Istanbul successfully organised European SC Swimming Championships
The continental swimming elite concluded the year at an impressive level at the 13th European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Istanbul (TUR) from December 10-13, 2009. Ten World records (pending FINA approval) were established during the competition.
The Netherlands were the top nation by medals with ten gold, three silver and one bronze, followed by Russia (8-5-8), France (6-2-3), Germany (5-3-4), Hungary (3-4-1) and Croatia (2-3-0). No nation had achieved more than ten titles at European Short Course Championships since Sweden in Valencia 2000. The Championships Trophy, however, went to Russia for the best team by points (909), far ahead of Germany (671), Italy (600), France (586), the Netherlands (520) and Sweden (476).
Swimmers from 22 nations shared the medals in Istanbul. 41 participating LEN Member Federations were present, meaning a new participation record.
Istanbul will host in 2012, the 11th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
Japan collects 19 gold medals at the East Asian Games
The Japanese Team entered home after the 5th East Asian Games, held from December 5-13, 2009 in Hong Kong (HKG). 34 swimmers (19 men and 15 women) and eight divers (four men, four women) took part in the competition. The Japanese delegation came home with 19 gold medals. The Games were attended by over 2,300 top athletes from nine countries of the region: China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau, DPR Korea, Chinese Taipei and Guam. 22 sports were represented in these Games and more than 1,700 international journalists were accredited to the competition. Overall, China was very strong and dominated the operations.
Libby Trickett (AUS) retires from swimming
Dual Olympian, world record holder and multiple world champion Libby Trickett has announced on December 14, 2009 that she will retire from competitive swimming with immediate effect.
One of Australia’s most decorated female swimmers of the modern era, the 24-year-old plans to spend more time with her family and look to pursue a career in the media with Network TEN and ONE.
Speaking at today’s announcement, Trickett said it has been the most difficult decision of her life, but one she is now completely comfortable with.
Australia Wins 10th Holiday Cup in Women's Water Polo
Australia took home first place of the 2009 Holiday Cup anchored by tourney MVP Bronwen Knox and Top Goalie Victoria Brown. They defeated Russia 11-9 in the final day of action to claim the outright title. Team USA tied Canada 8-8 and earned second place at the event (held in Newport Beach, CA, USA) while Canada took third. Italy defeated the Netherlands 9-7 to earn their first win of the event despite the Holiday Cup's leading scorer Mieke Cabout who led the five day event in scoring.The rest of the standings saw Russia in fourth, the Netherlands in fifth and Italy ending in sixth place.
FC Porto and Diogo Carvalho, the best in Winter Nationals
A top-class Futebol Clube do Porto as a team, and Diogo Carvalho individually were simply the best at the recent Portuguese Winter Championships (short course) in the ancient city of Leiria (129 km north of Lisbon).
From December 4-6, most of the best Portuguese swimmers gathered to the first national event of the season, without the presence of many valuable swimmers such as Simão Morgado, Pedro Oliveira, Carlos Almeida and Tiago Venâncio, in a meet where the club from the North of the country demonstrated its supremacy: 12 gold - 8 silver - 8 bronze medals, a total of 28, way far from Sporting (Lisbon) with 5-7-8, total of 20, but with more national records (counting all ages).
Corinthians wins the 15-16 years old Brazilian Championship
The Sport Club Corinthians Paulista won the Brazilian 15-16 years old Swimming Championship (the Carlos Campos Sobrinho Trophy). The club scored 344 points. Minas Tênis Clube finished the event in the second position with 303 points and Unisanta was third with 255 points. Overall, 24 new event records were set in this competition. The championship was held at the Curitibano club in the city of Curitiba.
Cheng becomes surprise winner as China tops Asian swimming championships
Slicing three seconds off personal best within one month, Chinese Taipei's Cheng Wan Jun stunned to win the women's 200 meters individual medley title of the last day at the 8th Asian Swimming Championships on Foshan (CHN) on Nov. 28.
After the eight-day Asian championships, the hosts swept 46 golds in swimming, diving and synchronised swimming.
Montreal 2009, Day 3: Canada crowned new champion
A new champion, the team from Canada, was crowned at the 4th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy held at Montreal's Olympic Park Sports Center, the venue of the 1976 Olympic Games. Canada won the Highlight Routine and Thematic Duet on Friday and finished first in the Thematic Team event last evening. The squad from the host federation collected enough points to win the 4th FINA World Trophy this evening following their third place finish in the Combination Team routine in the fifth and final event of the programme. Canada ranked fourth in the third edition of this competition held in Spain and won by the host nation last year.
The total score accumulated during the five events of the competition allowed Canada to climb on the top of the podium ahead of Russia. The cumulative score for Canada was 491.666 points, followed by Russia with 491.333 points, and Spain with 485.666 points. Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon (CAN) and Chloe Isaac (CAN) won the Thematic Duet event and Boudreau-Gagnon (CAN) finished second to the FINA World Champion Natalia Ischenko (RUS) in the solo event. The Canadian team received their first 10.0 score since the 1992 Olympics in Saturday's Thematic Team Routine. Another milestone for the Canadian squad was a finish ahead of the powerful Russia team, the first time this has occurred since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Montreal 2009, Day 2: Russia wins solo but Canada remains in the lead
The host federation returned to Montreal's Olympic Park Sports Center, the venue of the 1976 Olympic Games, at the top of the scoring tables following the first evening of competition at the 4th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy. Saturday night is "Hockey Night in Canada" but ironically this evening's performances did not include any references or elements drawn from Canada's national pastime. Hockey jerseys, sticks, pucks and the NHL buzzer were the signature accessories in Friday evening's winning performances by the duet and team squads from Canada. The Canadian squad swam to first place in last night's Highlights and Thematic Routines and leads in the scoring for the FINA Trophy after just two events.
Tonight the venue sound system blared the Black Eyed Peas hit song "A Good Night" featuring these lively lyrics: "I have a feeling, I have a feeling that tonight is going to be a good night, a good, good night" perhaps giving even further inspiration to the Canadian team. Tonight the Canadians would face a stiff challenge from a Russian World Champion and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medallists in this evening's Free Solo and Thematic Team routines.
Montreal 2009, Day 1: Canada leads after two events
The world's best synchronized swimmers returned to Montreal to compete in the 4th edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy. The national federations of Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and United States will perform five events: “Synchro Highlight Routine”, “Thematic Duet”, “Solo”, “Thematic Team” and “Combination. In order to enhance the spectacular routines in synchronised swimming, the FINA Synchro World Trophy has different rules than the ones used at Olympic Games or World Championships. The main differences relate with the possibility of wearing accessories, to the judgement of the deck movements, or to the length of the programmes.
Just four summers ago Montreal hosted the very successful 2005 FINA World Championships. Just prior to the competition Montreal's Mayor Gerald Tremblay was presented with the FINA Order in recognition of his outstanding support for the organisation of the 2005 FINA World Championships. This competition is being held at the aquatics venue of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
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