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.
DWS 2013, Beijing: Chinese divers sweep synchro events on day 1
Beijing, CHINA - Spearheaded by Olympic champions Minxia Wu, Ruolin Chen, Kai Qin and Chong He and some fresh faces of the traditional diving powerhouse, China's divers swept the four synchronised diving events on day 1 of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series at Beijing's Water Cube on March 15, 2013.
With a record of six Olympic diving medals, Wu, who partnered with Olympic champion Zi He in synchro events, now combines with 1m springboard World champion Tingmao Shi. And it proved to be a winning combination for the Chinese as they claimed victory with a margin of 30.81 points ahead of silver medallists Alicia Blagg/Rebecca Gallantree of Britain, who totalled 305.79 points. The bronze went to Ukrainians Olena Fedorova/Anna Pysmenska with 305.79 points.
Doha 2014 is progressing well
A FINA delegation, led by Executive Director Cornel Marculescu was in Doha (QAT) on March 5-6, 2013 for a two-day visit within the frame of the preparation of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) to be held in this vibrant middle-east city on December 3-7, 2014.
At the conclusion of the meeting, a Press Conference updated the local media on the status of the organisation. Mr Marculescu expressed FINA’s satisfaction on the advancement of the operations:
MSWC 2013: Reichert (GER) and Cunha (BRA) in top shape in Eilat (ISR)
65 swimmers plunged into the crystal waters of Eilat for the third stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013. The city of Eilat hosted this Olympic swimming event for the second year in a row. 16 countries participated in this competition while enjoying the ideal conditions of 28 degrees Celsius with a water temperature of 21 degrees.
A surprising victory was set by Christian Reichert who beat his fellow rival from the German team, World champion Thomas Lurz: "I didn't feel threatened by anyone and I didn't look back. I was focused on winning every meter of this race."
Water Polo draws allow great promotion of Barcelona 2013
The water polo teams participating in the 15th FINA World Championships, to be held from July 19-August 4, 2013 in Barcelona (ESP) know already their opponents in the preliminary round of both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The draw for the competition took today place in the studios of TVE (the host broadcaster of the championships) in Sant Cugat (near the Catalan capital) and was broadcasted live in all the Spanish territory. The normally not-so interesting ceremony was this time an excellent opportunity to promote the championships and to give an appetizer to all those that intend to watch FINA’s major competition, either on site or in the TV screen.
Besides the draw (results can be found here), the one-hour ceremony presented all the six FINA disciplines included in the programme – for the first in Barcelona, High Diving (27m for men and 20m for women) will be part of the World Championships celebration – and interviewed many of the Spanish stars that are actively preparing for the event.
Mayor of Barcelona receives the FINA Family
In the spectacular scenario of the Albeniz Palace, the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias received the FINA Bureau members on February 22 and transmitted them his conviction on a great competition next July, with the occasion of the 15th FINA World Championships.“The city of Barcelona looks forward to receiving the best aquatic athletes of the world. These Championships is certainly a great investment for our city, but will bring long-lasting effects to Barcelona. I just recall the urban metamorphosis generated by the staging of the 1992 Olympic Games in the city”, considered Xavier Trias, who was accompanied by Maite Fandos, co-president of the Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships Organising Committee and responsible for Sport in the City Municipality.
FINA President Maglione: “We all feel at home in Barcelona!”
Before the two-day meeting of the FINA Bureau in Barcelona (ESP), on February 22-23, the FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione met the media in the Catalan capital to share his view of the present status of preparation of the 15th FINA World Championships, taking place from July 19 to August 4. Accompanied by Maite Fandos, co-president of the Organising Committee and responsible for Sport in the Barcelona municipality, and by Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director, the FINA President expressed his optimism: “Everything is running in accordance with the timeline. We are very happy to be back in Barcelona, a city that organised a memorable edition of the Olympic Games in 1992 and an outstanding edition of our World Championships, precisely 10 years ago, in 2003”.
Highlighting the quality and excellence of all the competition venues, Dr. Maglione also underlined the natural characteristics of the city: “People are very friendly, Barcelona is quite an exciting city, with excellent cuisine and many interesting places to visit. We all feel at home in Barcelona!”
DGP 2013, Madrid day 3: Prokopchuk (UKR) prevents complete Chinese sweep
MADRID, Spain - China confirmed their dominance by winning the two men's synchronised events, the 3m springboard and platform, on the final day of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013 in Madrid. Chao He / Shixin Li were the best in the springboard, finishing with 419.79 points. Ukrainian pair Oleksandr Gorshkovozov / Oleg Kolodiy took silver with 372.33 points while Mexicans Jonathan Ruvalcaba / Carlos Moreno completed the podium with 371.01 points.
Ukraine's Iulia Prokopchuk captured the gold in the women's 10m platform with 342.80 points, besting by a few points China's Yajie Si (339.70). Russian Ekaterina Petukhova claimed the bronze with 300.65 points.
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