SWC 2014, Day 1: Hosszu festival starts in Doha (QAT)
The “Iron Lady” is ready to shine in the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup. In the first day of the inaugural leg of the series in Doha (QAT), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the athlete in evidence, establishing a World Record and two World Cup records, and getting four gold medals. The world best mark was set in the women’s 200m individual medley, when she touched home in 2:02.61, bettering her own record of 2:03.20, obtained also in the first meet of the 2013 circuit in Eindhoven (NED).
In a very successful evening, the Magyar star, winner of last year’s series, also swam for the bronze in the 800m free, got the gold in the 50m backstroke, the 200m backstroke and the 200m free. In the latter, she improved on two occasions the best mark of the competition: in the morning heats, she clocked 1:51.84, while the afternoon victory was sealed with a 1:51.41 effort. Hosszu was constantly under the World Record (1:51.17, from Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, from 2009) pace, but could not swim so fast until the final touch.
SWC 2014, Doha - Mellouli: Ready for the long journey!
These expressions became a cliché: “Success is a journey, not a destination”, or “the doing is often more important than the outcome”. He has known success, he came to a delightful destination, but he has just started another journey. Another “doing”. Smoothly, but surely. Oussama Mellouli, from Tunisia, is a true champion, a role model for an entire region, a hero in his country, a great star of Aquatics.
After a year of “ups and downs”, as he frankly says, Mellouli is definitively back to the pools and to the FINA world: his presence in Doha (QAT) and Dubai (UAE), the two first stops of the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup are a solid proof that he wishes to go on. With one destination: the Olympic Games in Rio 2016!
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 2: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada rule in their groups
USA, Greece, Spain and Canada are the leaders in their respective groups after the second day of the preliminary stage at the pool of the Swimming Centre M-86 in Madrid, Spain. In Group A, USA secured the first place after defeating South Africa with a 4-20 score. In the second game, Hungary found no rival in Germany, which was beaten with a 22-3 score. The South Africans wait for them in the final match.
Meanwhile, in Group B, the leader is Greece thanks to the better goal average compared to Italy after the victory against Brazil with a 4-22 score, with Vasiliki and Eleftheria as the top scorers. Italy had more problems with Japan, but dispelled their doubts with a 5-1 partial score in the last quarter, the final score after the match being 13-9.
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 1: USA, Japan, Russia and Spain win first games
USA, Japan, Russia and Spain are the first leaders of the group of the FINA World Women’s Water Polo Youth Championships that have begun this morning at the pool of the Swimming Center M-86 in Madrid, Spain. The USA team beat Hungary with a surprising score (14-9), and they are leaders of the group A, together with South Africa, which has defeated Germany (7-5).
United States showed an excellent physical condition in its match against the Hungarian team, with Fisher and Rane as the main scorers. In the group's other match, South Africa faced pressure from Germany in a more even game.
YOG Nanjing 2014: Golden splash for Yang Hao in men's 3m springboard
The next generation of world-class springboard divers delivered nice performances tonight in the men's 3m springboard final on Day 2 of the Youth Olympic diving programme at Nanjing's Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium.
The event brought its lot of suspense as three divers representing Canada, Germany and Ukraine were vying for third spot. China's Yang Hao dominated the operations to top the event with a grueling 613.80 while Mexico's Rodrigo Lopez excelled to bag silver, scoring a remarkable 593.65. Canadian Philippe Gagne presented the most difficult programme and his risks paid off as he happily received the bronze around his neck with a final score of 566.75.
WP World Cup (M), Day 6: Serbia retains World Cup crown in penalty shootout over Hungary
Serbia proved its dominance of world water polo in 2014 with a clean sweep of the major events, beating Hungary 11-9 in a penalty shootout on the sixth day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at Almaty’s Central Swimming Pool today. For the third time this year, Serbia beat Hungary in a gold-medal final after the June FINA World League Super Final in Dubai, UAE, and the July European Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The victory was the third time Serbia has reached the top step on the podium after winning as Serbia & Montenegro in Budapest in 2006 and as Serbia in Oradea, Romania in 2010. Much of the success of Serbia was put down to goalkeeper Stefan Zivodinovic, whose vital saves in the dying moments of the final typified his drive, determination and blocking skills.
YOG Nanjing 2014: China's Wu Shengping scoops 10m platform gold
The evening's biggest reception was for top qualifier Wu Shengping of China, who claimed victory in the girls' 10m platform on Day 1 of the Youth Olympics diving competition at Nanjing's Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium.
The local hope (she's from the Jiangsu province of Nanjing) delighted the home crowd in what was her first international appearance, amassing a total 526.20. Wu, who turned 18 two days ago, recorded her best score on her second dive, an Inward 3.5 Somersault, Tucked, earning six 9.0's and one 9.5 from the judges.
WP World Cup (M), Day 5: It’s Serbia versus Hungary again for a gold medal
Olympic and world champion Hungary will play FINA World League and European champion Serbia for the 2014 FINA Men’s Water Polo World Cup at the Central Swimming Pool in Almaty on Sunday. It will be the third successive major tournament this year the pair will face off for gold.
Hungary repulsed the solid challenge of United States of America 7-5 and Serbia withstood Croatia’s attack for a 7-4 victory in today’s medal semifinals.The big news of the day was Hungarian superstar Denes Varga’s suspension for brutality 2:10 from the end of the match with USA. He will miss the gold-medal final on Sunday.
China's diving great Wu Minxia reminds to "never give up on dream" in Nanjing
Olympic and world champion Wu Minxia of China is in Nanjing to meet and take part in YOG activities with diving hopefuls. We met the Athlete Role Model at the divers' training area within the Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium where she talked in the most genuine way about diving and future plans, in between two stretching sessions.
"To be named Athlete Role Model at these Youth Olympics is a confirmation of all the efforts for being in the sport for so long. It is to take on this responsibility to pass on the good spirit of sport to younger generations."
YOG Nanjing 2014: Brazil's sensation Santana downs own mark in men's 100m free
Nanjing proved a place of joy for the 395 swimmers that took part in the 36 events on the competition programme from August 17 to 22, 2014 at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium. A total 22 new world junior records were set, 14 in individual and eight in relay events.
Three new countries climbed the podium tonight: Croatia, Korea and Thailand, bringing to 29 the total of nations whose swimmers earned a youth Olympic medal. Host China topped the table with 17 medals (10 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze). Only two nations, China and Russia, celebrated double champions in both women's and men's events: Shen Duo and Yu Hexin of China, and Rozaliya Nasretdinova and Evgeny Rylov of Russia. Hungary, Lithuania and the USA had young hopefuls accomplishing the same feat among girls: Liliana Szilagyi, Ruta Meilutyte and Hannah Moore, respectively.
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