Sierra Leone's swimming team ends trials
After four weeks of intensive training, the Sierra Leone Swimming Association ended on November 21 its trials for swimmers at the National Stadium Swimming Pool. The four-week training programme was conducted by two German coaches, Gert Muller and Herbert Bernauer, and was supported by the National Association and the National Sports Council (NSC). Their objective was to identify potential swimmers that would be invited to the national team.
The coaches will hand over a list of the best six swimmers to the National Association that would be expected to represent the country in next year’s Olympic Games in London. The six swimmers together with the National Swimming Coach, Arthur Browne, will leave Freetown for Germany to undergo a five-week advanced training which is expected to start in April 2012. Afterwards, the swimmers are expected to depart Germany together with Coach Muller and Bernauer for the London Olympics.
Open Water makes debut at South-East Asian Games
Open water was part of the competition programme for the first time in 52 years at the 26th South-East Asian Games. The event is organised from November 17-19, 2011 on Putri Island one of the Thousands Islands around ‘Seribu’ archipelago in Indonesia, 17km from the Capital of Jakarta.
Air and water temperatures were around 30˚C and 28˚C, respectively. The competition was entered by four countries: Indonesia as host, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. There were events of 5km and 10km for both men and and women.
10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar - Tokyo (JPN)
FINA organised the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar from April 12-14, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the 15th of April, a Special Session was held for the Officials selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
WPWL 2012 (Men): Spain defeats Greece at home in first World League round
In the first games of Europe's preliminary round, Spain defeated Greece (Group C) 8-7 on November 15, 2011. It was an intense match both in and outside the pool for the Spain-Greece showdown. The Spaniards were lagging behind for most of the game and it was not until the fourth period that they were able to neutralise the advantage the Hellenic squad had enjoyed so far. In a last grasp of effort, Spaniard Albert Espanol scored a goal at 1.47 before the end of the game for a total three goals in the last period.
After the game, Spain's coach Rafa Aguilar praised the attitude of his players during the game and said the key of success was the team's capacity to endure pain: “Lagging behind for most of the game has taught us to suffer", he said.
Pini (PNG) shows talent at World Cup
The Asian leg of the 2011 FINA/ARENA World Cup series held in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo saw PNG Olympian Ryan Pini, eager to swim well and fast competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly in a 25 metre pool.
Ryan’s first event in the World Cup series was the heat swim of the 100m freestyle in Singapore where he clocked 49.43, a life time personal best time to finish in 10th place. Next was the 100m backstroke, an event Ryan has not swum for many years. He qualified in third spot for the final (53.30). “Ryan’s 50m butterfly was his last heat swim of the morning and he qualified in third spot with a sub 24 swim,” said Coach Rick Van der Zant.
SWC 2011, Tokyo day 2: Alshammar and Le Clos eclipse rivals for World Cup success
TOKYO, Japan - Swedish superstar Therese Alshammar won the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup crown for an incredible fourth time in Tokyo tonight. The 34-year-old veteran had a relatively quiet time for her in Tokyo but a gold medal in the final event — the 50m Butterfly — reaffirmed her status as the Queen of the World Cup pool. It was her sixth straight victory after missing the opening Dubai round. She was joined on the victory dais by South African revelation, 19-year-old Chad Le Clos, whose 22 World Cup victories led to a commanding win in the men’s section on the second day of the seventh and final FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup meet at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre.
Alshammar topped the 2011 standings with 145 points, well clear of the USA’s Missy Franklin with 70 and Korea’s Choi Hye Ra with 60. Alshammar took out $US100,000 with Franklin $50,000 and Choi $30,000. Alshammar said that she thinks her season was better than last year. “What pleased me the most was winning all the Butterflys (50m) with four times under 26 seconds. By missing the first round there was less travelling. I have improved my strength and we have worked strongly on technique, making big improvements.”
SWC 2011, Tokyo day 1: Japan’s Matsuda scares butterfly world record
TOKYO, Japan - Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda turned it on for the large crowd on the opening day of the seventh and final FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup meet at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre today. Matsuda gave Brazilian Kaio Almeida’s 200m Butterfly world record a big nudge with a spectacular first leg. He was under world record split by 1.22 at the 100m but lost time in the next 50m, going on to 1:49.50 as against Almeida’s 1:49.11 set in Stockholm, in 2009.
The leading male swimmer of the series, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos finished fast for 1:51.00 and Kazuya Kaneda (JPN) was third in 1:51.05. An excited Matsuda said straight after the race that he wanted to take the record tonight: “I knew I had a chance to break it and even though I didn’t, I am so happy. I knew the record was there to break so I gave it my best with a strong start. I really wanted to take the record in this final.” The three best swims of the night came from the blockbuster Butterfly race — Matsuda scored 989; Le Clos 949 points and Kaneda with 948.
Thorpedo continues to hog media limelight ahead of World Cup finale
Australian superstar Ian Thorpe gained the lion’s share of attention at today’s media conference ahead of the seventh and final FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup 2011 meet at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre this weekend. The hunger for Thorpe quotes dominated proceedings as the large international media contingent fronted six stars who were given a chance to speak. But it was Thorpe’s resurrection as a swimmer that had people clambering for the microphone.
“I never thought I would swim again, I would ever compete again. I spent five years away from the pool and I guess five years not being a swimmer. Just by chance, one day, I thought about swimming and I had thought about doing it previously but this was the first time I thought of the reasons why I would like to do this and those reasons may also be why I don’t want to do this. I decided to have another shot at it."
SWC 2011, Beijing day 2: Le Clos collects six gold and 1 silver medals
BEIJING, China - The South African swimmer bid a farewell to the "Water Cube", gaining inspiration from a venue that hosted the last Olympic Games. He is leaving Beijing with seven medals in his luggage, six of them golden. He is squarely in the lead of the men's FINA World Cup rankings and on pace to collect the $100,000 men's FINA World Cup overall series prize month in the final edition this weekend in Tokyo.
"I'm very happy with my performances in Beijing. Tonight was a tougher day for me even though the events were shorter and easier. I'm definitely pleased that this meet is over. I had a two and a half hour nap today and I woke up delirious. It was hard to get up and race today, but I'm pleased with three gold medals tonight and to know the end isn't too far off."
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