FINA in mourning - Nick Thierry (CAN)

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FINA has learnt with great sadness the loss of Nick Thierry (CAN) on October 2, 2012 in Toronto. His immense contribution to the Sport of Swimming, throughout his activities as coach, journalist and statistician will long be remembered by the FINA Family.

Nick was a true devoted lover of Swimming, having consecrated it the major part of his life. He was for many years FINA's most valuable source of swimming rankings, a superb and brilliant work very much appreciated by the coaches, athletes, media and fans of the sport in general. He has done it in a discreet but passionate way, sharing his knowledge and experience with many generations of swimming experts.

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Italy's Paolo Barelli elected new LEN President

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Paolo Barelli (ITA)Paolo Barelli from Italy was elected on September 29, 2012 at the helm of the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) for a four-year term during the LEN Congress in Cascais, Portugal. Barelli has been a LEN Bureau Member since 2008 and succeeds Nory Kruchten of Luxembourg.

After the Congress Barelli declared: “It is our aim to keep up the high level of European Aquatics, although it will not be easy in these economically difficult times. With an effort of the entire LEN team we might be able to get it done.”

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Sam Ramsamy (RSA) is new President of African Swimming Confederation

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South African Sam Ramsamy, FINA Vice-President and IOC Member, was elected as President of CANA, the Confederation of African Swimming Associations, at the General Assembly held during the 11th African Championships in Nairobi (Kenya).

He takes over from CANA President Mustafa Larfaoui from Algeria. Kenya's Ben Ekumbo is the new CANA Secretary General and Treasurer. CANA currently has 52 member associations.


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Volos 2012, day 5: Two more gold medals for Russia on final day

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Russia's Vlada Chigireva won the gold medal in the Solo final of the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships that concluded on September 16, 2012 in Volos (GRE).

Chigireva, already winner of this event in the previous Championships (2010 Indianapolis), got the title in 170.9870 and was followed by Hikaru Kazumori of Japan (163.4881) and by Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau (162.4059).

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Volos 2012, day 4: Russia wins Duet and Team events

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Russia retained its Duet title at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, being held in Volos (GRE) from September 12-16, 2012. Represented by Milena Miteva and Elena Prokofyeva, Russia earned the gold medal in 168.5908, revalidating the previous World Championships's title in Indianapolis 2010. With this success, Russians have now reached 31 gold medals at World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, including eight consecutive titles in the Duet event since 1999.

Japan's pair, composed by Hikaru Kazumori and Momoka Tamoura earned silver with a combined score of 162.7664, while Ukraine (Kateryna Reznik and Anastasiya Savchuk) were third with 160.5239.

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