Moscow 2010, Day 1: Spain and Russia start favourites
SYNCHRO HIGHLIGHT ROUTINE
It’s a first award winning performance for Spain which bested Russia in the Synchro Highlight Routine, totalling 96.500 points. The Spaniards set the tone from the beginning, wearing a golden swimsuit and mask, displaying perfect synchronisation – not an easy task with 12 swimmers in the water! – and excelling in creativity, especially regarding the lifts; one of them involved a swimmer in a bridge-like position over another swimmer performing the same position.
Japan collects 48 golds at Asian Games
Mr. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of Olympic Council of Asia called as OCA closed the 16th Asian Games on November 28, 2010. The largest ever Asian Games ended successfully. The Games was held in Guanzhou, China. China did a very good job not only building a huge sports complex but also conducting the Games.
All Asian countries, 45 participating delegations in all, did their best and enjoyed the Games. China won 199 gold medals, Korea 76 and Japan 48, out of a total 477 gold medals.
World Cup winner Alshammar and Olympic champion Frolander head up Sweden’s bid for glory in Dubai
Therese Alshammar and Lars Frolander, two of the greatest swimmers in the history of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), are heading up Sweden’s bid for glory at this month’s event in Dubai.
The duo, both multiple medallists from past events, are the most prominent names in a powerful squad of 20 that also includes Sarah Sjostrom, the world record-holder in the 100m butterfly.
Brazilian sprinter Cielo in confident mood ahead of Dubai
Brazilian Olympic gold medallist Cesar Cielo is in a confident mood and believes he has nothing to prove at next month’s 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
Sprint star Cielo was beaten by Nathan Adrian of the United States of America in the 50m and 100m freestyle races in the Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine, California earlier this year and the two will go head-to-head again at the spectacular, new Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex on the Dubai Bypass Road.
Aquatics festival CAMEX concludes on a high note in Guatemala
After San Jose, Costa Rica, in 2008, the 13th edition of CAMEX, an age-group aquatics championships featuring teams from Central America and Mexico, took place in Guatemala City, from November 10-19, 2010.
The CCCAN, the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation, organised competition events in FINA's five aquatic disciplines: Swimming, Water polo, Open water swimming, Diving and Synchronised swimming.
In all, 232 male and 210 female athletes, plus 165 officials, attended the great event.
Kazakhstan men's water polo team defeats reigning champion China
Kazakhstan reclaimed its Asian Games men’s water polo crown in Guangzhou (CHN) on Thursday November 25, beating reigning champion China 7-6 in a tense final.
China led 4-1 in the second quarter but Kazakhstan brought the game level at 5-5 by the final break. Two quick goals at the top of the fourth period and solid defence kept China off the top position on the dais.
This means that the two countries split the titles in Guangzhou with world No. 3 China winning the women’s crown from Kazakhstan.
Colombian swimming team announced for Dubai
The Colombian Swimming Federation officially announced the list of swimmers to participate in the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) from December 15-19, in Dubai (UAE).
The tricolor flag will be represented by Omar A. Pinzon Garcia, Julio C. Galofre Montes, Juan David Molina Perez, Andres F. Montoya Torres, Isabella Arcila Hurtado, Juan M. Cambindo R., Jorge Mario Murillo Valdes and Carmen G. Ciancia Maury.
The athletes will be under the leadership of coaches Jose Mendez and Fabio Arias Neber Toro.
The brightest Stars in Dubai
CAMERON VAN DER BURGH (RSA)
At 22, he is the current WR holder in the 50m breaststroke (25.25) and 100m breaststroke (55.61) - he was also respectively third and second in those events in Manchester 2008. In long course, he got the gold in the 50m at the 2009 Worlds in Rome. Over the last years, he is one of the most “valuable” athletes in the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup series.
Kenya’s Jason Dunford aims to make history in Dubai
The 23 year-old has already made history once this year by securing Kenya’s first swimming medal at a Commonwealth Games, finishing at the head of a world-class field including Australia’s Geoff Huegill and Roland Schoeman of South Africa in the 50m butterfly in New Delhi.
Chinese women's water polo team takes gold in front of home crowd
China won the inaugural Asian Games women's water polo gold medal with a 13-5 victory over Kazakhstan at the Tianhe Natatorium on November 17. FINA President Julio Maglione was on hand to distribute the gold medals.
China started strongly and led 4-1 at the quarter, 7-3 at halftime and 8-4 at the final break. The final margin was enhanced with three late goals by China. Uzbekistan claimed the bronze medal, beating India 20-2 in the other game in the three-day, six-game, round-robin event. India debuted at the international level and felt the might of the top two teams, losing 38-2 to both. Song Donglun (CHN) scored a tournament-high 12 goals in the clash with China.
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