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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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Youth Water Polo (W), Day 6: USA faces Canada in the final match

World Youth Water Polo Championships

USA and Canada will play on Sunday August 31 to win the world title after the sixth competition day at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain, taking place at the Swimming Centre M-86.

USA beat a very powerful Greece after penalties, finishing on a tie 9-9 after regular time. At the end, the score was 12-11, with Grab giving USA the qualification for the final with her decisive shot. Both teams, which have based their victories in these Championships on their defense, displayed an alternative-rich water polo, and theirs was the best match of the tournament so far.


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Youth Water Polo (W), Day 5: USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary to clash in semifinals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary are the semifinals pairings after the fifth competition day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain. USA, which remain unbeaten in this tournament, defeated the Netherlands in quarterfinals after a very even match (6-4). The American team will play for a place in the final against Greece, another favourite of the tournament, which edged the ever-looming Chinese team 10-5 on Friday August 29.

On the other side of the draw in search for the semifinals, Canada and Italy played another rather even match. With a 7-6 score, Axelle Crever scored the final goal one minute before the end. The final scoreboard reflected the Canadian victory by 8-6.

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Youth Water Polo (W), Day 4: Host Spain to clash with Hungary in quarterfinals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Hungary-Spain, Italy-Canada, Netherlands-USA and China-Greece are the quarterfinals matches of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain which will be played on Friday after the fourth competition day, in which Spain, Canada, USA and Greece had rest in this round before the quarterfinals after finishing at the top of their respective groups.

Hungary defeated Japan with a 20-14 score after an overwhelming third quarter (7-2), and will be Spain’s rival in the quarterfinals next Friday at 8 pm. It will be a match in which the best attack (Hungary) will confront the best defense (Spain).

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SWC 2014, Doha Day 2: Two more WR for Katinka “turbo” Hosszu

Swimming World Cup

The first leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 concluded in Doha (QAT) on August 28 with more of Katinka Hosszu’s outstanding performances. In the second and final day of the meet, the Hungarian great added five more medals to her tally, for a total of 10 podium presences in the capital of Qatar. The latest successes of Hosszu included the gold in the 100m and 400m individual medley, 100m backstroke, silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

After a WR on Day 1 in the 200m IM, the Magyar star imposed once more her supremacy in the medley events, winning the 400m in a new World Record time of 4:20.83 and the 100m in 57.34, a bit slower than the world best mark set in the heats, with a 57.25 effort. Both performances improved Hosszu World Records in these events, established in the 2013 edition of the series.

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