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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300-day countdown has started

Kazan 2015

Kazan 2015On the 300 days to go to the 16th FINA World Championships, a new countdown clock ticking down the time left to the start of next summer's international aquatics event is now available. The clock was opened on September 27 in Bauman Street, near the iconic Arabian style street clock. The ceremony was attended by Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin, and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, Vladimir Leonov.

Special guests at the event were Merited Master of Sport, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion, three-time world champion, eight-time European champion, multiple winner of world and European cups, TV presenter and actress Maria Kiseleva and three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion, fifteen-time world champion and seven-time European champion Svetlana Romashina, as well as lead singer of the Kazan pop band Bolshoy Kush Rustem Chanyshev. They all were revealed as ambassadors for the upcoming FINA World Championships. Ilsur Metshin hosted the ceremony and handed credentials and ambassador scarves.

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Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 6: Golden Australia in 3m springboard, China dominates on platform

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The last day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS) appeared to be very stressful and tense for all the participants but especially for the Russian athletes looking for the first gold medal at their home championship.
In the Girls B 3m springboard final, Tatiana Stepanova finished fourth, 20 points behind the bronze medallist and 27 behind the leader. Ekaterina Nekrasova, who claimed silver on the lower board, came only seventh. The two Russian divers walked through the mixed zone with their heads down and refused to talk to journalists. Australian Georgia Sheehan delighted with her performance and was, on the other hand, very communicative and jovial. She earned her third medal of the competition, this time the gold, totalling 407.65. Georgia overtook another favourite of the championship, Song Anxin from China (404.30) and Christina Wassen from Germany (400.40).

The podium of the Girls B 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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