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SSWC 2010, Day 2: Twins win China's first gold

Synchro World Cup

China's twins Jiang Wenwen/Jiang Tingting brought the local crowds into crazy when they captured the duet title at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, being held in Changshu (CHN). It was China's first gold in synchro world competitions.

Performing like the grateful cranes, the Jiang sisters showed their elegance and difficulty in the duet free routine finals, winning the title with 96.650 points. Canadian pair Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon/Chloe Issac came to second in 94.750 and Japan's Yukiko Inui/Chisa Kobayashi third in 93.300, respectively.

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SSWC 2010, Day 1: Russia obtains title in Combination

Synchro World Cup

When Carmen met Alice, it was the defending champion Russia lifting the title of the Combination event during the first day of the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup 2010 in Changshu (CHN). Host China won its first World Cup medal in history by taking the silver medal.

With their passion, power and elegance, the Russian team performed to the music of Carmen to win the event in 98.300 points, beating the hosts into second place by 1.100. Russian Anzhelika Timanina said that "it was an amazing competition. It was very close. We can see China and Canada are making big progress. However, we come to every competition with only one goal - to win. The secret for us to remain on the top is to train, train, and train."

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World’s best young talents step up in Tucson (USA)

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The world will be introduced to some of the next generation of diving greats at the 18th edition of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, taking place from September 1-6, 2010, in Tucson, Ari. (USA).

Some 180 divers, with a slightly higher number of female competitors, coming from 29 countries, will either make their debut or re-affirm their place among the world’s best on the boards of the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center – Kasser Family Pool, University of Arizona.

Boys and girls compete in both “A” (born 1990/1991/1992) and “B” (born 1993/1994) age groups. This competition, organised in even years, comprises 14 events: 1m, 3m springboard and 10m platform for A and B as well as a 3m springboard synchro event mixing A and B.

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Diving Juniors, 2010: China’s young guns dominate in Tucson (USA)

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The 18th edition of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships concluded on September 6, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona (USA). The six-day successful event gathered more than 180 young talents from 29 countries.

In this edition, China’s divers dominated the operations once again, sweeping six out of the 14 gold at stake and collecting 18 medals in all. The United States took the second rank on the medal chart, with 3 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronze. Mexico did also a very good job, with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Other nations to medal at the Championships were Great Britain, Japan, Russia (only one gold!), Australia, Ukraine and Canada.

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Kitajima leads Japan national team to Asian Games

Federations News

The Japan Swimming Federation has announced the team to take part in the Asian Games at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex  in early September. The Asian Games will be held in November 12-27 in Guangzhou, China. 29 swimmers, with breaststroke ace Kosuke Kitajima in the lead, will compete at the Games.

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"Retirement Was Something I Was Ready For"

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At two, she starts to swim, at 16 she breaks her first world records, at 17 she gets three Olympic gold medals, at 25 she retires from the pool, and at almost 39 she has two children and continues to be an inspirational idol in the United States. Janet Evans, the smiling young swimmer who raced to victory in the most demanding events of the 1988 Games in Seoul – the 400m and 800m free, and the 400m individual medley – is a happy woman, one with plenty of energy and always eager to give back to the sport what she got out of it.

Despite being a short (1.67m) and light (54kg) athlete, Janet has been one of the most iconic swimmers of the late 1980s and early 1990s, with a career that comprised five Olympic and five World Championship medals, seven world records, and more than 40 national titles. Purveyor of a peculiar “windmill” stroke, the Californian star – she was born on August 28, 1971 in Fullerton – had a very successful career from 1987 to 1996, the year in which she announced her retirement at the end of an Olympic Games in Atlanta at which she started out by handing the Flame over to Muhammad Ali at the Opening Ceremony before going on to finish 9th in the 400m freestyle and 6th in the 800m.

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Winner from lane 8 and 1

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The history of sport, including swimming, is full of surprise winners: unpredicted (sometimes “unpredictable”) winners. Although their number does not match that of those who predictably won the competition where they were favourites, those who won from lane 8 or lane 1 are not exactly rare. Now that the time seems to have come for swimming to be contested in 10- lane pools, we recall a few of the special feats accomplished from an outside lane.


WINNERS FROM LANE 8

In swimming, the most glamorous win from an outside lane is that by a swimmer who had been counted among the favourites on the eve of racing but then made a serious error of judgment and missed the cut-off for the final. Salvation came in the form of a teammate who stepped aside to allow a goldmedal prospect access to the final eight by the skin of her teeth. The case in point is that of 16-year-old, classy and beautiful German Franziska van Almsick, who at the 1994 FINA World Championships in Rome won the 200 metres freestyle from lane 8.

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A Swimmer Leading a Football Nation

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The Football World Cup in South Africa is the main attraction in world sports in 2010, but what has swimming in common with this sport in Brazil, the most successful soccer nation on the planet? The answer can be found at the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, a club that boasts one of the biggest army of fans of the Beautiful Game around the world – and since January one that is presided over by a woman: the former Brazilian Olympic swimmer Patricia Filler Amorim.
This 41 year-old mother of four boys wore the colours of the yellow and green flag at the Olympic Games in Seoul 1988. Today, she is in charge of a club with about 35 million fans – and that’s just in Brazil. The passion for Flamengo is so strong that it is called the “Red and Black Nation” and to be President of this “state” pushed Amorim into the realms of celebrities: she is in constant media focus. In spite of being confident in this new position, Amorim is still uncomfortable with her newfound celebrity status. “When I was a candidate I didn’t think about that! It was better, because if I realised it I would have given up!” she jokes. “More seriously, I’m trying to appear only when it is essential.”

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Building beauty

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credit: gettyimagesIn synchronised swimming, what do the Olympic gold performance and the 24th place of the duet event have in common? What is the shared experience of the winner of a World Championships’ medal and an athlete coming from an emerging country? Two things: many hours of endless work and choreography in the water. For many years known as “aquatic ballet”, synchronised swimming’s main addedvalue is the display of a complicated figure routine in an element that makes things more difficult to achieve, namely the water.

Many who have once watched a synchronised swimming routine, either on TV or at an international competition, recall the moment as amazing. It all looks so effortless, while the fitness of the swimmers and their radiant smiles stand out as an important prelude to their stunning performance in the water.
If synchronised swimming is often seen as a breath-taking expression of artistic beauty, one often overlooks the technical skills and hard work that athletes endure to achieve excellence.

What steps are necessary for such excellence and success? We put that question to experts in the field. Experienced coaches Denise Sauvé (CAN) and Anna Tarrés (ESP) have placed their teams at the top of the synchro world hierarchy, with Canada winning two bronze medals (Solo Technical and Combination) and Spain sweeping one gold (Combination) and six silvers (Solo, Duet and Team events both Technical and Free) at the 2009 FINA

World Championships in Rome.
The coaches join Virginia Jasontek, FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee (TSSC) Honorary Secretary, and Jenna Randall, the British synchro swimmer, in sharing their keys to success and commenting on the recent evolution of the competition format.

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YOG Singapore 2010: Closing Ceremony highlights success of the Games

Youth Olympic Games

The Closing Ceremony of the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games brought a spectacular and emotional end to 12 days of world-class sporting competition and cultural and educational activities in Singapore on August 26, 2010. While addressing to the athletes, the IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “You thrilled us with your splendid performances. But, more than that, you inspired us with your enthusiasm, your spirit and the sheer joy you brought to the task of competing, learning and living with fellow athletes from around the world. You have learnt what it means to be a true champion, not simply a winner. You have shown us that a new generation is ready to embrace and share Olympic values.”

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