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Ryan Lochte (USA) sets first WR (200m IM) in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

On day 3 at the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), the first World Record was established by Ryan Lochte (USA) in the men’s 200m individual medley tonight. The swimming star touched first in 1:49.63, becoming the first to complete the distance in less than 1:50 minutes. The day was also highlighted by four Championships Records: two set by Nicholas Santos (BRA) in the heats (22.40, equalled) and the semis (22.23) of the men’s 50m butterfly: one from Daniel Gyurta (HUN), who brilliantly won the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:01.35, and a fourth set by teammate Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 100m IM (58.49).

With so many successes, Hungary is presently second in the championships’ medal table, totalling seven medals (three gold, one silver and three bronze). Team USA dominates the chart with a total 17 awards (7, 4, 6) – besides Lochte’s gold, USA earned three silver and two bronze medals throughout the evening’s session.

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Meilutyte (LTU) and Le Clos (RSA) shine on day 2

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) were the “most valuable swimmers” of the second day of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Istanbul. In the women’s 50m breaststroke, the Lithuanian revelation of 2012 (she won the Olympic title in the 100m breaststroke) got the gold in a new Championships Record of 29.44, after having improved the mark in the heats (29.56) and semis (29.51). In the men’s 100m butterfly, Le Clos (winner of the Olympic 200m butterfly) also swam fast, clocking a new event’s best mark in 48.82.

The rest of the session was marked by three more gold medals for the U.S. team – thanks to the men's quartet in the 4x200m free relay, Olivia Smoliga (a surprising winner in the 100m back) and Matt Grevers (who narrowly defeated Russian Stanislav Donets in the men’s 100m back). Japan's Daiya Seto confirmed an excellent 2012 season with a sub-4 minute triumph in the men’s 400m IM while Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) also confirmed his credentials in the 100m breaststroke. In the longest duel of the day, Lauren Boyle (NZL) beat Lotte Friis (DEN) for the title in the women’s 800m free.

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USA wins three gold on opening night in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

The 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) have started in Istanbul (TUR) under the domination of USA, who won three out of the five gold medals at stake in the inaugural day. Ryan Lochte was the best in the men’s 200m free and also gave his precious contribution to the triumph of his team in the 4x100m free relay. In the last event of the evening, the United States repeated the 2004 success in the women’s 4x200m free. The other individual winners of the day were Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in the women’s 200m butterfly and Hannah Miley (GBR) in the 400m IM.

The initial day in the Turkish metropolis was also marked by five Championships Records: in the morning, the 2012 Olympic revelation Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) clocked 29.56 in the heats of the women’s 50m breaststroke, a time she improved in the semis of the event (29.51). The triumph of Hosszu and Miley was also accompanied by a new best mark of the competition - 2:02.20 and 4:23.14, respectively. Finally, and despite a Championships Record of 45.52 in the first leg of the men’s 4x100m free, set by Vladimir Morozov, Russia only finished fourth in the event.

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Opening Ceremony highlights Turkish traditions

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

With the presence of the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Suat Kilic, the Opening Ceremony of the Championships displayed some of the history of the country, its main attractions and traditions, and was certainly inspirational for all the participants in the competition.

In his opening speech, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione underlined the great attendance in Istanbul: “These World Championships are highlighted by a new record of participation, with 162 nations and nearly 1000 athletes present, a figure that demonstrates the value and importance of FINA around the world and the attractiveness of Istanbul, an exciting, beautiful and friendly metropolis between two continents”, he considered.


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17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress starts in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Julio Maglione opeing the CongressThe 17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress was officially opened by FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione today in Istanbul (TUR), two days before the start of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in the Turkish metropolis. The two-day Congress, under the general theme “Enhancing Performance – The Healthy Aquatic Athlete”, gathers many experts in the area of sports medicine and is attended by more than 120 delegates from the five continents.

Numerous topics in this area will be discussed, including the ethical use of drugs in sport, prevention of injuries in aquatic athletes, the role of the coaches and team physicians and the needs of competitors, dietary challenges, periodical health evaluation, analysis of different problems in each of the aquatic disciplines, biological passport, training at altitude, or mental health issues.

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Perth 2012, Day 9 (Men): Italy world champion after rugged gold-medal final

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Winning ITA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 9, 2012 PERTH - Italy beat Hungary 10-8 in a spiteful men’s gold-medal match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. The game erupted into minor violence with 39 major fouls awarded and depleted benches at either end of the pool. About 1200 people witnessed excitement beyond their dreams and stayed for the medal ceremonies and watch the Italian men’s team jump into the water with their track tops and medals around their necks.

Serbia came from behind with two big Ognjen Stojanovic shots to defeat pre-tournament favourite Croatia 8-7 for the bronze medal. In the clash for fifth and sixth, Greece emerged, as expected, with an untroubled 14-5 decision over Romania. The Romanians had just played two hard matches in a row and could not produce anything of note in the second half where Greece led 7-4. Australia proved to be the best team outside Europe, leading 3-0 against the United States of America, winning 5-4 after needing two go-ahead goals in fourth quarter of the classification for seventh. It was Australia’s fifth win of a hectic week.

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Perth 2012, Day 8 (Women): Greece youngsters join Greece women on top of the world

World Youth Water Polo Championships

HUN vs GRE - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 9, 2012 PERTH - Greece’s youngsters played like true champions as they tore the heart out of their Hungarian rivals with a spell-binding 9-5 women’s gold-medal victory on Sunday, played in front of 1100 fans. It was the culmination of the women’s programme at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Competing in a pool that has seen its fair share of FINA water polo medals awarded, the Greeks were forceful in all facets of the game and were not backward in coming forward when it came to taking lower-percentage shots at goal. Some came off, others didn’t.

Russia took home the bronze medal with a come-from-behind victory over United States of America. Russia won this age group world championship in 2009 and impressed here but has to settle for bronze. The matches were played between the men’s bronze-medal and gold-medal matches in the main pool. Russia’s Elvina Karimova was named most valuable player and Greece’s Chrysoula Diamantopoulou the best goalkeeper.

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Perth 2012, Day 8 (Men): Hungary men emulate women in reaching gold-medal final

World Youth Water Polo Championships

CRO vs ITA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 8, 2012 PERTH - Hungary will face Italy in Sunday’s men’s gold-medal final at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Hungary played like champions in getting by far the better of Serbia 9-8, which was more flattering for Serbia. Serbia struggled early and never managed to get on top of Hungary, only once drawing level (4-4). For Hungary it means both its teams will contest the gold-medal finals.

Italy led from the front, stamping authority on the game with a 3-0 start that mesmerised the Croatians and saw them forever playing catch up. Catch up Croatia did but Italy slipped away for victory, setting up an enticing clash Hungary and relegating Croatia to a battle with old foes Serbia. Greece needed extra time to slip into Sunday’s 5th-6th classification match drawing 9-9 draw with Australia and then scoring the winner in the first period of extra time for 10-9. Greece led most of the time but Australia went 9-8 ahead with three minutes remaining and Greece netted the equaliser just inside the final minute.

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Perth 2012, Day 7 (Women): Canada and Australia win classification matches

World Youth Water Polo Championships

AUS vs BRA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 8, 2012 PERTH - Canada withstood a late New Zealand charge to finish fifth on day 8 of the women’s FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Saturday. There were only two matches played under the burning Perth sun and in the second match Canada, who led 8-3 near the end of the second quarter, won 12-11.

In the play-off for seventh place, Australia downed Brazil 10-6, even though its star shooter Maddison Schmid was eliminated from the match for simulation in the third quarter. Hungary will take on Greece in the women’s gold-medal final on Sunday afternoon, preceded by the bronze-medal match between Russia and United States of America.

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Perth 2012, Day 7 (Men): Croatia-Italy and Serbia-Hungary for men’s semifinals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

ITA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 7, 2012 PERTH - Croatia, Serbia, Italy and Hungary have progressed through the second round to the quarterfinals of men’s competition at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Hungary will clash with Serbia in the first medal semifinal on Saturday evening and Croatia will follow up against Italy. Croatia stamped its authority and claim to the title (it won this age group in Sibenik, Croatia in 2009 when the FINA junior championships) with a withering 17-7 dismantling of the United States of America. Serbia withstood a legitimate claim to the throne from Greece, winning 9-8 by breaking the deadlock with 87 seconds left on the clock. Hungary put paid to any hopes the host nation, Australia, had of making the medal round, winning 14-7. Italy was expected to beat Romania, but needed a last-minute goal for a 6-3 margin that did not reflect its true ability.

In the round 9-12 semifinals, Brazil had the better of Iran in a high-scoring affair, winning 21-14 while New Zealand drew away from Canada 14-11. In the round 13-19 quarterfinals, Trinidad & Tobago scored its first win on the world stage with a 13-8 margin over Peru; Egypt beat Colombia 10-6 and Uzbekistan surpassed Kazakhstan 9-7. There is no fourth game because of the pre-tournament withdrawal of Spain. This evening, on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9, all games played at the indoor pool will be streamed live on FINAtv.

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