Dubai, Day 2: Two more WR and tied match (3-3) between USA and Russia
Two World Records and a handful of Championships records on Day 2 definitively confirm the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai as the premium event of the year in terms of world-class results. In a session with eight finals, USA and Russia shared the lead of the medal chart with three gold each, and also obtained one WR each: for the Americans, the first individual WR of the season (by the “insatiable” Ryan Lochte in the men’s 400m IM), and for the Europeans a new best time in the 4x200m free relay. Spain (and Belmonte Garcia) continues to impress, and South Africa got the first title in Dubai.
Lochte remains the man to beat in Dubai, and after the victory in the 200m free on Day 1, he established the first individual World Record of the year, with a superb 3:55.50 effort in the 400m individual medley. This performance improves the previous world best mark by a comfortable margin (Laszlo Cseh, from Hungary, had clocked 3:57.27 in December 2009). This was Lochte’s 17th medal in this competition, and his 10th victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), since his first participation in 2004, in Indianapolis (USA). Moreover, it was the third consecutive victory for Lochte in this event, after his 2006 and 2008 successes (he now equalled the three straight wins of Matthew Dunn, from Australia, in 1995, 1997 and 1999).
Dubai, Day 1: China sets first WR of the year and Spain gets first gold ever
As FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione predicted in his opening Press Conference of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships, memorable performances will highlight this competition in Dubai (UAE). After the first day of action in the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, the first World Record of the year was established in the women’s 4x200m free relay and no less than 12 Championships records were established.
Following the five finals on the programme, a variety of countries is also represented in the medal chart, with swimmers from 10 countries (153 nations, a new record, are represented in Dubai) getting at least one award. The gold medal count is led by Spain, with two victories in this first day (the championships are held until December 19).
Soni looks forward to renewing her “very good” rivalry with Leisel Jones of Australia in Dubai
Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Soni of the United States of America (USA) is looking forward to renewing her “very good” rivalry with Australia’s Leisel Jones when the two go head-to-head at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai next week. Soni won her gold medal in Beijing in 2008 when she edged out Jones in the 200m breaststroke final and she beat the Australian in the 100m and 200m events in this year’s Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine, California in August.
But Jones turned the tables on Soni to win the 100m breaststroke final in Beijing and was also part of the 4x100m medley relay team that beat the USA, including Soni, to gold. That level of competition between the pair sets things up beautifully for another confrontation at the spectacular, new Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex on the Dubai Bypass Road when the Championships take place from 15 – 19 December.
Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins Swimming Open Championships
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the last championship of swimming in 2010, the sixth edition of Swimming Open Championship. The club scored 633 points and are the only team to win this competition in the history. Minas Tênis Clube finished the event in second position and scored 316 points. Flamengo, club of Cesar Cielo, has third with 140.5 points. As a whole, 375 swimmers to 49 teams disputed the competition. The event registered 16 new records. The championship was realised at Itaguará Country Club in Guaratinguetá city.
Italy’s Pellegrini looks to fill gap in her medal collection in Dubai
Olympic gold medallist and long course world champion Federica Pellegrini of Italy will be desperate to fill a gap in her medal collection at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai later this month.
The 22 year-old freestyle swimmer, who is the world record-holder in the long and short course over 200m and in the long course over 400m, struck gold in Beijing in 2008 in the 200m.
Diving coach Ivan Bautista wins the 2010 National Sports Award
Diving coach Ivan Bautista received a deserved recognition for his 16-year career, the National Sports Award 2010, which perpetuates the tradition of diving among the best Mexican sports.
Mexico President Felipe Calderón presented the award to coach Ivan Bautista, for having created a new Mexican school and formed talents such as Ivan Garcia, bronze medallist at the Youth Olympic Games in the 10m platform, German Sanchez, medallist at the 2010 FINA World Series and Kevin Chavez, gold medallist at the World Junior Diving Championships in Tucson (USA).
2010 Fiji Swimming Awards
Tritons Swimming Club of Suva dominated the 2010 Fiji Swimming Awards, which were held at the Anchorage Beach Resort on December 4. Club representatives, Paul Elaisa and Matelita Buadromo won the Best Overall Male and Female Swimmer of the Year Awards, Club Coach Eugene Panuve was awarded Coach of the Year and the Club took out the prestigious Club of the Year Award.
Moscow 2010, Day 3: Spain renews with victory in Moscow
As a result, the podium was exclusively European, with Canada finishing fourth overall, after a third place finish in the Synchro Highlight Routine on Day 1. The North Americans had won at home last year. Japan followed in fifth place while China, surprisingly, occupied the sixth position. It is a big disappointment for the Chinese, who placed fourth in 2009 and second in 2008. Closing the overall ranking, Egypt continues to better its marks, showing a clear progression since its first participation in 2006 also in Moscow.
Moscow 2010, Day 2: Spain ahead of Russia, Ukraine third
Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy taking place in Moscow, Russia, was firstly marked by the Solo Exhibition, which featured a selection of the world’s best soloists. For the first time, the event was not judged and the performers included rising stars Risako Mitsui from Japan and Lolita Ananasova from Ukraine as well as Italian diva Beatrice Adelizzi and Russia’s synchronised swimming icon Natalia Ishchenko.
Risako Mitsui (JPN) offered the audience an outstanding performance, in a delightful mix of strength and softness while European bronze medallist Lolita Ananasova (UKR) brought life to the lyrics of “Je t’aime” by Belgian-born singer Lara Fabian, creating an extremely emotional atmosphere.
Moscow 2010, Day 1: Spain and Russia start favourites
SYNCHRO HIGHLIGHT ROUTINE
It’s a first award winning performance for Spain which bested Russia in the Synchro Highlight Routine, totalling 96.500 points. The Spaniards set the tone from the beginning, wearing a golden swimsuit and mask, displaying perfect synchronisation – not an easy task with 12 swimmers in the water! – and excelling in creativity, especially regarding the lifts; one of them involved a swimmer in a bridge-like position over another swimmer performing the same position.
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