Canadian swimmers kick-start the Olympic season at FINA World Cups
Several of Canada’s big names in swimming will have an early start to the season with some fast racing as they head to Europe this month to compete on the FINA World Cup circuit.
World Championships silver medallist in the 100 freestyle, Brent Hayden of Mission, BC and national teammates Mike Brown, Perth ON, Annamay Pierse, Edmonton AB, Erica Morningstar, Calgary Alta., and 17 year-old Chantal van Landeghem of Winnipeg, MB are amongst Canada’s Olympic hopefuls that will be racing in Stockholm (15-16), Moscow (18-19) and Berlin (22-23).
Sao Paulo wins Chico Piscina Trophy
The team from São Paulo state won again the traditional Chico Piscina Trophy, which comprises the Brazilian Interfederation Youth Championships and International Youth Championships. São Paulo won in both categories (international and national) for the 11th consecutive year. The national championships are contested by the state Federations of Brazil while the international championships are disputed by teams from other countries that are invited. This year Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Peru took part in the event. In all, 375 swimmers forming 22 teams attended the event. Four new records were set in the competition that took place at the Mocoquense club in the city of Mococa (BRA).
Rahael, Gillette win Maracas 5k Swim
National Swimmers and Marlins Athletes Samantha Rahael and Jonathan Gillette emerged the victors in 5000m swim at the ASATT Maracas Open Water Swim Classic at Maracas Bay on Sunday.
Rahael who is based in the USA won on her debut in the Maracas 5k race and topped the female field to win in 1 hour 12 minutes and 32 seconds dethroning last year’s champion Theana Hay of Centre of Excellence Sea Hawks (1:16:04).
Meet Mexican women's WP coach Gabriel Martinez
If ever there was a man of passion and commitment, it has to be Mexican women’s coach Gabriel Martinez. The fervour with which he coached his team at the Universiade in Shenzhen, China in August had to be seen, to be believed. His jumping up and down on the pool deck was his way of saying: “Go get ‘em, girls.”
Gabriel has been the head women's coach at Commerce Aquatics since 1997. At Commerce he has 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under and 20 & under teams. At the recent United States Championships his 12 & under team finished third, the 14s finished first, the 16s third, and the 18s finished 11th. Most of his 20 & under girls are on the Mexican team.
End of a busy summer in Japan
The 2011 summer of the Japan Swimming has just ended. This summer was busy as usual. After the FINA World Championships held in Shanghai, China at the end of July, the Japan Swimming Federation had more than 10 competitions in August and September including the senior high school and the junior high school championships, JOC Olympic Cup, the Inter Collegiate Championships ,the National Sports Festival and more. Also the Federation sent the team of Japan to the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships held in Peru and to the Universiade Games held in China.
2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention
Following a highly successful inaugural Convention in Punta Del Este, Uruguay in 2010, FINA is pleased to announce the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention to be held in Moscow (Russia) on 30th October – 1st November 2012.
The FINA World Aquatics Convention is a unique and exclusive opportunity for the global aquatics community to come together to help move the sport forward. Created and owned by FINA, and with the presence of leading representatives of its 202 FINA National Member Federations, the event guarantees the presence of those responsible for shaping the world of Aquatics.
Taking place every 2 years, the event presents an exceptional opportunity for organisations operating in the international aquatics business community to come together to network, develop new business opportunities and share the knowledge that will contribute to the growth and development of Aquatics sport worldwide. It is at the same time a perfect meeting place for organising and bidding committees for the major sports events in the world of Aquatics to promote their bids and events.
Brazil's Luiz Lima and Kirsty Thomson king and queen of the Sea
Brazilian swimmers Luiz Lima and Kirsty Thomson won the open water event "King and Queen of the Sea", disputed in Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday August 28, 2011. The event attracted 2.000 athletes with events up to 3km. Lima won the men's event in a time of 36m11s. Gustavo Heleno finished second with 39m42s and Paralympic swimmer Marcelo Collet took third with 39m46s. Among women, Thomson won the challenge in 48m13s. Susana Schnarndorf, another Paralympic swimmer, finished in second position in 49m57s while Debora Leobons took third, clocking 50m04s.
Tribute to Bill Matson
FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand. Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China."Bill's example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill's family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania," said FINA President Julio Maglione.
Richard Weinberger (CAN) and Martina Grimaldi (ITA) win London Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event
Richard Weinberger of Canada stunned a field of world champions to win the London 10km Marathon Swimming International - Test Event for the Olympic Games - by a margin of more than 26 seconds. Weinberger hasn't even qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games yet. His victory today is a confidence builder, but doesn't get him a ticket to the main event next August. While the Olympic 10km race may be circled on his calendar, he needs to earn one of the 15 remaining spot that will be up for grabs in Portugal next June at the Olympic qualifying event.
Weinberger defeated the men who placed first and second in the 10km event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last month. Thomas Lurz (GER) finished second to Weinberger today, 26.2 seconds behind the Canadian champion. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) was third just one tenth of a second behind Lurz. Gianniotis is a first time world champion winning the 10km event in Shanghai, 2.5 seconds ahead of Lurz. The top 10 finishers from the 10km race in Shanghai qualified for the Olympic Games and eight of them were in today's field of 18 men who raced in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London. Weinberger placed 17th in the 10km race, ironically a little more than 26 seconds behind the Shanghai gold medallist.
Top-class open water swimmers ready for the London 2012 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event
The public will get a change to watch world class swimmers including a number of World and Olympic medallists at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International in Hyde Park this Saturday, 13 August, part of the London Prepares Series and a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The event, free for anyone to watch, takes place in the Serpentine inside Hyde Park and will feature some of the world's best marathon swimmers including the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, German Thomas Lurz and the 10km gold medallist from the recent FINA World Championships in Shanghai, Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE), who was born in Liverpool.
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