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London 2012, Day 2: Ruolin Chen (CHN) sweeps 10m platform

Diving World Cup

Day 2 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup saw a record 59 participants taking part in the men's 3m springboard preliminary which lasted four hours. The biggest problem in such situation is to remain focused till the end of the competition. In general, all favourites are able to do this – except one this time: Russia's World silver and bronze medallist (in 3m synchro and individual) Eugeny Kuznetsov made a terrible mistake in his twist dive in the middle of the programme – 2.5 Forward with 3 twists. His poor performance cost him precious spots, dropping him to 39th place. His last three rounds were devoted to efforts to rise higher in the standings. Kuznetsov eventually succeeded to finish in 20th position but this wasn’t enough to join the semi final.

The event ended with the two Olympic champions Kai Qin and Chong He from China taking first and second, respectively. Jack Laugher (GBR), fifth, looked like the only newcomer among the first eight but fully deserves to be “in the club” following his remarkable performance.

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London 2012, Day 2: Ruolin Chen (CHN) sweeps 10m platform

London 2012 Diving

Day 2 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup saw a record 59 participants taking part in the men's 3m springboard preliminary which lasted four hours. The biggest problem in such situation is to remain focused till the end of the competition. In general, all favourites are able to do this – except one this time: Russia's World silver and bronze medallist (in 3m synchro and individual) Eugeny Kuznetsov made a terrible mistake in his twist dive in the middle of the programme – 2.5 Forward with 3 twists. His poor performance cost him precious spots, dropping him to 39th place. His last three rounds were devoted to efforts to rise higher in the standings. Kuznetsov eventually succeeded to finish in 20th position but this wasn’t enough to join the semi final.

The event ended with the two Olympic champions Kai Qin and Chong He from China taking first and second, respectively. Jack Laugher (GBR), fifth, looked like the only newcomer among the first eight but fully deserves to be “in the club” following his remarkable performance.

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London 2012, Day 1: Qin Kai/Luo Yutong (CHN) win 3m synchro

Diving World Cup

The newly built Olympic Aquatics Centre provided the backdrop to spectacular performances on the first day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London. According to ex-Russian and now Great Britain national coach Alexey Evangulov, the pool is ready since November but none of the British divers had a possibility to practice here till February. The host team entered the pool just two days before the competition – like all other World Cup participants.

Let's remind that the other four places are reserved already by the host country (Great Britain) and the three medallist teams from the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (China, Russia and Mexico). So there are two important stages in this event: first, to join the final group of 12 participants, and second, to get the ticket to the Olympics.

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London 2012, Day 1: Qin Kai/Luo Yutong (CHN) win 3m synchro

London 2012 Diving

The newly built Olympic Aquatics Centre provided the backdrop to spectacular performances on the first day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London. According to ex-Russian and now Great Britain national coach Alexey Evangulov, the pool is ready since November but none of the British divers had a possibility to practice here till February. The host team entered the pool just two days before the competition – like all other World Cup participants.

Let's remind that the other four places are reserved already by the host country (Great Britain) and the three medallist teams from the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (China, Russia and Mexico). So there are two important stages in this event: first, to join the final group of 12 participants, and second, to get the ticket to the Olympics.

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Brazil announces team for South American Championships

Federations News

The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA) will send a 28-strong team to the South American Championships taking place from March 14-18, 2012 in Belem (BRA). Check out the official team below.

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FINA in Russia to discuss 2012 Aquatics Convention and 2015 World Championships

Highlight

A FINA delegation was this week in Moscow (RUS) from February 13-15, 2012 to discuss with the local authorities the preparation of the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in the Russian capital and the 16th FINA World Championships, taking place in July 2015 in Kazan. The FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had meetings namely with Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and with Vladimir Salnikov, Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation.

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Japan's Water Polo teams place third and miss Olympic target

Federations News

Despite the hard-fought games, Japan's national women’s and men’s Water Polo teams lost their hope to go to the London Olympic Games this summer. Both teams took third at the Asian Water Polo Championships taking place at the Shin-Narashino International Swimming Center in Chiba-ken (JPN) from January 24-27, an event that served as Continental Water Polo Qualification Tournament for London.

China, first among women and Kazakhstan, triumphant among men, both get to compete at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments in Trieste (ITA) and Edmonton (CAN) respectively, to be held in April.

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FINA mourns Mr. Klaas van de Pol (NED)

FINA Family

Klass van de Pol (NED)FINA announces with great sadness the loss of its Honorary Member Klaas van de Pol (NED), who passed away on January 23, 2012 at the age of 87.

Mr. Van de Pol had been FINA Honorary Treasurer from 1980 to 1992, becoming a Honorary Member since 1996. A very respected aquatic leader in his home country, The Netherlands, Mr. Van de Pol was essential in the promotion of women’s water polo worldwide and has also played an important role in the development of the early stages of marketing applied to Aquatics. For his outstanding contribution to our International Federation, he was awarded the FINA Gold Pin in 1988.

To his family, friends, and to the entire aquatic community in The Netherlands, FINA addresses its sincere condolences. 

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Busy 2012 schedule for Japan

Federations News

Top Japanese swimmers Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Irie, Aya Terakawa, Shiho Sakai, Haruka Ueda are gearing up for the London Olympics with the goal to win five medals, including one gold at least.
 
They underwent a tough training camp during the Christmas holidays, getting in shape for the upcoming Olympic trial to be held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center from April 2-8, 2012.

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Trinidad & Tobago: The road to London

Federations News

The recently held ASATT Invitational which concluded on December 19, 2011 gave a few swimmers another springboard in their preparations for qualification in the London Olympics. This meet was sanctioned by FINA and allowed for official qualification if certain times were met. For the most part swimmers came just a bit closer to realizing their goals.

Joshua Romany, Dylan Carter, Joshua McLeod, Abraham McLeod and Sharntelle Mc Lean all made their mark and signaled their intent for London. Not participating but present on the final day of competition was Kimberlee John Williams who also indicated her desire to qualify for the Olympics. There are commonalities among all these athletes other than the obvious – key is the mindset and determination to succeed. A variable is the pathway to preparation.

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