Shi Tingmao bags gold number eight for China

Kazan 2015 - DV

Shi Tingmao won her second gold medal of the FINA World Championships when she led a Chinese one-two with defending champion He Zi in the women’s 3m springboard to bring China their eighth title of 11 contested at Kazan’s Aquatics Palace, with two finals still to come.

Shi, who had already retained the 3m synchro world crown with Wu Minxia, shared the lead with He in the first of the five rounds but then edged ahead of her team-mate as other challengers faded. Canada’s Olympic 3m synchro bronze medallist Jennifer Abel, who had gathered Kazan silver in the 3m synchro, was their most persistent rival, never out of the top three until she blew her final dive and dropped from third to sixth. That let in Tania Cagnotto for the bronze. The 30-year-old Italian had won the 1m title ahead of Shi and He to deny China gold for the first time in Kazan. She shot up from fifth to third to win her fourth 3m bronze medal in the last six World Championships.

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Russia’s synchro girls completed their performance in Kazan with the gold medal in free combo

Kazan 2015 - SY

Team Russia grabbed eight out of nine gold medals in synchro events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. Russians made a spectacular and striking finish, winning their combo routine with more than 98 points (98,300).

Even some with technical problems, the sound equipment couldn’t kill the perfect execution of a ballet theme “Don Quihote”, presented by the leaders. No, the music didn’t stop them at all like it had already happened twice: during the team routine at the Olympic Games in 2004 or in the team final at the Universiade 2013 in Kazan. There was just some noise or crack in the dynamic speakers.

Vlada Chigireva, Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Aleksandra Patskevich, Alla Shishkina, Anzhelika Timanina, Mikhaela Kalancha, Lilia Nizamova, Elena Prokofyeva, Maria Shurochkina and Gelena Topilina came out of that tense situation with honour and topped the podium.

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Italy's Ruffini and Brazil's Cunha win final two gold medals in 25km event

Kazan 2015 - OW

Simone Ruffini of Italy and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil each claimed one of the final two open water gold medals today in the 25km events. Ruffini's time of 4:53.10.7 was 4.4 seconds faster than Alex Meyer of the USA who he passed in the final 500m of the race. Cunha, the Brazilian multi-medallist covered the distance in 5:13.47.3 and was 26.1 seconds faster than Hungary's Anna Olasz. 

Ruffini's big accomplishment in the water was nothing compared to his clever marriage proposal which played out on the medals podium and likely on international television. The open water champion and Rio bound Olympic qualifier asked his girlfriend and Italian teammate Aurora Ponsele "Will You Marry Me?" in a note that he unveiled during the 25km men's medals ceremony. His future wife signalled back with two fingers shaped in a heart to the delight of Italian wedding planners. Ponsele finished 22nd in the women's 10km earlier this week, unfortunately outside of the top 10 swimmers who qualified for the 2016 Olympics next summer in Brazil.

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Kazan celebrates traditional Tatar holiday – Sabantuy

Kazan 2015

As the Republic of Tatarstan celebrated today (August 1) the traditional holiday Sabantuy, the Kazan authorities invited all participants to the 16th FINA World Championships to attend an entertaining cultural and musical event located in the Privolzhskiy district.

Sabantuy is one of the oldest and most important celebrations for the people of Tatarstan. It celebrates and honours sport, labour, agility and strength.

The participants had the opportunity to discover beautiful costumes, traditional songs and dances as well as take part in the rich cultural programme and sports contests which were held in a festive atmosphere.

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European Council Workgroup meets in Kazan

Kazan 2015

On 29 July 2015 the Legal Advisory Group to the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention visited Kazan (RUS) upon the invitation of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation. The visit was organised to assist the recommendation of the Monitoring Group regarding information shared between governmental agencies and anti-doping authorities with a view to further reduce doping substances in sport.

The visit took place in the context of the FINA World Championship 2015, allowing to observe the mechanism introduced by the Russian government in real time during a major sport event.

The authorities of the Russian Federation and FINA demonstrated relevant experience that will consist of the recommendation provided by the Monitoring Group to the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention (expected to be adopted in November 2015).

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