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One star, one discipline: Trent Grimsey

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Australia and open water swimming are deeply connected. The reasons are many: the first, and most obvious, is the fact that the enormous country is surrounded by water; the second is the passion of Australians for swimming, a discipline in which they share world supremacy with the United States; the third is a reason that will remain forever a part of FINA’s history: the first open water swimming event contested at a FINA World Championships was held in the 1991 edition of the competition in… Perth, along the Swan River in Western Australia.

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Asia Swimming Federation launches new website

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Guest of Honor

On April 24, 2010, the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF) announced the launch of its new website on the occasion of the Award Ceremony of the 4th Asian Open Water Championships which concluded on April 22, 2010, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Mr. Husain Al-Musallam, Vice President of the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) officiated the launching of the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF) website and congratulated AASF Director General, Mr. Taha Sulaiman Al-Kishry, for his hard work and contributions.

AASF new website can be visited at:www.asiaswimmingfederation.org

 

FINA Vice President Sam Ramsamy chairs IOC Sport for All Commission

FINA Family

After being re-elected for a new term at the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FINA Vice President Sam Ramsamy (RSA) was recently appointed Chair of the IOC Sport for All Commission. He will now oversee all IOC’s activities in this area. Moreover, Mr. Ramsamy is also Member of the following IOC Commissions: Culture & Olympic Education; Press; Olympic Programme; Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012.

 

DWS 2010 - Veracruz (II), Day 2: China conquers the four titles at stake

Diving World Series

China confirmed once again its status of powerhouse in the discipline by conquering the four titles at stake during the second and last day of the FINA/LI-NING Diving World Series in Veracruz, Mexico, on April 21, 2010. The perfect dives of the Chinese team closed the third date of the Series, with a myriad of “10” marks, sweeping gold in all four events.

And thus fell the curtain of the diving festival that took place at the Aquatic Complex “Law Reform” in Veracruz, which had the honour to host two serial dates and welcome the world’s biggest diving stars. The athletes represented 13 countries, 24 of which are Olympic medallists.

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DWS 2010 - Veracruz (II), Day 1: Mexico’s Yahel Castillo surprises at third meet

Diving World Series

With Yahel Castillo’s gold medal gained in the 3m springboard as well as Paola Espinosa and pair German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia picking up silver in the 10m platform and the 10m platform synchro events respectively, the Mexican delegation delighted the home crowd during the third meet of the FINA / Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010, which is repeated in the Reform Laws Aquatic Complex, in Veracruz.

The third meet was initially scheduled on April 23-24 in Sheffield (GBR) but due to restrictions on air traffic in the European sky, the meet had to be cancelled.

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No title for Kitajima at Japan’s national championships

Federations News

Japan Swim 2010 – Japan’s swimming national championships – has successfully ended on April 18, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex.

The 20-year-old Ryo Tateishi swam very well and won three titles in the men’s breaststroke events, clocking 27.66 in the 50m, 59.84 in the 100m and 2:09.21 in the 200m. Satomi Suzuki did a good job too in the women’s breaststroke events. She also won three titles, clocking 31.70, 1:07.64 and 2:24. 27.

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Federica Pellegrini shines at the spring Italian championships

Federations News

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.

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British Swimming Statment

Diving World Series

The final leg of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, due to be held in Sheffield this week, has been cancelled following the continued closure of air space across Britain as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and ensuing ash cloud.

The FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series, powered by British Gas, was set to take place at the Sheffield International Venues managed Ponds Forge on 23 and 24 April. It will now be held in Veracruz in Mexico following the completion of the second leg of the series yesterday. British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes commented: "While this is a huge disappointment for British Swimming and fans of diving, the situation is beyond our control. To ensure the athletes can resume the competition we have reluctantly agreed to accept the generous offer of the Mexican Government and Federation to step in to help in what is clearly a challenging time for everyone in Europe.”

 

DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 2: China takes four gold out of four

Diving World Series

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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.

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DWS 2010 - Veracruz (I), Day 1: Despatie (CAN) back in the 3m

Diving World Series

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China confirmed its supremacy at the start of the second stage of the FINA-LI NING Diving World Series, held in Veracruz (MEX, April 16-17), winning three of the four finals that were contested on the first day of competition. The positive surprise of the session was Alexandre Despatie (CAN), who won the gold in the men's 3m springboard.

Hundreds of Mexicans filled the seats of the Veracruz Aquatic Complex to cheer the 50 participant divers from 13 countries. They were also pleased to see local heroes Paola Espinosa geeting the silver medal in the 10m platform and Yahel Castillo the bronze medal in the 3m springboard.

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