SA swim stars look to shine as the international speedsters gather in Port Elizabeth
The South African swim stars and a rising pool of talent that competed at the recent Zone 6 as well as Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be out in search of top honors when the inaugural SA International Invitational Swimming meet takes place in Port Elizabeth on 29 and 30 January 2011.
Natalie du Toit’s extraordinary performance during 2010 is sure to continue in 2011 when she competes in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.
Du Toit broke 8 World Records at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships that took place in Pietermaritzburg last year. She maintained her “golden girl” status when she achieved three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and won two gold and a bronze (SA Record) at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Einhoven.
Swimmers unite for flood relief
Queensland has a proud history of producing champion swimmers and those elite athletes and their interstate colleagues have jumped in to pledge money and support for flood relief in Queensland and NSW.
Led by pledges of support and donations from Brenton Rickard on the Gold Coast, Queenslander Alicia Coutts and Cameron Prosser who live in Canberra, Marieke Guehrer in Melbourne, Emily Seebohm in Brisbane and Blair Evans in Perth, swimmers will band together across the nation to host a number of fundraising clinics in their home states.
Good 2011 start for Japanese swimming
The 2011 Konami Open was held at the Konami Sports Club-Nishinomiya near Kobe in Hyogo on January 15 and 16. Siho Sakai clocked 2:09.49 in the women’s 200m backstroke. Naoya Tomita did a good job, racing smoothly in the men’s 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:12.31. Sakai and Tomita were both declared "Swimmer of the Meet". In all, 36 meet records were established.
2010, a marvelous year for the Israeli swimming teams
The great success began at the European Junior Championships in Finland, when Yakov-Yan Toumarkin won the 100m backstroke, 0.16 sec shy of Laszlo Cseh's record, while teammate David Gamburg finished third, giving the Israeli team a swim to be proud of.
After this performance, Yakov Yan Toumarkin proved that he is one of the top swimmers in the world for his age by taking two silver medals at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (SIN) in the 100m and 200m backstroke events.
FINA launches improved version of its World Swimming Rankings
FINA has launched today on its official website www.fina.org a much improved version of its World Swimming Rankings’ section, bringing this important tool into a new level of accuracy, providing many new functionalities to the system, and adding new interactive possibilities to the users of this database.
2010 SAC Report
The Chairman of the SAC (Swimwear Approval Commission), Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, made a report to the FINA Bureau with the occasion of its meeting on December 13, 2010 in Dubai (UAE), providing the background, context and details of the entire procedure and analysing the results and evolution of this complex process.
- SAC Report 12-2010
(procedure, analysing of the results and evolution of this complex process)
Dubai, Day 5: Lochte (USA), first ever with 7 medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
Ryan Lochte (USA) and Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) were the best swimmers at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai (UAE), after getting respectively seven and four medals at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex. This consecration is not new to Lochte, already the “most valuable” athlete of the competition in 2006 (Shanghai) and in 2008 (Manchester). For the Spaniard, on the contrary, this is a completely new situation, after reaching the podium in the most demanding events of the programme – gold in the 200m butterfly, 200m and 40m individual medley, and silver in the 800m free. At 20, she obtained a significant breakthrough in Dubai, and will surely be one of the swimmers in evidence in the years to come. Lochte, 26, is already a confirmed star and made history in Dubai, by being the first swimmer in the history of the championships to win seven medals in the same edition of the competition.
Overall, 22 countries have medalled in Dubai, and the top-5 nations includes USA (25 medals, comprising 12 gold), Russia (10 medals), Spain (8), China (14), and France (8). Four World Records were established in the five-day competition, while 57 championships records were also set.
Dubai, Day 4: Belmonte Garcia (ESP), a Star is born
The 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) consecrated a new star in the women’s events, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia. Swimming in lane 8 of the 200m individual medley final, Belmonte Garcia got the gold in a new championships record of 2:05.73 and collected her fourth medal in the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex – after the victories in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly, and the silver in the 800m free. An amazing performance in the most demanding races of the programme, proving that the 20-year-old Catalonian (she was born and lives in Barcelona) world revelation has a bright future. At European level, the Spaniard had collected a gold medal in the 2008 long course championships also in the 200m IM, while in 25m-pool, her most brilliant moment had been the triumph in the 400m IM, also in 2008.
In Dubai, Belmonte Garcia is displaying an outstanding resistance and versatility, and for her latest achievement, she defeated China’s Shiwen Ye (14 years old and winner of the 200m and 400m IM at the Asian Games), and US Ariana Kukors, winner of the 100m IM on Day 3 (and of the 200m IM at the 2009 Worlds in Rome). Ye got the silver in 2:05.94, while Kukors was third in 2:06.09. The Hungarian team is definitively not shining in Dubai, with Katinka Hosszu and Evelin Verraszto (2010 short course European champion) in fourth and fifth position respectively.
Dubai, Day 3: Lochte imperial sets WR in the 200m IM
Ryan Lochte (USA) obtained his fourth medal at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – and 19th since 2004 -, with a superb new World Record in the men’s 200m individual medley and the highlight of the third day of the competition in Dubai. Touching first in 1:50.08, he improved the previous world best mark established by Darian Townsend (RSA) in November 2009, in a time of 1:51.55. Lochte, already with one WR in Dubai (in the 400m IM) and medals also in the 200m free (gold) and 4x200m free (silver) performed a solitary race, leaving Markus Rogan (AUT) with the silver in a time of 1:52.90 and Scott Clary (USA) with the bronze (1:53.56). Nothing seems to stop Lochte, also with a very successful career in 50m-pool: six Olympic and 13 world medals.
“I always get better after the first day, but I race for fun, so what comes as outcome I take it! These results just get me ready for the 2011 Worlds in Shanghai and the Olympics in 2012,” considered Lochte about his performances so far in Dubai. Asked about his personality, he confessed: “I am just being myself, and let my personality to come out (like with the story of the shoes…), in order to attract more people to swimming. My overall goal in swimming is just to make it bigger than it is now. I think Phelps started with all that and made the Sport bigger than what it was before. I just try to help in that effort”.
Dubai, Day 2: Two more WR and tied match (3-3) between USA and Russia
Two World Records and a handful of Championships records on Day 2 definitively confirm the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai as the premium event of the year in terms of world-class results. In a session with eight finals, USA and Russia shared the lead of the medal chart with three gold each, and also obtained one WR each: for the Americans, the first individual WR of the season (by the “insatiable” Ryan Lochte in the men’s 400m IM), and for the Europeans a new best time in the 4x200m free relay. Spain (and Belmonte Garcia) continues to impress, and South Africa got the first title in Dubai.
Lochte remains the man to beat in Dubai, and after the victory in the 200m free on Day 1, he established the first individual World Record of the year, with a superb 3:55.50 effort in the 400m individual medley. This performance improves the previous world best mark by a comfortable margin (Laszlo Cseh, from Hungary, had clocked 3:57.27 in December 2009). This was Lochte’s 17th medal in this competition, and his 10th victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), since his first participation in 2004, in Indianapolis (USA). Moreover, it was the third consecutive victory for Lochte in this event, after his 2006 and 2008 successes (he now equalled the three straight wins of Matthew Dunn, from Australia, in 1995, 1997 and 1999).
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