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Helsinki 2014: Japanese duo close to upend top favourite Russia

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Russian duet in action: Anastasia and Daria Bayandina - credit: Kari PajunenPerennial favourite Russia added two more to its multitude of titles in juniors’ synchro swimming (15 to 18 years), but it won Saturday’s first event at the 14th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland, the duet only with a very slight margin ahead of Japan. Two 17-year-old twins from Moscow, Anastasia and Daria Bayandina edged out Japan’s duo of Kano Omata and Asuka Tasaki by a hair’s breadth, 0.13 points.

Russia later took the team event title with the Bayandina sisters picking up a second gold medal for the day, while Omata and Tasaki added silvers of their own.

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MSWC 2014: Meyer (USA) and Cunha (BRA) dominate Magog race

10km Marathon Swimming World Cup

Alex Meyer (USA) - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINAAlex Meyer (USA), 2010 world champion in the 25km event, won a hard-fought race in Lac Magog, Canada on August 1, the fifth stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014.

In the last meters, a strong pack of more than a dozen swimmers was heading for the finish line. 18 out of 25 swimmers touched home within the same minute. A photo finish decided the winner and it was Meyer, who edged German veteran Thomas Lurz by 27 hundredths of a second, clocking 1h55m10s63. Brazil's Allan do Carmo took third in 1h55m12s94.


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Heading to Kazan: a closer look at DDs

High Diving World Cup

Kris Polanus (POL) at the FINA World Championships 2013 in Barcelona - credit: deepbluemedia.photoshelter.comWith the development of high diving, FINA officially adopted at the beginning of 2014 the list of Degrees of Difficulty (DD) for this discipline. As in pool diving, it establishes all the possible combinations from the 27m board for men and 20m for women. To each kind of dive and position a DD is given and this coefficient will then be taken into account when calculating the scores of the divers. Going through the list, it is easy to understand the wider variety of combinations that high diving allows compared with pool diving, where a DD over 4.0 is already considered of extreme difficulty.

In high diving, things start to be complicated with a Degree of Difficulty over 6.0, with a theoretical maximum at 7.0 for a reverse 5 somersaults, piked. Taking into account that a high dive takes many months to prepare and stabilise, the strategy behind the choices of DD (as in pool diving) remains at the heart of the performance’s success.

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Montreal 2014, Synchro: Olympian Paola Tirados makes joyful debut at Masters

Masters

Paola Tirados from Spain & her coach Mayuko Fujiki from Japan - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINASix years ago, she was claiming Spain's first Olympic silverware at the Beijing Games in the team event. Today, world-class synchro swimmer Paola Tirados also climbed the podium for a second-place finish in the solo at the 15th FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal, Canada, and that medal tasted no less sweeter.

The three-time Olympian from 2000, 2004 and 2008, whose remarkable tally include nine world medals (six silver and 3 bronze), retired in 2009, before the FINA World Championships in Rome, and never dipped a toe in a pool again... until three weeks ago.

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Gary Hunt (GBR): The ‘wow’ man

High Diving World Cup

Gary Hunt (GBR) - credit: deepbluemedia.photoshelter.comAs a starting point, he followed the customary route: a successful pool diver wanting new sensations and driven by different challenges. But then, having arrived at the peak of his talent in High Diving, he didn’t follow the group. He tends to be original, he constantly conquers new boundaries, he defies gravity with new combinations, he sets new standards. His name says it all: Hunt, Gary Hunt.

He chases perfection, he neutralises his opponents. Only one man escaped him [World champion Orlando Duque from Colombia], at the 2013 FINA World Championships, but the 30-year-old Englishman is determined to be the world number one.

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FINA and Doha 2014 organise first Youth Programme

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Young swimmers at the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships - credit: deepbluemedia.photoshelter.comFINA together with the Organising Committee of Doha 2014 will organise the first Youth Training Programme, taking place on December 3-7, 2014 during the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

The objective is to give an opportunity to standout swimmers from each FINA National Federation to experience the World Championships and get inspiration from top athletes in the sport. About 350 swimmers, aged 14 to 16 years old, will be taking part in the programme at Doha's Hamad Aquatic Centre in the Aspire Zone.

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Montreal ready to host Aquatics biggest ‘family party’

Masters

On July 27, Montreal, Canada will stage the 15th FINA World Masters Championships, the last stand-alone edition of the event. The picturesque city, which already hosted the championships exactly 20 years ago, will welcome a total 7’794 participants, representing 101 nations, for the 12-day colourful bash.

The Parc Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex on St. Helene island, regarded as the fastest pool in Canada, will be the main venue of the competition. This is where the 1976 Summer Olympics were held and quite likely, this year's championships may include medallists from those Games.

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Kazan 2015 celebrates one year to go to World Championships!

Kazan 2015

A gigantic newspaper dedicated to the 2015 FINA World Championships was opened on July 24, one year before the start of the event, in the square near the Kazan Family Centre. The project is designed to raise Kazan citizens’ awareness of the upcoming World Championships and to help them unveil some interesting facts about aquatics and legendary figures engaged in water sports. The grand opening of this unique piece of street art was attended by Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin.

“Just a year ago, it would seem, only a short time ago, we hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade. For the first time ever we welcomed so many guests, we staged a major international event and we raised the bar on how to hold a Universiade. And today, one year before the FINA World Championships, I want to congratulate all of us – the great team led by our President, the residents of the republic and the city, the Directorate for Sports Projects – on a big day. We have a whole year of work ahead of us. We want Kazan to give the best welcome to our guests,” said Ilsur Metshin.

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FINA President meets Hungarian Prime Minister, ahead of Budapest 2021

Highlight

FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu spent two days in Budapest and met with the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban to discuss the preparations for the 2021 FINA World Championships.

Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary received FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in the company of FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, 2021 LOC President Lajos Kosa and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas in the Parliament to overview the preparation process for the 2021 FINA World Championships and for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. The meeting took place almost exactly a year after the FINA Bureau voted for Budapest as the host of these events.

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Shanghai, Day 6: China's Yang Jian stuns favourite Qiu Bo in men's 10m

Diving World Cup

China's rookie Yang Jian made a strong impression in the men's 10m platform final as he lifted his first international title, concluding a brilliant six-day competition for the Chinese host with a golden sweep of all nine titles on offer.

20-year-old Yang showed his talent performing dives of a high degree of difficulty by collecting 102.60 points for his dive (207B) and another 102.50 following his 109B. Yang won the event with a total 543.85, beating current world champion Qiu Bo, second with 528.50, and Ivan Garcia of Mexico, third with 504.90. Thomas Daley of Great Britain finished fourth with 470.35.

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