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)


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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World Swim Against Malaria


WSMAfter supporting the project on its launch in 2005, FINA is once more associated to the “World Swim Against Malaria”, a global initiative to bring swimmers together, in order to raise money to fight malaria. The aim is to achieve one million people swimming on the same day all around the world, on June 25, 2010.

FINA committed to support, in close association with Speedo, this project because this was a real opportunity for the swimming community around the world to do something very simple, but very substantial, for a humanitarian cause which could save thousands of lives.

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Spectacular Dubai venue on track to welcome the world

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Dubai is well on course to host the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). That’s according to the FINA delegation that visited the venue set to host what will be the largest swimming event in the region from December 15–19.

FINA President, Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli and FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu, met recently with the Local Organising Committee of the Championships and were given a tour of the new Dubai Sports Complex. Their visit to Dubai coincided with the SportAccord International Convention (a five-day gathering of 1500 leading representatives from international sport).

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Paraguay announces swimming team for XXIV Latin Cup

Federations News

The Paraguayan Federation of Swimming has revealed the list of swimmers to participate in the XXIV Latin Cup which takes place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on May 18-23, 2010.

Here is the list below:

Women: Ma. Laura Mongelos Benítez, Paloma Moserrath Rivera, María López Nery Huerta, Karen Natalia Riveros Shulz and Lujan Amarilla Vargas.

Men: Benjamín Thomas Hockin Brusquetti, Renato David Prono Fernández, Bruno Daniel Benítez, Carlos Alfredo Orihuela Gianotti, Francisco Javier Díaz Urunaga, Ricardo Gregor Ramírez and Hugo Andrés Riera Pastore.


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