Hungary, Russia, Spain and Italy march to Olympic temple
Trieste (April 20) - The women's teams of Hungary, Russia, Spain and Italy, each winning their respective quarter final game on Day 6 of the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA), successfully booked their ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games. The four squads will join Australia, China, Great Britain and the United States in the most expected international water polo showdown of the Olympic cycle this summer.
In today's first encounter, Hungary imposed a grueling victory, 18-5, on Kazakhstan, thus being the first to secure the precious Olympic spot. Russia was too good for Canada, whose consistent team managed to lose by one goal (7-6). In a surprising game outcome, World champion Greece (and 2004 Olympic silver medallist) missed their chance to secure a London berth, losing to ever-impressive Spain 9-7. The Olympic dream of another heavy favourite abruptly vanished; that of the Dutch squad, Olympic champions in Beijing. The Netherlands indeed lost their chance to defend their Olympic title in London after a bitter loss to the home squad, Italy, 7-6.
Russia, Spain place 1-2 in Team tech, Japan and Ukraine tie for third
London (April 19) - Day two of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification saw the Russian team prove dominant in the Team Technical routine. After enjoying success on day one of the competition. The Russian team pushed on to an accomplished performance with their Russian dance inspired routine.
Drawn in sixth, the athletes took to the starting platform with confidence and began their routine with their usual precision and impressive technique. They demonstrated their required elements with ease and they finished the routine to a final score of 97.700.
Hungary and the Netherlands top favourites in advance of quarter finals
Trieste (April 19) - Hungary and the Netherlands top their respective group, A and B, after an intense Day 5, the last of the Preliminary Round, at the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA). The two European squads advance to the quarter finals as top favourites to secure one of the four remaining Olympic spots and will face different opponents on Day 6: the Magyars will play against Kazakhstan and are assured of a comfortable victory while the Dutch will have a tougher game against host Italy, last of its Group but still an established threat.
In Group B, Kazakhstan and Brazil finished their game on a tie (7-7) while the showdown between Olympic champion Netherlands and World number 1 Greece ended up with a clear victory for the Dutch squad, 13-6. In Group A, the wins were once more very close with Hungary defeating Spain 10-9 and Russia eclipsing locals 15-13.
No lead in Group A, World champion Greece tops Group B
Trieste (April 18) - Action-packed games took place on the fourth day of the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA), where world-class teams battle to secure the last four London berths. In Group B, Greece had an easy win over Kazakhstan, whose squad yet produced a solid performance, for a total score of 16-8. This game marked the Greeks' third victory in-a-row, the only squad to do so in this group. In the following match, Canada had little trouble holding at bay Brazil, winning 11-4.
In Group A, victories were much more hard-fought between the four contenders, whose squads considerably heightened the level of competition. Russia faced pressure from Spain, eventually defeating their strong opponent 12-11. The last game of the day between Italy and Hungary saw the home squad defeating the strong contender in a tight 11-9. With one loss and one win each so far, all Group A teams currently have two points, with no leader.
Russia, first in Duet tech, leads the way towards London 2012
London (April 18) - Olympic Champions Russia team laid down their intent for this summer’s Games with a dominating performance on the first day of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, presented by VISA, at London's brand new Aquatics Centre, the venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Day one of the competition began with the Duet Technical routine and Russia were drawn fifth. The Duet of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina demonstrated their strengths from the start of the routine with perfect timing on their first figure.
Spain stuns home squad, close win for Hungary against Russia in Group A first encounter
Trieste (April 17) - Day 3 of the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA) witnessed tough battles in the first matches of Group A: Hungary, after an intense game, was eventually too good for Russia, defeating the world number 3 by one goal for a total score of 13-12. In the following clash, Spain beat home squad, Italy, also in a close win, 10-9. In Group B, Olympic champion the Netherlands and World champion Greece had little trouble winning over their opponents, Kazakhstan and Canada, respectively.
Indeed, in the first game of the day, it was almost a warm-up for the Dutch squad, ahead of the decisive quarter final match of Friday in Group B. Vermeer (NED) was the top scorer of the match with four goals, all in the second period. In the first quarter, there were three goals in a row for the Netherlands, scored by Smit, Van Belkum and Mieke Cabout. Then Akilbayeva netted the first for Kazakhstan and Van der Sloot (NED) sealed the period with a goal, five seconds from the end.
10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar concludes in Tokyo (JPN)
A total of 105 participants from 58 member federations were present in Tokyo (JPN) from April 12-15 for the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar. The Members of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee - Chairman Carol Zaleski (USA), Vice Chairman Don Blew (AUS), Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo (DEN) and FINA Vice President and Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger (USA) - led the four-day event, which was organised in cooperation with the Japan Swimming Federation.
Since the first time the Seminar was inaugurated in 1994, only officials appearing on FINA Swimming Officials Lists were invited to take part in the event. Consequently, each edition is always high level. The discussion groups were again an excellent way to share knowledge amongst the participants. The Technical Swimming Committee received fruitful proposals from the participants related to rule proposals for the next Technical Swimming Congress to be held in Barcelona (ESP) in 2013.
Greece crushes Brazil, Netherlands and Canada to a tie
Trieste (April 16) - The Netherlands and Canada put on stage a highly balanced game, with the two teams alternating in the lead, tying frequently in between. The outcome could be only tie. So it was, with the team on 11-11 at the end. All satisfied in view of the decisive matches on Friday in the quarter-finals.
In the first half of the game the team coached by Oaten had the edge but in the third period Maugeri’s girls reacted and the teams went into the final quarter on a tie (7-7). The last period was also a tie (4-4). Mieke Cabout top scored the game with 4 goals. Yesterday’s top scorers Van Belkum (NED) and Robinson (CAN) rested on the bench for the major part of the game. Dutch Coach Mauro Maugeri said: “I’m proud of my players; on average they are very young; tying with Canada leaves us satisfied although we could also have won”.
Canada and the Netherlands make good start
Trieste (April 15) - On the first day only two games from Group B were played. The outcome of both was widely predictable, with Canada and the Netherlands easily prevailing over Kazakhstan and Brazil, respectively. A sober opening ceremony took place half an hour before the beginning of the first match in the beautiful complex “Bruno Bianchi”.
FINA Bureau member and Water Polo Technical Committee Liaison Dimitris Diathesopoulos delivered the inaugural speech. He also brought the salute of the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione to participants, organisers, public and media. Gianni Lonzi, Chairman of FINA TWPC, supervised all operations to make sure that the tournament develops under the best possible conditions.
10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar to begin in Tokyo (JPN)
The 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar will welcome 111 participants from 58 member federations in Tokyo (JPN) from April 12-15, 2012. The Members of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee, Chairman Carol Zaleski (USA), Vice Chairman Don Blew (AUS), Honorary Secretary Soren Korbo (DEN) and FINA Vice President and Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger (USA), will be leading the four-day event, which is organised in cooperation with the Japan Swimming Federation.
The Seminar's main objective is to provide a meeting opportunity for Swimming Officials from around the world to exchange knowledge and strengthen expertise in respect of both FINA Swimming Rules and practice at international competitions. The Seminar promises to be highly interactive with small groups discussions planned every day. A special session will be organised for those officiating at the 2012 London Olympic Games on the last day.
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