Le Clos to spearhead South African team in Glasgow
Chad Le Clos, golden boy of South African swimming, finished the trials for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with seven gold and one silver medal, qualifying in five events for the Games. Karin Prinsloo was the top woman swimmer bagging five gold medals and qualifying for four events.
It was a week of up and downs as some events delivered disappointing results but in all nine swimmers qualified for the Games in 17 events. Graham Hill, national coach of Swimming South Africa (SSA), was disappointed after he expected at least 12 swimmers to qualify at the trials in the Kings Park pool in Durban.
Hosszu: "I always learn something new, even after 20 years of swimming!"
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu is attending the SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey this week. The current 200m and 400m IM World champion is on-hand both in and out the pool as she is to take part in a practice session with kids from the local swimming clubs today and the first-ever "Youth Club" discussion panel on Thursday April 10, together with other outstanding young athletes.
Always flashing a smile, the 24-year-old is creating the buzz at the FINA stand in the Susesi Convention Centre. The Iron Lady of swimming takes a moment to reflect on her career, goals and aspirations for the sport she loves so much.
Australia looks to future with Games squad
James Magnusson may be the World 100m freestyle champion and the public face of Australian Swimming, but he still walked away from the country’s National Championships yesterday without a single title.
Despite the result Australian Swimming officials, and indeed Magnusson himself, are upbeat about the team’s performance ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs.
MSWC 2014: Grimaldi (ITA) and Lurz (GER) set the pace in Cancun
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Thomas Lurz (GER) dominated the second stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in Cancun (MEX), where a total 75 swimmers, 34 women and 41 men from 20 countries, took the plunge.
In the women's race, Martina Grimaldi of Italy, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, emerged victorious in 2h12m37s. Brazilians Poliana Okimoto, reigning World champion and winner of Race 1 in Viedma, and Ana Marcela Cunha placed second and third, respectively in 2h12m38s and in 2h12m39s.
Fourth successful FINA visit to Doha
A FINA delegation concluded in the first days of April the fourth official site visit to Doha (QAT), host city of the 12th World Swimming Championships 2014 (25m) and the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention. During the two-day visit, matters related to all the organisation aspects of the events were discussed, including areas of accommodation, transportation, accreditation, marketing, competition venue, event presentation, broadcasting and others.
Heading the FINA Delegation, its Executive Director Cornel Marculescu stated: “All preparations are progressing well. Doha is an attractive destination and we have in our hands all the elements for a very successful championships”.
"The Doha 2014 Organising Committee is working hard, looking after all the details of the these two major FINA events, achieving a considerable progress in line with the set milestones. We are confident that in December, Doha 2014 will present an exciting event to the Aquatics family” said Qatar Swimming Association President and Doha 2014 CEO Mr. Khaleel Al Jabir.
Grand Prix 2014: Maurer (GER) and Ferry (NED) in top shape in Cancun
Veteran swimmer Angela Maurer (GER) and fresh face Weertman Ferry (NED) topped the podium at the third stop of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2014, on March 29 in Cancun (MEX).
A total 36 swimmers, 14 women and 22 men from 16 countries took part in the 15km race. In the crystal-clear waters, powerful Angela Maurer touched first in 3h25m26s, closely followed by Anna Olasz from Hungary (3h25m27s).
DWS 2014: Olympic stars kick off countdown to Windsor leg
Canada’s 2012 Olympic diving medallists Roseline Filion, Meaghan Benfeito and Jennifer Abel, along with 52 students from Immaculate Conception Public School and Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis were on hand at the new Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre on March 27, 2014 to kick off the countdown for the hosting of the Windsor leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, taking place May 30th to June 1st at the city’s new aquatic centre.
The hosting of this event will mark the first time ever that this prestigious annual international competition will be held on Canadian soil and will feature over 80 of the world’s best divers from more than 15 countries. Amongst the group will be dozens of World Champions and Olympic medallists.
Meet Itil and Alsu, the official mascots of Kazan 2015!
The official marks of the 16th FINA World Championships were presented at the Kazan Arena Stadium on March 27. FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu and Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Azat Kadyrov unveiled the slogan, logo and mascots of the upcoming sporting event.
The mascots are two snow leopards, Itil (boy) and Alsu (girl). In the context of the Championships, this animal symbolises skill, swiftness and power. The male name, Itil, is the medieval name of the Volga River, and it is still used in the Kazakh, Chuvash, Tatar, Bashkir, Kalmyk and Mongolian languages. The female name, Alsu, is the common Tatar name meaning ‘pink-coloured water’ or figuratively ‘rosy cheeks’, which is strongly connected with the idea of water and healthy lifestyle. When choosing the mascots’ names, the organisers kept in mind such criteria as uniqueness, clarity of perception, ease of memorisation, national colour and the ways the names are pronounced in different languages, which is particularly important for the international event.
FINA President pays fruitful visit in Kazan
Yet again the host city of the 16th FINA World Championships, Kazan, welcomes representatives of the Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA. Together with members of the Kazan 2015 Organising Committee, the FINA delegates will meet during two days to address key aspects of preparations for the future competition.
Among the FINA representatives who arrived in Kazan are President Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, as well as several consultants and representatives partnering with FINA for the World Championships.
DWS 2014, Dubai day 3: Minibaev (RUS) breaks Chinese hegemony
The third leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series successfully concluded in Dubai (UAE) on March 22, with the last two finals in the programme, the men’s and women’s 10m platform. In theory, two expectable gold medals for China. But things sometimes are not meant to be as the predictions on paper. However, at the end of the three-day competition at the impressive Hamdan Sports Complex, China (six gold out of eight finals) confirmed its supremacy in the world diving hierarchy.
In the most exciting final (men’s 10m platform) of the competition in Dubai, everything seemed to run in the right direction for Qiu Bo (CHN) until he badly missed his fifth attempt, a 109C (DD 3.7). Qiu was perhaps overwhelmed by his precedent dive, when all the seven judges gave him a perfect 10! Victor Minibaev (RUS), his most direct rival, took advantage of the situation and conquered the gold in 537.05, against Qiu’s 530.90.
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