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Brazil tops medals table at South American Youth Championships (PER)

Federations News

Brazil won 97 medals at the South American Youth Championships taking place in Lima, Peru, from March 16 to 27 at the Campo de Marte complex.

The Brazilian swimming team totalled 750.5 points and won 74 medals (35 golds, 21 silvers and 18 bronze). Venezuela finished in second position with 404.5 points and Argentina claimed third spot with a total 397.5 points.

In open water swimming events, the Brazilians took six medals (2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze) while in synchronised Swimming, the girls garnered 16 medals (11 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze). In the men's water polo field, the Brazilian squad defeated Venezuela in the final 16 to 3 (5:1, 5:2, 1:0, 5:0). Diving is not in the programme of the South American Youth Championships.

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Colombia to host first South American Water Polo Championships

Federations News

The Aquatic Complex "Horacio Martinez", in Copacabana, Antioquia (COL), was chosen as the stage for the First South American Water Polo Championships (for both male and female U-17 category), to take place from April 5-10, 2011. The delegations of Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and Colombia will take part in the event.

The excellent conditions presented by the Aquatic Complex "Horacio Martinez", widely known in Colombia for the hosting of aquatic events and the experience gained since the last South American Games, allowed the town of Copacabana to be chosen as host of this new event.

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DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 2: Qiu Bo perfect in the platform, completes China's total sweep

Diving World Series

Qiu Bo (CHN) - credit: Li LinlinIn a perfect-mark showdown against younger teammate Cao Yuan, 2010 DWS winner in the platform Qiu Bo of China received no less than 25 perfect 10s to score a historic 609.20 in the 10m event, completing China's total sweep of all eight events in the second leg of the 2011 FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing from March 25-26.

Qiu and Cao collected 51 perfect marks altogether in front of the full-house cheering fans at the Water Cube. Qiu, 18, received 10s from all the judges for his second dive (Armstand Backward Triple Somersault, Pike) and third (Reverse 3 1/2 Somersault Tuck), producing three dives over 100 points, while his "poorest" performance was the starting dive (Inward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck) with a 94.40. It was Qiu's Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, which helped him secure the gold medal for a day-high 111.00 points.

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DWS 2011 - Beijing, Day 1: Ruolin Chen repeats 2008 Olympic feat at "Water Cube"

Diving World Series

Ruolin Chen (CHN) - credit: Li LinlinChen's hard-fought victory wrapped up a perfect day for the hosts who swept all four titles on offer at the "Water Cube" on the opening day of the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Beijing, China.

Chen, double winner at the Beijing Olympic Games, led the rankings for the first three dives until 14-year-old teammate Hu snatched the top position. But Chen, repeating the same performance that led her to success in 2008, earned two perfect 10s and five 9.5 marks, totalling a victorious 426 points. Hu was 2.95 points behind and had to settle for the silver. The bronze was reserved for Australia's Alexandra Croak with a score of 357.50.

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Beijing's Water Cube welcomes world's best divers

Diving World Series

China's Olympic champion Wu Minxia will lead a strong Chinese team in Beijing (CHN), where the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2011 takes place from March 25-26. Wu, who spearheaded China's dream team after the retirement of "Diving Queen" Guo Jingjing, said she was pleased to compete again in the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) since the brilliant performance shared here in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Asked about the nagging injuries around her career, Wu shrugged off by saying she is trying to look forward and surpass herself in the upcoming competition. The Chinese diving team also features women's platform Olympic two-time winner Chen Ruolin, men's springboard Olympic and World champion He Chong, 2010 DWS overall winner in the men's springboard Qin Kai just to name a few.

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DWS 2011 - Day 2: China sets the tone in Moscow

Diving World Series

Among the eight divers competing in the two semifinals, He Zi (CHN) dominated the operations from the start. The Chinese prodigy scored the highest total in semifinal “B” with 365.35 points while Italian diving diva Tania Cagnotto took the lead in semifinal "A" with 317.05 points.

The final started with a great disappointment for the two-time European champion Nadezda Bazhina (RUS). The diver performed a Forward 3 1/2 Somersault, Tuck, and spoiled the entry into the water. This was an unusual mistake considering that entries from forward dives are among the easiest to perform. As a result, the Russian got marks ranging from 2.0 to 3.0, scoring a poor 22.40 points.

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DWS 2011 - Moscow, Day 1: Cuba captures gold in the men's 10m synchro

Diving World Series

The competition started with the men's 3m springboard. Ilya Kvasha (UKR), Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) and Javier Illana (ESP) tried to gain an advantage from the very beginning by executing 3.4 degree of difficulty (DD) dives, but only one diver - Kuznetsov - performed well enough to take the lead with a score of 86.70.

In the second round, the degree of difficulty increased, with Kvasha and Kuznetsov performing the most complicated dive - Forward 4 1/2 Somersault, Tuck. As a result, both divers captured the first two positions in the ranking with 179.80 (Kuznetsov) and 175.10 (Kvasha). The Ukrainian scored an impressive 96.90 with this second dive.

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2nd FINA Water Polo Development Trophy 2009 (KUW) - Final round Results, Standings and Game Reports

WP Development Trophy

 After meeting Singapore in the gold medal game, Kuwait has emerged victorious at home. Meanwhile, following the runner-up match between Trinidad & Tobago and Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago have clinched the bronze medal in Kuwait City (KUW). Reports of the medal games can be consulted at the bottom.

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Success of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

External Article

FINA is pleased to announce that the cumulative audience in Europe of its 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held last December in Dubai (UAE) was, according to the report received from EBU, of 136.2 million people from 264 programmes totaling over 237 hours of coverage.

In comparison, for Manchester 2008 (the previous edition of these championships), the figures show an audience of 58.3 million from 230 programmes totaling over 222 hours of coverage.

Whilst the number of programmes increased by 14.8% and the hours of coverage rose by 6.8%, the increase in total audience has jumped by 133.6%, which underlines that the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) has become a more attractive event.

 

World Men's WP Development Trophy: Kuwait shines at home

WP Development Trophy

If two years ago the first edition of the FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy was dominated by the American teams – Colombia won the tournament, while Puerto Rico got the silver - the 2009 edition of the competition was marked by Asian supremacy. In the final of the event – held once more in Kuwait City (KUW) from April 5-11 - the home team conquered the gold, defeating in the decisive game the squad of Singapore by 13-6. It was a natural outcome given the progression of the tournament, in which the two teams won all the five matches of the preliminary rounds (Kuwait was included in Group A with Trinidad & Tobago, Algeria, Indonesia, Guatemala and Tunisia and Singapore was the best in Group B, against Philippines, Morocco, Uruguay, Jamaica and Kenya).

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