first gold medal by sweeping the mixed team event on the opening day of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup, organised in Shanghai on July 15-20. The Chinese duo collected 408.60 points from three solid dives each to win the title, while Ukraine's Oleksandr Bondar/Yulia Prokopchuk came second with a total 390.55. Russians Nadezhda Bazhina/Victor Minibaev took third, scoring an overall 381.30.
The team event is composed of six dives in three rounds. Each round includes two dives performed by a male diver and a female diver.
Mixed diving may be introduced at 2015 Kazan World Championships
Mixed diving may make its debut as a newly added event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, revealed FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu on day 1 of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup, organised in Shanghai, China, from July 15-20. The World Cup's mixed team event was held today with China taking first, followed by Ukraine and Russia.
According to its Executive Director, FINA is considering bringing the mixed diving event into the World Championships next year.
FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar ends on a high
A total 110 swimming officials, representing 62 countries, gathered for the eleventh edition of the FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar taking place in Miami (USA) on June 20-21, 2014.
FINA Vice President & Technical Swimming Committee Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger, FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Soren Korbo all spoke at the two-day conference.
Conor Dwyer clinches title with 200m IM win in Santa Clara
Olympic medallist Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) closed strong over the final 50 meters to earn the win in the men's 200m individual medley and lock up the men's Arena Grand Prix Series overall title Sunday June 22, 2014 at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at the Georg F. Hains International Swim Center.
Swimming side by side with North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammates Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.), Dwyer inched ahead over the freestyle leg of the 200m IM to touch first in 1 minute, 59.49 seconds.
Men's World League 2014, Day 6: Serbia crushes Hungary for eighth World League crown
Serbia made a eighth trip to the top of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final podium after defeating Hungary for the second straight year and in emphatic fashion. The Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai came alight as no-one left the stands until Serbia was well finished celebrating what was a fantastic championship in a year when the World League precedes the European Championships and the FINA World Cup.
Serbia was the class team and Filip Filipovic was the magic man with 17 incredible goals — goals that came when needed at the sharp end of the tournament. He was awarded the trophy for the most goals while his team-mate Gojko Pijetlovic was named best goalkeeper in a team where everyone contributed.
Dejan Savic was delighted to add to the medal tally, but still found fault with his players. “I think we won because we played very well in defence, but I’m a little disappointed with the final quarter because we lost three goals. I think that my guys thought they had already won. I hope it will be better for us, not like last year where we won the World League and got seventh at the World Championships. We hope to medal at the European Championships.”
Men's World League 2014, Day 5: Serbia aiming for eighth title in final rematch with Hungary
Serbia will be gunning for an incredible eighth crown when it takes on world champion Hungary in Saturday’s final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
With a gold-medal berth, both teams have already won this week by claiming the two qualification berths for next year’s FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
The two teams clashed in last year’s final in Chelyabinsk, Russia with Serbia winning 12-7. Hungary won the last of its two consecutive World League crowns in 2004 when it beat Serbia & Montenegro in Long Beach, USA.
Serbia charged into the final with an impressive 12-5 score over Australia. The Aussie Sharks were no match for the stronger Serbians, especially Filip Filipovic, who scored four of the first five goals and added a fifth in the final quarter for a tournament-high 14 goals.
Men's World League 2014, Day 4: Montenegro-Hungary and Australia-Serbia semifinals set
Montenegro, Australia, Serbia and Hungary eased into the semifinals on quarterfinal day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Montenegro will face World champion Hungary and Australia will front reigning champion Serbia in Friday’s semifinals.
Montenegro opened the day’s proceedings with a stuttering 10-4 victory over an out-of-sorts United States of America. Mladan Janovic (MNE) provided the spark with four goals as his team only led 4-2 at halftime. Australia, beaten by Canada on day three and with just one victory in Dubai, defeated Brazil 14-7, a team that triumphed over the Aussie Sharks at the Intercontinental Tournament in Shanghai last month. Australia’s victory was constructed on five-goal hauls in the first and third periods.
Men's World League 2014, Day 3: Hungary and Serbia finish rounds undefeated
Hungary and Serbia won their groups on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Hungary started the day’s proceedings with a 16-9 victory over the United States of America to clinch Group B unbeaten while in the second match, reigning champion Serbia — gunning for a record eighth title (including two as Serbia & Montenegro) — defeated Brazil 12-4 after a heavy morning’s training.
Montenegro, stung by a huge loss to Serbia on day two, rebounded with a hard-fought 9-8 score against China in the last round match to secure second spot in Group A. China stood up and could leave the arena with pride.
Men's World League 2014, Day 2: Montenegro scoreless for 21 minutes against rampant Serbia
Serbia produced an inspired and unexpected 14-5 rout of neighbour Montenegro on the second day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. The crowd was stunned as Serbia shut out Montenegro for an amazing 21 minutes and took the foot off the accelerator in the final quarter, which was drawn 4-4.
True, Montenegro is without three superstars, who will be back in time for the European Championships next month, but still had no access to the goal in what was textbook defence by Serbia. It was a highlight match, despite the score. Dusan Mandic, the youngest player at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was on fire with five goals, netting in each of the four quarters.
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