Thorpe: "I am more nervous than I usually am"
Australian swimming icon Ian Thorpe revealed a little about his expectations at a press conference held today in Singapore in sight of the fifth leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup taking place from November 4-5. This will be the first competition for Thorpe since 2006. Here are some extracts:
"It's not going to be extraordinary and it's not going to be horrible. That's quite a vast range, so I expect to hit something in the middle there. I have to remind myself that I am a guy who hasn't swum for five years. I forget that sometimes and I think other people do as well. This is an important step for what I am trying to do next year. This is a starting point."
Mexican Espinosa leads diving at home
Thousands of spectators cheered the home favourite diving team during their total sweep of eight gold medals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara (MEX). Diving was one of the most watched sports during America's biggest sports festival. Besides, the host nation totalled a record tally of 133 medals, including 42 gold, 41 silver and 50 bronze, to finish fourth in the overall medals ranking.
Paola Espinosa, Olympic and world medallist, created a sensation at the Games, going down in Mexico's diving history by gathering three gold medals in the 10m platform, both individual and synchro, and 3m synchro (also incidentally bagging a bronze in the 3m springboard). Espinosa successfully defended her title in the 10m platform in a tight final with team-mate Tatiana Ortiz. Mexico eventually placed 1-2 with Espinosa (370.60 points) and Ortiz (369.05 points). The minor medal was reserved for Meaghan Benfeito from Canada (358.20 points).
Brazil third behind USA and Cuba at Pan Am Games
The Brazilian delegation bagged 30 medals (ten golds, nine silvers and 11 bronze) from the Pan American Games which concluded on October 30 in Guadalajara (MEX). The squad was reinforced by the presence of swimming aces Cesar Cielo and Thiago Pereira. Olympic champion Cielo won four gold medals. He notably took out the 100m freestyle in 47.84, the season's second best time. Team-mate Pereira won eight medals, thus becoming Brazil's most decorated athlete at the Games with a total 12 gold medals.
In open water, Poliana Okimoto repeated her silver medal from Rio (2007) while the men's and women's water polo teams both won the bronze against Cuba. Brazil's synchro team finished third in both the duet and team free and Cesar Castro was the only Brazilian diver to pick up a medal (bronze) in the 3m springboard competition.
José Mourinho will be the Ambassador of the “FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier”
The President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation (and FINA Bureau Member) Paulo Frischknecht was on October 27, 2011 in Madrid (ESP) to meet José Mourinho, the coach of the local football club Real Madrid, who will be the Ambassador of the “FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier”, to be held on June 9-10, 2012 in the Portuguese city of Setubal. Frischknecht was accompanied by the Mayor of Setubal, Maria das Dores Meira, and gave to Mourinho the official shirt of the competition. This event will complete the list of the 25 men and 25 women eligible to compete at the 10km Marathon Swimming races at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR).
Ryan Lochte behind Barcelona 2013
On his first visit to Barcelona, the world’s number one swimmer in 2011 has offered his support for the 2013 World Championships. He is the first swimmer to break a world record without the aid of a high tech swimsuit. While he prepares for London 2012, another big event appears on the horizon: Barcelona 2013.
Olympic 200m backstroke champion, US-American Ryan Lochte, has offered his support for the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 during a short stay in the Catalan capital last weekend. The top swimmer from Gainesville, Florida, got to Barcelona on Friday for a meeting with one of his sponsors and returned to the United States yesterday.
USA and Brazil put up a good show at Pan Am Games
Team USA confirmed they are the favourites in the swimming events for the XVI Pan American Games currently taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. But USA's strongest rival Brazil is also determined to steal the show in the pool. Thousands of fans filled the stands at the Aquatic Complex which will also host the FINA World Championships in 2017.
Brazilians Thiago Pereira and Cesar Cielo were most certainly up for the gold but in each race they entered, they had to contend with the likes of the Americans. Thiago Pereira competed in eight events and won medals in all of them (six golds, a silver and a bronze), repeating his feat from four years ago in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). His participation in Guadalajara made him the Brazilian athlete with the most gold medals at a Pan American Games. The talented swimmer has collected 11 medals since his first podium. Brazilian star Cesar Cielo won four gold medals, improving his performance from 2007 where he bagged three golds and one silver. Cielo was the fastest in the 50m freestyle, touching the wall in 21.58.
Canada's best divers set for 2011 Pan American Games
Just one week prior to the start of the diving events at the 2011 Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Canadian diving team is focused on closing out the pre-Olympic year on a winning note.
“Diving Plongeon Canada has selected its strongest team possible to compete in Guadalajara,” says DPC high performance director, Scott Cranham. “All the divers we are sending to the Pan American Games competed earlier this year at the FINA World Championships and are serious contenders to make our Olympic team for London.”
SWC 2011, Berlin day 2: Five more gold for USA
BERLIN, Germany - The United States won five more events on the second day, consolidating their overall supremacy on the meet: Missy Franklin took gold both in the 100 free and the 100 back; Michael Phelps won the 200 IM – setting the best performance of the day with 952 FINA Points – and the 200 backstroke while Allison Schmitt took the 400 freestyle. This trio, plus Ryan Lochte, will represent the backbone of the American Olympic team at London 2012. The best performances occurred on the first day, when both a new world record and a World Cup record were set.
1500 FREE MEN. As the race developed Sergiy Frolov (UKR), the silver medallist at the 2010 Short Course European Championships, and Sebastien Rouault (FRA), the gold medal winner at the 2010 Long Course Europeans fought head to head for victory. The French prevailed in 14:48.31, with Frolov less than two seconds away, in 14:50.15. German Manuel Schwarz (CLB) was third in 15:03.18.
SWC 2011, Berlin day 1: Missy Franklin sets 200m back WR
800 FREE WOMEN. Lotte Friis won easily in 8:16.99. She almost encountered no opposition except for Elena Sokolova in the first half of the race. The Danish is the World Cup record holder, with 8:04.61 she set at Berlin’s world cup meet in 2009.
100 FREE MEN. Brent Hayden, the giant from Vancouver (CAN), who celebrated his 28th anniversary yesterday, gave himself a gift by winning this important race in 47.07 over Stefan Nystrand (SWE), 47.23. While the Canadian savoured a triumph, his co-winner of the long course world title in 2007, Filippo Magnini of Italy, faced a different fate: he finished only 7th, in 48 seconds flat (7th also at half race).
SWC 2011, Moscow day 2: Phelps gets second gold, Franklin shines among women
MOSCOW, Russia - The second and final day of the Moscow leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup ended with the second victory of 14-times Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the 200m back. The triumph was achieved by the famous swimmer after two disappointing races. Phelps finished second in the 200m free and didn’t make the podium in the 100m butterfly. But that was disappointing only for the audience (for the first time in Moscow the entry to the pool wasn’t free and all tickets were sold). Phelps himself just pointed out that his participation at World Cup is a part of the Olympic preparation. So the place is not so important for now.
"There is a good chance to test myself in a very unusual situation – short course, Phelps said. It is a good experience for me". For the rivals, however, this possibility to swim together with the great champion was very important. As well as the chance to beat him.
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