Seven Hills, Day 3: Sullivan shines in the 100 freestyle, upsetting a "reborn" Magnini
During the closing day of the Seven Hills meet, which gives the trophy to Italy, Eamon Sullivan (AUS), who is training at the Australian Intitute of Sport (AIS) of Varese (ITA), won the most anticipated race of the programme: the Aussie, already world record holder, imposed himself in 49.25, rejecting the attacks of a “reborn” Filippo Magnini. Dunford (KEN) completed the podium.
Seven Hills, Day 2: Pellegrini doubles, the 800 freestyle is hers too
The spotlight of the Seven Hills meet, day 2, was pointed on the duel between Italian stars in the 800 freestyle. But there was no duel. Pellegrini, who already established her mark in the 400 freestyle, led the race from the first stroke, while Filippi could not do anything to upset her. The two-time world champion, author of a half-step slow because of her race, left Wendy Trott (RSA) at 200 meters from the finish, touching the wall in 8:28.40. The third place was awarded to Martina Caramignoli while an unrecognisable Alessia Filippi ended fourth.
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)
WPWL 2010 (Women): Greece and Russia take the lead in Europe’s groups
Greece and Russia are the provisional leaders of the European groups of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, after the first round of the preliminaries, held in Athens (GRE) and Budapest (HUN), from June 9-13. In the Hellenic capital, the home team totalled four wins out of four matches played and finished the tournament with 11 points (one of the triumphs, against Spain, was by penalty shootout). The Netherlands are second with three victories and one loss, while Spain finished this round with two triumphs and two defeats. France had a 1-3 outcome, while South Africa is the last of the group, only with losses. These same teams will now travel to Nancy (FRA), where the second preliminary round of the group will be organised from June 16-20. The first two ranked teams of the group will be qualified for the Super Final of the competition.
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.
Changzhou 2010: Australia's Matthew Mitcham takes men's 10m platform title on last day
Just like a replay of the Beijing Olympics, Australia's Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham enjoyed his "lucky day" by winning the men's 10m platform and was the one who stopped China's medal clean-sweep on the last day of the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup.
China won seven out of the eight titles on offer at the World Cup (apart from the inaugural "Team Event" which was taken by the Americans).
Changzhou 2010, Day 5: First-time winner He Zi in the women's 3m springboard
China's He Zi scored her first world title in the women's 3m springboard on day 5 of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China, while Olympic champion and teammate Wu Minxia missed what would have been her third World Cup title in a row. He, world champion in the 1m springboard event in 2007, led the final all the way to the end, conquering her first world title with a total of 395.55 points.
Changzhou 2010, Day 4: Chinese supremacy remains unchallenged
Despite knees injuries, Olympic champion He Chong retained the men's 3m springboard title while the pair Chen Ruolin/Wang Hao secured the gold in the women's 10m platform on day 4 of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. He, who claimed his first world title by winning the 3m springboard at the 2008 World Cup before he collected the Olympic trophy, has been suffering knees injuries for years.
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