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WP Juniors 2011 (M), Day 1: world's best junior teams gather in sunny Volos (GRE)

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

KAZ vs IRI - credit: Alexandros MichailidisVOLOS, Greece (August 27) - The modern city of Volos, Greece has a rich local history and mythological tradition. Volos may be best known for Jason and the Argonauts, as well as the legendary Centaurs who lived on Mt. Pelion. At the foot of this equally historic and famous mountain is the swimming pool that will be at the center stage for 20 nations competing in the 16th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships.
 
"The two swimming pools of the city, the indoor swimming pool 'Vasilis Polymeros' of New Ionia and the open air swimming pool 'Iason Zirganos' of Volos, are host to the best young athletes of water polo" said Panos Tr. Skotiniotis the Mayor of Volos. "These young men will offer a spectacular show to the sportsmanship spectators from Volos and from the whole region of Thessaly. It’s indisputable, that both of the sports centers will be full of spectators on the occasion of the distinction of the Greek national team." 

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Lima 2011, Day 6: Great success: 42 Championships Records and 19 nations with medals

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

The 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships came to an end on August 21 in Lima (PER), with 42 new championships records and 19 countries with medals among the 58 nations that participated in the event with 528 swimmers (246 women and 282 men). Lima’s edition was a success with the best set of results since the creation of this World Championships, in 2006.

United States dominated on the medal count (11 gold, eight silver and three bronze) and on the scores (964 points), followed by Canada (620) and Japan (516.50). The Japanese team won 19 medals (seven gold, nine silver and three bronze) and the Canadian earned 14 (four gold, five silver and five bronze).

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Lima 2011, Day 5: USA, JPN and UKR on top of the medal table

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

With one day to go at the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima (PER), United States, Japan and Ukraine are the nations leading among the 19 countries that reached the podium so far. Five finals were held in the evening of the fifth and penultimate day: women’s 1500m freestyle, men’s 50m butterfly, women’s 50m backstroke, men’s 400m individual medley and women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Daryna Zevina (UKR, 1994, 28.45) was the backstroke queen in Lima. She gained the 50m, 100m and 200m, all with championships record. On Saturday, Daryna comfortably got the 50m title while Kathleen Saunders (GBR, 1994, 28.76) and Chantal Van Landeghem (CAN, 1994, 29.01) completed the podium.

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Lima 2011, Day 4: Africa enters in the “medallists’ club”

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Lisa Fissneider (ITA) - credit: Beto GutierrezApplauded by an excited crowd, Africa made its entry in the “medallists’ club” at the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships and twice in the same event. In the fourth day of competition in Lima (PER), Egypt won its first gold medal with Farida Hisham in the women’s 50m butterfly, in a new championships record of 26.60. This event was also marked by the first shared medal of the competition: Kendyl Stewart (USA, 1994, 26.78) finished in the second place, while the bronze went to South African Vanessa Mohr (1995, 26.85) and Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem (1994).

The night began with Akihito Yamaguchi (1994, 2:11.70) honouring the Japanese tradition in breaststroke events and winning the 200m under the championships record (2:14.78). Silver and bronze medal were earned by Ukrainians: Oleroksiy Rozhkov (1993, 2:13.94) and Maksym  Shemberev (1993, 2:14.08). Until the fourth place - American Chase Kalisz (1994, 2:14.13) – all athletes had swum under the previous record set by Russian Alexey Zinovyev in the 2008 edition.

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Lima 2011, Day 3: USA dominates with three victories

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After the first three days of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, being held in Lima (PER) until August 21, the high-level of preparation of the athletes and the consequent improvement of their performances is now confirmed. Six additional Championships records were established in the “Campo de Marte” aquatic complex, confirming the success of this competition.

In the third day of finals, United States won its gold medal number five with Evan Pinion’s victory in the men’s 800m freestyle, first event of the night. Evan (1994, 7:55.92) broke the championships record established in Monterrey 2008 (8:01.77). Italy earned silver and bronze medals, respectively with Gabriele Detti (8:00.95) and Gregorio Paltrinieri (8:02.06).

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Lima 2011, Day 2: Thirteen nations already with medals

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Thirteen different flags climbed the podium in two days of competition at the3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, organised in Lima (PER), from August 16-21. Moreover, 21 new championships records were already established in the Peruvian capital.

The second day began with the first gold medal for Australia. Bonnie Macdonald (1995) clocked 8:32.30 and won the women’s 800m freestyle gold after a tight race with Gillian Ryan (USA, 1995, 8:33.46) and Claudia Dasca (ESP, 1994, 8:34.29). Bonnie swam close to the opponents most of the race and took the lead with 300m to go. “I’m really proud to be Australian. I entered into the race to swim my best. I have so many people to thank, including the team, because we are like a family. I’m so happy. I wasn’t thinking on winning or not winning, my strategy was only focused in my race,” said Bonnie.

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Lima 2011, Day 1: Eleven Championships records to open the Junior Worlds

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Miyu Otsuka (JPN)Adrenaline and excitement highlighted the first day of the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, taking place at the “Campo de Marte” complex in Lima (PER). Eleven new championships records were set and the American team leads the medal table with two gold medals and one bronze, followed by Japan with two gold medals and Canada, with three silver medals.

The men’s 400m freestyle was the first race of the night and set the tone for the rest of the thrilling session. The top four times were all under the previous Championship record (3:51.81): the winner, Fumiya Hidaka (JPN, 1994), arrived in 3.50.97, with Canadian Bobrosky Chad (1993 - 3:51.46) and American Evan Pinion (1994 - 3:51:47) completing the podium.

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Tribute to Bill Matson

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FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand.  Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China.

"Bill's example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill's family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania," said FINA President Julio Maglione.

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Richard Weinberger (CAN) and Martina Grimaldi (ITA) win London Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event

London 2012 Swimming

Gold Medalist Richard Weingberger - credit: Mike LewisRichard Weinberger of Canada stunned a field of world champions to win the London 10km Marathon Swimming International - Test Event for the Olympic Games - by a margin of more than 26 seconds. Weinberger hasn't even qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games yet. His victory today is a confidence builder, but doesn't get him a ticket to the main event next August. While the Olympic 10km race may be circled on his calendar, he needs to earn one of the 15 remaining spot that will be up for grabs in Portugal next June at the Olympic qualifying event.
 
Weinberger defeated the men who placed first and second in the 10km event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last month. Thomas Lurz (GER) finished second to Weinberger today, 26.2 seconds behind the Canadian champion. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) was third just one tenth of a second behind Lurz. Gianniotis is a first time world champion winning the 10km event in Shanghai, 2.5 seconds ahead of Lurz. The top 10 finishers from the 10km race in Shanghai qualified for the Olympic Games and eight of them were in today's field of 18 men who raced in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London.  Weinberger placed 17th in the 10km race, ironically a little more than 26 seconds behind the Shanghai gold medallist.

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Top-class open water swimmers ready for the London 2012 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event

London 2012 Swimming

The public will get a change to watch world class swimmers including a number of World and Olympic medallists at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International in Hyde Park this Saturday, 13 August, part of the London Prepares Series and a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The event, free for anyone to watch, takes place in the Serpentine inside Hyde Park and will feature some of the world's best marathon swimmers including the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, German Thomas Lurz and the 10km gold medallist from the recent FINA World Championships in Shanghai, Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE), who was born in Liverpool.

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