Water Polo Women, Day 1: AUS 15 NZL 4
World No 3 Australia had the better of trans-Tasman rival New Zealand but the start was scratchy by the more dominant Aussie Stingers. Australia found faith in the first four minutes of the second quarter to slip out to 6-1, but the Kiwis kept them honest with two goals to close the half at 7-3.
New Zealand goalkeeper Brooke Millar proved a worthy opponent, stopping some excellent Australian shots and keeping her team close. Australia played closer to head coach Greg McFadden’s expectations with a shutout period that left New Zealand barren for 15 minutes in the second half.
Water Polo Women, Day 1: RUS 22 UZB 6
Russia was far the better team and the match proved to be a warm-up to the latter stages of the competition. Russia stole the ball, countered and calmly worked the ball to free players rather than slam every opportunity. This calmness gave the match a sense of poise and character, but as the game progressed and Uzbekistan started to reclaim parts of the match, Russia used its urgency to greater effect.
Alexandra Antonova scored three goals in the opening half with six other players also making the sheet. For Uzbekistan’s part, Aleksandra Sarancha made the most of a chance at centre forward in the first quarter for 2-1 and then received a pass on counter for 11-2 late in the second quarter. Natalya Plyusova could have earlier made it 11-2 but her penalty attempt was blocked by Anna Ustyukhina. Ekaterina Prokofyeva, most valuable player at the 2009 FINA Youth World Championships, scored three goals in the third period while Uzbekistan responded with two goals on extra-man advantage.
Synchro, Day 1: Solo tech crowns new champion Romashina
Russian Svetlana Romashina won the solo technical final, the first synchronised swimming event to be contested at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi on day 1 of the 15th FINA World Championships. Except for China, the event featured new faces among the strongest nations in the sport.
Following in the footsteps of compatriot Natalia Ishchenko, the most decorated synchro swimmer in history and sole champion in this event since its entry on the programme in 2007, 24-year-old Svetlana Romashina delivered a powerful performance to pick up her first world solo gold, totalling 96.800 points.
Diving, Day 1: Wu and Shi win 3m synchro title
Olympic champion Minxia Wu won an unprecedented sixth world title when she partnered Tingmao Shi to China’s seventh successive triumph in the event at the FINA World Championships.
Wu, individual 3m springboard world champion in 2011 and Olympic champion in 2012, and reigning 1m springboard world title-holder Shi amassed 338.40 points from their five final dives to secure victory by more than 30 points ahead of newly crowned European champions Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape of Italy (307.80), with Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware of Canada coming through for bronze in the last round (292.08). Cagnotto and Dallape led narrowly after the first round but their Chinese rivals took over in the second and stretched inexorably away.
Open Water, Day 1: Olympic champion Mellouli (TUN) is the best in the 5km
The Olympic 10km champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won his first FINA World Championship title in the 5km using his trademark "jets" to sprint to the touch-pad in the final 100 metres of the race. Mellouli unseated Thomas Lurz of Germany who has dominated the 5km event since his first title in 2005's Montreal World Championships.
Mellouli had planned to take a year off after the Olympics. "I didn't expect to win the 5km. I am really happy with the results. I did take six months off and got back into training not too long ago. To be on top of the world is quite exciting for me."
Open Water, Day 1: USA's Haley Anderson wins women's 5km
Haley Anderson of the USA won the women's 5km race outsprinting Brazilian Poliana Okimoto Cintra in the final 100 metres. Anderson timed her stroke cycle perfectly and reached for the touch-pad just ahead of the Brazilian who was leading the 42 swimmers for most of the final 1500m. The margin of victory between the swimmers was 0.2 seconds; the American finished in a time of 56.34.2.
Anderson, the silver medallist in the 10km Olympic Marathon at last year’s London Olympic Games, was the surprise leader of portions of the first lap: "I didn't realise that I was going to be in the lead but when you are the leader you are in control of everyone behind you. If I drift off course I take them with me." Okimoto led the race for most of the second lap with Anderson trailing by a full body length.
Barcelona 2013 is on!
The 15th FINA World Championships are on! After the spectacular Opening Ceremony held in Palau Sant Jordi and the port of Barcelona, the best Aquatic athletes in the five continents are ready to shine in the six disciplines on the programme: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water Swimming, and for the first time in the history of FINA major’s event, in High Diving.
In a ceremony displaying Barcelona’s “Dreams of Water”, acrobats, actors, synchronised swimmers, divers, and many volunteers highlighted the importance of the natural element, and provided an excellent appetizer for the two-week competition in the Catalan capital. At Palau Sant Jordi, the event was marked by the parade of the 181 flags representing the participating nations, a new record at FINA World Championships. In Port Vell, the ceremony concluded with a magnificent firework, recalling Barcelona’s vocation to host sport major events – the 10th edition of the FINA World Championships was held also in the Mediterranean city.
Experience the Barcelona World Championships 2013 in real time!
Whether you are a Swimming, Diving, Water polo, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water or High Diving fan, you can live the unique experience of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) in real time!
On the FINA website homepage, you will have access to complete schedules, startlists, statistics, live results and reports for all FINA disciplines.
Moreover, and for the first time, FINA will feature a Live Blog, offering all Aquatics fans worldwide a fascinating immersion within the Barcelona World Championships 2013!
High Diving competition presented at magnificent venue: Port of Barcelona
High Diving, discipline that is making its debut as an event at the 15th FINA World Championships, was presented at the Royal Barcelona Yacht Club on July 16, 2013. The installation of the provisional diving tower, which will be set up at the Port of Barcelona (Moll de la Fusta), will conclude on 19 July, day of the BCN2013 Opening Ceremony. Two platforms (27 and 20-meters) will be set up for the spectacular event.
The daring competition is open to the public and the fans will witness the fearless divers flying through the air for three seconds at 90km/h.
First swimmers at Palau Sant Jordi to inaugurate the main pool of BCN2013
The main pool of the 15th FINA World Championships, installed at Palau Sant Jordi, and host of the swimming and synchro events during the competition was inaugurated this Sunday with two popular initiatives.
The first one, called “BCN2013 Challenge”, gathered more than 1000 competitors aged 55 and more, while the second one, “Mulla’t” (“Get Wet”) was attended by the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas, and by the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias.
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