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Shanghai 2011 OC holds meeting with Food Safety Experts

Shanghai 2011

The Organising Committee of the 14th FINA World Championships had a meeting with food safety experts on the morning of April 26, 2011. Invited guests were Chen Junshi, member of Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Peter Ben Embarek, Department of Food Safety of WHO’s office in China; Wu Moutian, member of Doping Control Review Board of FINA and Deputy Director General,China Anti-Doping Agency and five other food safety and doping control experts.

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Saudi Arabia wins third edition at home

WP Development Trophy

The team of Saudi Arabia won the third edition of the FINA Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy that was held in Dammam (KSA) on April 23-29, 2011. After finishing first in the respective group of the preliminary round, the local team beat in the decisive match of the tournament Iran by 7-6 (after a penalty shootout). The third place went to Kuwait, easy winner of Chile by 13-5.

The participating teams in this third edition were: Algeria, Chile, Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands Antilles, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Tunisia.

In the first two editions of this competitions – with the participation of national squads normally not present at major international events -, held in 2007 and 2009 in Kuwait City (KUW), the winners were respectively Colombia and Kuwait.

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Waschburger (GER) and Okimoto (BRA) dominate in Cancun (MEX)

10km Marathon Swimming World Cup

Andreas Waschburger (GER) - credit: Christian PalmaAndreas Waschburger (GER) and Poliana Okimoto (BRA) won the second leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Cancun (MEX) with a time of 1h53m58s and 2h01m58s, respectively.

In all, 36 athletes from 15 countries (Germany, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Slovenia, USA, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Syria and Switzerland) took the departure in a race that serves as a testing ground for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

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Sports talent program focuses in scouting prospects for a new divers generation

External Article

As an effort to increase the athletic reserves for the Diving Program, the Baja California Sports and Physical Culture Institute have set a scouting campaign throughout some cities. Tijuana is one of them, and the first stage to evaluate young candidates, there will be a scouting session on April 30th at the Baja California High Performance Center, known as “The CAR”.

CAR’s Acquatic Complex will receive 52 students from different elementary schools ranking in age from 5-9. They were evaluated in their schools by the Scouting Department previously for potencial talents needed.

Some of the children that were checked will be observed again this weekend in the Acquatic Complex. “They will be brought for further evaluations”, said diving coach Jim Wynne, who worked with San Diego State University program, and now is part of the Baja Project.

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OWS GP 2011: Sumidero Canyon Event cancelled

Open Water Grand Prix

Please be informed that the FINA Executive has decided to cancel the Sumidero Canyon Event of the 2011 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series scheduled for May 7, 2011. 

This decision has been reached following the recommendation of the FINA Sports Medicine Committee on the water quality in order to ensure the Health and Safety of the FINA open water swimmers.

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T & T second at CARIFTA Swim

Federations News

Despite a valiant last day effort from the Trinidad and Tobago CARIFTA Swim Team, Guadeloupe was crowned the champions of the 26th edition of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Aquatic Centre in Barbados. Guadeloupe amassed 736.50 points to T & T's 679 and Bahamas 610.

T & T missed vital on points on the day due to the withdrawal of Dylan Carter. Carter was out of all Day four action, as he sustained an injury in his gold medal winning 100m freestyle performance. T & T in all won 46 medals consisting of 12 gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze. Carter accounted for five of those gold medals from his three days at the meet.

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DWS 2011 - Guanajuato, Day 2: Three more wins for China to conclude the 2011 Series

Diving World Series

Qin Kai (CHN) - credit: Christian PalmaChina ended with a "concert of perfection" the fourth stage of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, namely thanks to Qiu Bo, the “king” of the men's 10m platform, event that he won in the four legs of the series in Moscow, Beijing, Sheffield and Guanajuato.

In Mexico, the last event of the 2011 competition held on April 22-23, Qiu Bo received two perfect 10 from the judges and finished his six-dive effort with a total of 582.45 points and another gold medal in his pocket. World champion Thomas Daley (GBR) was also in great shape and obtained the silver medal with 562.80 points, while Rommel Pacheco (MEX), certainly inspired by the Mexican audience, got the bronze with 540.90 points.

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DWS 2011 - Guanajuato, Day 1: Garcia and Sanchez win gold at home

Diving World Series

Mexican public on cloud nine - credit: Christian PalmaMariachi music echoed in Guanajuato (MEX) when Mexican divers Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez got the gold medal in the synchronised 10m platform with 446.73 points, in what constituted one of the surprises of the inaugural day of the fourth and last leg of the FINA/MIDEA Diving World Series.

The Mexicans were very close to the podium in the three previous meets, but in Guanajuato they finally got their first win of the series. In a duel ahead of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Garcia/Sanchez took over the lead in the third round and beat David Boudia/Thomas Finchum (USA), second with 437.10, and Jose Guerra/Jeinkler Aguirre (CUB), third with 433.71.

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Shanghai 2011 - Open Water Swimming Venue (Jinshan City Beach) Report

Shanghai 2011

The competition course is located within an embankment in Jinshan City Beach. The water in the embankment originates from sea water pumped from outside the dam through the floodgate. After going through natural sedimentation, the turbid sea water can turn clear. And the sea water is drawn into the embankment on a regular base.

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Japanese swimmers selected for the Worlds

Federations News

The Japan Swimming Trials for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai this July successfully ended at the Hironoshin Furuhashi Memorial Swimming Center in Hamamatsu, Japan, on April 11.

The Japan Swimming Federation announced at a press conference a day after that 22 swimmers (see below), among which Kosuke Kitajima, Naoya Tomita, Takeshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Irie just to name a few. Head coach Norimasa Hirai told the local press that Japan's goal was to win five medals in Shanghai.

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