FINA Task Force Report
Francis Crippen, a long distance swimmer from the United States of America (USA) passed away during the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup race that took place in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday 23 October 2010.
In order to better understand the circumstances surrounding the tragic accident, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) appointed a Task Force to address all the issues related to the death of open water swimmer Francis Crippen.
Japanese stars ready for Shanghai tickets
Most swimmers in Japan including breaststroke ace Kosuke Kitajima but also Takeshi Matsuda, Junya Koga, Ryosuke Irie, Naoya Tomita, Ryo Tateishi, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa just to name a few, are in top shape for the up-coming test. They will swim fast also for Japan’s hope to rebuild from the natural catastrophe.
Shanghai Government Intensifies the Food Safety Measures to Ensure the Success of the 14th FINA World Championships
The 14th FINA World Championships will be held from July 16 to July 31 in Shanghai, China. To ensure the success of the world’s top aquatic sports competition, the Chinese government and Shanghai government will attend to the people’s concerns, enforce the laws and regulations of food safety, and tighten food safety supervision according to international practices in order to ensure the food safety for the athletes and spectators of this competition.
The officials of Shanghai government and the Organizing Committee of the 14th FINA World Championships have held many meetings recently with related experts to discuss the details for supervising food safety. The Organizing Committee has concluded the following five measures.
Brazil tops medals table at South American Youth Championships (PER)
Brazil won 97 medals at the South American Youth Championships taking place in Lima, Peru, from March 16 to 27 at the Campo de Marte complex.
The Brazilian swimming team totalled 750.5 points and won 74 medals (35 golds, 21 silvers and 18 bronze). Venezuela finished in second position with 404.5 points and Argentina claimed third spot with a total 397.5 points.
In open water swimming events, the Brazilians took six medals (2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze) while in synchronised Swimming, the girls garnered 16 medals (11 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze). In the men's water polo field, the Brazilian squad defeated Venezuela in the final 16 to 3 (5:1, 5:2, 1:0, 5:0). Diving is not in the programme of the South American Youth Championships.
Colombia to host first South American Water Polo Championships
The Aquatic Complex "Horacio Martinez", in Copacabana, Antioquia (COL), was chosen as the stage for the First South American Water Polo Championships (for both male and female U-17 category), to take place from April 5-10, 2011. The delegations of Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and Colombia will take part in the event.
The excellent conditions presented by the Aquatic Complex "Horacio Martinez", widely known in Colombia for the hosting of aquatic events and the experience gained since the last South American Games, allowed the town of Copacabana to be chosen as host of this new event.
Success of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
FINA is pleased to announce that the cumulative audience in Europe of its 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held last December in Dubai (UAE) was, according to the report received from EBU, of 136.2 million people from 264 programmes totaling over 237 hours of coverage.
In comparison, for Manchester 2008 (the previous edition of these championships), the figures show an audience of 58.3 million from 230 programmes totaling over 222 hours of coverage.
Whilst the number of programmes increased by 14.8% and the hours of coverage rose by 6.8%, the increase in total audience has jumped by 133.6%, which underlines that the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) has become a more attractive event.
6th European title for Sascha Klein - Russia tops medal table once more
Russia once again proved the best nation at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin with three gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the altogether ten events, but was closely followed by Germany (3-3-2) and the host country, Italy (3-0-1). Russia also won the Team Trophy with 191 points ahead of Germany (175), Ukraine (138) and Italy (124).The four quota places for next year’s Olympic Games at stake in Turin went to Germany (2/men’s 3m and 10m), Italy (women’s 10m) and Sweden (women’s 3m).
Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape made the fans cheer again in the final event on Sunday, when the Italians won their third successive title in the women’s 3m synchro springboard practically with their last dive (320.40 points), defeating until then leading Russians Nadezda Bazhina-Svetlana Philippova (317.13 points). Germans Katja Dieckow-Uschi Freitag took bronze (295.90 points). Cagnotto said afterwards: "Naturally I'm happy, even though I failed to win the 3m springboard title, but I gained three medals again just like two years ago in Turin. The crowd here is just fantastic !"
Hausding retains 3m springboard title – Koltunova with second gold for Russia
Patrick Hausding, the “World Diver of the Year 2010”, retained the first of his two 2010 titles in the 3m springboard at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, on Thursday. In a close competition, the German won with 499.40 points ahead of the two Russians, Ilya Zakharov (493.85) and the new 1m European Champion Evgeny Kuznetsov (482.35). After the fifth round Hausding and Zakharov were still joint leaders.
“My first dive could have been a little better. But after everything went well. You simply have to put your best dives at the end”, said the German who had gained medals in all five competitions in Budapest 2010. Patrick Hausding also achieved the second quota place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after Noemi Batki (ITA) had ensured the first one by winning the women’s 10m platform on Wednesday.
Kuznetsov snatches title from Kvasha – Italy rejoices
Ukrainian Illya Kvasha’s dominance of the 1m springboard event ended on the opening day of the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, taking place from March 8-13. The 23-year-old was striving for his fourth successive title since 2008, but Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov snatched the primacy from him. The 20-year-old from Stavropol, who finished fourth in this competition in Budapest last year, received 427.05 points, Kvasha 419.65.
“A medal is not bad, but I’m a bit disappointed as I wanted to win my fourth title in a row. My second and third dives were the problem, when I didn’t perform perfectly”, commented the defeated champion. Kuznetsov admitted that he was sure of gold before his last dive: “There wasn’t much that could go wrong anymore.”
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