Federica Pellegrini shines at the spring Italian championships
Riccione, April 14-18 2010 – three races and as many titles for Federica Pellegrini at the spring Italian championships. Beyond having dominated the 200m and 400m freestyle events – distances in which she scored the season’s best world performances (1:56.23 and 4:04.30 respectively) – the two-time world champion has heaved herself up in the 800m freestyle (8:27.54), event in which she had to contend with the likes of Alessia Filippi, winner of the 200m backstroke title in 2:11.97, but the latter had to stop the freestyle race due to a shoulder problem.
British Swimming Statment
The final leg of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, due to be held in Sheffield this week, has been cancelled following the continued closure of air space across Britain as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and ensuing ash cloud.
The FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, powered by British Gas, was set to take place at the Sheffield International Venues managed Ponds Forge on 23 and 24 April. It will now be held in Veracruz in Mexico following the completion of the second leg of the series yesterday. British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes commented: "While this is a huge disappointment for British Swimming and fans of diving, the situation is beyond our control. To ensure the athletes can resume the competition we have reluctantly agreed to accept the generous offer of the Mexican Government and Federation to step in to help in what is clearly a challenging time for everyone in Europe.”
DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 2: China takes four gold out of four
The second and final day of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17) concluded with four more gold medals for the Chinese team and the success of its stars Bo Qiu, Zi He, Hao Wang/Chen Ruolin, Zhang Xinhua/Qin Kai. China won seven of the eight titles to be distributed in Mexico, the second stop of this year's series. The only exception to this supremacy happened in the men's 3m springboard event, won by Alexandre Despatie (CAN).
Zi He repeated China's gold medal in Qingdao (first leg of the 2010 circuit) by winning the women's 3m springboard with 385.15 points. Paola Espinosa (MEX) showed at home that she has quality to perform in this event and not just on the 10m platform. The "Mexican princess of diving" took its second silver medal in this series - in the first day, she did in the platform - by accumulating 350.80 points. The podium was completed by Kelcy Bryant (USA), who concluded in third place with 332 units. In this event, Wu Minxia (CHN) had an error in her third dive and finished fifth.
DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 1: Despatie (CAN) back in the 3m
China confirmed its supremacy at the start of the second stage of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series, held in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17), winning three of the four finals that were contested on the first day of competition. The positive surprise of the session was Alexandre Despatie (CAN), who won the gold in the men's 3m springboard.
Hundreds of Mexicans filled the seats of the Veracruz Aquatic Complex to cheer the 50 participant divers from 13 countries. They were also pleased to see local heroes Paola Espinosa geeting the silver medal in the 10m platform and Yahel Castillo the bronze medal in the 3m springboard.
Singapore's divers selected for the Youth Olympic Games 2010
Singapore will be sending three divers to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 to be held in Singapore on August 14-26, 2010. They are the following:
Chloe CHAN (girls' 3m springboard)
Myra LEE (girls' 10m platform)
Timothy LEE (boys' 3m springboard)
Kitajima performs well in Japan's nationals
Japan Swim 2010 - Japan's swimming nationals - has started on April 13, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex. The six-day championships welcomed more than 430 teams, totaling 1,365 swimmers, coming from various parts of the country.
Introducing Lyo & Merly - Mascots for the 1st YOG
As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo, a lion cub, embodies the values of Excellence and Friendship, while Merly, a merlion, personifies the values of Excellence and Respect. Through their acts and stories, they will promote the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
Welcoming Lyo and Merly to the Singapore 2010 family, Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, said, "As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo and Merly have to appeal to the international community and the youth. At the same time, they must also possess a strong Singapore's identity. As the host city for the inaugural YOG, we hope to share our culture with friends around the world. What better way to do it than to have Lyo and Merly represent us and the youth, and be the faces of the first YOG."
Japan’s aquatic news round-up
The Indoor Diving Nationals took place at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 4, 2010. Mai Nakagawa and Sho Sakai took gold in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform in the women’s and men’s events respectively. Sayaka Shibusawa and Mai Nakagawa reached the highest podium in the women's 3m synchro event and the same award was reserved for Sho Sakai and Yu Okamoto in the men’s 3m synchro event.
Brazil takes first place at South American Games in Medellin (COL)
In swimming, the Brazilian team collected 51 medals (27 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze), while Venezuela finished second with a tally of 24 medals (nine gold, six silver and nine bronze) and Argentina took the third place with 19 medals (three gold, six silver and ten bronze). Brazilian swimmer Fabíola Molina in the women’s category and Guilherme Guido in the men’s category won the “Señor of Sípan Trophy”. The best performance goes to Joanna Maranhão, who won five gold medals (in the 200m and 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle) and a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle.
Mexico home to FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series N°2 and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix N°4
Mexico will be home to two major FINA events this month, to be held on the same week-end: the fourth leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2010 will take place in the Sumidero Canyon on April 17 and Veracruz will stage the second meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 on April 16-17.
Kiril Todorov, President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, declared that Mexico is proud to attract millions of looks with these two international aquatics events. He added that the country is ready to welcome the world’s best open water swimmers and divers and help raise the skill level of swimmers and divers in Mexico.
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