Gary Hunt (GBR): The ‘wow’ man
As a starting point, he followed the customary route: a successful pool diver wanting new sensations and driven by different challenges. But then, having arrived at the peak of his talent in High Diving, he didn’t follow the group. He tends to be original, he constantly conquers new boundaries, he defies gravity with new combinations, he sets new standards. His name says it all: Hunt, Gary Hunt.
He chases perfection, he neutralises his opponents. Only one man escaped him [World champion Orlando Duque from Colombia], at the 2013 FINA World Championships, but the 30-year-old Englishman is determined to be the world number one.
FINA and Doha 2014 organise first Youth Programme
FINA together with the Organising Committee of Doha 2014 will organise the first Youth Training Programme, taking place on December 3-7, 2014 during the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
The objective is to give an opportunity to standout swimmers from each FINA National Federation to experience the World Championships and get inspiration from top athletes in the sport. About 350 swimmers, aged 14 to 16 years old, will be taking part in the programme at Doha's Hamad Aquatic Centre in the Aspire Zone.
Montreal ready to host Aquatics biggest ‘family party’
On July 27, Montreal, Canada will stage the 15th FINA World Masters Championships, the last stand-alone edition of the event. The picturesque city, which already hosted the championships exactly 20 years ago, will welcome a total 7’794 participants, representing 101 nations, for the 12-day colourful bash.
The Parc Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex on St. Helene island, regarded as the fastest pool in Canada, will be the main venue of the competition. This is where the 1976 Summer Olympics were held and quite likely, this year's championships may include medallists from those Games.
Kazan 2015 celebrates one year to go to World Championships!
A gigantic newspaper dedicated to the 2015 FINA World Championships was opened on July 24, one year before the start of the event, in the square near the Kazan Family Centre. The project is designed to raise Kazan citizens’ awareness of the upcoming World Championships and to help them unveil some interesting facts about aquatics and legendary figures engaged in water sports. The grand opening of this unique piece of street art was attended by Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin.
“Just a year ago, it would seem, only a short time ago, we hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade. For the first time ever we welcomed so many guests, we staged a major international event and we raised the bar on how to hold a Universiade. And today, one year before the FINA World Championships, I want to congratulate all of us – the great team led by our President, the residents of the republic and the city, the Directorate for Sports Projects – on a big day. We have a whole year of work ahead of us. We want Kazan to give the best welcome to our guests,” said Ilsur Metshin.
FINA President meets Hungarian Prime Minister, ahead of Budapest 2021
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu spent two days in Budapest and met with the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban to discuss the preparations for the 2021 FINA World Championships.
Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary received FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in the company of FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, 2021 LOC President Lajos Kosa and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas in the Parliament to overview the preparation process for the 2021 FINA World Championships and for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. The meeting took place almost exactly a year after the FINA Bureau voted for Budapest as the host of these events.
Shanghai, Day 6: China's Yang Jian stuns favourite Qiu Bo in men's 10m
China's rookie Yang Jian made a strong impression in the men's 10m platform final as he lifted his first international title, concluding a brilliant six-day competition for the Chinese host with a golden sweep of all nine titles on offer.
20-year-old Yang showed his talent performing dives of a high degree of difficulty by collecting 102.60 points for his dive (207B) and another 102.50 following his 109B. Yang won the event with a total 543.85, beating current world champion Qiu Bo, second with 528.50, and Ivan Garcia of Mexico, third with 504.90. Thomas Daley of Great Britain finished fourth with 470.35.
Shanghai, Day 5: He Chong wins duel for gold in men's 3m springboard
Olympic and world champion He Chong of China denied team-mate Cao Yuan's third gold on Day 5 of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup, capturing gold in the men's 3m springboard in Shanghai.
Cao, who won gold in the men's 10m platform synchro and 3m springboard synchro earlier this week, was about to set a record of World Cup gold in one edition by adding the springboard title. Cao led in the first five rounds by a small margin of two points ahead of He. He's last dive (5156B) earned a total 101.40, finishing strong with an overall 540.35 while Cao came second with a total score of 526.70.
Shanghai, Day 4: China's rookie Huang shines in women's 10m platform
Chinese young prospect Huang Xiaohui claimed her first individual title at world level in the women's 10m platform, besting team-mate Liu Huixia, at the 19th FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai on July 18.
Huang, winner of the mixed team event with Chen Aisen on Day 1 of the World Cup, was confident heading to the final, having led throughout the preliminaries and semi-final. Yet, she had a bad start, performing a poor Reverse 3.5 somersaults (307C) but bounced back quickly with a Inward 3.5 somersaults (407C), earning a day-high 91.20 with two perfect 10s, to eventually finish first with a total 373.60.
Shanghai 2014, Day 3: China extends unbeaten streak in synchro events
Olympic and world champion Chen Ruolin obtained one more title for a total tally of 20, counting also five victories in-a-row, in the women's 10m platform synchro. Chen won the event with world championships team-mate Liu Huixia on Day 3 of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai.
Chen / Liu performed brillantly from dive number 1, keeping the rest of the field at bay, and smiled at last with a winning total 357.66. Malaysia's Leong Mun Yee / Cheong Jun Hoong took silver with a total score of 336.66, edging Canadians Meaghan Benfeito / Roseline Filion, who settled for third with 335.25. Rachel Bugg / Melissa Wu of Australia were the fourth best with 331.44 points.
Shanghai 2014, Day 2: China wins women's 3m and men's 10m synchro
Reigning world champions in the event Wu Minxia/Shi Tingmao of China swept the womens's 3m synchro springboard in convincing fashion on Day 2 of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup here in Shanghai on Wednesday July 16.
Despite a minor flaw in the fourth round in their Reverse 2.5 somersaults (305B), Wu and Shi never looked back from the get-go, sealing their victory with a total score of 340.50. Jenifer Abel/Pamela Ware of Canada took the silver, earning an overall 318.33 while Australians Maddison Keeney/Anabelle Smith claimed the bronze with 310.14. Mexican hopefuls Paola Espinosa/Dolores Hernandez finished at the podium's door, totalling 305.40 points.
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