Mexico 2012, Day 1: China dominates in Synchro highlight and Thematic duet

Synchro World Trophy

Canada's Highlight Routine - credit: Giorgio ScalaNovember 30, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy started with all the energy and "plasticity" of the Synchro highlight routines and thematic duets. All participating countries - Russia, China, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Ukraine - will present at the Mexican Olympic Sports Centre pool a show that keeps getting more and more spectacular since the competition was firstly launched in 2006. More specifically, the use of accessories is allowed and time on deck can exceed 10 seconds. All of these aspects without sacrificing the technique of the sport.

Asia dominated the first event of the competition, the Synchro Highlight routine, with China (95.788 points) and Japan (95.238 points) finishing on top, showing very different styles. While the Chinese chose to use at the same time delicacy and vigor in their birds-themed routine, the Japanese used several accessories and their theatrical skills in a daring choreography that featured an armed dispute by power. Both teams displayed creativity and a high degree of difficulty in their routine.

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34 teams gather for 1st FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Most of the 34 teams have arrived in Perth for the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships. These championships are for the best 18 and under players in the world and it is the second time this age group has been staged — the first boys’ and girls’ championships with Croatia boys winning in Sibenik, Croatia and Russia girls winning in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia — both in 2009.

This is the first time that a junior water polo event has seen both gender categories playing at the same venue at the same time. We will wade through 118 matches in 10 days with some days throwing up 16 matches, keeping athletes and officials busy.

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TV broadcasters of 2013 FINA World Championships visit competition venues

BCN2013 - General

November 22, 2012 Barcelona. Event organisers of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona next year welcomed the delegates from various national and international TV stations to the World Broadcasting Meeting (WBM). The TV representatives that have the broadcasting rights for next year’s major sporting event visited the competition venues at the Palau Sant Jordi.

The TV delegates participating at the WBM have visited four competition venues: Moll de la Fusta (open water swimming and high diving), Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (diving), Piscinas Picornell (water polo) and Palau Sant Jordi (swimming, synchronised swimming and the finals of the water polo tournaments). The event is the first big meeting organised ahead of the World Championships.

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1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic, what a success!

Gold Medal Clinic

The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully with more than 200 swimming coaches from a hundred nations. The golden opportunity to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge with top-level coaches from swimming powerhouses like USA, Australia or China was praised by many participants.

The coaches attending the clinic were offered a wide range of visions of coaching, practical training cycles, personal experiences, motivation tips for swimmers, and many pieces of advice on the balance between training and life outside the pool and the relationship between a coach and his athlete.

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"We will make Aquatics bigger and stronger!"

FINA Family

November 1, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention drew to a close, successfully bringing together the entire Aquatics community and reinforcing the ties between all players - partners, manufacturers, coaches, athletes and national federations - to bring the development of FINA's sports to new heights.

A number of crucial topics pertaining to the Aquatics movement was discussed on this last day: national priorities for elite sport, financial realities of high-level sport, global markets and new technologies, new trends in coaching and team management.

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