Le Clos to spearhead South African team in Glasgow
Chad Le Clos, golden boy of South African swimming, finished the trials for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with seven gold and one silver medal, qualifying in five events for the Games. Karin Prinsloo was the top woman swimmer bagging five gold medals and qualifying for four events.
It was a week of up and downs as some events delivered disappointing results but in all nine swimmers qualified for the Games in 17 events. Graham Hill, national coach of Swimming South Africa (SSA), was disappointed after he expected at least 12 swimmers to qualify at the trials in the Kings Park pool in Durban.
Hosszu: "I always learn something new, even after 20 years of swimming!"
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu is attending the SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey this week. The current 200m and 400m IM World champion is on-hand both in and out the pool as she is to take part in a practice session with kids from the local swimming clubs today and the first-ever "Youth Club" discussion panel on Thursday April 10, together with other outstanding young athletes.
Always flashing a smile, the 24-year-old is creating the buzz at the FINA stand in the Susesi Convention Centre. The Iron Lady of swimming takes a moment to reflect on her career, goals and aspirations for the sport she loves so much.
Australia looks to future with Games squad
James Magnusson may be the World 100m freestyle champion and the public face of Australian Swimming, but he still walked away from the country’s National Championships yesterday without a single title.
Despite the result Australian Swimming officials, and indeed Magnusson himself, are upbeat about the team’s performance ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs.
MSWC 2014: Grimaldi (ITA) and Lurz (GER) set the pace in Cancun
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Thomas Lurz (GER) dominated the second stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in Cancun (MEX), where a total 75 swimmers, 34 women and 41 men from 20 countries, took the plunge.
In the women's race, Martina Grimaldi of Italy, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, emerged victorious in 2h12m37s. Brazilians Poliana Okimoto, reigning World champion and winner of Race 1 in Viedma, and Ana Marcela Cunha placed second and third, respectively in 2h12m38s and in 2h12m39s.
Fourth successful FINA visit to Doha
A FINA delegation concluded in the first days of April the fourth official site visit to Doha (QAT), host city of the 12th World Swimming Championships 2014 (25m) and the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention. During the two-day visit, matters related to all the organisation aspects of the events were discussed, including areas of accommodation, transportation, accreditation, marketing, competition venue, event presentation, broadcasting and others.
Heading the FINA Delegation, its Executive Director Cornel Marculescu stated: “All preparations are progressing well. Doha is an attractive destination and we have in our hands all the elements for a very successful championships”.
"The Doha 2014 Organising Committee is working hard, looking after all the details of the these two major FINA events, achieving a considerable progress in line with the set milestones. We are confident that in December, Doha 2014 will present an exciting event to the Aquatics family” said Qatar Swimming Association President and Doha 2014 CEO Mr. Khaleel Al Jabir.
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