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Changzhou 2010, Day 2: Chinese divers "untouchable"

Diving World Cup

China's Olympic champion Qin Kai and new partner Luo Yutong won the men's 3m springboard synchro event on the second day (June 3, 2010) of the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China. The pair Qin/Luo took the lead after their second dive and never looked back for the remaining of their four dives, winning with a total of 460.62 points. This is Qin's second synchro gold medal at the World Cup as he wrapped up the title together with Wang Feng in 2008 before they became Olympic champions in Beijing.

The American duo Troy Dumais/Kristian Ipsen took silver, totalling 440.01 points while Ukraine's Illya Kvasha/Oleks Prvgorov settled for the bronze with 432.30 points. The Canadian pair Alexandre Despatie/Reuben Ross finished just out of medal-range in fourth place while Russian diving czar Dmitry Sautin pairing with Yury Kunakov placed sixth.

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Changzhou, 2010: US pair wins inaugural "Team Event"

Diving World Cup

As an initiative event at the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup, the American pair claimed the first ever team victory on the opening day (June 1, 2010) in Changzhou, China. Instead of having a men's and women's 1m springboard event (as it was the case in the last FINA Diving World Cup in Beijing, 2008), the team event in Changzhou featured one male and one female diver performing six dives on the 3m springboard and 10m platform.

David Boudia and Haley Ishimatsu from the United States beat the other 11 competing pairs to take the gold with a total of 455.35 points. Reflecting on the results, Boudia expressed his satisfaction: "I performed very well today."

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WPWL 2010 Men & Women: Australia and China, the best in the Asia/Oceania groups

World League

The teams of Australia and China qualified for the Super Finals of the 2010 FINA Men’s and Women’s Water Polo World Leagues, after finishing first of the Asia/Oceania qualification group.

In the men’s field, there were two preliminary rounds, the first being held in Osaka (JPN), from May 19-23, and the second in Tianjin (CHN), from May 26-30. After the 10 games for each of the six participating teams – Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and New Zealand – the Australians got 10 triumphs (and 30 points), while China finished with two losses (precisely against Australia) and eight wins (24 points). Kazakhstan and Japan both finished with 15 points (five victories, five defeats), while New Zealand only secured two triumphs and Iran lost all its games.

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Busy May and more aquatics to go for Japan in June

Federations News

altOn 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.

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Espinosa and Castillo lead the Mexican team for the Diving World Cup

Federations News

altWorld 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.

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64 new Mexican swimming records at the National Olympiad

Federations News

altMexican 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.

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Mexico confirms participation at 6th FINA World OWS Championships

Federations News

MEXSix 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.

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FINA mourns the loss of Alan Clarkson (GBR)

FINA Family

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.

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WPWL 2010: USA and Canada qualified for Super Final

World League

The teams of USA and Canada assured their qualification for the Super Final of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, by finishing in the two first places of the Americas qualification group. After a double round of games in Mayaguez (PUR) on May 17-23, in which the teams of Canada, USA, Brazil and Puerto Rico took part, the Canadians concluded first, with five wins and one loss (15 points), while the USA was second also with five triumphs and one defeat (but with a worse goal average than the Canadians in the direct matches between the two nations). Puerto Rico was third (two victories), while Brazil was fourth, only with losses (six).

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Michael Phelps: 99 seconds with 99 days to go for the 2010 Youth OG (Video)

Highlight

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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