Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins second title in Brazil’s WP League
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won its second title in the Men's National League of Water Polo (João Havelange Trophy). In the second final game, Pinheiros defeated Fluminense by 12-7 in Rio de Janeiro. In the first decisive match, Pinheiros was also better, scoring 12-5. Last year, Pinheiros and Fluminense also played the final games and the Pinheiros club got the title as well.
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.
Olympic champion Liu Zige to shine in Asian swimming championships
Olympic champion Liu Zige and world champion Zhang Lin will lead a group of Chinese elite swimmers at the Asian Swimming Championships which ran through Nov. 21-28.
The Championships, which include swimming, synchronised swimming and diving, are being held by China Swimming Association (CSA), Guangdong Provincial Sports Administration and People's Municipal Government of Foshan, under the auspices of the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF).
Junya Koga, "Swimmer of the Year" in Japan
The national annual meeting of Japan Swimming Federation for November was held in Tokyo on November 22. On that occasion the “Swimmer of the year” award was announced: Junya Koga, men’s 100m backstroke gold medallist at the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009.
Also in Japan, Kousuke Kitajima, gold medallist in the men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke both in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olymopics, came back to the swimming pool after the Beijing Olympic Games. He enjoyably swam at the Tokyo Swimming Center Invitational Meet, which was held on November 21-23, 2009.
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