Discover Masters World: Lucia Molnarova & Veronika Strapekova (SVK)
One of these 13th FINA Masters World Championships’ latest sensations was revealed with Slovakia making its first appearance in the Team and Combination events at world level. Overall, the Slovakian ‘mermaids’ proved themselves tremendous performers, picking up three golds in Solo (swum by Lucia Molnarova), Team and Combination and one silver medal in Duet (swum by Lucia and Veronika Strapekova) in Gothenburg (SWE).
Lucia, 26, and Veronika, 32, who both swim for the Iuventa Bratislava in Slovakia, explain what lies behind their success: “Some teammates have swum at very high level”, says Veronika, who represented Slovakia at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. As to Lucia, she swam at Open level until 2006.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 10: Rain is no pain for unstoppable Jiao Liu (CHN)
It was theoretically not an easy final for Jiao Liu. The Chinese star had won the 10m platform in Day 1 of the diving programme at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex of these Youth Olympic Games, and surely wanted to demonstrate that she was the best female diver of the competition by triumphing also in the 3m springboard. Then, came the natural elements, a pouring rain during the final’s time, which is always something that disturbs in a variable extent the athletes. Finally, Liu was under the direct scrutiny of her compatriot and best female diver of history, China’s Jingjing Guo, witnessing the competition from the stands.
Discover Masters World: Mayumi Ochiai (JPN)
Finding a pool nearby in Japan is quite a challenge and Mayumi Ochiai is a case in point. Living in the crowded centre of Tokyo, the 28-year-old takes half an hour in her car to get to the pool where she practices synchronised swimming twice a week, between two and four hours, with her coach.
But distance is no obstacle for Mayumi, who came all the way to Gothenburg (SWE) to compete and enjoy her third World Masters experience, after Stanford (USA) in 2006 and Perth (AUS) in 2008.
Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 6: USA adds FINA World Cup to World and World League crowns
The United States of America won an incredible game of women’s water polo to secure the FINA World Cup for the first time since 1979 at the QEII Park complex in Christchurch today. The incredible part is that Group B winner Australia, defending its crown won in Tianjin, China, four years ago, went 6-0 down by halftime, stunning the packed arena.
The USA scored three goals in each of the two quarters and totally stymied Australia’s attack. It was a sublime effort by the team that now adds the World Cup to last year’s World title won in Rome and the World League title retained in La Jolla, California last month.
Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 5: Australia to defend FINA World Cup crown against world champion USA
Australia will defend its FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup crown against the United States of America at the QEII Park Pool in Christchurch tomorrow. Australia survived a late onslaught by Russia, twice having three-goal leads trimmed to one, to win 11-10.
In the other semifinal, the World and World League champion USA beat China 10-8 to set up yet another face-off between the two best teams currently on the planet. The USA won the FINA World League Super Finals gold-medal clash in a penalty-shootout win over the Aussie Stingers in July.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 9: Bo Qiu earns second gold for China, Tom Daley (GBR) finishes ninth
The second event of the diving programme of the Youth Olympic Games – the men’s 3m springboard – created an enormous expectation from the moment it was announced that Tom Daley, from Great Britain, would be one of the participating athletes. Daley, 16, and 2009 world champion in 10m platform, has an injury in the right triceps muscle and decided to skip his pet event, favouring a less-demanding (from a physical point of view) 3m springboard. Adding to this last-minute change, Bo Qiu (from China), silver medallist behind Daley in the Italian capital, was also in the list of 15 boys contesting the preliminaries of the event.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 8: Jiao Liu (CHN) wins first diving event and local hero Myra Lee gives a lesson of courage
China’s Jiao Liu was the first diving winner of these Youth Olympic Games, by earning the gold in the women’s 10m platform, at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, in a spectacular outdoor (and night) action, on this Saturday. Liu started to construct her brilliant victory in the preliminaries of the event, when she finished first, and carried forward to the final the second best points of the heats – the final result of the divers comprised the marks of the four dives with limited DD (Degree of Difficulty) from the heats, with the four dives of the final (without limit of DD).
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 7: Hungary, China and France shine in the last session of the Swimming programme
No less than 16 nations medalled in the sixth and last session of the Youth Olympic Games, being held in Singapore. Throughout the nine finals of this Friday, witnessed by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, three countries were, nevertheless in evidence, at the pool of the Singapore Sports School: China and Hungary, with three gold medals each, and France, with two swimmers winning a race. Australia and Croatia were the remaining winners of the session, which had two shared gold medals, precisely in the first and fastest event on the programme, the women’s 50m free.
Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 4: USA, China, Australia and Russia into semifinals
World champion United States of America will play China while World Cup champion Australia will face off with Russia in the semifinals of the FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup at Christchurch’s QE II Park Pool tomorrow. The USA beat Hungary 10-5 after a torrid first half in which it led by only 3-2. A power second half showed just how good this team can play. China earned a tilt at international glory and a highest finish when easily surpassing the host nation, New Zealand, 11-3. The Juan Jane-coached team has proved it is capable of making the final with an unbeaten run this week.
Reigning World Cup champion Australia finally got past Greece 11-7 after being pressured for all of the match. Greece played its best game of the week but the Australians, who missed two penalties and hit the wood seven times in the first half, looked the better team on the night. European champion Russia made the second-half running against Canada to win 12-11. Canada shot poorly in the middle part of the game but then Russia also, by coach Alexandr Kabanov’s admission, did not play to its best either.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 6: Limited action in the pool, but a universe of challenges worldwide
It was certainly not on purpose, but having only three finals in the fifth session of the Swimming programme at these Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, almost obliges who is reporting the event to look outside of the eight lanes of a swimming pool. For the records, there was the final of the 50m butterfly, won by Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov in 23.64 (he had also won the 50m free); there was also the decisive race in the women’s 50m backstroke, where France got the first gold of the competition by Mathilde Cini (29.19); and, finally, China earned its eighth title of these Games by triumphing in the women’s 4x100m free relay. These are the “hard” performances, before the last nine finals on the programme, scheduled for this Friday.
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