MSWC 2013: Grimaldi (ITA) and Fogg (GBR) dominate race in Cozumel (MEX)
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Daniel Fogg (GBR) emerged victorious at the fourth stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013, held for the first time in Cozumel, Mexico. The event had a record 128 participants (53 women and 75 men) from 24 countries, who swam in the crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean and enjoyed the naturally stunning scene.
The women's race was very close and featured a high level of competition. The top-five finishers arrived in a mass finish, within split seconds of one another, and only a photo finish decided which one of them was the winner.
Kazan's new Aquatics Palace ready for the 2013 Summer Universiade
With 100 days to go for the start of the 2013 Summer Universiade, taking place in Kazan (RUS) from July 6-17, the new Aquatics Palace in the capital of Tatarstan is getting ready to welcome the swimmers to this major event. The superb facility will also be the central stage of the 16th FINA World Championships, scheduled in Kazan from July 19-August 2, 2015.
For the first time in FINA's history, the 2015 FINA World Championships will be immediately followed, using the same venues, by the FINA World Masters Championships, a competition gathering over 10,000 athletes from 25 to over 90 years old.
DWS 2013, Dubai day 3: China finishes with a gold rush
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - China returned to the top of the podium tonight to take out the final two events on the competition programme at this year’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series Dubai. After the shock result last night when China was beaten into third in the men’s 3m springboard finals, China reasserted themselves as the world leaders with commanding performances in both the men’s and women’s 10m platform finals.
In the women’s final, the dual world and Olympic champion Chen Ruolin continued her spectacular form, taking her second gold of the meet to go with the 10m synchro gold she won with partner Liu Huixia on Thursday. As is customary for her, Roulin took the lead with her first dive and produced another consistent display to finish the competition with 403.85, 21.95 points clear of second placed Meaghan Benfeito (CAN).
DWS 2013, Dubai day 2: China loses gold in the men's 3m springboard
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES China suffered a rare defeat tonight in the finals of the men’s 3m springboard, with Illya Kvasha of Ukraine taking the gold, and Javier Garcia Illana the silver in an upset defeat of reigning world champion He Chong.
Chong predictably took the lead with his first dive, but uncharacteristically faltered on his second to drop to third. Kvasha top scored for the competition on his second dive with 96.90, stamping his authority on the event and never letting go. A solid 91.00 for his third dive put He Chong back into second and by the fourth round he was only 6.80 points behind Kvasha, but the Ukrainian had a superb night, keeping his nerves under control and putting together a consistent performance to retain the lead and cause the upset of the competition, finishing with 493.40.
WADA alert: GW501516
It has come to WADA’s attention that the black market substance GW501516 is being sold to and used by some athletes.
The side effect of this chemical compound is so serious that WADA is taking the rare step of warning “cheats” to ensure that there is complete awareness of the possible health risks to athletes who succumb to the temptation of using GW501516 for performance enhancement.
DWS 2013, Dubai: China sweeps day one
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - China collected all four gold medals on offer on Day 1 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Dubai. After picking up the gold in both the women’s and men’s 10m platform synchro finals this morning, the Chinese continued their domination of the sport with strong performances in both the women’s and men’s 3m synchro springboard finals tonight, reinforcing their undisputed position at the top of the diving world.
The women’s 3m synchro saw China's He Zi and Wang Han score the first ten for a women’s event on their first dive. The pair maintained their form with the best dive of each round, until the final round when Canadian duo Jennifer Abel/Pamela Ware top-scored with 71.10 for their 5152B (Forward 2 ½ somersaults with one twist), taking the Canadians from fifth to third.
DWS 2013, Dubai day 1: China starts with golden display
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - The seemingly invincible Chinese diving team kicked off their FINA/Midea Diving World Series Dubai 2013 campaign this morning in their usual manner, taking the first two gold medals on offer in convincing fashion.
The first session on the competition program provided a breathtaking display of world class diving, much to the delight of several hundred schoolchildren who came to the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex to see multiple world and Olympic champions in action.
FINA Sports Medicine Committee visits Barcelona 2013 headquarters
Only four months ahead of the inauguration of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, event organisers have welcomed another group of people to the headquarters at the main competition venue Palau Sant Jordi. This week, the Sports Medicine Committee of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is visiting the sports facilities to get an update on the project.
The long workday on Monday started off with a visit to the different competition venues (Palau Sant Jordi, Picornell Pool, Montjuïc Municipal Pool and Moll de la Fusta) and continued with several meetings, focusing on two key areas of the Barcelona 2013 World Championships: Medical Services and Doping Control.
DWS 2013, Beijing day 3: Chen (CHN) untouchable in 10m platform, China captures 8 golds on offer
Beijing, CHINA - Four-time Olympic champion Ruolin Chen won the women's 10m platform in convincing fashion, leading with more than 40 points ahead of her rivals, sealing China's complete golden sweep on day 3 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 17, 2013.
Chen, who claimed the 10m platform title at both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, dominated the final to win the gold with 403.75 points. Canadian Meaghan Benfeito came second with 362.25 points while Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg took third with 337.75 points.
DWS 2013, Beijing day 2: Qin (CHN) eclipses Olympic champion Zakharov (RUS) in men's 3m
Beijing, CHINA - With his trade-mark stability, China's men's springboard synchro expert Kai Qin claimed his first individual title, beating Russia's 2012 Olympic champion Illya Zakharov to third place on day 2 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 16, 2013. Illya Kvasha of Ukraine took the lead after the first two rounds but Qin turned the tables from his third dive (307C) with a high 99.75 points and kept his dominance to the last dive, winning the gold in a total 548.65 points.
Chong He, Beijing Olympic champion and bronze medallist at the 2012 London Games in this event, finished second with 521.50 points while Olympic champion Zakharov missed his last dive (109C) to earn a "low" 74.10 points, settling for the bronze with 514.45 points.
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