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2010 edition brings the best in Roberval

World OWS Championships

The city of Roberval (Québec, CAN) will welcome from July 17-22, 2010 the 6th edition of the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, with events of 5km, 10km and 25km, for both men and women. Roberval and its Lac St-Jean have a great tradition in this discipline hosting annual races included in the FINA series of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup and Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.

After Honolulu (USA) 2000, Sharm El Sheikh (EGY) 2002, Dubai (UAE) 2004, Naples (ITA) 2006 and Seville (ESP) 2008, this sixth edition will mark the end of these championships as such. The inclusion of the discipline (10km event, for men and women) in the Olympic programme and the FINA desire to enhance the development in the junior age group led to the creation of a FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, starting in 2012. The “open” competition will from now be limited to the Olympic Games and FINA World Championships (with the remaining aquatic disciplines).

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WPWL 2010 (Men): Montenegro’s winning shots against the USA, Serbia wins over Australia

World League

The sensation on day 3 of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final was definitely Montenegro’s victory over the American squad. After a hard-fought game tied to 7-7, Montenegro confirmed their ambition in a series of penalties, defeating the USA with a final score of 11-9.

Serbia continues to look strong, winning over Australia by 8-6, to the delight of the home crowd. China struggled with the likes of the Spanish squad, eventually losing by 5-11. The Croatia-South Africa game generated little surprise since the Croatians dominated the operations throughout the period, conceding only one goal to South Africa and winning by 22-1. The player to score the most goals was Croatia’s Paulo Obradovic, with four winning shots.

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WPWL 2010 (Men): Close win for Serbia against Croatia, Montenegro defeats Spain

World League

The Serbian-Croatian battle (Group B) took the spotlight on day 2 of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, being played in Nis (SRB) from July 13-18, with the Serbians conquering their second victory at home since the beginning of the competition, with a tight 9-8. In Group A, Montenegro triumphed over Spain by 11-7, while the American squad defeated China (11-5).

Also in Group B, Australia secured a victory against South Africa with a comfortable 19-4 score. Australia’s Billy Miller alone scored four goals, this second round’s best performance.

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WPWL 2010 (Men): Easy wins for Serbia and Montenegro, Australia upsets Croatia

World League

credit: Stevan LazarevicAs expected, Serbia and Montenegro comfortably won their first games at the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, taking place in Nis (SRB), from July 13-18. In Group A, Montenegro (winner of the 2009 edition) defeated China by 16-4, while in Group B, Serbia (world champion in 2009) had a “training” game against South Africa, triumphing by 22-0. The remaining two games of this first day included a surprising victory from Australia over Croatia (10-7) and the defeat of Spain (7-3) against USA.

Boris Zlokovic was the best scorer of this round, with his five goals contributing to the successful outcome of Montenegro. The Chinese team only gave some resistance in the first half of the game (4-3 for the Europeans), but then the 2009 winners managed a 6-0 and a 6-1 in the third and fourth periods respectively.

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Open water swimmers take the plunge in Japan

Federations News

The Oiso Long Beach 10km Open Water Swimming Championships were held in a lazy river (i.e. artificially created water current) at the Oiso Prince Hotel in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, on July 4, 2010. Swimmers had to complete a rectangular 500-meter long closed-circuit loop twenty times, counter-clockwise and without turns (two length sides being 250-meter long and two width sides 10-meter long each).

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OWS GP 2010: Romiti doubles, Blaum indomitable in Capri-Napoli meet

Open Water Grand Prix

After 18 years, an Argentine swimmer is back to put the seal on the Capri-Napoli 36 km race, sanctioned by FINA as the fifth leg of the Open Water Swimming Grand Prix. The incredible bears the name of Damien Blaum, who thanks to the distance accumulated over his direct follower, Australia’s Brendan Capell, was granted a few backstrokes and enjoyed the applause of the audience.

“I am delighted and honored by this success – say the winner – now I have entered the golden ‘club’ of a competition which in the past has witnessed the victories of swimmers like Camerero, Plitt and Degano, athletes that have made open water swimming history.”

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SPEEDO swimmers combine efforts to fight malaria

Highlight

Thousands of Speedo swimmers, including 14-time Olympic champion, Michael Phelps, have helped combat the spread of malaria in Africa by teaming up to raise an astonishing 193,647USD as part of World Swim Against Malaria on June 25, 2010.

Phelps and fellow Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington were among the 9,917 athletes, staff and friends of the world’s leading swimwear brand who took to the pool to raise money to purchase vital bed nets offering defence against malaria-carrying mosquitoes, ensuring that 76,322 children will be protected from what remains one of the world’s most deadly diseases.

As well as raising much needed funds for World Swim Against Malaria, the efforts of Speedo swimmers also amounted to a total distance of over 40,074km - the equivalent total distance of a round the world swim.

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Super Final 2010 (Women): USA in penalty-shootout win over Australia for fifth FINA World League crown

World League

The United States of America claimed a record-extending fifth women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals crown at La Jolla, California today. It came at the expense of Australia, who suffered a second penalty-shootout defeat at the hand of the North Americans in four days. Last Tuesday it was a 15-14 loss but this evening it was a 12-11 affair in a tournament where eight of the 24 matches went to the penalty stripe.

Australia trailed 4-2 at halftime and 5-4 at the final break, drawing level at the top of the fourth and even leading 7-6 with two minutes remaining. As on Tuesday, Australia conceded a late goal to go to extra time.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): Perennial rivals face off in gold-medal game

World League

World champion and reigning World League champion United States of America will play World Cup champion Australia for gold at the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California tomorrow. The four-time champion North Americans put paid to Greece’s hopes of a second crown, winning 9-7 while Australia came back from 4-2 down at halftime and twice gave up three-goal leads to beat Russia 8-7. The USA beat Greece 11-9 in the rounds and went out to 5-1 by halftime but allowed Greeec to win the final quarter 4-2 in a confident showing that augurs well for the final. It meant the USA was in its sixth final in seven attempts. Australia has four medals from the Super Finals but has played just the one gold-medal game, losing to the USA in Montreal three years ago.

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WPWL 2010 (Women): Australia, Greece, Russia and USA advance to semifinals

World League

credit: Russell McKinnonAustralia 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.

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