Final countdown in Kazan (RUS)

High Diving World Cup

FINA is on Instagram too! Follow us on instagram.com/fina1908Things 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.

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Masters Worlds gather a record 97 countries!

Masters

FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione - credit: Montreal 2014More 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!

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Helsinki 2014: Japan breaks Russia’s dominance in Combination final

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Japan performing for gold in Comb - credit: Anne TuuliJapan 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.

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Montreal 2014, Water Polo: "We are here for the camaraderie and love of the game!"

Masters

Fair play is an art to Master - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINAToday 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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Helsinki 2014: Japanese duo close to upend top favourite Russia

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Russian duet in action: Anastasia and Daria Bayandina - credit: Kari PajunenPerennial favourite Russia added two more to its multitude of titles in juniors’ synchro swimming (15 to 18 years), but it won Saturday’s first event at the 14th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland, the duet only with a very slight margin ahead of Japan. Two 17-year-old twins from Moscow, Anastasia and Daria Bayandina edged out Japan’s duo of Kano Omata and Asuka Tasaki by a hair’s breadth, 0.13 points.

Russia later took the team event title with the Bayandina sisters picking up a second gold medal for the day, while Omata and Tasaki added silvers of their own.

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