Doha 2014, Day 1: Belmonte, 2 – Hosszu, 0
The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), staged in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014 couldn’t have started in a better way: after the initial day, three World Records and six Championships records were already established, with some races having unpredictable outcomes.
The hero of the inaugural evening session was undoubtedly Mireia Belmonte (ESP), winning the women’s 200m butterfly and the 400m IM in outstanding WRs of 1:59.61 and 4:19.86 respectively. And in both occasions, she defeated Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the dominator of the 2014 season in short-course pool. Chad Le Clos (RSA) won the men’s 200m free duel against Ryan Lochte (USA), France was first in the men’s 4x100m free, while the Netherlands totally dominated the women’s 4x200m free in a new global best mark of 7:32.85.
Hangzhou of China welcomes the world for 2018
Almost to tears, Luo Xuejuan, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke, was too excited when she witnessed her hometown Hangzhou, China win the bid of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and the FINA World Aquatics Convention in 2018, beating Lima (PER) and UAE.
"When I was an athlete, my dream was to compete in major international swimming events in China. I'm really proud of my hometown and I'll strive for promoting this championships," Luo, who acted as an ambassador for the successful bid, said.
Perfectionist Hosszu is aiming even higher
Katinka Hosszu has been on a winning track for the whole season. Now she is closing up 2014 with 10 individual starts in the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) here. "Ten golds is a lot but it is the ultimate goal," she told AIPS.
Before diving into the championships this week the 'Iron Lady' Hosszu was hailed as FINA World Female Swimmer of the Year with South African Chad Le Clos taking the men's award.
Maglione calls on world to back swimming's cause
FINA's president spoke for 15 minutes at the federation's World Aquatics Convention. In that time more than 10 people lost their lives, drowned.
The statistics come from a new report by the World Health Organisation which found 372,000 people have drowned each year for the past 10 years. That computes to 40 people every hour.
Popov confident that Rio is back on track for 2016 Olympics
Alexander Popov’s opinion has changed. In July last year the Olympic gold medallist turned IOC member was highly critical of Rio de Janeiro's preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games; now he is relieved to tell a different tale.
Popov, a member of the International Olympic Committee's co-ordination commission, had seen 'red lights.'However, on the sidelines of the FINA World Aquatics Convention, he said: “There are big improvements between our last visit and the visit before - improvements in terms of infrastructure and organisation. They are doing a fantastic job in Rio now.”
FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 unveiled in Doha
The FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 were unveiled on December 1, 2014 in Doha (QAT) in a memorable Gala “Soirée des Etoiles” (Evening of the Stars), held after a successful two-day FINA World Aquatics Convention and FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic.
Less than two days before the start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) also being held in the Qatari capital from December 3-7, the Aquatics Family paid a sincere tribute to its great stars in the six aquatic disciplines.
Day 2, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Combining elite and development programmes
The morning opened with a panel titled “Swimming for All, Swimming for Life Programme: adding social responsibility to FINA activities”. FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione, also Honorary President of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport of UNESCO, delivered the introductory speech.
After reminding the audience that thanks to the efforts of the Athletes, the Coaches, the Officials, the National Federations and FINA itself, for the first time is in the Tier A of the IOC, he said: “Every year in the world 372,000 persons drown. Water is fatal especially to children in the poor countries. For this reason, we have developed the programme “Swim for All, Swim for Life”.
Day 2, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Bringing progress to swimming training
Day two of the FINA Swimming Coaches’ Golden Clinic proved another informative time for the more than 200 coaches from all around the globe in Doha today. The span of speakers during the clinic proved beneficial for all coaches, from specific training sessions for elite athletes, general training for national teams, managing programmes, nutrition, strength and conditioning and injury prevention.
Marcel Wouda, the Netherlands’ national team coach, opened the final day’s proceedings with his presentation “Application of Science and Innovation in Day-To-Day Practice”. Wouda, a former world swimming champion and record holder, used the example of world-record relay swimmer Femke Heemskerk and the 200m freestyle with emphasis on balanced splits.
Manson makes it his business to keep the sharks at bay
World records were slaughtered and the high-tech 'shark skin' swimsuits were the new and controversial hot topic; the sport's credibility was at stake. Then, five years ago, the suits were banned and the FINA swimwear approval commission was set up.
"With our work today we will not be caught unprepared again," commission chairman Jan-Anders Manson told AIPS during the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Doha. The world of swimming was witness to steady record-setting before the 'shark skin' suits. But shortly after their introduction world records were being smashed by swimmers in new super costumes.
Day 1, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Maximising FINA’s thrilling experience
The first, intense, day of the Aquatics Conference, within the frame of the FINA World Aquatics Convention, started with the introductive speech by Cornel Marculescu. After explaining the meaning of the Convention and the goals that FINA wishes to achieve through it, the FINA Executive Director spoke of the absolute need to harmonize the World Calendar for the various disciplines and solicited the utmost co-operation from the National Federations in order to achieve such an important goal. He then presented the FINA Calendar for the years 2015-2017, highlighting the co-operation received from the Continental Associations and the Technical Committees to achieve an outcome that “has no overlaps and ensures an optimal organization of our major events”.
Then several topics were tackled, most with audiovisual support.
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