DWS 2013, Dubai day 2: China loses gold in the men's 3m springboard
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES China suffered a rare defeat tonight in the finals of the men’s 3m springboard, with Illya Kvasha of Ukraine taking the gold, and Javier Garcia Illana the silver in an upset defeat of reigning world champion He Chong.
Chong predictably took the lead with his first dive, but uncharacteristically faltered on his second to drop to third. Kvasha top scored for the competition on his second dive with 96.90, stamping his authority on the event and never letting go. A solid 91.00 for his third dive put He Chong back into second and by the fourth round he was only 6.80 points behind Kvasha, but the Ukrainian had a superb night, keeping his nerves under control and putting together a consistent performance to retain the lead and cause the upset of the competition, finishing with 493.40.
WADA alert: GW501516
It has come to WADA’s attention that the black market substance GW501516 is being sold to and used by some athletes.
The side effect of this chemical compound is so serious that WADA is taking the rare step of warning “cheats” to ensure that there is complete awareness of the possible health risks to athletes who succumb to the temptation of using GW501516 for performance enhancement.
DWS 2013, Dubai: China sweeps day one
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - China collected all four gold medals on offer on Day 1 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Dubai. After picking up the gold in both the women’s and men’s 10m platform synchro finals this morning, the Chinese continued their domination of the sport with strong performances in both the women’s and men’s 3m synchro springboard finals tonight, reinforcing their undisputed position at the top of the diving world.
The women’s 3m synchro saw China's He Zi and Wang Han score the first ten for a women’s event on their first dive. The pair maintained their form with the best dive of each round, until the final round when Canadian duo Jennifer Abel/Pamela Ware top-scored with 71.10 for their 5152B (Forward 2 ½ somersaults with one twist), taking the Canadians from fifth to third.
DWS 2013, Dubai day 1: China starts with golden display
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - The seemingly invincible Chinese diving team kicked off their FINA/Midea Diving World Series Dubai 2013 campaign this morning in their usual manner, taking the first two gold medals on offer in convincing fashion.
The first session on the competition program provided a breathtaking display of world class diving, much to the delight of several hundred schoolchildren who came to the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex to see multiple world and Olympic champions in action.
FINA Sports Medicine Committee visits Barcelona 2013 headquarters
Only four months ahead of the inauguration of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, event organisers have welcomed another group of people to the headquarters at the main competition venue Palau Sant Jordi. This week, the Sports Medicine Committee of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is visiting the sports facilities to get an update on the project.
The long workday on Monday started off with a visit to the different competition venues (Palau Sant Jordi, Picornell Pool, Montjuïc Municipal Pool and Moll de la Fusta) and continued with several meetings, focusing on two key areas of the Barcelona 2013 World Championships: Medical Services and Doping Control.
DWS 2013, Beijing day 3: Chen (CHN) untouchable in 10m platform, China captures 8 golds on offer
Beijing, CHINA - Four-time Olympic champion Ruolin Chen won the women's 10m platform in convincing fashion, leading with more than 40 points ahead of her rivals, sealing China's complete golden sweep on day 3 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 17, 2013.
Chen, who claimed the 10m platform title at both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, dominated the final to win the gold with 403.75 points. Canadian Meaghan Benfeito came second with 362.25 points while Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg took third with 337.75 points.
DWS 2013, Beijing day 2: Qin (CHN) eclipses Olympic champion Zakharov (RUS) in men's 3m
Beijing, CHINA - With his trade-mark stability, China's men's springboard synchro expert Kai Qin claimed his first individual title, beating Russia's 2012 Olympic champion Illya Zakharov to third place on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 16, 2013. Illya Kvasha of Ukraine took the lead after the first two rounds but Qin turned the tables from his third dive (307C) with a high 99.75 points and kept his dominance to the last dive, winning the gold in a total 548.65 points.
Chong He, Beijing Olympic champion and bronze medallist at the 2012 London Games in this event, finished second with 521.50 points while Olympic champion Zakharov missed his last dive (109C) to earn a "low" 74.10 points, settling for the bronze with 514.45 points.
DWS 2013, Beijing: Chinese divers sweep synchro events on day 1
Beijing, CHINA - Spearheaded by Olympic champions Minxia Wu, Ruolin Chen, Kai Qin and Chong He and some fresh faces of the traditional diving powerhouse, China's divers swept the four synchronised diving events on day 1 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 15, 2013.
With a record of six Olympic diving medals, Wu, who partnered with Olympic champion Zi He in synchro events, now combines with 1m springboard World champion Tingmao Shi. And it proved to be a winning combination for the Chinese as they claimed victory with a margin of 30.81 points ahead of silver medallists Alicia Blagg/Rebecca Gallantree of Britain, who totalled 305.79 points. The bronze went to Ukrainians Olena Fedorova/Anna Pysmenska with 305.79 points.
Doha 2014 is progressing well
A FINA delegation, led by Executive Director Cornel Marculescu was in Doha (QAT) on March 5-6, 2013 for a two-day visit within the frame of the preparation of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) to be held in this vibrant middle-east city on December 3-7, 2014.
At the conclusion of the meeting, a Press Conference updated the local media on the status of the organisation. Mr Marculescu expressed FINA’s satisfaction on the advancement of the operations:
MSWC 2013: Reichert (GER) and Cunha (BRA) in top shape in Eilat (ISR)
65 swimmers plunged into the crystal waters of Eilat for the third stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013. The city of Eilat hosted this Olympic swimming event for the second year in a row. 16 countries participated in this competition while enjoying the ideal conditions of 28 degrees Celsius with a water temperature of 21 degrees.
A surprising victory was set by Christian Reichert who beat his fellow rival from the German team, World champion Thomas Lurz: "I didn't feel threatened by anyone and I didn't look back. I was focused on winning every meter of this race."
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