Aquatic Festival has started in Shanghai!
The 14th FINA World Championships have officially started after an impressive Opening Ceremony, attended by the entire FINA Family, the IOC President Mr. Jacques Rogge and the Chinese dignitaries, namely Mr. Yu Zhengsheng, Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Comunist Party of China. After the raise of China’s flag, and the ones from Italy and Spain, respectively the organisers of the 2009 and 2013 editions, the vibrant show continued with an ode to water, light and music.
Thanks to hundreds of participants, it was paid tribute to the common element to all FINA disciplines, the water. Spectacular choreographies on the pool deck and in the pool portrayed the spirit of water in Chinese philosophy and its values of harmony and purity. In a Tribute to Heroes, some FINA stars were called to the stage of this Ceremony to symbolise the FINA sports: open water swimmer Ky Hurst (AUS), synchronised swimmer Natalia Ischenko (RUS), water polo player Tony Azevedo (USA), open water swimmer Valerio Cleri (ITA), diver Chen Ruolin (CHN), and swimmer Liu Zige (CHN).
China gets first gold, Canada and Australia qualify for the Olympics
The first diving final of the FINA World Championships Shanghai 2011 started almost three hours before the official opening ceremony and it was a real champions’ fight. Besides the result, this event had a “special” meaning for all participants: the three best synchro teams could qualify for the Olympics and every country dreamed about a place on the podium.
Speaking about synchronised diving we usually mean that there is just two vacant places on the podium – the champion’s one is occupied in principle by China.
Notice on Drugs Carried into China by Participating Teams
Participating teams do not need to make a special declaration for self-used drugs and medical equipment. They should however carry a list of self-used drugs in both Chinese and English. Please note that drugs carried into China by participating teams should be used by their own members only. After the 14th FINA World Championships, the remaining drugs should be taken back to their countries and should not be sold in China.
Japan's talents ready for Aquatic Festival
Japan's pool and open water swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers and water polo players are fine-tuning their preparation for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) next month. Ryosuke Irie and his members of the Japan National Team returned home on June 27 after a training camp in Europe, which included legs of the Mare Nostrum in France and Spain.
Irie's marks during the Mare Nostrum included 53.72 in 100m backstroke and 1:54.34 in 200m backstroke. Meanwhile, another Japan's swimming great, Kosuke Kitajima, clocked 1:01.02 in the 100m breaststroke and 2:11.02 in the 200m breaststroke at the Mission Viejo International Invitational Meet, held from June 25-26 in California (USA).
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Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia wins its 6th title, silver and bronze for Italy and Croatia respectively
FLORENCE, Italy (June 26) - With one minute missing to the end of the game China missed a great opportunity to tie with the ball dancing on the line before Canada’s goalkeeper finally grabbed it safely.
The Canadian narrowly won a tight match (10-9) strenuously fought by both teams on a basis of equal strength and to resolve.
For China the rendezvous with victory was once more procrastined, perhaps to the World Championships, next month in Shanghai, where they will play at home. Progressive score: 2-3, 4-5, 7-9, 9-10.
Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia and Italy go for gold, USA and Croatia for bronze
FLORENCE, Italy (June 25) - An ordinary game that could not add any lustre to none of the teams ended with a clear cut win for Australia, which on the last day will play for the fifth place.
The Chinese’s performance appeared under tone, compared with those delivered in the previous days and the Aussies had no difficulty in taking control of the game and securing an easy victory.
Progressive score: 4-0, 7-3, 10-4, 14-4. Australia’s captain Sam Mc Gregor top scored the game with four goals.
Super Final 2011 (Men): USA, Serbia, Croatia and Italy advance to semi-finals
FLORENCE, Italy (June 24) - The solid Australian side gave the Italians a rough ride. The score at half time was 4-2 for the home team. A few minutes inside the 3rd period the Italians managed two spectacular goals, from Giorgetti and Luongo, answered by one from Miller. Before going into the last period the score was 6-3 for Italy.
Australia’s captain Sam Mc Gregor reduced the gap with a great goal from the distance, a blaze (6-4). Presciutti (I) on a counter attack and Younger (A) traded goals. Soon after Miller’s second goal from sealed the final score on 7-6, with the Aussies just one goal under. Split scores: 1-0, 4-2, 6-3, 7-6.
Swimming Canada adds open water swimmers to Shanghai Team
Swimming Canada announced the addition of 6 swimmers to its FINA World Championships Team that will compete in Shanghai this summer. These six veteran athletes will represent Canada in the Open-Water events (5, 10 and 25km).
Richard Weinberger and Aimeson King of Victoria were the top 2 qualifiers in the men’s 10km while Zsofia Balazs of Toronto and Nadine Williams of Sherwood Park, Alta, placed first and second respectively during last week’s Canadian World Open Water Trials in Fort Myers, Florida, earning them a place on Canada’s Worlds Team. All four athletes will compete in the 5 and 10km as well as the new team event. Simon Tobin of Quebec City and Xavier Desharnais of Lasalle were also added to the mix to compete in the 25km event.
Bovell Leads TT Worlds Team
2004 Athens Olympic Medallist George Bovell III will lead a team of three athletes to the FINA World Long Course Championships in Shanghai China from July 16th - 30th.
Joshua Mc Leod and Cherelle Thompson were the two other athletes ratified by the council of Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) to represent the country at these biennial games. The team is being coached by Joseph Mc Leod.
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