Junior Diving Worlds 2014, Day 1: First gold goes to China and USA

FINA World Junior Diving Championships

The Penza’s sport complex "Burtasy" (which means tribe/population that lived on the right bank of the river Volga), where the 20th FINA World Junior Diving Championships have started today, will be one of the major spots on the city map until the end of the week. A huge screen 4x6 m has been constructed near the entrance of the venue so that everyone can take a look at what is going on in the pool: life broadcasting with comments is expected. A penguin mascot is walking around the arena and inside it, along the tribunes to cheer up the participants and to become a part of a "selfie" so popular nowadays among children and teenagers: young sportsmen of the local diving sports schools are the best fans. And the most outstanding Penza athletes in the field - Olympic champions Irina Kalinina and Yulia Pakhalina - were the guests at the opening ceremony.

Huang Bowen (CHN) - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 3: Hungary and China close on high note

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The Hungarian juniors and the Chinese youths were the happiest kids on Earth after winning the respective titles of the event-closing team competitions at the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured (HUN). These two nations topped the medal table as well – China came first – while Russia won the Team Trophy among the juniors and the Chinese among the youths.

The two team events, held over 3km, concluded the second edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured. The closing day welcomed the young swimmers with mild air-temperatures, the winds eased so a rather peaceful course awaited the participants of the team events.

China touching for the victory - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 2: Prime Minister made the Hungarian girls fly

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The second day of the 2nd edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships turned into a great festival as Hungary’s two competitors, Nikoletta Kiss and Flora Sibalin made a 1-3 finish in the junior girls’ 7.5km event, attended by Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban. The youth boys’ 5km title went to Taylor Abbott of the USA.

To demonstrate the level of appreciation of aquatics in Hungary, soon before the start of Day 2, Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived to the venue. Accompanied by Lajos Kosa and Tamas Gyarfas, Chairmen of the Organising Committee for the 2021 FINA World Championships, Viktor Orban was welcomed by FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu who also attended the championships. The Prime Minister visited the promotion pavilion for the 2021 event – the instalments will make their international debut at the year-ending FINA World Aquatic Convention – then Viktor Orban became part of the show as he shot the starting pistol for the junior girls’ 7.5km race.

From left to right: FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli,
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 1: Russia and China clinch first gold medals

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The opening day of the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships witnessed some fabulous races at Balatonfured (HUN) with at least thousand spectators following the event from the lakeside. Russia’s Anton Evsikov won the 7.5km among the junior boys while China’s Siyu Yan clinched the title of the youth girls’ 5km.

The event was opened by Zoltan Balog, Ministry of Human Resources (in charge for sport within the Hungarian Government) who highlighted the historical aspects of this event as the first aquatic gathering Hungary ever staged bearing the distinction of World Championships.

Swimmers in action in Balaton (HUN) - Photo credit: Hungarian Swimming Association

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SWC 2014, Dubai Day 2: Hosszu sets two WRs and claims a record 8 wins

Swimming World Cup

Mission accomplished for Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who claimed four more victories today for an overall tally of eight gold and one bronze medal. It is a premiere at a FINA Swimming World Cup meet that a swimmers registers so many wins in a single stage. Moreover, Hosszu smashed her eleventh World record in the heats in the women's 100m IM in 56.86 (she clocked 57.75 in the final). Hosszu becomes the first woman to go under 57 seconds.

Still in the heats, Hosszu equalled in the women's 100m backstroke her European record set in Doha in 55.38, 15 hundredths of a second slower than Sakai's World record (55.23 in 2009 in Berlin) before settling for a time of 55.77 in the final.

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