Swimming, Day 2: Ledecky, Sjostrom and Hosszu set three WR

Kazan 2015 - SW

Katie Ledecky (USA), Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN), by this order, marked the second day of the swimming competition at the 16th FINA World Championships Kazan 2015, by setting new World Records in the 1500m free, 100m butterfly, and 200m IM, respectively. It all started in the morning preliminaries, when the North American star improved her own global best mark in the longest event of the programme, stopping the watch at 15:27.71. In August last year, Ledecky had clocked 15:28.36 at the Pan Pacs, and on Day 1 here in Kazan she won the 400m free, but could not better the WR in an event in which she is also the fastest in the world.

In the afternoon, it was Sjostrom’s turn to improve her time of the semis in the 100m butterfly, winning the decisive race in a new WR of 55.64 (0.10 faster than in the previous day). Sjostrom was also the winner in 2013 and 2009, being now the only swimmer with three world titles in this event. Jeanette Ottesen, from Denmark, was her most direct challenger, but finished with the silver, in a “distant” 57.05. Lu Ying (CHN) completed the podium in 57.48.

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 5

Kazan 2015 - WP

Women’s semifinal match-ups determined — USA v AUS and ITA v NED

United States of America, Netherlands, Australia and Italy have won through to the semifinals of the women’s water polo competition following sixth-day action.

Olympic, World Cup and World League champion USA will play Australia in the first semifinal and Italy will face 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands in the second semifinal.

USA controlled Spain from start to finish and will be out to finish on the podium for the first time since Rome in 2009.

For the Dutch it is the first trip to the semifinals since Perth 1998 following a rousing 10-9 win over host Russia after being 5-1 up early in the second quarter.

Australia struggled against China all match, having to level five times for 7-7 before forcing a penalty shootout, which it won 5-3 for a flattering 12-10 victory.

In the fourth quarterfinal, 2004 Olympic champion Tania di Mario scored four goals as 2014 World League silver medallist Italy swam over 2011 World champion Greece 9-6.

Brazil earned a play-off with Hungary for ninth position on the strength of a 10-5 victory over Kazakhstan. The match before, Hungary slipped home against Canada 10-7 after being 6-6 at the final break.

Four teams departed the tournament today with Japan taking 15th place over South Africa 14-7 and New Zealand finishing 13th with a 7-6 nail-biter over France.

August 5 Schedule

Classification 11-12

10:50, CAN v KAZ

Classification 9-10

12:10, HUN v BRA

Classification 5-8 Semifinals

15:30, ESP v CHN

17:00, GRE v RUS

Classification 1-4 Semifinals

20:30, USA v AUS

22:00, ITA v NED

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Golden treble for Qiu gives China 10 world titles out of 13

Kazan 2015 - DV

Qiu Bo overcame Olympic champion David Boudia on the 10m tower for the third time in succession at the FINA World Championships to complete a golden treble to match the great Greg Louganis and give China a final tally of 10 diving titles out of 13 in the Kazan Aquatics Palace. Qiu, consigned to silver by Boudia at the 2012 London Olympics, made it three world 10m golds for himself and three silvers for the 26-year-old American, who led for the first two rounds of the six-dive final, performed superbly throughout but could not withstand the challenge of the peerless Chinese master. Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley of Great Britain, the 2009 world 10m champion, won his last-round duel with Mexico’s Ivan Garcia to claim a bronze to add to the gold he won with Rebecca Gallantree in the inaugural mixed 3m/10m team event.

Qiu scored more than 100 points with two of his dives and amassed a six-dive aggregate of 587.00 points to win by 26.80 points from Boudia (560.20) and 49.05 from Daley (537.95), each of whom could also boast single scores of over 100 in the final. Garcia, who racked up 104.55 points from his penultimate inward 4-1/2 somersaults with an astronomical 4.1 degree of difficulty (DD) to stand exactly level with Daley, could not pull off another high DD dive as he had hoped and Daley stormed past with a back 3-1/2 somersaults which earned 102.60 points.

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Swimming, Day 1: Sun (CHN) and Ledecky (USA) revalidate their 400m world crown

Kazan 2015 - SW

In a first day of four finals at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS), the best performance appeared in a semi-final, when Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) qualified first for the decisive race in a World Record of 55.74 in the women’s 100m butterfly. The Swedish star improved the previous best global mark from Dana Vollmer (USA), who had raced for gold at the London 2012 Olympics in a time of 55.98. In terms of performances, this was the highlight of the inaugural day in the capital of Tatarstan, but many other intense moments marked the finals’ session.

In the men’s 400m free, Chinese star Sun Yang found no major difficulties in revalidating his world title, touching home in 3:42.58. He was challenged by silver medallist James Guy (GBR) until the 300m-mark, but Sun’s final lap was sufficient to secure gold.

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FINA looks ahead at the upcoming edition of the Swimming World Cup

Kazan 2015

FINA met with organisers of the annual Series of the FINA Swimming World Cup on August 2 to present the 2014 season reports and provide comprehensive feedback which included key broadcasting figures and TV revenue indication. The reports have been compiled by FINA long-term partner IEC.

Future SWC organisers gathered for the meeting in Kazan, where the FINA World Championships are currently underway.

Reports indicate that the 2014 SWC saw six World Records broken. The total broadcast hours was around 767,5K and 112 territories were covered (excluding places covered by the FINA Tv). This approximately represents 373 million households.

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Men’s 4x100m free: France gets the gold; US out of the final

Kazan 2015 - SW

After a huge “tsunami” hit the preliminaries in the morning, with the non-qualification of the US team for the final, France revalidated the 2013 world title in a time of 3:10.74. The European team is always one of the quartets to watch in this event and was certainly one of the favourites to win, but things became easier with the unexpected and shocking 11th place of the US squad in the heats.

Since the creation of the FINA World Championships in 1973, USA had always qualified for the final. Moreover, from the previous 15 participations, it had been on the podium on 14 occasions, only losing a medal at the 2001 edition in Fukuoka (JPN), when the team was disqualified in the decisive race. In Kazan, the 11th spot in the heats assured US the Olympic qualification, but was of course a disaster for a team traditionally used to shine in this relay. Everyone remembers the epic fights in the last two editions of the Olympic Games – Beijing 2008 and London 2012 -, when, in the first case, Jason Lezak was precious to ensure the North American victory and the way for the unprecedented eight gold medals for Michael Phelps, and the sweet revenge of the French quartet in the British capital, three years ago.

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Women’s 4x100m free: Australia “recovers” title in a new CR

Kazan 2015 - SW

Dominators of this event in the last editions of the FINA World Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2013, the teams of United States and The Netherlands could not sustain Australia’s power in Kazan and had to content with the minor medals at stake. The Aussies did a perfect race, and conducted by Emily Seebohm, Emma McKeon, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell, they got the gold in a new Championships Record of 3:31.48, improving the best mark (3:31.72) set by the Dutch in Rome six years ago.

Australia had won this event twice in the history of the FINA World Championships, precisely in Montreal 2005, and at home, in Melbourne 2007, and had since then been bronze medallist in 2009, and second in Barcelona 2013. The new world champions had in Emily Seebohm (53.92), their slowest swimmer, but from the second leg on, McKeon (53.57), and especially the Campbell sisters (51.77 for Bronte and 52.22 for Cate) were decisive for the final outcome.

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Women’s 400m free: Gold for Ledecky (USA) in a CR of 3:59.13

Kazan 2015 - SW

After very relaxed preliminaries, where she was under the World Record pace for the first 200m, few in the pool doubted that Katie Ledecky would not win the final of the women’s 400m free. The 18-year-old US swimmer did not disappoint and easily touched first in a new Championship Record of 3:59.13, improving the former best mark of the competition, held by Federica Pellegrini (ITA, 3:59.15) since Rome 2009.

Ledecky started the race very fast, swimming under WR pace until the 300m-turn, but could not keep the rhythm until the end, spoiling the opportunity to beat her best global mark of 3:58.37 set in August 2014. The US champion was already the world champion in this event, after her 3:59.82 win in Barcelona 2013. In the Catalonian capital, Ledecky was one of the swimmers of the Championships, getting four gold medals – 400m, 800m, 1500m and 4x200m free relay.

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Men’s 400m free: Sun Yang (CHN) revalidates world title

Kazan 2015 - SW

Winner two years ago in Barcelona (ESP), Sun Yang (CHN), the Olympic champion in this event, was also the fastest qualifier in the heats, and in the decisive race he imposed his fast finish, touching home in 3:42.58. It was Sun’s 10th medal (and sixth gold) at this level, his first success dating back to 2009 in Rome (ITA), when he was bronze medallist in the 1500m free.

His victory performance was, however, distant from the World Record held by Germany’s Paul Biedermann since Rome 2009, in a time of 3:40.07. Sun’s result is the fastest of 2015 – Mack Horton (AUS) had performed 3:42.84 in April, but here in Kazan was only the 11th of the heats.

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Wang and Yang win mixed 3m synchro for China’s ninth diving world title

Kazan 2015 - DV

Wang Han and Yang Hao spun to China’s ninth diving title of the FINA World Championships, comfortably winning the mixed 3m synchro, one of three new events in the programme, from Canada and Italy, for whom Tania Cagnotto claimed her third medal in Kazan.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel, who let a medal slip from her grasp in the final round of the women’s 3m final the previous evening to usher in Cagnotto for bronze, enjoyed a spectacular change of fortune for the better to leap from sixth to silver with her last effort in the mixed synchro.

Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac performed a brilliant pair of forward 2-1/2 somersaults and 2 twists, earning the competition’s top score of 80.58 points, to soar from sixth of 13 pairs in round four to clinch the silver in final round five. Abel, who had plummeted from third to sixth in the individual 3m, ended up with a second Kazan silver medal to go with the one she gained with Pamela Ware in the women’s 3m synchro. 

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