Montreal 2014, Synchro: "sport for life" is the motto!
More than 480 synchro swimmers performed in Montreal in one or more of the four events on the programme - Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination - held from July 28 to August 2, 2014. If the team and free combination often generate the most "wows" thanks to sky-high jumps and original lifts, the solo is a particular event, where the athlete drives the audience in a world of her own.
On Saturday August 2, swimmers aged 25 to more than 80 years old shined in the solo free routine. On that sunny afternoon, the last performer of the day was Kanako Kitao of Japan, 2004 Olympic silver medallist in the team event in Athens. The 28-year-old stunned the judges and audience alike when she appeared on the pool deck with her hair loose and thin braids. The long, dark hair clearly added to the dramatic dimension of her magnificent routine. The audience was blown away, completely mesmerised by Kitao's unique performance.
Kazan 2014: Athletes enjoy the venue
In Barcelona, the beautiful scenario in the Montjuic Municipal Pool had been the stage of the lucky draw for the first ever High Diving competition under FINA auspices, at the 2013 FINA World Championships. In Kazan, Russia, the 34 divers participating at the inaugural FINA High Diving World Cup on August 8-10, 2014 got a hold of the Russian tradition by opening the small “matryoshka” dolls with a number inside, defining their appearance order in the competition. After the technical meeting following the second day of training, athletes strongly applauded the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu when he confessed that our International Federation will naturally consider the inclusion of the discipline in the Olympic programme.
Under very hot conditions, but blessed by some wind, 25 men and 9 women tested the conditions in the Kazanka River, where a double structure was built: one comprising the platforms for the competition, and, facing it, a TV tower. The three-day competition will be broadcasted live in Russia and the signal will reach over 70 territories worldwide. On the background of the diving structure, the beautiful and emblematic Kremlin of Kazan, the most recognisable monument of the Tatar capital, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Kazan 2014: Live the competition with Orlando Duque!
Second day of training for the divers and the conditions were perfect.
In the morning, we had the opportunity to practice from lower heights at the pool where the FINA Diving World Championships is going to be held in 2015 and the energy inside there was fantastic.
Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 5: Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia and Russia reach quarter finals
Four teams have already booked their places in the quarter finals as they finished first in their respective groups at the 2nd FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Spain couldn’t better their goal difference enough to pass Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro both finished with a clean sheet winning 4 out of 4 in the prelims and the unbeaten Russians reached the best eight on the express lane.
Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 4: Serbia upend Croatia, Hungary force last-grasp tie against Spain
In the two big games of Day 4 of the FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Serbia won a thrilling match against Croatia by scoring the last two goals of the match after 9-9. Hungary broke an almost 19-minute silence and scored twice in the last minute against Spain to force a draw.
And finally, the match featuring Brazil and Turkey brought a 35-goal epic: the hosts won 16-19, making history as the clash saw the most goals ever scored in a single game in regular time in the junior Worlds’ history!
Montreal 2014: 1996 Olympic champion Claudia Poll still looking strong
Costa Rican swimmer Claudia Poll is one of the few Olympic champions to have made the trip to Montreal for the 15th FINA World Masters Championships. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Poll won the country's only gold medal, in the 200m freestyle. Two years later in Perth, she was crowned World champion in the same event. She has tallied a total three Olympic and four World championships medals.
At 42, the standout, 1m91-tall swimmer is still an ever-looming threat in the distance freestyle and IM events. The Olympian and multiple national record holder is attending her third straight Masters Worlds. In Gothenburg, Sweden in 2010, she finished first in the 200m IM and second in the 200m freestyle, and picked up another silver in the 200m IM in Riccione, Italy in 2012.
Montreal 2014: Gold rush for France's swimmer Nicolas Granger
Since his first participation at FINA World Masters Championships exactly 20 years ago, in Montreal in 1994, Frenchman Nicolas Granger had but one idea in mind: to come back. The 47-year-old Masters swimmer, who has broken a total 21 World records, pocketed two titles today, August 4, at the Parc Jean-Drapeau pool, the 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, and is clearly on track for more medals this week.
You can tell from the first look that Granger is no stranger to racing. In the line-up for the 100m breaststroke, the man stayed focused despite the surrounding hurly-burly, relaxing his long arms, his mind set on a clear goal: win this race. And so he made it happen, obliterating the field to post a remarkable 1:06.66, rattling Vladimir Pylypchenko's world record of 1:06.35, and claiming his 21st Masters world title to date.
Final countdown in Kazan (RUS)
Things are getting ready in Kazan (RUS) to welcome the participants for the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, taking place on August 8-10, 2014.
One year after the successful staging of this new FINA discipline at the World Championships in Barcelona (ESP), a temporary tower is near completion on the Kazanka River, which will be used for the 2015 FINA World Championships in the capital of Tatarstan, as well.
Masters Worlds gather a record 97 countries!
More than 3'000 athletes, coaches, officials and FINA family representatives gathered to the 1976 Olympic Park in Montreal, Canada for the opening ceremony of the 15th and last stand-alone FINA World Masters Championships on August 2, 2014 for a memorable celebration of the Masters movement.
While Swimming events start today, August 3 at the Parc Jean-Drapeau, this edition proves already a success, with a record 97 member federation taking part in the 14-day event!
Helsinki 2014: Japan breaks Russia’s dominance in Combination final
Japan broke Russia’s dominance sweeping all four gold medals three times consecutively at the FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships in Helsinki. The ten-member Japan team won the spectacular and lively free combination final, full of youthful joy, scoring 90.4 points as the last team out. The Russians, who had performed just before stayed on 90.3 points - the deciding margin a mere 0.1 points.
There were a lot of Japanese tears and laughs to be seen around the podium and a triumphal piece of collective joy as the girls grabbed head coach Risako Takita below the podium and threw her in the pool.
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