Kenya's young sensation sets her sights on Kazan
At just 16, Emily Muteti is the latest Kenyan swimming sensation, after the famous Dunford brothers, David and Jason.
Muteti, a student at the Visa Oshwal Academy in Mombasa in the Kenyan coastal strip, is targeting at least one final when the world gathers for the long course swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, next summer. Voted the most promising personality at the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards last December, Muteti believes she has what it takes to put the East African country on the swimming map.
Doha 2014, Day 2: Brazil rejoices, Hosszu gets WR consolation
The satisfaction of Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and of her coach at the end of the women’s 100m backstroke is the image of Day 2 at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha (QAT) until December 7. After an initial day where she lost two races (200m butterfly and 400m IM) to Mireia Belmonte (ESP), the Magyar swam with all her energy for the gold in the backstroke event, highlighting her effort with a new World Record of 55.03 – Hosszu swam 0.20 faster than Shiho Sakai (JPN, 55.23) in 2009. When looking at the scoreboard, the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014, strongly beat the water, and screamed her joy, meaning to whoever doubted on her shape that she is one of the swimmers to beat in the Qatari capital.
But this consolation was not enough to win the third direct duel with Mireia Belmonte, this time in the 800m free. The Magyar champion looked tired throughout the final, and Belmonte, WR holder since 2013 in 7:59.34 easily managed to control operations: she got her third gold in Doha, winning in a new Championships record of 8:03.41 (almost five seconds faster than the 8:08.25 clocked in 2008 by Rebecca Adlington, from Great Britain). Hosszu was fifth (8:20.71) of the fastest heat and ninth in the overall ranking of the event.
Korotyshkin already resigned to a record farewell
Russia's swimming veteran Evgeny Korotyshkin will be the least surprised rival if Chad Le Clos of South Africa not only beats him in Doha but deprives him of his world record in the men's 100m butterfly as well.
In the semi-finals at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Olympic champion Le Clos won his semi-finalin 49.25 ahead of Australia's Tommaso D'Orsogna (49.69) and third American Tom Shields (49.91).
Lochte out of luck as passion drives Le Clos to glory
The smiles and wide grins dissolved into a tearful medal ceremony as the South African National anthem rang out for newly-crowned FINA Male Swimmer of the year Chad le Clos at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha. Le Clos had just won gold in the 200m freestyle on his international competitive debut at the distance.
He tapped the wall first in 1:41.45, beating defending champion Ryan Lochte of the United States who finished third in 1:42,09, with Russian Danila Izotov narrowly second in 1:41.67.
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.
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