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.
FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), 1993-2008 - A story of success
Given the development of Swimming, which progressed from one recognised season into two different periods of the year – typically, for the North Hemisphere, comprising the long course (50m-pool) season in Spring/Summer, and the short course (25m-pool) during Autumn/Winter -, FINA formally approved the first short course world records in 1991, opening the door to the organisation of the first FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 1993.The first edition took place in Palma de Mallorca (ESP), and since then nine editions took place, in Rio de Janeiro (BRA, 1995), Gothenburg (SWE, 1997), Hong Kong (HKG, 1999), Athens (GRE, 2000), Moscow (RUS, 2002), Indianapolis (USA, 2004), Shanghai (CHN, 2006), and Manchester (GBR, 2008). The 10th edition will be held in Dubai (UAE), from December 15-19, 2010, while the 11th edition is already scheduled for Istanbul (TUR), in December 2012.
Survey confirms success in Punta del Este
Following the positive feeling on-site, a post-event survey confirms the satisfaction of the majority of the participants (over 450 in Uruguay) at the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention, held in Punta del Este (URU), on September 27-29, 2010. The high rate of responses to this inquiry also confirms the interest in this event and the motivation of all attendees in improving the future editions of the Convention.
In a questionnaire sent to all delegates, lecturers, sponsors, exhibitors, organisers, or bidders present in Uruguay, 71.5% of them agreed that the Convention met their objectives. On a scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), participants rated the “Quality of the Conference” 4.2 and the “Quality of Exhibition” was noted a 4.0.
Shanghai 2011 - allocation criteria for Travel & Accommodation subsidies for the National Federations attending the Championships
Reference is made to the 14th FINA World Championships – Shanghai 2011.
Clarification and update on the allocation criteria for Travel & Accommodation subsidies for the National Federations attending the Championships.
French stars shine in Genoa
European champion in the 400m freestyle, Yannick Agnel debuted in style over the same distance at the “Nico Sapio” Trophy (short course). The French swimmer coached by Fabrice Pellerin clocked 3:42.31, close to the world season's best, resisting the onslaught of Italian middle-distance swimmer Federico Colbertaldo, who stopped the clock at 3:45.19.
Camille Muffat (FRA) dominated the women's race all the way and although she sped up in the last 50 meters, the Frenchwoman was not able to go below the four-minute mark. Her time was 4:00.30.
50m breastroke European champion, Fabio Scozzoli (ITA), produced a great performance, easily winning the 100m in 58.92. This places him at the top of the continental rankings.
Moreover, a fascinating battle took place in the men's 100m backstroke between American Nick Thoman and Damiano Lestingi from Italy, which ended in favour of the first (52.20 vs. 52.59). Another thrilling fight unfolded in the men's 100m freestyle, where the French Gregory Mallet powered home in a winning time of 48.69, beating American Schneider (48.86) and Calvi from Italy (49.43).
Fine performances produced at nationals in RDC
The third COD championships were successfully held on October 20-21, 2010, in the Lubumbashi Pronvince, Katanga (RDC). Mbombo Soleil Kayowa was the sensation of the day, setting a national record in the 100m freestyle in 55.18. She performed also well in the 50m freestyle, clocking 24.59.
Swimming festival takes place in Israel
At this period of time the swimmers are busy with hard training and less competing. The traditional Open Water swim - Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) took place in Tiberius, with almost 8,000 participants in all categories. This swimming festival was divided into competitive and non-competitive races, allowing each participant to swim a major part of the largest lake in Israel. Fantastic open water swimmers,Daniel Katzir and Michael Dmitriev won the 1500m and 3000m races respectively.
Iran triumphs at Asian Junior Water Polo Championship
The Iran national Junior water polo team picked up gold at the 2nd Asian Junior Water polo Championship, taking place in Indonesia from October 6-12. In the final match, Iran defeated Uzbekistan 8-6 and was crowned champion. Kuwait finished in third place while Kazakhstan had to settle for fourth. The best player of the competition was Mr. Amir Hossein Baraei from Iran.
Japan's swimming team ready for upcoming World Cup
The Japanese leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup is coming up soon. It will be held on October 20-21, 2010 at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Centre (T-TISC) in Tokyo. More than 17 of the world's biggest swimming stars - including Leisel Jones (AUS), Natalie Coughlin (USA), Cameron van den Burgh (RSA) and Roland Shoeman (RSA) just to name some - will attend the event.
Tokyo hosts a leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup for the first time. Such privilege shows that Japan is now strong on the international swimming scene. Japan sent eight swimmers (four women and four men) to the Brazilian leg of the World Cup, held on September 10-12 in Rio de Janeiro. The Japanese team collected seven gold medals there and is ready to win at home in the upcoming meet.
FINA Convention: Together We Can Make Aquatics Bigger!
The entire FINA Family can be proud of the outcome of the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention in Punta del Este (URU), held from September 27-29, 2010. During three days, more than 400 delegates, including representatives from FINA’s 202 National Member Federations, but also from sport-related business companies, gathered in this summer resort, where the Rio del Plata joins the Atlantic Ocean, in the southeast part of the American continent.
Presentations, workshops and an exhibition area were at the programme of this Convention, the first of its kind, and conjugating two main goals: firstly, to provide concrete tools to FINA’s National Federations concerning its administration, governance, organisation of events or promotion – for that, it was published and given to all delegates the “FINA National Federation Development Plan Handbook”, which gives precious hints on how to succeed in these areas, tailoring the keys for success at all levels of development.
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