Kazakhstan men's water polo team defeats reigning champion China
Kazakhstan reclaimed its Asian Games men’s water polo crown in Guangzhou (CHN) on Thursday November 25, beating reigning champion China 7-6 in a tense final.
China led 4-1 in the second quarter but Kazakhstan brought the game level at 5-5 by the final break. Two quick goals at the top of the fourth period and solid defence kept China off the top position on the dais.
This means that the two countries split the titles in Guangzhou with world No. 3 China winning the women’s crown from Kazakhstan.
Colombian swimming team announced for Dubai
The Colombian Swimming Federation officially announced the list of swimmers to participate in the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) from December 15-19, in Dubai (UAE).
The tricolor flag will be represented by Omar A. Pinzon Garcia, Julio C. Galofre Montes, Juan David Molina Perez, Andres F. Montoya Torres, Isabella Arcila Hurtado, Juan M. Cambindo R., Jorge Mario Murillo Valdes and Carmen G. Ciancia Maury.
The athletes will be under the leadership of coaches Jose Mendez and Fabio Arias Neber Toro.
The brightest Stars in Dubai
CAMERON VAN DER BURGH (RSA)
At 22, he is the current WR holder in the 50m breaststroke (25.25) and 100m breaststroke (55.61) - he was also respectively third and second in those events in Manchester 2008. In long course, he got the gold in the 50m at the 2009 Worlds in Rome. Over the last years, he is one of the most “valuable” athletes in the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup series.
Kenya’s Jason Dunford aims to make history in Dubai
The 23 year-old has already made history once this year by securing Kenya’s first swimming medal at a Commonwealth Games, finishing at the head of a world-class field including Australia’s Geoff Huegill and Roland Schoeman of South Africa in the 50m butterfly in New Delhi.
Chinese women's water polo team takes gold in front of home crowd
China won the inaugural Asian Games women's water polo gold medal with a 13-5 victory over Kazakhstan at the Tianhe Natatorium on November 17. FINA President Julio Maglione was on hand to distribute the gold medals.
China started strongly and led 4-1 at the quarter, 7-3 at halftime and 8-4 at the final break. The final margin was enhanced with three late goals by China. Uzbekistan claimed the bronze medal, beating India 20-2 in the other game in the three-day, six-game, round-robin event. India debuted at the international level and felt the might of the top two teams, losing 38-2 to both. Song Donglun (CHN) scored a tournament-high 12 goals in the clash with China.
FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), 1993-2008 - A story of success
Given the development of Swimming, which progressed from one recognised season into two different periods of the year – typically, for the North Hemisphere, comprising the long course (50m-pool) season in Spring/Summer, and the short course (25m-pool) during Autumn/Winter -, FINA formally approved the first short course world records in 1991, opening the door to the organisation of the first FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 1993.The first edition took place in Palma de Mallorca (ESP), and since then nine editions took place, in Rio de Janeiro (BRA, 1995), Gothenburg (SWE, 1997), Hong Kong (HKG, 1999), Athens (GRE, 2000), Moscow (RUS, 2002), Indianapolis (USA, 2004), Shanghai (CHN, 2006), and Manchester (GBR, 2008). The 10th edition will be held in Dubai (UAE), from December 15-19, 2010, while the 11th edition is already scheduled for Istanbul (TUR), in December 2012.
Survey confirms success in Punta del Este
Following the positive feeling on-site, a post-event survey confirms the satisfaction of the majority of the participants (over 450 in Uruguay) at the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention, held in Punta del Este (URU), on September 27-29, 2010. The high rate of responses to this inquiry also confirms the interest in this event and the motivation of all attendees in improving the future editions of the Convention.
In a questionnaire sent to all delegates, lecturers, sponsors, exhibitors, organisers, or bidders present in Uruguay, 71.5% of them agreed that the Convention met their objectives. On a scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), participants rated the “Quality of the Conference” 4.2 and the “Quality of Exhibition” was noted a 4.0.
Shanghai 2011 - allocation criteria for Travel & Accommodation subsidies for the National Federations attending the Championships
Reference is made to the 14th FINA World Championships – Shanghai 2011.
Clarification and update on the allocation criteria for Travel & Accommodation subsidies for the National Federations attending the Championships.
French stars shine in Genoa
European champion in the 400m freestyle, Yannick Agnel debuted in style over the same distance at the “Nico Sapio” Trophy (short course). The French swimmer coached by Fabrice Pellerin clocked 3:42.31, close to the world season's best, resisting the onslaught of Italian middle-distance swimmer Federico Colbertaldo, who stopped the clock at 3:45.19.
Camille Muffat (FRA) dominated the women's race all the way and although she sped up in the last 50 meters, the Frenchwoman was not able to go below the four-minute mark. Her time was 4:00.30.
50m breastroke European champion, Fabio Scozzoli (ITA), produced a great performance, easily winning the 100m in 58.92. This places him at the top of the continental rankings.
Moreover, a fascinating battle took place in the men's 100m backstroke between American Nick Thoman and Damiano Lestingi from Italy, which ended in favour of the first (52.20 vs. 52.59). Another thrilling fight unfolded in the men's 100m freestyle, where the French Gregory Mallet powered home in a winning time of 48.69, beating American Schneider (48.86) and Calvi from Italy (49.43).
Fine performances produced at nationals in RDC
The third COD championships were successfully held on October 20-21, 2010, in the Lubumbashi Pronvince, Katanga (RDC). Mbombo Soleil Kayowa was the sensation of the day, setting a national record in the 100m freestyle in 55.18. She performed also well in the 50m freestyle, clocking 24.59.
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