WPWL 2010 (Women): Australia, Greece, Russia and USA advance to semifinals
Australia will play 2008 champion Russia while four-times winner United States of America will clash with 2005 winner Greece in the semifinals of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California tomorrow. The teams earned the honour after the quarter-final round on day four of the six-day event at the La Jolla High School aquatic complex. Amazingly, all semifinalists are from Group B. The Greeks earned the opening spot when they surrendered 6-1 and 10-4 leads to allow Hungary back into the game, forcing a penalty shootout with a 4-1 final quarter. The Hungarians struggled to convert, missing three times with the last miss from captain Rita DRAVUCZ skipping wide to give Greece victory. The World Cup champion Aussie Stingers earned the second berth with a solid effort against the Olympic champion Netherlands — 10-7 — in a game where goalkeeper Victoria BROWN dominated with 17 saves. Russia dragged down the third spot, defeating China 10-6 after earlier leading 4-1. The host nation USA won a tense encounter with close rival Canada — 7-4 — especially as Canada led 3-0 after the first quarter. This is the seventh version of the women’s FINA World League with all six titles owned by three of the semifinalists.
WPWL 2010 (Women): World No1 USA and No2 Canada to battle for Super Finals semifinal berth
The top two teams from the Rome FINA World Championships will play in the quarter-finals of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California, tomorrow. The world champion United States of America will play Canada, meaning one team won’t be in the medal hunt. Following three penalty-shootout matches the day before, it was all straight forward at the La Jolla Senior High School pool. The only upset was Hungary’s 11-7 demolition of Group A winner China. Olympic champion Netherlands downed world championship silver medallist Canada 12-9 for third spot in the Group A In Group B, Australia took its time to beat Greece 7-5 for seven points but had to wait until the last preliminary-round match to see whether world champion USA would claim the group. This it did by defeating Russia 12-9. The other quarter-finals also see some interesting match-ups with the Netherlands taking on World Cup champion Australia, China facing Russia and Hungary fronting up to Greece.
Busy July ahead for Japan
All Japan National Teams (Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming) are busy preparing for their July schedule. The swimming national team, with – just to name some – Kosuke Kitajima, Junya Koga, Ryosuke Irie, Takeshi Matsuda, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa, Marie Kamimura and Rino Hosoda, counts 49 swimmers, who are training hard for the upcoming the Pan Pacific Championships to be held in California (USA) on August 17-21, 2010.
Official launch of the Mascot of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
The Organising Committee for Dubai 2010 was joined by senior FINA executives for the launch of the Official Mascot for the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) to be held in Dubai from December 15-19, 2010.
Ivan Garcia proud flag bearer at Singapore Youth Olympic Games
The Mexican Swimming Federation announced that the diver Ivan Garcia will be the flag bearer representing Mexico at the Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore this August. This designation acknowledges the work and talent of Ivan Garcia, who is considered a rising diving star in Mexico.
Ivan García’s pet event is the 10m platform; he performs dives of a high degree of difficulty and his main results have been internationally awarded in platform synchro with German Sanchez, who participated in the FINA World Championships in Rome 2009 and the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup in China. He was also a silver medallist at the third meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz.
Emotive posthumous tribute to Joaquín Capilla, four-time Olympic medallist
Mexican Olympic Committee President (COM), Felipe Muñoz Kapamas, Director of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (Conade), Bernardo de la Garza, and President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, Todorov Kiril Minchev, were all present to pay posthumous tribute to Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla, who passed away on May 8, 2010, in Mexico City.
Mexico will defend swimming title at Central American and Caribbean Games
Twenty-six Mexican swimmers (12 women and 14 men) will defend the championships title at the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in July.
In the editions of San Salvador 2002 and Cartagena 2006, Mexico won 15 gold medals in swimming (long course) competitions and was superior to other countries in the region such as Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
The Mexican team is getting ready by taking part in several international competitions. For example, Patricia Castañeda, double silver medallist at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, and Fernanda Gonzalez participated in the Mare Nostrum meet in Barcelona (ESP) and Canet (FRA).
Mexico successful at the Loano Synchro Cup
Mexico gained one silver and three bronze medals at the Loano Synchronised Swimming Cup. The event was part of the Mexican team’s preparation for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Italy dominated the Team event competition, finishing first with 94.667 points. Brazil was second with 90.167 and Mexico third with 87.833.
In the Duet event, the Italians Giulia Lapi and Manila Flamini accumulated a total of 93.167 points, winning the gold. The Brazilian duo Nayara Figueira and Lara Teixeira took silver with a total of 89.833 points, while the Mexican pair Isabel Diosdado and Nuria Delgado, who will represent the colours of their country at the 2012 Olympic Games, claimed the bronze, totalling 86.667.
OWS GP 2010, Preview of Capri-Napoli race (ITA)
On June 27, 2010, the 45th Capri-Napoli (ITA) race (36km) will take place in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of the circuit of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (fifth stage).
WPWL 2010 (Women): Penalty shootouts dominate second day of Super Finals
An amazing three penalty shootouts occurred on the second day of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. Firstly, Greece and Russia provided some spark on a cold, gloomy day with an exciting final quarter in which nine goals were scored, forcing a penalty shootout. Greece came through 4-2 in the rotation and a 17-15 margin after the game was locked at 13-13. The points rules give just two points for a shootout win and a lone point to the losing team. The second shootout went one further when it was won in sudden-death penalty shootout. Hungary gave up a four-goal lead early to see the Olympic champion Netherlands come back to 8-all before going to the penalty line.
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