Seven Hills, Day 1: Pellegrini claims the 400 freestyle, Sullivan and Alshammar shine too
PESCARA – in the swimming pool where she established the seventh world record of her career, the queen from Rome 2009 Federica Pellegrini won the 400 freestyle in 4:03.12, improving her performance from the national championships and her season’s first world performance.
“I’m very happy with this time improvement; I came down the mountain five days ago and despite the intense training, I had good feelings. I am very optimistic for the coming European championships in Budapest. At the Seven Hills meet I will still compete in the 800 while I still don’t know about the 200: I’d like to be on top also for the Italian club championships on Sunday.”
Big stars to attend Italian meet
Tomorrow until Saturday will be contested in Pescara, Italy, in the same swimming pool which hosted last year’s “Giochi del Mediterraneo” (Games of the Mediterannean), the “Settecolli” Trophy, an international event traditionaly hosted in Rome’s “Stadio del Nuoto” (pool of the 2009 World Championships).
The complete Italian team will line up at the event: the “sprinters” are back from a training camp in Auburn (Illinois), USA, with two-time world champion Cesar Cielo while the long-distance swimmers returned a few days ago from a three-week “escape” in high altitude in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
8th Oceania Swimming Championships upcoming in Samoa
The 8th Oceania Swimming Championships will be held at the National Aquatic Centre, Apia, Samoa from 21 – 26 June this year. Competition will take place in Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming.
Over 120 Swimmers from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii (by invitation), Marshall Islands, New Caledonia (by invitation), New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga (by invitation) will participate in the Championships.
Alongside the competitions, FINA Technical Clinics for Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming will be held with the assistance of the FINA Development Program.
The Oceania Swimming Association is most grateful to the Samoa Swimming Federation for hosting the Championships and look forward to a great week of competition in Apia next month.
(Samoa Swimming Federation Press Release)
Japan’s synchro team plans for FINA World Cup
The 2010 Japan Swimming Open (Long Course) was held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Complex in Tokyo, Japan, on June 4-6, 2010.
The three-day championships presented satisfying results: Ryo Tateishi timed 1:00.51 in the 100m breaststroke, Junya Koga clocked 53.51 in the 100m backstroke, Ryosuke Irie concluded the 200m backstroke event in 1:55.67, Takeshi Matsuda touched the wall in 1:55.60 in the 200m butterfly and Shiho Sakai swum the 200m backstroke in 2.07.99.
Busy May and more aquatics to go for Japan in June
On the way to the FINA Water Polo World League 2010 Super Final, the Asia-Oceania Preliminary Round has successfully ended at the Osaka Pool in Osaka, Japan, on May 23, 2010. In the men’s field, Australia, China, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Iran and Japan, totaling about 90 players took part in the games. Australia finished first, China second and Japan third. In the women’s field, a total of 60 players from Australia, China, Kazakhstan and Japan participated. China came out victorious, while Australia and Kazakhstan finished second and third respectively.
Espinosa and Castillo lead the Mexican team for the Diving World Cup
World champion Paola Espinosa and Yahel Castillo, gold medallist in the last meet of the FINA / Li-Ning Diving World Series, will lead the Mexican team to the Diving World Cup in China and Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
After holding National Diving Championships at the new pool CEFORMA in the Tlalpan (Mexico City), the Mexican Swimming Federation chose among the best five women and seven men for the World Cup, which will take place on June 2-6 in China. For the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, from July 17 to August 1, the male group has been reviewed as only six women and six men can be enrolled.
64 new Mexican swimming records at the National Olympiad
Mexican Swimming held its National Olympiad 2010 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, where 64 new records were established in the books of the Mexican Swimming Federation.
The team of Baja California became the new swimming "Champion" at the National Olympiad 2010, followed by the State of Mexico and Jalisco, home of the 2011 Pan American Games.
Mexico confirms participation at 6th FINA World OWS Championships
Six Mexican open water swimmers will compete at the World Championships to take place in Roberval, Canada,on July 15-23, 2010. The "Aztec" team was defined at the end of the 10km marathon from the National Olympiad, held in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. It was a tough race that was held in the choppy waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The Mexicans selected are the following: in the men's field, Rodrigo Elorza and Ivan Lopez will compete in the 10km event and Manuel Chiu in the 5km event. As for the women, Alejandra González and Zaira Cárdenas will take part in the 10km race and Odette Saldivar in the 5km.
FINA mourns the loss of Alan Clarkson (GBR)
FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Alan Clarkson, one of the most prestigious swimming officials in Great Britain. Mr. Clarkson passed away on May 22, 2010 after a heart failure – he was 73. In the last years, Mr. Clarkson had been deeply involved with open water swimming, having chaired the FINA technical committee of this discipline until 2005. He had previously been member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee.
According to the site of British Swimming, “Alan represented England at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and went on to support a series of British and English squads as team manager, accompanying athletes to three Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympic Games in 1976 and the World Championships in 1973, 1975 and 1978.
Michael Phelps: 99 seconds with 99 days to go for the 2010 Youth OG (Video)
With the occasion of the 99 days to go for the start of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (August 14-26), Michael Phelps (USA), one of the ambassadors for this competition, gives a 99 second-interview, where he briefly talks about his success, the keys to shine in the pool and addresses a special message to all those participating in Singapore. His words will certainly inspire the future champions, knowing that Phelps is the best swimmer in history, with 14 Olympic gold medals, eight of them conquered in one single edition of the Games, in 2008 in Beijing (an unparalleled feat).
When he was appointed 2010 Youth Olympic Games ambassador, Phelps had declared: “The Youth Olympic Games is an excellent initiative, not only for the athletes competing, but also those who are inspired to get into sport and be more active. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to become the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games, and can’t wait to get working with the YOG team to promote the first event this summer!”
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