Federica Pellegrini shines at the spring Italian championships
Riccione, April 14-18 2010 – three races and as many titles for Federica Pellegrini at the spring Italian championships. Beyond having dominated the 200m and 400m freestyle events – distances in which she scored the season’s best world performances (1:56.23 and 4:04.30 respectively) – the two-time world champion has heaved herself up in the 800m freestyle (8:27.54), event in which she had to contend with the likes of Alessia Filippi, winner of the 200m backstroke title in 2:11.97, but the latter had to stop the freestyle race due to a shoulder problem.
DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 2: China takes four gold out of four
The second and final day of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17) concluded with four more gold medals for the Chinese team and the success of its stars Bo Qiu, Zi He, Hao Wang/Chen Ruolin, Zhang Xinhua/Qin Kai. China won seven of the eight titles to be distributed in Mexico, the second stop of this year's series. The only exception to this supremacy happened in the men's 3m springboard event, won by Alexandre Despatie (CAN).
Zi He repeated China's gold medal in Qingdao (first leg of the 2010 circuit) by winning the women's 3m springboard with 385.15 points. Paola Espinosa (MEX) showed at home that she has quality to perform in this event and not just on the 10m platform. The "Mexican princess of diving" took its second silver medal in this series - in the first day, she did in the platform - by accumulating 350.80 points. The podium was completed by Kelcy Bryant (USA), who concluded in third place with 332 units. In this event, Wu Minxia (CHN) had an error in her third dive and finished fifth.
Singapore's divers selected for the Youth Olympic Games 2010
Singapore will be sending three divers to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 to be held in Singapore on August 14-26, 2010. They are the following:
Chloe CHAN (girls' 3m springboard)
Myra LEE (girls' 10m platform)
Timothy LEE (boys' 3m springboard)
Kitajima performs well in Japan's nationals
Japan Swim 2010 - Japan's swimming nationals - has started on April 13, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex. The six-day championships welcomed more than 430 teams, totaling 1,365 swimmers, coming from various parts of the country.
Introducing Lyo & Merly - Mascots for the 1st YOG
As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo, a lion cub, embodies the values of Excellence and Friendship, while Merly, a merlion, personifies the values of Excellence and Respect. Through their acts and stories, they will promote the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
Welcoming Lyo and Merly to the Singapore 2010 family, Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, said, "As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo and Merly have to appeal to the international community and the youth. At the same time, they must also possess a strong Singapore's identity. As the host city for the inaugural YOG, we hope to share our culture with friends around the world. What better way to do it than to have Lyo and Merly represent us and the youth, and be the faces of the first YOG."
Japan’s aquatic news round-up
The Indoor Diving Nationals took place at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 4, 2010. Mai Nakagawa and Sho Sakai took gold in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform in the women’s and men’s events respectively. Sayaka Shibusawa and Mai Nakagawa reached the highest podium in the women's 3m synchro event and the same award was reserved for Sho Sakai and Yu Okamoto in the men’s 3m synchro event.
Brazil takes first place at South American Games in Medellin (COL)
In swimming, the Brazilian team collected 51 medals (27 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze), while Venezuela finished second with a tally of 24 medals (nine gold, six silver and nine bronze) and Argentina took the third place with 19 medals (three gold, six silver and ten bronze). Brazilian swimmer Fabíola Molina in the women’s category and Guilherme Guido in the men’s category won the “Señor of Sípan Trophy”. The best performance goes to Joanna Maranhão, who won five gold medals (in the 200m and 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle) and a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle.
Mexico home to FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series N°2 and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix N°4
Mexico will be home to two major FINA events this month, to be held on the same week-end: the fourth leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2010 will take place in the Sumidero Canyon on April 17 and Veracruz will stage the second meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 on April 16-17.
Kiril Todorov, President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, declared that Mexico is proud to attract millions of looks with these two international aquatics events. He added that the country is ready to welcome the world’s best open water swimmers and divers and help raise the skill level of swimmers and divers in Mexico.
1st FINA World Aquatics Convention - Online registration now open!
FINA is pleased to announce the launch of the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention website, providing key information about the inaugural event, which is to be held in Punta del Este (URU) on September 27-29, 2010.
Please visit the page: http://aquaticsconvention.fina.org/.
This website was specifically created to deliver information about the Convention to delegates from National Federations, sponsors, partners, and media. An online networking tool will also be accessible via this website allowing delegates to contact each other in advance of arriving in Uruguay to pre-plan meetings with existing and new clients, reinforcing partnerships amongst the international Aquatics community.
The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention is set to become the premier event gathering the most influential people involved in Aquatic sports.
FINA’s 202 National Member Federations will meet in Uruguay with many other protagonists of the FINA world to discuss and contribute to the future of aquatic sports.
The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention will include a comprehensive programme of meetings, conference sessions and networking events accompanying a dynamic exhibition.
The programme includes presentations from respected international lecturers from several areas – Olympic movement, FINA Family, sponsorship, organisers of events, coaches and athletes, media partners – and will be accompanied by specific workshops:
- National Federations’ development
- New trends in Media
- How to get successful Aquatic events
Media representatives are of course welcome to attend this Convention.
IOC President praises preparations for first YOG
IOC President, Jacques Rogge, today wrapped up a successful trip to Singapore in the final months leading up to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August. The trip included a tour of the venues for sport, culture and education programme activities, and participation in the seminar organised for the National Olympic Committees that will send athletes to the YOG.
During his three-day visit, the President visited the Youth Olympic Village, Games venues, Opening and Closing Ceremony location, and the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. He also took part in the Chefs de Mission seminar, which provided the delegation heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with information and advice on how to prepare the athletes who will compete in August. During his trip he also dedicated time to give motivational speeches to the staff of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) and local university students.
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