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Doha 2014, Day 5: Hosszu and Le Clos are also the best in Doha!

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CieloSome days after being awarded the title of FINA Best Swimmers in 2014, Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) were also the athletes shining the most in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held from December 3-7 in Doha (QAT). At the conclusion of the five-day competition, the South African star and the Magyar champion received the Trophy for the Best Male and Female Swimmer of the competition, respectively, after delivering great performances in the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Hosszu entered in the history of this competition by earning eight individual medals, the highest tally ever among women, and only equalling Ryan Lochte’s performance in Istanbul 2012 in the men’s field. The difference is that the North American collected some of his medals in relay events. Before the Magyar milestone, the best swimmers in a single edition of the championships were Susan O’Neill (AUS), Josefin Lillhage (SWE), Lisbeth Lenton (AUS) and Brooke Hanson (AUS), all with six podium presences.

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Youth Olympians get first taste at racing heavyweights of swimming

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Ahn Vien NguyenIn Nanjing, China last August, 400 swimmers lined-up in the 36 swimming events at the second edition of the summer Youth Olympics. From the up-and-coming field in Nanjing, a dozen made the trip to Doha, Qatar to compete in their first World Championships. Fresh impressions.

Brianna Throssell of Australia, a three-time YOG bronze medallist (100m and 200m fly, 200m free) achieved her best result in the women's 200m fly, taking sixth (2:06.40) in a top-level field led by Spain's Mireia Belmonte and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu on Day 1.

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'Le beast' triumphs in unfamiliar waters

Young Reporters Programme

Florent Manaudou (FRA)His coach describes him as a huge man, a world beater and one who has good natural attributes of a good swimmer. His physique and strength sets him apart from other swimmers.

‘Le beast’ Florent Manaudou set a world record in a race to which he is not well accustomed, tapping the wall in 22.22 to lower Peter Marshall’s five-year-old 22.61 world record picking his fourth gold medal of the short course championships in the 50m backstroke.

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Le Clos one step closer to butterfly hat-trick

Young Reporters Programme

Chad Le Clos (RSA)Olympic champion Chad Le Clos did it again at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

The South African won his head-to-head with Brazilian Nicholas Santos in the men's 50m butterfly by improving his championship record to 21.95 from the semis and now needs only the 200m to write history as the first man to win three butterfly event in short course.


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Doha 2014, Day 4: Inspired stars raise the WR tally to 17

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Chad Alia Atkinson, from Jamaica, knew she was close to the victory and for some seconds looked at the scoreboard, perhaps waiting to see her name next to number 2. When she realised that in fact she was aligned with number 1, she couldn’t almost believe: her expression after getting the gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke says everything about the surprising outcome of the race. Swimming next to her, Ruta Meilutyte, from Lithuania, the World Record (WR) holder in 1:02.36 and fastest of the semis in a Championships Record (CR) of 1:02.43, seemed to have the race under control, but gliding in excess in the last stroke, she allowed the triumph of the Jamaican star.

In an equalled WR of 1:02.36, Atkinson won the first gold medal ever in the history of three Championships for her country, while Meilutyte got the silver in 1:02.46. On Day 2, the 50m breaststroke had finished in the reverse order, with the Lithuanian earning gold and Atkinson finishing second.

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Nepalese teenager has training mountain to climb

Young Reporters Programme

Sofia Gadegaard ShahAt a time when the temperature takes a dip in mountainous Nepal, a teenaged swimmer makes her way to Thailand to maintain her training regime through the winter. Sofia Gadegaard Shah trains in Nepal during the warm season and then in Thanyapura in Phuket in winter.

“I do train in Nepal until the time the season allows it, as during the winters it becomes impossible to continue with the training regime because of the absence of heated pools.

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How FINA fights the good fight against dope cheats

Young Reporters Programme

Andrew PipeThe 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) are as 'clean' as organisers “could possibly” have made them.

Andrew Pipe, chairman of the federation's doping control review board, explained exclusively to AIPS how the anti-doping process is undertaken at the competition.


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Small country is no hurdle to big feat, says Moravcova

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Martina MoravcovaMartina Moravcova came a long way from small town Piestany in her native Slovakia to making her mark on the international swimming stage for no less than 16 years.

Addressing a 380-strong audience at the Aspire Zone's swimming pool on December 4, 2014 where the FINA / Doha 2014 Youth programme is taking place, the FINA Athletes Commission member delivered an important message to the young swimmers and their coaches, representing more than 130 countries.

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Doha 2014, Day 3: Five WR in glorious evening for Hungary

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BernekAfter skipping the heats of the 400m free in the morning, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the protagonist of the third day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha (QAT). The FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014 strategically decided to be in top shape for her two evening finals, the 200m backstroke and the 100m IM and the choice paid off: in both events, the Magyar great established new World Records! In the backstroke race, she clocked 1:59.23 (improving Missy Franklin’s WR of 2:00.03 from 2011) and became the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark; in the medley event, she touched home in 56.70, bettering her own best time of 56.86 from the Swimming World Cup action last September. After setting also a global best mark in the 100m backstroke on Day 2, Hosszu has now three gold medals and three WR, plus two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m IM.

But the Hungarian saga in this third night continued with her compatriots Daniel Gyurta and Peter Bernek. In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Gyurta controlled the race and got the gold in 2:01.49, while Bernek dominated the men’s 400m free, with a victory in 3:34.32, a new Championships record (CR), the oldest one in the charts (the best previous mark of the competition had been established by Australia’s Grant Hackett in 1999, in a time of 3:35.01).

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Greg Louganis . . . on the childhood skillset which turned him into an Olympic icon

Young Reporters Programme

Greg Louganis remains an icon of aquatics even though he dived to win his last Olympic gold medal back in 1988, despite famously hitting his head on the springboard in the preliminaries. Now 54, Louganis won his first Olympic medal at 16 in Montreal then, eight years later in Los Angeles, became the first man in 56 years to win two diving golds at the same Games.

Winning two more golds in Seoul secured his status in the sport in which he remains involved as a diving referee and a mentor for young competitors. Louganis was invited to attend the FINA World Aquatics Convention but could not be present in Doha. He reviewed both his career and remarkable life for AIPS Young Reporters via a Skype interview.

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