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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 3: China's Huang/Sun win duet free

Synchro World Cup

Brazil teamChina leaves this penultimate day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchro World Cup as the winner of all gold medals. On Saturday October 4, they won at the University of Laval pool the duet free routine and team technical events. In the latter, which finished the day of an intensive programme, swimmers performed on 'The Faith' to give more a show of precision, synchronisation and artistic creativity routines, scoring an overall 188.0322.

Japan got the silver medal with a slightly bigger margin than in the technical event to outscore Ukraine. The Asians scored 182.4088 points while the Europeans settled for third with 181.9573.

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SWC 2014, Moscow Day 1: Hat-trick for Hosszu and Le Clos

Swimming World Cup

Katinka HosszuBefore the start of the fourth stage of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Moscow, journalists were betting in how many races Katinka Hosszu would take part in this time. At a press conference, the Hungarian 'Iron lady' said she would stick to her 11-12 events schedule.

After the first competition day Hosszu added five more medals – three gold and two bronze – to her solid World Cup collection. In the women's 200m freestyle, Hosszu registered a clear victory in 1:53.18 over local Veronika Popova (1:54.88) and teammate Evelyn Verraszto (1:56.26).

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 2: China leads way in team tech as well

Synchro World Cup

synchro world cupAlready heading first in the technical duet on Day 1, China topped the preliminaries in the technical team on Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Quebec City. The Chinese team showed a routine called 'Anges Noirs' (Black Angels), swimming to the music 'City of Bones' to score a total 92.7655 points. Ukraine (90.0906) and Japan (90.0755) follow with very tight scores.

According to their Japanese coach Mayuko Fujiki, the Chinese team has been entirely renovated since the London Olympics in 2012: "With the exception of two swimmers, the whole team is new. The coaching staff is new as well so they work differently now. Up to London, China was known as a team which focused on beauty, ballet and plasticity; they won silver at the Olympics, finishing close to Russia. To beat them, we must use more strength, technique and power. We're happy because we see here that it is working."

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Water from Kazan travels to ISS

Kazan 2015

Everyone expects that the 16th FINA World Championships, to be held in Kazan (RUS) will be an enormous success on Earth, but the organisers of the competition want to reach ever higher. On September 26, 2014 the Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a symbol of the FINA major event - a special barrel filled with water from the Kazanka River – and travelled to the International Space Station (ISS).

During the press conference that took place shortly before the lift-off, Tatarstan's Minister of Sport Vladimir Leonov extended gratitude to the Federal Space Agency and the expedition crew members for contributing to the development of sports, and especially aquatic sports.


Russian cosmonauts taking Kazan's water to the space

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 1: China provisional leader in Duet

Synchro World Cup

The technical duet event opened on October 2 the 13th edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, with all 17 countries represented. The Chinese took the lead of this competition debut at the Aquatic Centre of the Laval Université in Québec City (CAN). Xuechen Huang and Sun Wenyan totalled 92.2374 points with the theme “He is the sound of a pirate”, from Hans Zimmer, and a very vigorous routine.


The Chinese duet getting ready for their routine - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

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SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 2: Hosszu (HUN) finishes show with five gold medals

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu confirmed her place among swimming’s all-time elite with a two day performance that was the best ever at a FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong tonight.

After claiming five wins from six finals on day one of the third leg of world cup, Hungarian Hosszu repeated the dose with another five gold and a silver from six events.

There weren’t the world records of Doha and Dubai, but there was controlled power and almost total dominance. She has lost just six World Cup races this season, three each against Mireia Belmonte (ESP) and Inge Dekker (NED).


The medallists in the women's 400m free

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SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 1: Hosszu (HUN) continues to impress

Swimming World Cup

Top-flight international competition returned to Hong Kong at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool on Monday night, with the star power provided by the Iron Lady.

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) proved every bit as tough as her nickname suggests at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 tonight, but it does her a disservice – she’s a golden girl.


Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in action

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300-day countdown has started

Kazan 2015

On the 300 days to go to the 16th FINA World Championships, a new countdown clock ticking down the time left to the start of next summer's international aquatics event is now available. The clock was opened on September 27 in Bauman Street, near the iconic Arabian style street clock. The ceremony was attended by Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin, and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, Vladimir Leonov.

Special guests at the event were Merited Master of Sport, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion, three-time world champion, eight-time European champion, multiple winner of world and European cups, TV presenter and actress Maria Kiseleva and three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion, fifteen-time world champion and seven-time European champion Svetlana Romashina, as well as lead singer of the Kazan pop band Bolshoy Kush Rustem Chanyshev. They all were revealed as ambassadors for the upcoming FINA World Championships. Ilsur Metshin hosted the ceremony and handed credentials and ambassador scarves.


300 days to go

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China dominates on platform

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The last day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) appeared to be very stressful and tense for all the participants but especially for the Russian athletes looking for the first gold medal at their home championship.
 
In the Girls B 3m springboard final, Tatiana Stepanova finished fourth, 20 points behind the bronze medallist and 27 behind the leader. Ekaterina Nekrasova, who claimed silver on the lower board, came only seventh. The two Russian divers walked through the mixed zone with their heads down and refused to talk to journalists. Australian Georgia Sheehan delighted with her performance and was, on the other hand, very communicative and jovial. She earned her third medal of the competition, this time the gold, totalling 407.65. Georgia overtook another favourite of the championship, Song Anxin from China (404.30) and Christina Wassen from Germany (400.40).


The podium of the Girls B 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 5: Sixth gold for China, first title for Australia

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The first event on the programme of the fifth day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) was the Boys B 3m springboard final and the Chinese athletes were again among the favourites. In the end, they did not disappoint, with Zhu Han claiming gold with a total score of 466.15. Andreas Sargent Larsen from Denmark tried to repeat his victory on the lower board but finished “only” second, earning 462.60. Li Zheng (CHN) won the bronze medal with 446.25.
 
“I’m very happy with my result because I performed better than yesterday. I came third on the platform but managed to climb higher today on springboard. So I will return to China and train harder to improve my performances”, confessed Zhu Han after the award ceremony.


Action in the Boys B, 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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