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).
Official Barcelona 2013 song ‘La ciutat entres dos blaus’
Els Amics de les Arts, a famous Catalan music band, presented the official song of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 at the Montjuic Municipal Pool on June 13. The band members also revealed the spectacular underwater music video of the song entitled ‘La ciutat entre dos blaus’ ("city between two blues").
Spain’s synchronised swimming star Ona Carbonell attended the presentation. The star of the World Championships was accompanied by Maite Fandos, co-president of the Barcelona 2013 Organising Committee, and Enric Bertran, president of the Catalan Swimming Federation.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Hungary and Serbia top respective groups
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 13) – Hungary and Serbia earned the respective top spots at the end of the preliminaries. After two days of extreme excitement, Group A ties became rather one-sided battles as both Montenegro and Hungary came up with their best and that was unmatchable for the young U.S. and Japanese teams this time. The game between Montenegro and USA brought an outstanding individual performance, an absolute rarity in today’s elite water polo: Montenegrin Darko Brguljan scored three amazing goals within a span of 80 seconds, at the most crucial stage of the game.
In Group B the other European giant, Serbia enjoyed another easy cruise, this time against Brazil. And finally the day offered at least one thrilling encounter, between Russia and China. And it was not just a thrilling clash but turned into a historical one as China managed to beat the Russians for the first time ever.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Japan almost caught the US, second shootout loss for Montenegro
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 12) - Group A cannot provide one-sided battles! After Day One’s two great clashes – both ended in shootouts – we have two more thrillers in Chelyabinsk at the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final. The U.S. team scored the winner in the last minute against Japan and later Hungary staged another comeback and beat Montenegro in a penalty shootout.
The matches in Group B offered less excitement as China thrashed Brazil and Serbia upended Russia in a 25-goal encounter and already clinched the first place of the group.
Super Final 2013 (Men): Japan makes history by upsetting Montenegro
CHELYABINSK, Russia (June 11) - What a day to start the World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk! Japan’s win over Montenegro is one of the biggest upsets ever in the history of the FINA World League Super Finals. It was a historic win for Japan – in the shootout –, the first great triumph in a big tournament against a top-ranked European team (Montenegro was 4th in London and came runner-up at the European Championships).
There was another penalty shootout which saw the USA beating Hungary, also a bit surprisingly. Group A had much calmer matches, Serbia easily overcame China while the host Russians made their fans happy by scoring an easy win against Brazil.
Esther Williams (1921-2013): the sky has a new star
Former movie star Esther Williams (USA), also known as the pioneer and main inspiration for the development of synchronised swimming, passed away on June 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, during her sleep. She was 91. Away from public appearances in the latest years, she remained very active for over six decades, first as an athlete, then as a Hollywood star, and finally as a great promoter of swimming and physical activity throughout USA.
Her success story begins in 1940, when she was ready to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The celebration of this Olympiad never took place as World War II had just started the year before, and the swimming community never knew if the US champion in the 100m freestyle could also shine in Olympic waters. What was, perhaps, a missing champion, became in the same decade an icon for a FINA discipline that was making its debut and that was popularised worldwide through Williams’ performances.
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