Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 2: China leads way in team tech as well

Synchro World Cup

synchro world cupAlready heading first in the technical duet on Day 1, China topped the preliminaries in the technical team on Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Quebec City. The Chinese team showed a routine called 'Anges Noirs' (Black Angels), swimming to the music 'City of Bones' to score a total 92.7655 points. Ukraine (90.0906) and Japan (90.0755) follow with very tight scores.

According to their Japanese coach Mayuko Fujiki, the Chinese team has been entirely renovated since the London Olympics in 2012: "With the exception of two swimmers, the whole team is new. The coaching staff is new as well so they work differently now. Up to London, China was known as a team which focused on beauty, ballet and plasticity; they won silver at the Olympics, finishing close to Russia. To beat them, we must use more strength, technique and power. We're happy because we see here that it is working."

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Water from Kazan travels to ISS

Kazan 2015

Everyone expects that the 16th FINA World Championships, to be held in Kazan (RUS) will be an enormous success on Earth, but the organisers of the competition want to reach ever higher. On September 26, 2014 the Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a symbol of the FINA major event - a special barrel filled with water from the Kazanka River – and travelled to the International Space Station (ISS).

During the press conference that took place shortly before the lift-off, Tatarstan's Minister of Sport Vladimir Leonov extended gratitude to the Federal Space Agency and the expedition crew members for contributing to the development of sports, and especially aquatic sports.

Russian cosmonauts taking Kazan's water to the space

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 1: China provisional leader in Duet

Synchro World Cup

The technical duet event opened on October 2 the 13th edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, with all 17 countries represented. The Chinese took the lead of this competition debut at the Aquatic Centre of the Laval Université in Québec City (CAN). Xuechen Huang and Sun Wenyan totalled 92.2374 points with the theme “He is the sound of a pirate”, from Hans Zimmer, and a very vigorous routine.

The Chinese duet getting ready for their routine - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

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SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 2: Hosszu (HUN) finishes show with five gold medals

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu confirmed her place among swimming’s all-time elite with a two day performance that was the best ever at a FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong tonight.

After claiming five wins from six finals on day one of the third leg of world cup, Hungarian Hosszu repeated the dose with another five gold and a silver from six events.

There weren’t the world records of Doha and Dubai, but there was controlled power and almost total dominance. She has lost just six World Cup races this season, three each against Mireia Belmonte (ESP) and Inge Dekker (NED).

The medallists in the women's 400m free

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SWC 2014, Hong Kong Day 1: Hosszu (HUN) continues to impress

Swimming World Cup

Top-flight international competition returned to Hong Kong at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool on Monday night, with the star power provided by the Iron Lady.

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) proved every bit as tough as her nickname suggests at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 tonight, but it does her a disservice – she’s a golden girl.

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in action

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