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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Youth WP 2014 (M), Day 4: Serbia upend Croatia, Hungary force last-grasp tie against Spain

World Youth Water Polo Championships

SRB - credit: Turkish Water PoloIn the two big games of Day 4 of the FINA World Men's Youth Water Polo Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Serbia won a thrilling match against Croatia by scoring the last two goals of the match after 9-9. Hungary broke an almost 19-minute silence and scored twice in the last minute against Spain to force a draw.

And finally, the match featuring Brazil and Turkey brought a 35-goal epic: the hosts won 16-19, making history as the clash saw the most goals ever scored in a single game in regular time in the junior Worlds’ history!

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Montreal 2014: 1996 Olympic champion Claudia Poll still looking strong


Claudia Poll after her 100m free race, received by her fan club - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINACosta Rican swimmer Claudia Poll is one of the few Olympic champions to have made the trip to Montreal for the 15th FINA World Masters Championships. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Poll won the country's only gold medal, in the 200m freestyle. Two years later in Perth, she was crowned World champion in the same event. She has tallied a total three Olympic and four World championships medals.

At 42, the standout, 1m91-tall swimmer is still an ever-looming threat in the distance freestyle and IM events. The Olympian and multiple national record holder is attending her third straight Masters Worlds. In Gothenburg, Sweden in 2010, she finished first in the 200m IM and second in the 200m freestyle, and picked up another silver in the 200m IM in Riccione, Italy in 2012.

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