Beijing 2011, Day 1: Host China wins two titles on opening night
China claimed the two titles in the Synchro Highlight Routine and Thematic Duet on the first day of the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube in Beijing on Friday. It is the first time that China wins at the World Trophy since the event was firstly launched in 2006. The World Trophy allows the use of accessories and the time on the deck may exceed 10 seconds.
It also has an exclusive programme with scores given for artistic impression only and the teams' routine must be inspired by the culture of the host country, i.e. China. All teams performed with different Chinese style, including music, Chi-Pao, dragon dance, silk fans and so on.
Double gold for Belmonte on the opening day
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte was the most successful swimmer on the opening day of the 2011 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Szczecin, winning double gold within just a few minutes. The 21-year-old, three-time World Short Course Champion dominated the finals in the 200m individual medley (2:07.06) and the following 200m butterfly (2:03.37).
“It wasn’t a big problem for me to swim the two races within just 15 minutes. I had focused a bit more on the 200m IM. Everything went according to plan to win the two titles.“
Pinheiros club wins Brazil's Swimming Juniors
The Pinheiros club triumphed at the Brazilian Junior Swimming Championships, also named the Julio de Lamare Trophy. The club scored 595.50 points, obtaining their 13th title in the event. In second came the club Gremio Nautico Uniao with 332.50 points and Minas TC took third with 305 points. Moreover, two new Championship records were set. The event took place at the Corinthians club in the city of Sao Paulo.
WPWL 2012 (Men): World Champions Italy hold off Brits
The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo Team showed their fighting spirit in a battling defeat at home to World Champions Italy in the FINA World League Preliminary match.
Britain’s Craig Figes, Joe O’Regan, Rob Parker, Will Middleton and Ciaran James were on target in front of their home crowd in Manchester in their debut in the competition but succumbed to the World Champions in a final score of 14-6 (5-1, 4-1, 2-3, 3-1).
Matt Dunn appointed Member of WADA Athlete Committee
Matthew Dunn from Australia, Member of the FINA Athletes Commission, has been appointed Member of the WADA Athlete Committee for a term of three years, commencing on 1 January 2012. In undertaking this new task, Dunn pursues FINA's commitment for a drug-free sport.
Sierra Leone's swimming team ends trials
After four weeks of intensive training, the Sierra Leone Swimming Association ended on November 21 its trials for swimmers at the National Stadium Swimming Pool. The four-week training programme was conducted by two German coaches, Gert Muller and Herbert Bernauer, and was supported by the National Association and the National Sports Council (NSC). Their objective was to identify potential swimmers that would be invited to the national team.
The coaches will hand over a list of the best six swimmers to the National Association that would be expected to represent the country in next year’s Olympic Games in London. The six swimmers together with the National Swimming Coach, Arthur Browne, will leave Freetown for Germany to undergo a five-week advanced training which is expected to start in April 2012. Afterwards, the swimmers are expected to depart Germany together with Coach Muller and Bernauer for the London Olympics.
Open Water makes debut at South-East Asian Games
Open water was part of the competition programme for the first time in 52 years at the 26th South-East Asian Games. The event is organised from November 17-19, 2011 on Putri Island one of the Thousands Islands around ‘Seribu’ archipelago in Indonesia, 17km from the Capital of Jakarta.
Air and water temperatures were around 30˚C and 28˚C, respectively. The competition was entered by four countries: Indonesia as host, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. There were events of 5km and 10km for both men and and women.
10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar - Tokyo (JPN)
FINA organised the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar from April 12-14, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the 15th of April, a Special Session was held for the Officials selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
WPWL 2012 (Men): Spain defeats Greece at home in first World League round
In the first games of Europe's preliminary round, Spain defeated Greece (Group C) 8-7 on November 15, 2011. It was an intense match both in and outside the pool for the Spain-Greece showdown. The Spaniards were lagging behind for most of the game and it was not until the fourth period that they were able to neutralise the advantage the Hellenic squad had enjoyed so far. In a last grasp of effort, Spaniard Albert Espanol scored a goal at 1.47 before the end of the game for a total three goals in the last period.
After the game, Spain's coach Rafa Aguilar praised the attitude of his players during the game and said the key of success was the team's capacity to endure pain: “Lagging behind for most of the game has taught us to suffer", he said.
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