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WP Juniors (M), Day 3: Italy, Spain, Serbia and Croatia reach quarter finals

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

SZOMBATHELY (Hungary), 14 August – The last day of the preliminaries didn’t bring any surprise. Hungary missed the top spot in its group by a single goal, so hosts have to play for the quarter-finals while Italy enjoys a rest day. Just as the other group-winners: Spain, Serbia and Croatia.

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WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 2: Hungary drew with Italy, scoring twice in last 45 seconds

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (13 August) – Together with the dark clouds and gutsy winds, excitement also arrived to the venue, close to Hungary’s western border. Day 2 offered a series of twists and turns in almost every game. The highlight of the programme came last, Hungary earned a draw against Italy in a real thriller: the hosts came back from two goals down in the last 45 seconds!

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WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 1: Wearing the white caps, win guaranteed

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (August 12) – The opening day didn’t bring too much excitement. Interestingly, all eight matches saw the teams in the white caps winning – in facts these eight sides are the favourites for the top two places in their respective groups at this FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships.

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SWC 2013, Berlin Day 2: Unstoppable Hosszu wins 100 and 400 IM in WR time

Swimming World Cup

Unstoppable Hosszu wins 100 and 400 IM in WR time - credit: Kees-Jan van OverbeekeKatinka Hosszu proceeded to bag three more gold on day 2 of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Berlin, prevailing in the women's 200m fly, 100m and 400m individual medleys. In the 100m IM morning heats, the Hungarian bettered her own World Record set in Eindhoven, clocking 57.45. In the final, she took out the race in 57.74 (1000 points), besting Emily Seebohm (AUS, 58.76), second, and Alia Atkinson (JAM, 58.77), third.

The women's 400m IM, the podium was exclusively Hungarian with Hosszu touching first in a World Record time of 4:20.85 (1002 points), also a World Cup record. Compatriots Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:29.42) and Evelyn Verraszto (4:32.97) placed second and third, respectively. Hosszu was also the winner of the women's 200m fly in 2:03.36 (938 points), ahead of Ellen Gandy (AUS, 2:03.79), second and Audrey Lacroix (CAN, 2:04.02), third.

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SWC 2013, Berlin Day 1: Belmonte (ESP) smashes WR in 800m, first woman under 8:00.00

Swimming World Cup

Mireia Belmonte (ESP) receiving her World Record award - credit: Mirko SeifertThe international swimming elite did not disappoint on day 1 of the second leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup, organised in Berlin (GER) from August 10-11. The best race of the night was the women's 800m free with Mireia Belmonte (ESP, lane 7) racing alongside Lauren Boyle (NZL, lane 4) for most of it under World Record pace. The Spanish swimmer touched first in 7:59.34 (1010 points), becoming the first woman to break the 8-minute barrier in the event and setting a new World Record. Boyle took second in 8:02.53 while Lotte Friis (DEN) clocked 8:12.14 for third.

In the men's 100m back, Robert Hurley (AUS) took out the race in 50.01 (937 points), ahead of Radoslaw Kawecki (POL, 50.46) and Mitchell Larkin (AUS, 50.54).

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SWC 2013, Eindhoven Day 2: Amazing Hosszu (HUN) sets two WR in the 100m IM

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) - credit: Kees_Jan van OverbeekeHungary’s Katinka Hosszu was the swimmer in evidence in the second and final day of the inaugural leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 held in Eindhoven (NED) from August 7-8. After setting two World Records on Day 1 in the 200m IM, the Magyar champion, winner of the women’s overall ranking of the World Cup in 2012, was once more amazing in the 100m IM, clocking 57.73 in the heats, 0.01 faster than the previous best global mark set by Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) in November 2009. In the final, Hosszu was even better, establishing the new WR in 57.50.

The Magyar versatile swimmer had a brilliant day, triumphing also in the 400m IM in a new World Cup best of 4:22.18, a European record. The previous best performance of the competition had been set by South Africa’s Kathryn Meaklim in November 2009 (4:22.88). The third victory of the session for Hosszu happened in the 200m butterfly when she touched home in 2:03.67.

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SWC 2013, Eindhoven Day 1: World Cup debut with four WR

Swimming World Cup

Chad Le Clos (RSA) - credit: Kees_Jan van OverbeekeThree days after the conclusion of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) the records continue to fall in the first session of the inaugural leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup, organised in Eindhoven (NED) on August 7-8. In the main annual FINA rendezvous in 25m-pool, some of the stars in the Catalan capital continued to shine: no less than four World and two World Cup records were established in this first day.

It all started in the morning, when Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the winner of the 2012 series, smashed the WR in the women’s 200m individual medley, clocking a convincing 2:04.39, and improving the previous best mark (2:04.60) owned by Julia Smit (USA) since December 2009. The Magyar star was the natural favourite the win the decisive race, but she wanted more than the gold: at the end, she improved her morning performance and settled the WR in an amazing time of 2:03.20.

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Thank you Barcelona! Over to you Kazan!

BCN2013 - General

The ceremony concluded with a synchronised swimming, acrobatic and musical show, completed by a jet-ski exhibition in the pool!Shortly after the conclusion of the swimming finals, the Closing Ceremony of the 15th FINA World Championships gathered all the flags of the 180 participating countries in Barcelona (ESP), while the FINA flag was officially given to the city of Kazan (RUS), the next organiser of FINA’s major event in 2015. 

“We come to the end of a great Aquatic Festival here in Barcelona! During two weeks, our best athletes performed at the highest level with remarkable results. My sincere thank you to all of them! The venues, the Host Broadcaster, the spectators, the organisation and the hosts’ hospitality were amazing”, said FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione. “The 15th FINA World Championships has increased the importance and value of all our aquatic disciplines and FINA brand gained more exposure and prestige. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all Spanish and Catalan authorities, to the Organising Committee Barcelona 2013, to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, and to the volunteers for their contribution, support and excellence in staging these 15th FINA World Championships here in Barcelona. These Championships were unforgettable!” added Dr. Maglione.

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Swimming, Day 8 – Seven nations with gold in eight finals

BCN2013 - Swimming

Camille Lacourt (FRA)The eighth and last day of the swimming competitions at the 15th FINA World Championships was marked by the variety of nations getting gold in the eight finals in the programme. Only one country – France - clinched two gold medals, thanks to the performance of Camille Lacourt in the men’s 50m backstroke, and after the surprising disqualification of USA in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. With this final outcome, the French delegation arrived third (nine podium presences, including four titles) in the swimming medals’ table, behind USA (29, comprising 13 gold) and China (also nine awards, but five wins).

In the women’s 50m breaststroke, the duel between the two world record performers Yulia Efimova (RUS) and Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) ended up in the Russian’s favour, while Japan got the gold in the men’s 400m IM: but when everyone expected a win from Kosuke Hagino, it was his teammate Daiya Seto who got the crown.

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Swimming, Day 8 - Women's 4x100m medley relay: Record sixth gold for Franklin in US victory

BCN2013 - Swimming

Record sixth gold for Franklin in US victoryMissy Franklin became the first woman to win six gold medals at a single FINA World Championships when she led the United States off to victory in the 4x100m medley relay. The tally carried the 18-year-old American past Tracy Caulkins (USA) and Libby Trickett (AUS), who both won five golds at a single Worlds, Caulkins in 1978 and Trickett in 2007. It was Franklin's ninth world gold in total (three from 2011 and six from 2013), a women's record, surpassing the eight acquired by Trickett and Kornelia Ender (GDR). Franklin, who also claimed four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, led the USA off on the backstroke leg inside world record pace and Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano saw them safely home after the US men's medley quartet had been disqualified in the previous race after touching first.

The advantage in the battle for silver and bronze in the women's race changed hands throughout but there was never any doubt about the destination of gold. The United States won in 3:53.23, their fifth victory in the event, which took them past the four of the former GDR (East Germany). Australia, Olympic silver medallists behind the Americans in 2012, ultimately claimed the world silver, Cate Campbell coming through on the freestyle to bring them home in 3:55.22. Russia took bronze in 3:56.47, Yulia Efimova claiming her fourth medal of the championships to go with her 50m and 200m breaststroke golds and 100m breaststroke silver. Franklin's gold medals in Barcelona came in the 4x100m freestyle relay, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 200m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay. Among the men, Michael Phelps won seven golds at the 2007 Worlds and Ian Thorpe (AUS) six in 2001.

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