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Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia beats Italy after shootouts

World League

FLORENCE, Italy (June 22) - Until half time the Chinese managed to stay in the game, with five goals for and seven against. Once more China has shown a balanced team and displayed some good individuals. Then the superiority of the Americans materialised with six more goals and just one more for the Chinese. USA’s captain Tony Azevedo top scored the game with 4 goals; Guo scored three goals, half of the total made by the Chinese.

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Report on the Food Safety Levels of the 14th FINA World Championships

Shanghai 2011

SHANGHAI, China (June 22) - In order to ensure food safety at the 14th FINA World Championships, Shanghai government and the Organizing Committee (OC) observe the principle of ensuring food safety by preventing contamination at source and keeping the supervised entities enclosed, and have established a food supervision system covering the entire food chain – from farm to fork – and taken appropriate measures to ensure food safety and prevent food-borne doping. Food Safety Levels of the 14th FINA World Championships are as follows:

1. Hotels where Athletes stay

Food Safety Department of the OC conducts the most rigorous supervision on the food safety of the restaurants of the hotels where athletes stay throughout the entire food chain – from farm to fork. Animal-derived food products are all supplied by the food suppliers recommended by the OC. In addition to regular inspection, the OC also inspects dozens of other prohibited substances including Clenbuterol, Ractopamine, and Albuterol on animal-derived food products. The inspection items and methods are the same as those at Beijing 2008 Olympics Games and 2010 Asian Games.

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Super Final 2011 (Men): Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Italy win on Day 1

World League

FLORENCE, Italy (June 21) - The stage of this edition, which will qualify the winning team directly to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will earn the winners a US$ 100,000 prize money, is the municipal swimming complex “Paolo Costoli” in Florence, Italy. Florence is home to Gianni Lonzi, the FINA TWPC Chairman and the inspirer of the Local Organising Committee. Florence is a traditional hub of Italian water polo and also the home of both the legendary Gianni De Magistris and the current goalkeeper and captain of the Italian national team Stefano Tempesti. Eight teams are taking part in this Super Final: the United States, Serbia, China, Italy in Group 1; Australia, Canada, Montenegro and Croatia in Group 2.

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British Swimming unveils World Championship team

Federations News

British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott has described the national team bound for next month’s FINA World Championships in Shanghai as “one of the most competitive British teams ever assembled”. Forty athletes have been formerly selected to the British Gas GBR Swimming Team and they will finalise preparations at a holding camp in Osaka, Japan before arriving in Shanghai.

Double-Olympic Champion Becky Adlington, Commonwealth Champion and World Championship silver medallist Fran Halsall will lead the challenge for the women while double-Commonwealth Champion James Goddard and World Champion Liam Tancock head-up the men’s contingent.

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GB Youth Team for Lima announced

Federations News

The British Gas GBR swimming team for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships has been announced by British Swimming. The 18 talented youngsters will compete in Lima, Peru against the best swimmers aged 18 or under from around the globe. The selections were made at the British Gas Swimming Championships held in Manchester earlier this year.

The team includes 2010 European Junior champion, Emma Saunders, who also won a relay medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi and European Junior Champion Sophie Smith, who also competed for the senior team at the GB versus Germany meet earlier this year.

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British divers announced for Shanghai

Federations News

World Champion Tom Daley and Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield will lead the British Gas GBR Diving Team into competition at the World Championships in Shanghai this summer. The 11 athletes will take on the best in the world as they try to qualify places for the country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Daley and Waterfield will feature in both men’s Platform events and will face a tough challenge from world number one diving nation, China, who will be competing on home soil. But after beating the Chinese pair in Sheffield at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series the Brits will go into the event with confidence.

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Super Final 2011 (Women): Unstoppable USA claims incredible sixth World League crown

World League

USA captain Jessica Steffens with FINA Bureau Liaison for water polo Mr. Dimitris Diathesopoulos and other USA teams members - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 19) - United States of America continued its domination of the FINA Women’s World League crown with an incredible sixth title against Italy in the gold-medal final at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool this evening.

The USA escaped the doldrums and a 7-7 tie inside the final five minutes to win 9-7. The top-of-the-dais effort means the North Americans have won all the major events for the last two years — 2009 World Championships, 2010 World Cup and three successive World Leagues — and is an ominous sign leading up to next year’s London Olympic Games. The only time in the eight editions of the World League that the USA did not stand on the podium was in Kirishi, Russia in 2005 (finishing fifth). In 2008, Russia had the better of the USA in the final.

For Brenda VILLA and Heather PETRI it was their sixth World League gold medal to go with their three Olympic medals and three FINA World Championship golds. VILLA, named to the Media All Star Team, also has World Cup gold in her collection. Betsy ARMSTRONG, voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper, secured her fourth gold medal along with Lauren WENGER, Elsie WINDES and Kameryn CRAIG. Three others took home their third golds and three more their second.

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Super Final 2011 (Women): USA and Italy to battle out World League Super Final decider

World League

AUS vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 18) - Reigning champion United States of America will be shooting for its sixth FINA Women’s World League crown when it faces shock finalist Italy in the gold-medal final at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool tomorrow. The USA came from 4-2 down at the quarter and 6-5 at halftime to beat Australia 8-7, breaking a 7-7 deadlock with an Elsie WINDES goal inside the final three minutes.

Italy repeated its mega effort of the night before when it beat Russia in a nail-biting shootout to defeat China 7-5 in the other semifinal with a scoreless final quarter. For USA it is a chance to further stamp its authority on this event while Italy is looking to go one better than its one silver (Cosenza, Italy 2006) and one bronze (Long Beach 2004).

Margaret STEFFENS (USA), twice a scorer in the match with Australia, said her team took it “quarter by quarter, winning every little battle” as the match progressed. On there being no panic in the team when behind at halftime, STEFFENS said: “There was adrenalin building in you all the time. We had to be smart on defence. We knew it was going to end up a swim meet as the Australians are super fast. It comes down to who can keep going the longest. “

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Shanghai Food Safety Committee is established - The Mayor orders that the most rigorous measures should be adopted

Shanghai 2011

SHANGHAI, China (June 17) - Shanghai Municipal People’s Government announced on May 23 the establishment of Shanghai Food Safety Committee and promulgated Opinions on Implementation of the Work for Further Improving Food Safety of Shanghai.

At a teleconference held on the same day on further improving food safety, Han Zheng, CPC Shanghai Committee Secretary and the Mayor of Shanghai made the following statement:

“Food safety is of vital importance to the health and life safety of all people of the city; therefore, we have a great responsibility to adopt the most rigorous measures in business license granting, supervision, law enforcement, penalty, and accountability mechanism to make Shanghai one of China’s safest cities and relieve people of the worries.”

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The 14th FINA World Championships Doping Control preparation work steadily ongoing

Shanghai 2011

SHANGHAI, China (June 17) - In accordance with the anti-doping rules of FINA, doping control will be carried out at the 14th FINA World Championships. The OC has established a Doping Control Department which, under the instruction of the FINA Doping Control Commission, carries out the doping control work at the Championships. The preparation work is steadily ongoing.

The doping control work will be carried out in strict accordance with the FINA DC Rules. During the Championships, a total of four doping control stations will be set up, at the indoor stadium, natatorium and outdoor diving pool of Shanghai Oriental Sports Center and open water venue in Jinshan District which will meet the standard by FINA.

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