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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 4: Colombia and Japan collect gold

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The fourth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) saw new champions coming from Colombia and Japan, the seventh silver for Russia and one more gold for China. Alejandro Arias Munoz from Colombia emerged victorious in the Boys A 1m springboard with a total score of 531.20, leaving his runner-up more than 20 points behind.

As for the silver medal, there were four contenders for the “vice champion title”. Kacper Jakub Lesiak, from Poland, was in second position until the last attempt: then, a mistake ruined his hopes of medal and he ended up being only fifth (498.40). German Timo Barthel overtook Lesiak but didn’t manage to get on the podium, losing by just 5.60 points to Chinese Huang Bowen. The winner of the 3m springboard final captured the bronze this time earning 510.30. Silver went to Mexican Diego Rodrigo, whose advantage over Bowen was only 0.95 points.


Action in Penza - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 3: Second gold for Wu (CHN), Larsen wins for Denmark

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

On the third day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS), the Girls A 3m springboard final was almost a copy of the 1m springboard event that took place on Day 2. From the beginning of the evening session, China’s Wu Chunting, Russia’s Maria Polyakova and Australia’s Maddison Keeney were on top of the ranking.

But Keeney probably had a stronger desire to gain revenge. On the lower board, the Australian hopeful pulled herself back from first to third position after she had missed her last dive. This time, she went down to fifth place after a poor third attempt. And she was not able to improve the situation.


The medallists in the Girls A 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 2: China 2 – Mexico 1

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The second day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) confirmed the Chinese supremacy in the girls’ springboard events. China claimed two victories and one bronze medal. Mexican divers showed perfect partnership in the boys’ 3m synchro springboard.

It all started with the Girls A (16-18 years old) final in the 1 m springboard, where Wu Chunting won the gold with a total score of 421.30. In fact, Australian Maddison Keeney was the overwhelming favourite coming from the preliminaries and until the last dive. She executed a very difficult programme, composed from “men” dives. None of her challengers presented such a high level. But Keeney didn’t manage to control the pressure: she missed her fourth attempt and moved to the third place, totaling 415 points. After that decisive mistake, Maddison left the pool in tears. At the award ceremony, she was very quiet and unemotional.


The diving pool in Penza (RUS) - Photo credit: Vladimir Pavlovskiy

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 1: First gold goes to China and USA

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The Penza’s sport complex "Burtasy" (which means tribe/population that lived on the right bank of the river Volga), where the 20th FINA World Junior Diving Championships have started today, will be one of the major spots on the city map until the end of the week. A huge screen 4x6 m has been constructed near the entrance of the venue so that everyone can take a look at what is going on in the pool: life broadcasting with comments is expected. A penguin mascot is walking around the arena and inside it, along the tribunes to cheer up the participants and to become a part of a "selfie" so popular nowadays among children and teenagers: young sportsmen of the local diving sports schools are the best fans. And the most outstanding Penza athletes in the field - Olympic champions Irina Kalinina and Yulia Pakhalina - were the guests at the opening ceremony.


Huang Bowen (CHN) - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 3: Hungary and China close on high note

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The Hungarian juniors and the Chinese youths were the happiest kids on Earth after winning the respective titles of the event-closing team competitions at the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured (HUN). These two nations topped the medal table as well – China came first – while Russia won the Team Trophy among the juniors and the Chinese among the youths.

The two team events, held over 3km, concluded the second edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured. The closing day welcomed the young swimmers with mild air-temperatures, the winds eased so a rather peaceful course awaited the participants of the team events.


China touching for the victory - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 2: Prime Minister made the Hungarian girls fly

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The second day of the 2nd edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships turned into a great festival as Hungary’s two competitors, Nikoletta Kiss and Flora Sibalin made a 1-3 finish in the junior girls’ 7.5km event, attended by Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban. The youth boys’ 5km title went to Taylor Abbott of the USA.

To demonstrate the level of appreciation of aquatics in Hungary, soon before the start of Day 2, Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived to the venue. Accompanied by Lajos Kosa and Tamas Gyarfas, Chairmen of the Organising Committee for the 2021 FINA World Championships, Viktor Orban was welcomed by FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu who also attended the championships. The Prime Minister visited the promotion pavilion for the 2021 event – the instalments will make their international debut at the year-ending FINA World Aquatic Convention – then Viktor Orban became part of the show as he shot the starting pistol for the junior girls’ 7.5km race.


From left to right: FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli,
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 1: Russia and China clinch first gold medals

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The opening day of the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships witnessed some fabulous races at Balatonfured (HUN) with at least thousand spectators following the event from the lakeside. Russia’s Anton Evsikov won the 7.5km among the junior boys while China’s Siyu Yan clinched the title of the youth girls’ 5km.

The event was opened by Zoltan Balog, Ministry of Human Resources (in charge for sport within the Hungarian Government) who highlighted the historical aspects of this event as the first aquatic gathering Hungary ever staged bearing the distinction of World Championships.


Swimmers in action in Balaton (HUN) - Photo credit: Hungarian Swimming Association

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SWC 2014, Dubai Day 2: Hosszu sets two WRs and claims a record 8 wins

Swimming World Cup

Mission accomplished for Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who claimed four more victories today for an overall tally of eight gold and one bronze medal. It is a premiere at a FINA Swimming World Cup meet that a swimmers registers so many wins in a single stage. Moreover, Hosszu smashed her eleventh World record in the heats in the women's 100m IM in 56.86 (she clocked 57.75 in the final). Hosszu becomes the first woman to go under 57 seconds.

Still in the heats, Hosszu equalled in the women's 100m backstroke her European record set in Doha in 55.38, 15 hundredths of a second slower than Sakai's World record (55.23 in 2009 in Berlin) before settling for a time of 55.77 in the final.

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Youth Water Polo (W), Day 7: USA World champion, Canada and Hungary complete podium

World Youth Water Polo Championships

USA was crowned World champion after defeating Canada in a tight 5-4 on the closing day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships at Madrid's swimming centre M-86. USA suffered a lot to defeat Canada, a very powerful team in defense during the whole championship. Even if the Canadians were always behind in the scoreboard with 2-goal differences (2-0 / 4-2), they managed to draw the match level in the final quarter, but a counterattack three minutes before the end by Aria Fischer left the score unchanged in 5-4.

In the very last minute, USA rushed to the final shot and Canada went desperately in search for the tie, but Matthews didn’t succeed and didn’t score the decisive goal. The American team played with time in their favour, and with just 24 seconds left, and their rival’s possession, managed to resist until they got a well-deserved gold medal.


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SWC 2014, Dubai Day 1: Magyar Hosszu and Gyurta on top of their game

Swimming World Cup

The second leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 was marked by the historic World records of the Magyar duo, Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta. Moreover, several swimmers confirmed their mark on the international swimming stage, whom we will certainly hear from again at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in three months' time: Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), Christian Diener (GER), Marco Koch (GER) and Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB).

Dubai's Hamdan Sports complex served as the backdrop to its first individual record-breaking performances at the World Cup since 2011. Comparing with the first leg in Doha, 16 out of the 17 winners of Day 1, which are the same than in Qatar, bettered their performances, except in the men's 200m butterfly.

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