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.
World’s best young talents step up in Tucson (USA)
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.
Diving Juniors, 2010: China’s young guns dominate in Tucson (USA)
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.
Kitajima leads Japan national team to Asian Games
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.
"Retirement Was Something I Was Ready For"
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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