Meilutyte: “I was like a jungle kid”
Wearing huge sunglasses, Ruta Meilutyte leans back in her comfortable chair and enjoys the Qatari sun.
On the closing day, December 7, 2014 of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, the 17-year-old Lithuanian bags home one gold (50m breast) and one silver medal (100m breast). Even though she wanted to win gold in both races, she is satisfied with her performances – missing the world record in 50m breaststroke just by one-hundredth of a second.
Beijing 2014, Day 2: China clinches overall title
With victories in the thematic duet and free combination on Day 2, host China blitzed to win all four titles at stake in Beijing, China at the ninth edition of the FINA Synchronised World Trophy, held on December 13-14, 2014. This is the third title at this event for the Asian synchro powerhouse.
At Yingdong swimming complex, local duet Li Ang / Ma Shuang delivered a powerful routine on "Beautiful Girls", scoring 95.3330 points. Russian sisters Anastasia and Daria Bayandina finished second with 91.8335 points while Mexican duet Delgado Blanca / Diosdado Nuria took third with 89.8335 points.
Beijing 2014, Day 1: Host China bags two gold
Host China swept the gold in the free team and synchro highlight routine on the opening day of the 9th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, organised in Beijing, China on December 13-14, 2014.
Delighting the home crowd, the Chinese team performed brilliantly on "Heroines" to finish first in the free team routine, collecting a total 95.1665 points. Swimming to "Into the Wind", Russia's squad took with 91.8335 while Canada claimed third spot, earning 89.6665 points. Mexico and Spain came fourth and fifth, scoring 88.6665 and 86.6665, respectively.
First-ever FINA/AIPS Young Reporters programme is a hit in Doha
FINA/AIPS Young Reporters returned today in their respective countries, after completing pivotal journalism programme which took place in parallel to the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention and the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar.
The ten participants followed an intensive reporting training course in print, photography, online and new media. In addition to specific lectures covering current themes in sport such as doping and ethics, the youngsters had the incredible opportunity to reach out to swimming legends such as the American diver and Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis, IOC member and former Olympic champion Alexander Popov and Dutch freestyle ace Ranomi Kromowidjojo, as well as FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
Youth programme 'aspires' 250 swimmers in Doha
The first-ever Youth programme, jointly organised by the Doha 2014 organising committee and FINA, successfully drew to an end on December 7 at the Aspire's Zone, the world's biggest sport facility.
A total 136 countries sent one or two of their best swimmers aged 14-16 with their coach to take part in a week-long programme. U.S. top-level coach Todd Schmitz, who led Missy Franklin to Olympic glory at the 2012 London Olympics, run the programme with a 10-strong coaching staff.
Doha 2014, Day 5: Hosszu and Le Clos are also the best in Doha!
Some 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.
Youth Olympians get first taste at racing heavyweights of swimming
In 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.
'Le beast' triumphs in unfamiliar waters
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.
Le Clos one step closer to butterfly hat-trick
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.
Doha 2014, Day 4: Inspired stars raise the WR tally to 17
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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