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Mexico 2012, Day 3: China takes home 1st Synchro World Trophy title

Synchro World Trophy

Chinese Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 2, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The Free combination routine concluded the seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico. Dynamic and versatile, the Free combination features all the possibilities of this artistic discipline - solo, duet, trio and teams – in a single routine and China took again the spotlight on the last day, winning the overall competition with 384.625 points. Japan (379.450 points) and Ukraine (378.775 points) completed the podium, second and third respectively. The podium was the same in the Free combination routine.

China entered in this competition showing strength and confirming their intention to reach the top of the synchro world hierarchy. The Chinese girls delivered a vibrant routine wearing red swimsuits, the colour of the country, with an original choreography, marked by perfect body balance and height of figures.

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Perth 2012, Day 2 (Men): Perpetual scorer Rustamov tallies 15 goals for Uzbekistan

World Youth Water Polo Championships

UZB vs TRIDecember 2, 2012 PERTH - For a team to score 15 goals in a match is a good result, although Uzbek Kirill Rustamov scored that number on his own as his Uzbekistan team beat Trinidad & Tobago 19-16 in a Group C game at the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at the Challenge Stadium. Rustamov scored six goals in each of the middle two quarters and finished with two in the final period to go with his meager first-quarter strike. He scored them from everywhere, but particularly deadly from outside. He also showed his prowess in the centre-forward position.

He will be a marked man in upcoming encounters but said after the match: “It was very, very hard because we came just yesterday and had 32 hours with no sleep. We had just one training session, so it’s been very hard.” What did he think of his 15 goals? “It’s good but we are a good side with lots of good players and a good future.”

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Perth 2012, Day 1 (Women): Greece shoots four in the final quarter to down Russia by two

World Youth Water Polo Championships

GRE vs RUSDecember 2, 2012 PERTH - Greece stamped itself as a medal contender with a gutsy 11-9 final-quarter comeback win over Russia on the opening day of the women’s competition at the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. After a drawn first half, Greece shot to a two-goal lead only to see Russia overtake and itself have a two-goal margin by three-quarter time. Then Greece stood up and took control of the game, blasting in four unanswered goals for the cherished victory, which could mean Group D dominance.

South Africa broke a 2-1 deadlock from the first to the third quarter to beat neighbour Zimbabwe 9-1. It was Zimbabwe’s debut at this level as well. Australia sent a strong message to the other contenders with a 22-2 win over Czech Republic in one of the feature night matches indoors before an estimated 500 people. Uzbekistan and Indonesia battled hard in the other Group A encounter with the latter claiming the two points with an 8-6 margin. It was Indonesia’s baptism of fire at FINA level. Another to face the music on the first day for the first time diminutive India, losing 34-0 to the mighty United States of America in Group C. Hungary and Italy went at it hammer and tongs before Hungary triumphed 7-4 in the other Group C match.

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Mexico 2012, Day 2: China wins Thematic team, Japan and Ukraine also on podium

Synchro World Trophy

China's Thematic Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 1, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The softness of Chinese folk songs and the energy of the samurai highlighted the second day of the 7th FINA Synchro World Trophy, marked by very creative routines. On day 2, the Chinese team received again very high scores for their near-perfect performance. The team (Or Liu, Xi Luo, Xuechen Huang, Wu Ywen, Jiachen Fan, Lele Yu Xiaoujun chen, Wenyan One, Si Chang and Li Guo) totalled a winning score of 96.338.

The Chinese swimmers transformed the pool into a dance floor, thrilling both the judges and audience with the mega hit song "Gagnam Style". The Japanese filled the pool with mystery when they climbed on the deck dressed as samurai using features such as dry ice.


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Perth 2012, Day 1 (Men): Croatia upstages Australia on opening day of World Youth Championships

World Youth Water Polo Championships

CRO vs AUSDecember 1, 2012 PERTH - Class play from some of the best 18 and under men’s water polo teams in the world was on display at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Saturday. It was the opening day of what is billed as the 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships and the young men started the tournament with women following on Sunday.

It is the second time this age group has contested world championships following the 2009 events in Croatia and Russia and won by the host nations in what were declared as World Junior Championships, due to an age group change. These championships continue the long tradition of Challenge Stadium hosting FINA events with the FINA Championships of 1991 and 1998 paramount. It has also hosted two junior women’s world championships (2001 and 2005), a women’s World Cup (2003), the FINA Masters’ Worlds (2008) and the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament for men in 1988 soon after the venue opened.

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Mexico 2012, Day 1: China dominates in Synchro highlight and Thematic duet

Synchro World Trophy

Canada's Highlight Routine - credit: Giorgio ScalaNovember 30, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy started with all the energy and "plasticity" of the Synchro highlight routines and thematic duets. All participating countries - Russia, China, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Ukraine - will present at the Mexican Olympic Sports Centre pool a show that keeps getting more and more spectacular since the competition was firstly launched in 2006. More specifically, the use of accessories is allowed and time on deck can exceed 10 seconds. All of these aspects without sacrificing the technique of the sport.

Asia dominated the first event of the competition, the Synchro Highlight routine, with China (95.788 points) and Japan (95.238 points) finishing on top, showing very different styles. While the Chinese chose to use at the same time delicacy and vigor in their birds-themed routine, the Japanese used several accessories and their theatrical skills in a daring choreography that featured an armed dispute by power. Both teams displayed creativity and a high degree of difficulty in their routine.

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34 teams gather for 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Most of the 34 teams have arrived in Perth for the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships. These championships are for the best 18 and under players in the world and it is the second time this age group has been staged — the first boys’ and girls’ championships with Croatia boys winning in Sibenik, Croatia and Russia girls winning in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia — both in 2009.

This is the first time that a junior water polo event has seen both gender categories playing at the same venue at the same time. We will wade through 118 matches in 10 days with some days throwing up 16 matches, keeping athletes and officials busy.

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TV broadcasters of 2013 FINA World Championships visit competition venues

BCN2013 - General

November 22, 2012 Barcelona. Event organisers of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona next year welcomed the delegates from various national and international TV stations to the World Broadcasting Meeting (WBM). The TV representatives that have the broadcasting rights for next year’s major sporting event visited the competition venues at the Palau Sant Jordi.

The TV delegates participating at the WBM have visited four competition venues: Moll de la Fusta (open water swimming and high diving), Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (diving), Piscinas Picornell (water polo) and Palau Sant Jordi (swimming, synchronised swimming and the finals of the water polo tournaments). The event is the first big meeting organised ahead of the World Championships.

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1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic, what a success!

Gold Medal Clinic

The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully with more than 200 swimming coaches from a hundred nations. The golden opportunity to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge with top-level coaches from swimming powerhouses like USA, Australia or China was praised by many participants.

The coaches attending the clinic were offered a wide range of visions of coaching, practical training cycles, personal experiences, motivation tips for swimmers, and many pieces of advice on the balance between training and life outside the pool and the relationship between a coach and his athlete.

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"We will make Aquatics bigger and stronger!"

FINA Family

November 1, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention drew to a close, successfully bringing together the entire Aquatics community and reinforcing the ties between all players - partners, manufacturers, coaches, athletes and national federations - to bring the development of FINA's sports to new heights.

A number of crucial topics pertaining to the Aquatics movement was discussed on this last day: national priorities for elite sport, financial realities of high-level sport, global markets and new technologies, new trends in coaching and team management.

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