London 2012, Day 1: Qin Kai/Luo Yutong (CHN) win 3m synchro

London 2012 Diving

The newly built Olympic Aquatics Centre provided the backdrop to spectacular performances on the first day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London. According to ex-Russian and now Great Britain national coach Alexey Evangulov, the pool is ready since November but none of the British divers had a possibility to practice here till February. The host team entered the pool just two days before the competition – like all other World Cup participants.

Let's remind that the other four places are reserved already by the host country (Great Britain) and the three medallist teams from the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (China, Russia and Mexico). So there are two important stages in this event: first, to join the final group of 12 participants, and second, to get the ticket to the Olympics.

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Brazil announces team for South American Championships

Federations News

The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA) will send a 28-strong team to the South American Championships taking place from March 14-18, 2012 in Belem (BRA). Check out the official team below.

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FINA in Russia to discuss 2012 Aquatics Convention and 2015 World Championships


A FINA delegation was this week in Moscow (RUS) from February 13-15, 2012 to discuss with the local authorities the preparation of the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in the Russian capital and the 16th FINA World Championships, taking place in July 2015 in Kazan. The FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had meetings namely with Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and with Vladimir Salnikov, Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation.

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Japan's Water Polo teams place third and miss Olympic target

Federations News

Despite the hard-fought games, Japan's national women’s and men’s Water Polo teams lost their hope to go to the London Olympic Games this summer. Both teams took third at the Asian Water Polo Championships taking place at the Shin-Narashino International Swimming Center in Chiba-ken (JPN) from January 24-27, an event that served as Continental Water Polo Qualification Tournament for London.

China, first among women and Kazakhstan, triumphant among men, both get to compete at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments in Trieste (ITA) and Edmonton (CAN) respectively, to be held in April.

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FINA mourns Mr. Klaas van de Pol (NED)

FINA Family

Klass van de Pol (NED)FINA announces with great sadness the loss of its Honorary Member Klaas van de Pol (NED), who passed away on January 23, 2012 at the age of 87.

Mr. Van de Pol had been FINA Honorary Treasurer from 1980 to 1992, becoming a Honorary Member since 1996. A very respected aquatic leader in his home country, The Netherlands, Mr. Van de Pol was essential in the promotion of women’s water polo worldwide and has also played an important role in the development of the early stages of marketing applied to Aquatics. For his outstanding contribution to our International Federation, he was awarded the FINA Gold Pin in 1988.

To his family, friends, and to the entire aquatic community in The Netherlands, FINA addresses its sincere condolences. 

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Busy 2012 schedule for Japan

Federations News

Top Japanese swimmers Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Irie, Aya Terakawa, Shiho Sakai, Haruka Ueda are gearing up for the London Olympics with the goal to win five medals, including one gold at least.
They underwent a tough training camp during the Christmas holidays, getting in shape for the upcoming Olympic trial to be held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center from April 2-8, 2012.

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Trinidad & Tobago: The road to London

Federations News

The recently held ASATT Invitational which concluded on December 19, 2011 gave a few swimmers another springboard in their preparations for qualification in the London Olympics. This meet was sanctioned by FINA and allowed for official qualification if certain times were met. For the most part swimmers came just a bit closer to realizing their goals.

Joshua Romany, Dylan Carter, Joshua McLeod, Abraham McLeod and Sharntelle Mc Lean all made their mark and signaled their intent for London. Not participating but present on the final day of competition was Kimberlee John Williams who also indicated her desire to qualify for the Olympics. There are commonalities among all these athletes other than the obvious – key is the mindset and determination to succeed. A variable is the pathway to preparation.

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Brazilians swam 23 blistering marks in 2011

Federations News

The Brazilian swimmers conclude 2011 with 23 brilliant times. In all, 14 athletes and one relay team clocked times that would qualify them for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the last event of 2011, an additional five swimmers got the marks: Graciele Herrmann in the 50 free, Joanna Maranhao in the 400 medley, Henrique Barbosa in the 100 and 200 breast, Joao Luiz Junior in the 100 breast and Nicolas Oliveira in the 100 free. In open water swimming, Brazilian star Poliana Okimoto has qualified to dispute the marathon swimming race in London too.

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Sport Science Video Analysis Positions - London Aquatics Centre

London 2012 Highlights

Please find below information for NOC’s relating to the Sport Science Video Analysis (VA) positions available at the Aquatics Centre during the London Olympic Games 2012:

We have a limited number of VA positions available in the level 1 seating stand. 
•  VA positions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
•  A maximum of one (1) position will be allocated per NOC.
•  The VA positions are free of charge to NOC’s (unless an additional optional service is requested below).

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Beijing 2011, Day 3: Spain retains title, Russia ends at podium's door

Synchro World Trophy

Host China finished third - credit: Fei MaohuaSpain's stunning performance by the music "Stairways to Heaven", a routine they have been presenting since the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, definitely stole the show on the final day of the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy where the last event, Free Combination, was contested at Beijing's Water Cube. Canada finished second while China claimed third spot, ahead of the Russian team.

The last and longest event of the competition is the only one to be performed under the same FINA Rules that usually apply in other competitions. As a result, no accessories or additional equipment is permitted in the routine.

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