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.
Maria Pelaez: from the pool to Planet Water!
On that August 24, 1997 it was also hot in Seville. A dry warm weather compared with the humid and boiling atmosphere in Barcelona, six days before the start of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013. Almost 16 years separate the two moments, but one person links them: Maria Pelaez. On that Sunday, covering the European Championships in Andalucia, I was surprised, like many other journalists, with the astonishing victory of the 19-year-old butterfly star from Malaga in the 200m, in a fast time of 2:10.25.
It was the first continental success ever for a Spanish female swimmer, and the highlight of a long career, spanning from 1992 until 2010. On this July 13, 2013 I met the same smiling Maria in the accreditation centre, where she is in charge of communication with the delegations of the 181 nations (a new record) entered for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Barcelona 2013 unveils medals for upcoming FINA World Championships
The medals of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) and various music pieces of the award and victory ceremonies were presented at the historic swim club CN Natacio-Barceloneta in the Catalan capital on June 27, 2013.
Barcelona’s Mayor, Xavier Trias, attended the vibrant presentation. “Everything we have seen today forms part of the image of Barcelona. The Championships will be in the limelight and we have to make the most of it,” Trias said.
FINA Aquatics World Magazine launches Barcelona 2013 best short story and photo contest
When the curtain falls this upcoming summer in the Catalan capital and the world’s best aquatic athletes aim to climb the podium at the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, more than 2,500 media representatives from all over the world will cover the major sporting event to bring across the most exciting, emotional and nerve-wrecking moments. As in the past three years, the FINA Aquatics World Magazine will reward the most creative short stories and photos from the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP).
The FINA Magazine short story and photo contest is open to all professionals of the media, attending or not the Championships in Barcelona. The short story cannot exceed 1,500 characters and must relate to any of the six FINA sports to be showcased at the Barcelona 2013 World Championships: swimming and synchronised swimming (Palau Sant Jordi), water polo (Bernat Picornell Pool), diving (Montjuic Municipal Pool), open water swimming and, for the first time in history, high diving (Moll de la Fusta, Port of Barcelona).
Super Final 2013 (Men): Serbia wins again, this time with ease
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 16) – Serbia won the World League crown and the $100,000 cheque for the 7th time (twice triumphed as Serbia-Montenegro), and for the 5th time in seven years. The final against Hungary wasn’t as thrilling as used to be, still, the capacity crowd enjoyed it very much. The bronze medal went to Montenegro after they won with penalties against the US – it was Montenegro’s fourth shootout in six games.
Chelyabinsk, together with the Russian Water Polo Federation, was a worthy host of FINA’s premium water polo event which proved that the men’s field has become wider and more balanced than ever.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Showdown again: Serbia to face Hungary in the final
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 15) – Six years after they clashed in Berlin, Serbia and Hungary will face off again in the final of the FINA World League. Both sides won their respective semi finals 8-6, but in quite different ways. Serbia’s battle with Montenegro was open until the very last minute while Hungary’s strong opening against the US determined the rest of the match.
In the “lower house” China was too strong for Brazil again and Russia overcame Japan thanks to an incredible 6-0 third period.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia and USA in the semis
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 14) – The thrilling penalty shootouts have become essential part of this World League Super Final: we’ve already have seen five, the last two now in the quarter finals. Both quarter final games featuring the second and third placed teams ended in a shootout with the United States and Montenegro prevailing. Though it’s worth mentioning that China was never so close to reach the semis and the host team Russia was also five metres from the door of the best four. In the other two games the respective group-winners – Serbia and Hungary – reached the semis easily, so Saturday will see a rematch of the prelims (USA vs. Hungary) and a clash of the former allies (Serbia vs. Montenegro).
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