Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 6: Europe prevails in the rain

World Youth Water Polo Championships

All four European teams downed their respective rivals from the other continents in the 'upper house' of the qualification round in Istanbul on Day 6 of the competition so from the quarter finals only representatives of the 'Old Continent' can have a shot at the podium.

Spain, Croatia and Italy advanced with ease – though the Spanish game was moved to an indoor pool because of the heavy rain hitting the outdoor venue – while the Turks almost blew a win against Japan: they led 8-1 after the first period but the Japanese managed to level the score in the last period. Still, the hosts could net the game winner in the last minute.

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Montreal 2014, Synchro: "sport for life" is the motto!

Masters

More than 480 synchro swimmers performed in Montreal in one or more of the four events on the programme - Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination - held from July 28 to August 2, 2014. If the team and free combination often generate the most "wows" thanks to sky-high jumps and original lifts, the solo is a particular event, where the athlete drives the audience in a world of her own.

On Saturday August 2, swimmers aged 25 to more than 80 years old shined in the solo free routine. On that sunny afternoon, the last performer of the day was Kanako Kitao of Japan, 2004 Olympic silver medallist in the team event in Athens. The 28-year-old stunned the judges and audience alike when she appeared on the pool deck with her hair loose and thin braids. The long, dark hair clearly added to the dramatic dimension of her magnificent routine. The audience was blown away, completely mesmerised by Kitao's unique performance.

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Kazan 2014: Athletes enjoy the venue

High Diving World Cup

In Barcelona, the beautiful scenario in the Montjuic Municipal Pool had been the stage of the lucky draw for the first ever High Diving competition under FINA auspices, at the 2013 FINA World Championships. In Kazan, Russia, the 34 divers participating at the inaugural FINA High Diving World Cup on August 8-10, 2014 got a hold of the Russian tradition by opening the small “matryoshka” dolls with a number inside, defining their appearance order in the competition. After the technical meeting following the second day of training, athletes strongly applauded the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu when he confessed that our International Federation will naturally consider the inclusion of the discipline in the Olympic programme.

Under very hot conditions, but blessed by some wind, 25 men and 9 women tested the conditions in the Kazanka River, where a double structure was built: one comprising the platforms for the competition, and, facing it, a TV tower. The three-day competition will be broadcasted live in Russia and the signal will reach over 70 territories worldwide. On the background of the diving structure, the beautiful and emblematic Kremlin of Kazan, the most recognisable monument of the Tatar capital, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Kazan 2014: Live the competition with Orlando Duque!

High Diving World Cup - Duque's Insight

Second day of training for the divers and the conditions were perfect.

In the morning, we had the opportunity to practice from lower heights at the pool where the FINA Diving World Championships is going to be held in 2015 and the energy inside there was fantastic.

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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 5: Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia and Russia reach quarter finals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

SRB vs CRO - credit: Turkish Water PoloFour teams have already booked their places in the quarter finals as they finished first in their respective groups at the 2nd FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Spain couldn’t better their goal difference enough to pass Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro both finished with a clean sheet winning 4 out of 4 in the prelims and the unbeaten Russians reached the best eight on the express lane.

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