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Mexico 2012, Day 2: China wins Thematic team, Japan and Ukraine also on podium

Synchro World Trophy

China's Thematic Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 1, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The softness of Chinese folk songs and the energy of the samurai highlighted the second day of the 7th FINA Synchro World Trophy, marked by very creative routines. On day 2, the Chinese team received again very high scores for their near-perfect performance. The team (Or Liu, Xi Luo, Xuechen Huang, Wu Ywen, Jiachen Fan, Lele Yu Xiaoujun chen, Wenyan One, Si Chang and Li Guo) totalled a winning score of 96.338.

The Chinese swimmers transformed the pool into a dance floor, thrilling both the judges and audience with the mega hit song "Gagnam Style". The Japanese filled the pool with mystery when they climbed on the deck dressed as samurai using features such as dry ice.


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Perth 2012, Day 1 (Men): Croatia upstages Australia on opening day of World Youth Championships

World Youth Water Polo Championships

CRO vs AUSDecember 1, 2012 PERTH - Class play from some of the best 18 and under men’s water polo teams in the world was on display at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Saturday. It was the opening day of what is billed as the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships and the young men started the tournament with women following on Sunday.

It is the second time this age group has contested world championships following the 2009 events in Croatia and Russia and won by the host nations in what were declared as World Junior Championships, due to an age group change. These championships continue the long tradition of Challenge Stadium hosting FINA events with the FINA Championships of 1991 and 1998 paramount. It has also hosted two junior women’s world championships (2001 and 2005), a women’s World Cup (2003), the FINA Masters’ Worlds (2008) and the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament for men in 1988 soon after the venue opened.

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Mexico 2012, Day 1: China dominates in Synchro highlight and Thematic duet

Synchro World Trophy

Canada's Highlight Routine - credit: Giorgio ScalaNovember 30, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy started with all the energy and "plasticity" of the Synchro highlight routines and thematic duets. All participating countries - Russia, China, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Ukraine - will present at the Mexican Olympic Sports Centre pool a show that keeps getting more and more spectacular since the competition was firstly launched in 2006. More specifically, the use of accessories is allowed and time on deck can exceed 10 seconds. All of these aspects without sacrificing the technique of the sport.

Asia dominated the first event of the competition, the Synchro Highlight routine, with China (95.788 points) and Japan (95.238 points) finishing on top, showing very different styles. While the Chinese chose to use at the same time delicacy and vigor in their birds-themed routine, the Japanese used several accessories and their theatrical skills in a daring choreography that featured an armed dispute by power. Both teams displayed creativity and a high degree of difficulty in their routine.

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34 teams gather for 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Most of the 34 teams have arrived in Perth for the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships. These championships are for the best 18 and under players in the world and it is the second time this age group has been staged — the first boys’ and girls’ championships with Croatia boys winning in Sibenik, Croatia and Russia girls winning in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia — both in 2009.

This is the first time that a junior water polo event has seen both gender categories playing at the same venue at the same time. We will wade through 118 matches in 10 days with some days throwing up 16 matches, keeping athletes and officials busy.

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TV broadcasters of 2013 FINA World Championships visit competition venues

BCN2013 - General

November 22, 2012 Barcelona. Event organisers of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona next year welcomed the delegates from various national and international TV stations to the World Broadcasting Meeting (WBM). The TV representatives that have the broadcasting rights for next year’s major sporting event visited the competition venues at the Palau Sant Jordi.

The TV delegates participating at the WBM have visited four competition venues: Moll de la Fusta (open water swimming and high diving), Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (diving), Piscinas Picornell (water polo) and Palau Sant Jordi (swimming, synchronised swimming and the finals of the water polo tournaments). The event is the first big meeting organised ahead of the World Championships.

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1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic, what a success!

Gold Medal Clinic

The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully with more than 200 swimming coaches from a hundred nations. The golden opportunity to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge with top-level coaches from swimming powerhouses like USA, Australia or China was praised by many participants.

The coaches attending the clinic were offered a wide range of visions of coaching, practical training cycles, personal experiences, motivation tips for swimmers, and many pieces of advice on the balance between training and life outside the pool and the relationship between a coach and his athlete.

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"We will make Aquatics bigger and stronger!"

FINA Family

November 1, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention drew to a close, successfully bringing together the entire Aquatics community and reinforcing the ties between all players - partners, manufacturers, coaches, athletes and national federations - to bring the development of FINA's sports to new heights.

A number of crucial topics pertaining to the Aquatics movement was discussed on this last day: national priorities for elite sport, financial realities of high-level sport, global markets and new technologies, new trends in coaching and team management.

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FINA World Aquatics Convention continues in Moscow

FINA Family

October 31, 2012 MOSCOW - Day 2 started with two streams of presentations, addressing a wide range of topics: the media and aquatics, latest developments in pool design, new ideas for the five FINA sports, upcoming courses for athletes, coaches and administrators, benefits for host cities and organising committees to stage FINA events.  

The newly launched, three-day event is becoming a focal point for the entire Aquatics community - the FINA Family, National Federations, partners, manufacturers, athletes and coaches, bidders and organisers of FINA events, media etc. - to exchange ideas and find new ways to develop the Sport worldwide. Some shared their thoughts on the Convention:

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Myrtha Pools to build two pools for Barcelona 2013 at Palau Sant Jordi

BCN2013 - General

Signing of the agreement with the Italian company in Moscow. The competition pool will be 3 meters deep due to synchronized swimming. The construction of the training pool will begin on 1 JuneThe Italian company Myrtha Pools, with over 50 years of experience in the business, will be responsible for building and implementing two removable pools at the Palau Sant Jordi for the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013. Members of the BCN2013 Organizing Committee have signed an agreement with the renowned company during the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention in Moscow. Directors of the company based in Castiglione delle Stiviere previously visited the Barcelona 2013 headquarters to convince event organizers of closing the deal.

Roberto Colletto, CEO of Myrtha Pools, and Fernando Carpena, president of the Barcelona 2013 Executive Committee, have signed the contract at the stand of the Italian company in the Hotel Crown Plaza.

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2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention opens magnificently

Gold Medal Clinic

Dr. Julio MaglioneOctober 30, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention opened in Moscow, Russia. This new FINA event, organised in a non-competition environment and the only of this calibre on the international aquatics calendar, offers a unique opportunity for the Aquatics community - the FINA Family, National Federations, partners, manufacturers, athletes and coaches, bidders and organisers of FINA events, media etc. - to work together to make FINA's sports bigger.  

Earlier in the day, the 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully, with a second set of presentations made by successful coaches who shared their winning strategies with fellow coaches from all continents: Dirk Lange (GER), coach of Cameron van der Burgh, Olympic champion in the men's 100m breastroke, who was followed by Ferenc Kovacshegyi from Hungary, coach of Eva Risztov, gold medallist in the women's 10km marathon race at the London Games. American Yuri Sugiyama, who coached Katie Ledecky to Olympic success in the women's 800m freestyle, concluded the morning session. In the afternnon, Frank Busch, USA Swimming's National Team Director and Member of the FINA Coaches Commission, closed the clinic.

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