Sam Ramsamy (RSA) is new President of African Swimming Confederation
South African Sam Ramsamy, FINA Vice-President and IOC Member, was elected as President of CANA, the Confederation of African Swimming Associations, at the General Assembly held during the 11th African Championships in Nairobi (Kenya).
He takes over from CANA President Mustafa Larfaoui from Algeria. Kenya's Ben Ekumbo is the new CANA Secretary General and Treasurer. CANA currently has 52 member associations.
Volos 2012, day 5: Two more gold medals for Russia on final day
Russia's Vlada Chigireva won the gold medal in the Solo final of the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships that concluded on September 16, 2012 in Volos (GRE).
Chigireva, already winner of this event in the previous Championships (2010 Indianapolis), got the title in 170.9870 and was followed by Hikaru Kazumori of Japan (163.4881) and by Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau (162.4059).
Volos 2012, day 4: Russia wins Duet and Team events
Russia retained its Duet title at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, being held in Volos (GRE) from September 12-16, 2012. Represented by Milena Miteva and Elena Prokofyeva, Russia earned the gold medal in 168.5908, revalidating the previous World Championships's title in Indianapolis 2010. With this success, Russians have now reached 31 gold medals at World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, including eight consecutive titles in the Duet event since 1999.
Japan's pair, composed by Hikaru Kazumori and Momoka Tamoura earned silver with a combined score of 162.7664, while Ukraine (Kateryna Reznik and Anastasiya Savchuk) were third with 160.5239.
Volos 2012, day 1-3: Vlada Chigireva first in Figure Competition
Russia's Vlada Chigireva took the first place in the Figure Competition event (79.6870) held on September 13, 2012, at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, organised in the indoor Swimming pool of Nea Ionia in Volos (GRE).
Competitors from Russia occupied the first five places of this event, while in sixth Japan's Hikaru Kazumori swam in 77.2481. Two more Russian athletes and one from Japan ranked until ninth place and in tenth was Canadian Jacqueline Simoneau (75.5759). Russia was dominant in the preliminaries of the solo, duet, team and free combination events held in the initial days in Volos.
FINA President Dr. Maglione re-elected at the head of Uruguayan NOC
Dr. Julio Cesar Maglione has been an IOC Member since 1996. He was a national champion and national record holder in the 100m and 200m butterfly and breaststroke from 1949 to 1954. During his swimming career, he achieved the following results: a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, and a silver medal in the 4x100 relay at the Latin-American Games in La Havana, Cuba in 1954.
Sarasota to Host 2013 Pan American Masters Championship
U.S. Masters Swimming is pleased to host the 2013 Pan American Masters Championship. The Championship, sanctioned by Union American de Natacion, will be hosted in partnership with the Sarasota Family YMCA, in Sarasota, Fla. Masters synchronised swimming and pool swimming competition will be held at the Selby Aquatic Center adjacent to the Sarasota Y’s Evalyn Sadlier Jones branch in Sarasota. The event dates for synchro and swimming are June 1–12. An open water swim will be hosted June 13 at Siesta Key in Sarasota.
This will be the first time the USA has hosted the biennial event. The Championship is expected to attract up to 2,000 adult swimmers from the South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and the USA.
Japan welcomes home Olympic medallists with big celebration
Japan's swimming team brought home 11 medals from the 2012 London Olympic Games (three silver and 8 bronze). It is the second largest number of medals in Japanese Swimming history at the Olympics, together with the equally successful tally of 11 medals earned at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Japan picked up their biggest medal tally, 12, at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, USA.
The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and fans reserved a big reception for the national athletes who collected altogether 38 Olympic medals - 7 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze - when they returned home after the Games in mid August. This is Japan's biggest overall medal tally in the history of the Games.
Minas TC takes Jose Finkel Trophy in Brazil's short course championships
In the team race, Minas Tenis Club overtook Cl De Regatas, 2333.50 points to 2314.50, for the Trophy. The Corinthians claimed third spot with 1843 points while Esport Clube took fourth with 1812 points. Six new South American records and 24 new championships records were set in the finals and heats.
The competition took place in Sao Paulo at the Sesi Vila Leopoldina Aquatic Center from August 19-25, 2012. The Finkel 2012 is a qualifying competition for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from December 12-16, 2012.
Ghana elevates its open water swimming Officials
The Ghana Swimming Association hosted its first National Open Water Swimming Championship in June this year with races in the 14-16, 17-18, 19 & over age groups over 5 km, 7.5 km and 10 km courses.
With the swimmers now ready for even more races, the Ghana Swimming Association along with the other open water swimming officials from Namibia and South Africa, is preparing its officials to raise the bar of its national competitions.
Phelps (USA) receives Lifetime Achievement Award from FINA
On August 4, 2012, the last day of the Swimming competition at the Aquatics Centre during the London Olympic Games, legendary U.S. swimmer, Michael Phelps, received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" presented by FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in front of the many fans, his family and friends, cheering and clapping from the stands.
The American, who called time on a record-breaking, remarkable career at the end of the 2012 London Olympics, is the owner of a total 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, an feat never achieved before.
The Trophy is a highly polished sculpture in stainless steel by Nick Moran titled "Brindis". On the white marble base, the following inscription was graved: "To Michael Phelps, The greatest Olympic athlete of all time, From FINA."
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