DWS 2015, Beijing Day 2: Chinese extend winning streak in 3m events
China's World champions Shi Tingmao and He Chong captured the gold in the women's and men's 3m springboard on Day 2 of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Beijing. Mixed pair He Zi/Chen Aisen were the first to claim victory in the 3m synchro, new on the programme.
On her way to claim the women's 3m springboard title, Shi Tingmao led from the first round to beat close challenger and current World champion in the event He Zi, snatching her first individual victory in the Series with a total 389.60. He Zi took second in 372.90 while Pamela Ware of Canada placed third in 335.25.
DWS 2015, Beijing Day 1: Host China sweeps synchro events
Host China took all four titles on offer on Day 1 of the inaugural FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 leg, which takes place in Beijing on March 13-15.
Four-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin and her world championships golden partner Liu Huixia remained unchallenged in the women's 10m synchro, amassing 345.36 points. Mun Yee Leong/Jun Hoong Cheong of Malaysia came second with a total 320.28 while Canadian pair Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion claimed the bronze with a score of 310.86.
Mixed diving to invigorate Diving World Series
The ninth edition of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 starts on Friday March 13 at the National Aquatic Center in Beijing, with the world leading diving stars aiming to build themselves up before the World Championships later this year in Kazan.
Mixed synchronised events – 3m springboard and 10m platform – are set to join the three-day competition. The Series tour from Beijing to Dubai (UAE), Kazan (RUS), London (GBR), Windsor (CAN) before culminating in Merida (MEX) at the end of May.
Preparation works start at Kazan Arena Stadium for 2015 World Championships
Preparatory works for the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 are underway at the Kazan Arena Stadium. For the first time in the history of football stadiums and FINA World Championships, the competitions will be staged on the football field with two temporary pools, one for competitions (50x25x3m) and one for practices (50x25x2m).
The stadium is going to host swimming and synchronised swimming events. Both temporary pools will be installed on the main venue with the help of Myrtha Pools, the Official FINA Partner, and in compliance with the FINA requirements. The seating capacity will reach approximately 11,000.
Kosovo is the 208th FINA member
The Kosovo Swimming Federation became the 208th FINA Member, after the recent approval of affiliation by the FINA Bureau. The distribution of the FINA National Member Federations in the five continents is now as follows: Africa – 52; Americas – 44; Asia – 44; Europe – 52; Oceania – 16.
Athletes Village gets ready for Aquatics festival
Preservation of the Universiade Village's legacy in the lead-up to the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia was on the agenda of the meeting hosted by the campus student council on February 10, 2015.
Present at the meeting were representatives of Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University and Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. Deputy Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects and Universiade Village Mayor, Farid Abdulganiev, also attended the event and addressed the audience with a short speech.
FINA in mourning – Mario Vazquez Raña (MEX)
FINA learnt with great sadness about the death of Mario Vazquez Raña, a great lover of Sport and a long-time supporter of the Aquatic disciplines. A respected businessman in Mexico, Mr. Vazquez Raña had been President of his country’s Olympic Committee, IOC Member, President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), Chairman of Olympic Solidarity, and was still presently President of PASO, the Pan-American Sports Organisation.
An Olympian in shooting, his contribution to the Olympic movement was remarkable for many decades, and his action largely contributed to the development of Sport in Mexico and in the five continents.
FINA Masters Committee assesses progress in build-up to World Championships
The FINA Masters Committee's inspection visit took place on February 5-7, 2015. The delegation led by FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu arrived in the capital of Tatarstan to check the host city's preparation for this summer's World Masters Championships. Among the delegates were Masters Committee chairman Edward Evelly, Masters Committee vice-chairman Mel Goldstein and FINA Bureau liaison Dr. Mohamed Diop.
Day 1 of the visit opened with a meeting attended by Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Azat Kadyrov, and heads of the functional areas involved in the preparation for the World Masters Championships. During the meeting, tournament directors responsible for aquatic disciplines were introduced for the first time to the FINA Masters Committee members.
Rossiya Segodnya to be host national news agency for Kazan 2015
Rossiya Segodnya will become the key provider of sports coverage for the upcoming 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan.
The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency has been granted the status of a host national news agency and photo pool for the FINA World Championships in Kazan. For the first time in the history of Soviet and Russian swimming, a Russian information agency will act as the major source of up-to-the-minute news and photo content for this prestigious international sporting event.
Kazan 2015 unveils medals!
Medals for the 16th FINA World Championships and 16th FINA World Masters Championships were unveiled on February 4 during the press conference that took place at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan. Journalists were given the opportunity to take a look at how victory ceremonies will be held during this summer's major aquatics events.
Present at the press conference were Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects Azat Kadyrov, Member of the Heraldic Council under the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Ilnur Minullin and Art Director of the Paradox Advertising Studio Ilshat Bayburin.
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