Kitajima and Koga are Japan’s spearheads at Pan Pacs
The swimming season is at its height with the European Championships just ended in Budapest, the Pan Pacific Championships taking place in Irvine (Cal., USA) on August 18-22, 2010, and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships to be held on the island of Maui (Hi., USA) from August 26-30, 2010.
Japan sent a big team to both Irvine and Maui, including Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima, world 100m backstroke champion Junya Koga, Ryo Irie, Ryo Takeishi, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa, Rie Kaneto, Risa Sekine just to name some.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 4: After 15 finals, several multi-medallists in evidence
With China reinforcing its lead of the medal chart at the swimming competition of the first Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Singapore, some preliminary conclusions can be taken regarding the athletes to watch for the future. In fact, after 15 finals contested, many multi-medallists are proving their potential and many of them will certainly be a “card to play” in future editions of FINA World Championships and Olympic Games.
Among men, the star so far is South Africa’s Chad Le Clos. In the third session of finals, he managed to earn two more medals, this time the silver in the 100m butterfly and the bronze in the 4x100m free relay. His collection is now of four awards, after his silver in the 400m free and the gold in the 200m individual medley.
Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 2: Australia two goals better than World champion USA
This tournament was always going to be about Australia-United States of America. Arguably the two best teams in the world at the moment, clashed on day two in Group B of the 15th FINA World Cup for women’s water polo at Christchurch’s QE II Park pool. As in Sydney last week at the 10th Anniversary Tournament to celebrate a decade of women’s Olympic water polo, Australia finished on top, giving it three successive victories in a week against the World and World League champion.
The first quarter was locked at 1-1 but the Aussie Stingers went 4-1 ahead by halftime, kept a 5-4 advantage at three-quarter time and sealed the match with a penalty goal inside the last two minutes for 7-5 and bragging rights heading towards the quarter-finals. Australia now needs to pass Russia tomorrow to win the group.
Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 1: Aussie Stingers swamp Kiwis on opening night
Defending champion Australia won big on the opening day of the 15th FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup at QE II Stadium in Christchurch. The Aussie Stingers defeated a gutsy New Zealand 17-4 in the last game of the night in a game where New Zealand scored first and trailed just 4-3 early in the second quarter. However, Australia swam away with the game and the lead in Group B where the world champion United States of America downed European champion Russia in the opening game.
As the night hotted up and the crowd swelled, China had the better of Greece 11-7 after the European team — third at the FINA World League Super Finals last month — blew a first-quarter dominance. In the other Group A match, Canada produced its best form of the year with a 14-10 margin over Hungary, a late inclusion to the event.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 3: Swimming, Olympics & Medals – Winning combination for new countries
Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010: World's best women's water polo teams head to Christchurch (NZL)
New Zealand's women's water polo players take on the planet's heavyweights this week at the 15th FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup at Christchurch's QE II Stadium. Ranked outside the elite group, the Kiwis face the daunting task of mixing it with seven of the leading teams as they battle for world supremacy in the year's major test ahead of next year's FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
It's the second time Christchurch has hosted the event after the first in 1988. This four-year spectacle, dominated by the Netherlands with eight titles since its inception in 1979, is headed by reigning champion Australia, who last week bested six of the teams at the 10th Anniversary Tournament in Sydney, celebrating a decade since women's water polo's inclusion to Olympic Games.
Indianapolis 2010, day 5: Russia bags more gold in Solo and Combination
Russia collected two additional gold medals in the finals of the Solo Free Routine and Combination events at the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships held at “The Nat” on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The world’s most elite junior synchronised swimmers have been competing in Indianapolis since Wednesday, at "The Nat", the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
The Russian federation has swept all of the gold medals in this FINA Junior World Championships, something that they have done a total of five times in the past decade. The Russian juniors have also won 24 European Junior titles.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 2: China enters twice in history
Indianapolis 2010, day 4: Russia captures gold medals in Duet and Team
Russia collected two gold medals in the finals of the Duet Free and the Team Free Routine competitions at the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships held at “The Nat” on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis (USA). The Russian duet and their eight person team repeated as gold medal winners in these events. The team from Russia has won the Team Free Routine in every edition of the FINA Junior Championships since 1998. The Russian juniors have also won 24 European Junior titles.
Two athletes from Ukraine swam well enough in today’s Duet Free event to earn silver medals while the eight athletes representing China earned the silver medal in the Team Free Routine event. The duet and teams from Canada welcomed the bronze medal in each event. It was their nation's best performance since the 2002 junior edition held in the Olympic swimming pool in Montreal, Canada.
YOG Singapore 2010, Day 1: Spectacular Opening Ceremony celebrates Youth, Sport and Culture
Held in the breathtaking scenario of Singapore’s Marina Bay, surrounded by the city skyscrapers and the now emblematic Marina Bay Sands complex, the show combined light and music with original choreographies and some innovation in terms of the Olympic protocol at Opening Ceremonies. The parade of the athletes was, for example, not done in the traditional way; this time, the competitors entered in a block in one of the first “chapters” of the Ceremony. A bit later, the flags of the 205 nations present in Singapore made their formal entry in the Marina Bay. Besides the usual athletes and officials’ oath, coaches also swear to respect the Olympic ideals during the competition.
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