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Gemma Mengual launches Planet Water

BCN2013 - General

Gemma Mengual (ESP)Gemma Mengual today became the first inhabitant of Planet Water after reading the swimmers manifest during the official presentation of the ambitious project organised by the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013.

With just 500 days to go until the start of the Championships, the Olympic medallist who has recently retired from synchronised swimming has become the official figurehead of the virtual community.

Planet Water is a community where fans can share their experiences and make their voices heard within Barcelona 2013 in the lead up to the Championships.  All Planet Water fans will help in communicating the responsible consumption and use of water.

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Last lap for Japan's swimming stars before Olympic Trials

Federations News

The stars of Japan Swimming such as Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda and Aya Terakawa were missing at the Nationals (25m) Championships held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center ( T-TISC ) in Tokyo, Japan from February 11-12, 2012 due to a heavy training they are undergoing for the upcoming Japan Olympic Trials taking place at T-TISC from April 2-8, 2012. Each of them trains in different places.

Kosuke Kitajima, Olympic gold medallist in 2004 and 2008, has been training very hard with teammates, such as Americans Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy under Coach Dave Salo at his U.S. training base, the Trojan Swim Club in Southern California, since the beginning of February. Takeshi Matsuda, silver medallist in the men's 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last year, has been enjoying his strong stress training under Coach Yumiko Kuze at 1900m above sea level at the La Loma Altitude Training Center in Mexico since February 15, and will be back home around the first weekend of March. Aya Terakawa, silver medallist in the womens 50m backstroke also in Shanghai, has been training with her team under Coach Norimasa Hirai at the University of Northern Arizona, USA since February 15.

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London 2012, Day 6: Bo Qiu and synchro duo Zi He and Minxia Wu complete China's golden sweep

Diving World Cup

China was untouchable at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), claiming all eight titles on offer. The last two finals of this edition saw Chinese great Bo Qiu walking away with one victory in the men's 10m platform (574.90 points) and partners Zi He and Minxia Wu being the obvious winners in the women's 3m springboard synchro (345.30 points). 

In the men's 10m platform, the crowd was delighted with eye-opening performances in this event known for featuring spectacular dives. It is in this event that the dives are the most complicated and the marks the highest. The degree of difficulty was of a very high level this season. Two competitors had a combination of a maximum degree of difficulty (DD) - 4.1. It implied a 4.5 Inward somersaults in tucked position, a really unique dive.

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London 2012, Day 6: Bo Qiu and synchro duo Zi He and Minxia Wu complete China's golden sweep

London 2012 Diving

China was untouchable at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), claiming all eight titles on offer. The last two finals of this edition saw Chinese great Bo Qiu walking away with one victory in the men's 10m platform (574.90 points) and partners Zi He and Minxia Wu being the obvious winners in the women's 3m springboard synchro (345.30 points). 

In the men's 10m platform, the crowd was delighted with eye-opening performances in this event known for featuring spectacular dives. It is in this event that the dives are the most complicated and the marks the highest. The degree of difficulty was of a very high level this season. Two competitors had a combination of a maximum degree of difficulty (DD) - 4.1. It implied a 4.5 Inward somersaults in tucked position, a really unique dive.

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London 2012, Day 5: China's Minxia Wu and Zi He finish 1-2 in 3m springboard

Diving World Cup

Chinese Minxia Wu and Zi He did not disappoint on Day 5 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), delivering a brilliant performance in the women's 3m springboard and respectively bagging gold and silver. Wu emerged triumphant with a top-ranking score of 368.95 while teammate He, equally outstanding, followed not far behind with a total of 365.40 points.

Already in the semi-final, the Chinese had a firm lock on the top spots, holding at bay any challenger. Pamela Ware's (CAN) score was the closest (327.60). But the gap between the Canadian diver and all other podium contenders was so slight that any of them could easily reach the third spot. Veteran diver Anna Lindberg (SWE) was fourth at this stage and Italian star Tania Cagnotto only ninth. 

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London 2012, Day 5: China's Minxia Wu and Zi He finish 1-2 in 3m springboard

London 2012 Diving

Chinese Minxia Wu and Zi He did not disappoint on Day 5 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), delivering a brilliant performance in the women's 3m springboard and respectively bagging gold and silver. Wu emerged triumphant with a top-ranking score of 368.95 while teammate He, equally outstanding, followed not far behind with a total of 365.40 points.

Already in the semi-final, the Chinese had a firm lock on the top spots, holding at bay any challenger. Pamela Ware's (CAN) score was the closest (327.60). But the gap between the Canadian diver and all other podium contenders was so slight that any of them could easily reach the third spot. Veteran diver Anna Lindberg (SWE) was fourth at this stage and Italian star Tania Cagnotto only ninth. 

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London 2012, Day 4: Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan retain title in 10m synchro

London 2012 Diving

The final of the men's 10m platform synchro on the fourth day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR) was another Chinese victory, as duo Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan maintained the golden standard with a crushing score of 481.29. Mexico's Ivan Alejandro Garcia/German Sanchez produced a remarkable performance for an overall 460.17 points which earned them the second place. Olympic and World silver medallists Patrick Hausding/Sascha Klein (GER) claimed third spot with 457.41 points. It is the first podium appearance for both Mexico and Germany in this World Cup edition. Local sensation Thomas Daley pairing with Peter Waterfield took seventh, behind David Boudia/Nick McCrory (USA), Jenkler Aguirre/Jose Guerra (CUB) and Illya Zakharov/Victor Minibaev (RUS).   

As a result, Mexico, USA, Cuba and Russia secured their qualification in the event for the 2012 London Olympic Games. China, Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain already got their Olympic ticket at the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN).

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London 2012, Day 4: Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan retain title in 10m synchro

Diving World Cup

The final of the men's 10m platform synchro on the fourth day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR) was another Chinese victory, as duo Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan maintained the golden standard with a crushing score of 481.29. Mexico's Ivan Alejandro Garcia/German Sanchez produced a remarkable performance for an overall 460.17 points which earned them the second place. Olympic and World silver medallists Patrick Hausding/Sascha Klein (GER) claimed third spot with 457.41 points. It is the first podium appearance for both Mexico and Germany in this World Cup edition. Local sensation Thomas Daley pairing with Peter Waterfield took seventh, behind David Boudia/Nick McCrory (USA), Jenkler Aguirre/Jose Guerra (CUB) and Illya Zakharov/Victor Minibaev (RUS).   

As a result, Mexico, USA, Cuba and Russia secured their qualification in the event for the 2012 London Olympic Games. China, Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain already got their Olympic ticket at the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN).

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London 2012, Day 3: Double gold keeps Chinese diving streak alive

Diving World Cup

China extended its unbeaten streak at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR) on February 22 when Ruolin Chen won the women's 10m platform synchro with Hao Wang, for a total score of 359.58. Already stunning in the individual same event, the Chinese great stole the show again in the synchro event in what was an expected victory. Canadian pair Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion beat home Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch (GBR) for silver. The Canadians improved their bronze medal finish from two years in Changzhou (CHN), totalling 331.65 points while the duo from the host country confirmed their place among the world's best with an overall 314.40.    

Canada, Germany, Ukraine and Malaysia join China, Australia, Mexico and Great Britain in the list of participants for the diving's Olympic final at the 2012 London Games.

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London 2012, Day 3: Double gold keeps Chinese diving streak alive

London 2012 Diving

China extended its unbeaten streak at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR) on February 22 when Ruolin Chen won the women's 10m platform synchro with Hao Wang, for a total score of 359.58. Already stunning in the individual same event, the Chinese great stole the show again in the synchro event in what was an expected victory. Canadian pair Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion beat home Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch (GBR) for silver. The Canadians improved their bronze medal finish from two years in Changzhou (CHN), totalling 331.65 points while the duo from the host country confirmed their place among the world's best with an overall 314.40.    

Canada, Germany, Ukraine and Malaysia join China, Australia, Mexico and Great Britain in the list of participants for the diving's Olympic final at the 2012 London Games.

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