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FINA Convention: Together We Can Make Aquatics Bigger!

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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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SSWC 2010, Day 4: FINA Synchro World Cup concludes with Russia's win in the Team event

Synchro World Cup

Russia proved one more time they are unbeatable when they dominated the last event at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu (CHN), winning the Team title for a total of three gold out of four on offer. The powerful but flexible Russians overshadowed the rest of field in the water ballet, taking the Team victory by 98.150 points while China finished second in 96.500 and Canada third in 95.600.

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SSWC 2010, Day 3: Russian Ishchenko wins Solo title

Synchro World Cup

Natalia Ishchenko of Russia turned the swimming pool into a Swan Lake scene and won the solo title at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu (CHN). Within three minutes and 15 seconds, Ishchenko sometimes performed as the gentle Princess Odette, soon turned to the evil Odile. She collected 49.400 points for the technical and 49.300 for the artistic element with a winning total of 98.250.

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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

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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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100 days before FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and 100 teams already on the starting blocks

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

September 5, 2010, Dubai – With 100 days to go before the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) there are already 100 teams from all over the world on the starting blocks and ready for action.

From the swimming super powers of the USA and Australia through to the Republic of Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, the world will be descending on Dubai for five days of world-class, high-octane racing from 15-19 December.

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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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