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.
SWC 2011, Moscow day 1: Super-star Michael Phelps appears "modest"
MOSCOW, Russia - At the press conference, marking the opening of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup event in the Moscow “Olympiyskiy” swimming pool, the president of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov proudly said: "The tickets are sold out".
The reason for the sellout at the competition – a traditional one, held in Moscow already for the seventh time – is Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the world, 14-time Olympic champion. Naturally, a question was asked at the press conference: "Why Michael Phelps is in Moscow? Obviously, he was paid a lot of money to compete here". The question is a reasonable one, Phelps is the Usain Bolt of swimming and the famous Jamaican does not participate even in IAAF competitions without a half-a-million-dollar appearance fee.
SWC 2011, Stockholm day 2: Sjostroem shines at home, Le Clos reinforces overall lead
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - After getting the fastest performance of the second meet of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Stockholm (SWE), by winning the women’s 200m free on Day 1, Sarah Sjostroem (SWE) was again in evidence in the second finals’ session, getting the gold in the 100m free, in a time of 52.44. In the 400m free, she got the silver in 4:03.60, narrowly losing the race to Australia’s Angie Bainbridge (4:03.02).
Other local successes in this second and last day in Stockholm included the triumph of Jennie Johansson in the women’s 50m breaststroke (30.05), the gold of Stefan Nystrand in the men’s 50m free (21.70), and the inevitable Therese Alshammar in the women’s 50m butterfly (25.23).
SWC 2011, Stockholm day 1: Alshammar wins twice, Sjostroem best performer
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Sarah Sjostroem was the hero of the first day of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, taking place in Stockholm (SWE), clocking the fastest time of the finals’ session in the women’s 200m free – 1:52.92 (954 points). The spectators in the Eriksdalsbadet complex were happy to see a local star approaching the World Cup record in this event, established in 2010 by Femke Heemskerk (NED, 1:52.42). The silver medallist, Australia’s Angie Bainbridge, leading until the 150m-mark, touched home in 1:53.03 (951 points), the second best performance of the day.
Swedish swimmers had more opportunities to shine in the women’s 100m breaststroke (victory of Jennie Johansson in 1:05.27), and in the women’s 100m butterfly (triumph of Therese Alshammar in 55.99). With this result, Alshammar (34 years old and winner of the overall World Cup in 2010) established the third best result among women, with 950 points. The Swedish “diva” added a second medal to her tally, by winning in the 50m free in a time of 23.80. Finally, in the men’s 100m free, Stefan Nystrand (who will turn 30 on October 20) got the gold in a slow time of 47.08.
DUBAI SWIMS - Friday 14 October 2011
Dubai Pulse invite you to take part in Dubai Swims which will take place at Umm Suqeim Beach on Friday, 14 October 2011 at 03:30 p.m. for a beneficial & enjoyable experience on one of Dubai’s fabulous beaches.
Aerobic Session :
Enjoy a musical aerobic session by Fitness First before swimming in an exciting atmosphere.
LE CLUB will present “Acquatic Fitness Longe Cote” which is a new sport practiced for the first time in the Middle East.
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SWC 2011, Dubai day 2: Chad Le Clos (RSA) collects three more gold medals
DUBAI, UAE - The first leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup was highlighted by the superb performances of South African Chad Le Clos (aged 19) winner of six events (100m, 200m and 400m individual medley, 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m backstroke). By doing so, Le Clos put his country ahead of the medal table, while China and Japan (five gold each) followed the African nation!
After winning three races on the first day, no one expected Le Clos to shine in the 100m butterfly at this level, especially at this stage of the season. Le Clos managed to beat his personal best in 50.66, performing also the best world time of the season. He advanced by 48 hundredths of a second Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin (51.14), the reigning world champion and record holder in this distance. The African continent got a second podium presence in this event, thanks to the bronze of Jason Dunford (KEN, 51.70). Le Clos was also the best in the 200m individual medley, touching first in 1:55.14, less than a second off his personal best (1:54.28). He beat for the fourth time in two days Dinko Jukic (AUT, 1:56.10), bronze medallist at the 2010 European Championships. Third place went to Japanese Yuma Kosaka in 1:56.93. In the 200m backstroke, Le Clos concluded his participation in Dubai, by getting the gold in 1:55.95 (personal best), in front of Brazilian Nelson Silva Junior (1:58.37) and Sweden's Kristian Kron (1:58.41).
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