Japan's swimming stars riding wave to London
After the Japan Olympic swimming trials in April, 27 swimmers were announced for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Many fine-tuned their Olympic preparation at the Japan Open 2012, held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center (T-TISC ) from May 25 -27. Home hero Kosuke Kitajima did not attend the event but many of his teammates were on-hand: Ryo Tateishi, Ryosuke Irie, Takeshi Matsuda, Aya Terakawa, Natsumi Hoshi, Satomi Suzuki.
Ryo Tateishi clocked 2:09.07 in the 200m breaststroke, Ryo Irie 53.30 in the 100m backstroke and 1:54.80 in the 200m backstroke, Takeshi Matsuda touched home in 1:54.69 in the 200m butterfuly, Aya Terakawa established a new national record in the 100m backstroke (59.08) and swam the 200m backstroke in 2:07.84, Natsumi Hoshi's time in the 200m butterfly was 2:07.78 and that of Satomi Suzuki in the 200m breaststroke, 2:24.67. At the conclusion of the Japan Open, team captain Takeshi Matsuda spoke addressed his fans and the media: “We will do our very best to get as many medals as possible at the London Olympic Games."
Super Final 2012 (Women): USA claims seventh World League title
CHINA, Changshu (June 3) - In an exciting final, defending champion United States rallied to beat Australia 6-4 to win their seventh title at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final here on Sunday while Greece edged host China 8-7 for the bronze medal.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia and USA will play decisive match for gold
CHINA, Changshu (June 2) - The United States moved a step closer of winning their seventh World League title after edging Greece 7-6 in the semi finals of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final, organised in Changshu (CHN). The North Americans will play against Australia in the decisive match of the Super Final. The Aussies trailed China for most of the other semi final game but rallied to beat the hosts 8-7. Super Final rookie Germany made history by entering the 5th-6th play-off, after they claimed victory from a thrilling penalty shootout 15-13 over Canada.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia, China, Greece and USA advance to semi finals
CHINA, Changshu (June 1) - Greece stunned Russia in a tight 11-9 victory and makes its way to the semi finals of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final. Australia, USA and host China all won their match in convincing fashion against Germany (18-0), Italy (14-2) and Canada (13-7), respectively, to reach the semi finals stage as well.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia beats Russia after shootouts, Greece defeats home squad
CHINA, Changshu (May 31) - The race for the podium escalated in the last game of Day 3 of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final with the Australian team delivering an intense battle to beat the Russians after an amazing penalty shootout for a close 9-7 victory. Defending champions USA easily crushed Germany 17-3, Canada defeated Italy 9-4 and Greece stunned host China 12-9.
The last day of preliminaries see USA and China climbing on top of Group A while Australia and Russia finish 1-2 of Group B. The four advance to the quarter finals as strong favourites.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia, Russia and USA remain unchallenged
CHINA, Changshu (May 30) - Australia, Russia and the United States continued their dominance with two victories each after day 2 of the 2012 FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final in Changshu (CHN) while the home squad registered a clean win (15-4) over Germany. China and Greece continue to look strong, each winning one game. Canada, Germany and Italy are still in the race despite their two losses.
Super Final 2012 (Women): Australia, Greece, Russia and USA make good start in game opener
CHINA, Changshu (May 29) - The ninth edition of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final successfully kicked off in Changshu (CHN) where eight world-class women's water polo teams will fight for the podium during an exciting six days. In the preliminary games of Group A and B, defending champion USA eclipsed host China 10-6, world champion Greece comfortably edged Germany 16-11, world number 3 Russia had a solid win over Italy 16-3 and 2011 World League bronze-medallist Australia crushed Canada 20-4.
Official Barcelona 2013 mascot unveiled
A drop of water will be the official mascot of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013. The mascot has been introduced to society on May 22 and baptised in an act that has been presented by Gemma Mengual, who has just recently joined the Organising Committee of Barcelona 2013. According to the comments after the presentation, the guests are very satisfied about the new mascot, which is called Xop.
Maite Fandos, president of the Barcelona 2013 Organising Committee, has revealed the identity of the mascot, which has been elected the winner among 200 proposals that were sent to the event organisers of Barcelona 2013 as part of an online public competition. Xop covered in multi-colored mosaic tiles inspired by Gaudi’s art.
USA Water Polo announces Olympic women's team
Adam Krikorian, Head Coach for the U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team, announced the 13 athletes that will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer in London, England at a press conference at the LA84 Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Featuring seven returners from the 2008 team that won the silver medal, and eight athletes overall with Olympic Games experience, the team clinched a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games by winning gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Led by Team Captain Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) the U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team is one of the most successful programs in international water polo history over the last twelve years. The only nation to win an Olympic medal at every Olympic Games offering women's water polo, a tally that includes two silver medals (2000 and 2008) and a bronze (2004), the program has also won three World Championships and one World Cup title during that span.
Lurz (GER) sets the pace in Cancun races
German open water swimming icon Thomas Lurz triumphed in two races in Cancun (MEX), the fourth leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup and third stop of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, taking place on April 24 and 26, respectively. Brazilian World champion (25km) Ana Marcela Cunha was the best among women in the first race while Jana Pechavona from Czech Republic took out the second.
Lurz powered home to win in 1h57m16s51 in the 10km race, closely followed by current World champion Spyridon Gianniotis from Greece, who finished in 1h57m16s55. Only a photo finish decided which one of them was the winner. Lurz was declared winner by a judges' decision. The Greek was victorious in the first three stages of the Series. Lurz' best result before Cancun was a second place in Eilat (ISR). Claiming third spot was Italy's Nicola Bolzonello, who clocked 1h57m16s56.
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