Meet Itil and Alsu, the official mascots of Kazan 2015!
The official marks of the 16th FINA World Championships were presented at the Kazan Arena Stadium on March 27. FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu and Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Azat Kadyrov unveiled the slogan, logo and mascots of the upcoming sporting event.
The mascots are two snow leopards, Itil (boy) and Alsu (girl). In the context of the Championships, this animal symbolises skill, swiftness and power. The male name, Itil, is the medieval name of the Volga River, and it is still used in the Kazakh, Chuvash, Tatar, Bashkir, Kalmyk and Mongolian languages. The female name, Alsu, is the common Tatar name meaning ‘pink-coloured water’ or figuratively ‘rosy cheeks’, which is strongly connected with the idea of water and healthy lifestyle. When choosing the mascots’ names, the organisers kept in mind such criteria as uniqueness, clarity of perception, ease of memorisation, national colour and the ways the names are pronounced in different languages, which is particularly important for the international event.
FINA President pays fruitful visit in Kazan
Yet again the host city of the 16th FINA World Championships, Kazan, welcomes representatives of the Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA. Together with members of the Kazan 2015 Organising Committee, the FINA delegates will meet during two days to address key aspects of preparations for the future competition.
Among the FINA representatives who arrived in Kazan are President Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, as well as several consultants and representatives partnering with FINA for the World Championships.
DWS 2014, Dubai day 3: Minibaev (RUS) breaks Chinese hegemony
The third leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series successfully concluded in Dubai (UAE) on March 22, with the last two finals in the programme, the men’s and women’s 10m platform. In theory, two expectable gold medals for China. But things sometimes are not meant to be as the predictions on paper. However, at the end of the three-day competition at the impressive Hamdan Sports Complex, China (six gold out of eight finals) confirmed its supremacy in the world diving hierarchy.
In the most exciting final (men’s 10m platform) of the competition in Dubai, everything seemed to run in the right direction for Qiu Bo (CHN) until he badly missed his fifth attempt, a 109C (DD 3.7). Qiu was perhaps overwhelmed by his precedent dive, when all the seven judges gave him a perfect 10! Victor Minibaev (RUS), his most direct rival, took advantage of the situation and conquered the gold in 537.05, against Qiu’s 530.90.
DWS 2014, Dubai day 2: China dominates in 3m springboard
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series leg in Dubai (UAE) confirmed the Chinese dominance in the 3m springboard, where the gold and silver medals both in the men’s and women’s events went to the best athletes of the Asian delegation.
It all started with the women’s final, where He Zi, the winner in 382.10, and Wang Han, the silver medallist in 362.45 entirely dominated the five-dive decisive round. With this result, He set a new record of 17 World Series victories in one individual discipline. For China, the gold and silver in the same event is the country’s 64th multi-medal effort in World Series history. No other country has achieved this even once.
The bronze went to Italy’s Tania Cagnotto with 357.85 points. Cagnotto has now won nine World Series medals in 3m springboard, third among all divers behind He (23) and Wu Minxia (CHN, 12).
DWS 2014, Dubai day 1: Three gold out of four for China
Three gold medals out of four. This was the outcome for the powerful Chinese team in the inaugural day of the second leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, taking place in the impressive Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai (UAE) from March 20-22, 2014. With four synchronised finals, Germany was stronger in the men’s 3m springaboard, while China displayed its supremacy in the women’s events and in the men’s 10m platform synchro.
With a long tradition of victory in the women’s 10m synchro (27 victories out of 28 finals contested in the history of the World Series), China (Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia), did not disappoint, getting the gold in 337.56, more than 20 points in front of the silver medallists from Malaysia (Mun-Yee Leong and Pandelela Rinong Pamg), who finished in 314.64. The bronze went to Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (309.09). Chen and Liu have won all three World Series competitions that they have entered together in this discipline, in Beijing (2013 and 2014) and Dubai (2013). Moreover, with her 22nd podium, Chen equalled the World Series record for most podium finishes in any women's discipline, held by He Zi (CHN) in 3m springboard. Rinong and Leong had also made the podium in their last five World Series competitions in this discipline. They came second in 2012 in their only previous appearance together in Dubai. Finally, Benfeito and Filion have been previously in the top four in all 19 World Series competitions they have entered in this event, including 15 podiums. They have come second 11 times, losing to a Chinese pair each time, including 10 times to a Chinese pair that included Chen. The Canadian pair admitted “some mistakes in the fourth round that determined the final placing”.
DWS 2014, Beijing day 3: China's Cao outruns Olympic champion Bo to win 10m gold
Seven perfect 10s and a full house, supporting home crowd, sealed Chinese Cao Yuan's victory in the men's 10m platform on day 3 of the first stop of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 at Beijing's National Aquatic Center (Water Cube). The rising talent proved too strong for teammate and reigning World champion Qiu Bo, and Olympic champion David Boudia (USA).
China swept seven out of the eight gold medals at stake during the three-day World Series, which featured 80 divers from 12 countries.
DWS 2014 - Beijing Day 3 Preview
Preview Diving Women's 10m Platform
• Chen Ruolin (CHN) has dominated this event with 16 victories in an event that has been staged 27 times at the World Series. Chen will only take part in the Synchro event in Beijing.
• Liu Huixia (CHN) flies the flag for China in this event. She has won it once in a World Series meeting, in Guadalajara on 19 May 2013.
• All six legs of this event at the 2013 World Series were won by Chinese divers, three by Si Yajie, two by Chen Ruolin and one by Liu Huixia.
• The last non-Chinese diver to win this event at the World Series was Paola Espinosa (MEX), who triumphed in Tijuana in 2012. This snapped a run of 15 consecutive Chinese triumphs, a streak that was preceded by another two Espinosa victories. She is the only non-Chinese diver to have won this event.
• Mexico will now be represented by Alejandra Orozco (MEX) who finished second in the most recent World Series meeting, in Guadalajara on 26 May 2013.
• Great Britain has won one medal this event at the World Series as Tonia Couch (GBR) claimed bronze in the last meeting last year and will be represented by two divers in Beijing, Sarah Barrow (GBR) and Couch.
DWS 2014, Beijing day 2: Wang beats He (CHN) to snatch women's springboard title
China's World champion and top favourite He Zi missed her third dive, a Reverse 2.5 Somersaults, Tucked (305C), leaving the women's 3m springboard title to teammate Wang Han while Olympic and World champion He Chong overcame his slump in his dive, a Reverse 3.5 Somersaults, Tucked (307C) to emerge victorious in the men's 3m springboard here at Beijing's Water Cube on day 2 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.
He Zi, reigning World champion, led in the first two rounds before slipping on the board in her third dive (305C), earning a poor 49.50. Wang Han, bronze medallist in the women's 1m springboard at last year's Worlds, remained consistent throughout her five dives to capture the women's 3m springboard title in 368.55. He finished second with a total 356 points. Canadian Pamela Ware took third, scoring 339.75.
DWS 2014 - Beijing Day 2 Preview
Preview Diving Women's 3m Springboard
• China have won this event 26 of the previous 27 times at a World Series meeting.
• The only exception was the meeting in Changzhou in 2009, when Sharleen Stratton (AUS) was victorious.
• The best Chinese diver in that meeting finished second (He Zi).
• That was one of two World Series events held in China, which China failed to win. The other was at Qingdao 2010, when Svetlana Filippova and Anastasia Pozdniakova (RUS) won the women's 3m springboard synchro.
• He Zi has won this event a record 16 times, including on the last two occasions.
• He Zi has also finished on the podium in 21 of the 27 times this event was staged, adding five second places to her 21 wins.
DWS 2014, Beijing day 1: Kuznetsov/Zakharov (RUS) capture 3m synchro gold
Led by four-time Olympic champions Wu Minxia and Chen Ruolin, China clinched three of the four synchro titles at stake on day 1 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 at the National Aquatic Center (Water Cube) in Beijing on Friday March 14. The Russian pair Evgeniy Kuznetsov/Ilya Zakharov captured gold in the men’s 3m syncho springboard.
Women's platform star Chen Ruolin, who injured her left arm two days ago, brought more gold to her name, winning the 10m synchro platform with World championship partner Liu Huixia, scoring 347.52 points. Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion of Canada finished second with 307.56 points while Mun Yee Leong/Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia took third in 303.96.
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