Montreal 2014: Gold rush for France's swimmer Nicolas Granger
Since his first participation at FINA World Masters Championships exactly 20 years ago, in Montreal in 1994, Frenchman Nicolas Granger had but one idea in mind: to come back. The 47-year-old Masters swimmer, who has broken a total 21 World records, pocketed two titles today, August 4, at the Parc Jean-Drapeau pool, the 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, and is clearly on track for more medals this week.
You can tell from the first look that Granger is no stranger to racing. In the line-up for the 100m breaststroke, the man stayed focused despite the surrounding hurly-burly, relaxing his long arms, his mind set on a clear goal: win this race. And so he made it happen, obliterating the field to post a remarkable 1:06.66, rattling Vladimir Pylypchenko's world record of 1:06.35, and claiming his 21st Masters world title to date.
Final countdown in Kazan (RUS)
Things are getting ready in Kazan (RUS) to welcome the participants for the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, taking place on August 8-10, 2014.
One year after the successful staging of this new FINA discipline at the World Championships in Barcelona (ESP), a temporary tower is near completion on the Kazanka River, which will be used for the 2015 FINA World Championships in the capital of Tatarstan, as well.
Masters Worlds gather a record 97 countries!
More than 3'000 athletes, coaches, officials and FINA family representatives gathered to the 1976 Olympic Park in Montreal, Canada for the opening ceremony of the 15th and last stand-alone FINA World Masters Championships on August 2, 2014 for a memorable celebration of the Masters movement.
While Swimming events start today, August 3 at the Parc Jean-Drapeau, this edition proves already a success, with a record 97 member federation taking part in the 14-day event!
Helsinki 2014: Japan breaks Russia’s dominance in Combination final
Japan broke Russia’s dominance sweeping all four gold medals three times consecutively at the FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships in Helsinki. The ten-member Japan team won the spectacular and lively free combination final, full of youthful joy, scoring 90.4 points as the last team out. The Russians, who had performed just before stayed on 90.3 points - the deciding margin a mere 0.1 points.
There were a lot of Japanese tears and laughs to be seen around the podium and a triumphal piece of collective joy as the girls grabbed head coach Risako Takita below the podium and threw her in the pool.
Montreal 2014, Water Polo: "We are here for the camaraderie and love of the game!"
Today August 2 successfully concluded the men's and women's water polo competitions at the 15th FINA World Masters Championships, where a total 950 players, representing 15 countries and more than 60 clubs, took part. It was a hot Saturday afternoon at the Parc Jean-Drapeau's aquatic complex with enthusiastic cheering from the crowds in the stands as finals for men and women were underway.
After an intense bronze-medal match in the men's 50+ age group, which they won, James Bates and Eugene Dafoe from the Kaos club (USA) shared their impressions, still panting: "That's the best we've done here," said Dafoe. Does that mean we get better with age? "I guess so!" they both replied, laughing.
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