First impressions and blistering marks at London Aquatics Centre

London 2012 Swimming

Many outstanding swimmers competed in the prelim heats of the British Nationals and the top 8 were seeded directly to an international finals session at the Olympic test event in the London Aquatics Centre, the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games. Most of these athletes came to see the venue and to familiarize themselves with the iconic new venue that will be the highlight of most of their careers.

Day 1, Saturday (March 3, 2012)
- World record holder Paul Biederman (GER) easily won the 400m freestyle event in a time of 3:50.95 easily defeating Velimir Stjepanov (SRB) who finished 2.29 seconds back. Biederman's time is the 18th fastest of the new year and a far cry from the 3:44.14 time he posted at the FINA World Championships last summer in Shanghai. Veteran Olympian Markus Rogan (AUT), currently training in the USA with Coach David Salo swam to a first place finish in the 400m IM, about 14 seconds off the world record set by Michael Phelps in this event. Ryan Lochte (USA) won the world championships last summer in a time of 4:07.13 but has yet to swim the event in 2012.  Rogan's prelim time of 4:17.18 was faster than his finals posting of 4:17.60 and he now has the 9th & 10th fastest performances of the new year.  German's Hendik Feldwehr looked smooth in his race against LI Xiayan of China cruising to a 1:00.48 and collecting his FINA A qualifying time. His swim is the 4th fastest of the year, but some distance from Alex Dale Oen's (NOR) fastest time of 2011, 58.71 set at the summer world championships.

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A renaissance for British Swimming is underway at the London Aquatics Centre

London 2012 Swimming

London Aquatics Centre is the gateway to London's Olympic Park

The GBR swimming team visited the Aquatics Centre site to take a look at the progress being made at the site in May 2009. From left: Joanne Jackson, Rebecca Adlington, David Davies.With its distinctive architecture and curved roof, the London Aquatics Centre will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park. Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising committee, and an Olympic track legend in his own right explains "we thought it was really important to present this iconic venue for the Summer Olympic Games".  More than two thirds of all Olympic spectators will enter Olympic Park via a vast bridge that runs over a section of the aquatics Centre.

The venue was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid in 2004 before London was even awarded the summer's Olympic Games. It is certainly one of the most impressive venues constructed for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

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Gemma Mengual launches Planet Water

BCN2013 - General

Gemma Mengual (ESP)Gemma Mengual today became the first inhabitant of Planet Water after reading the swimmers manifest during the official presentation of the ambitious project organised by the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013.

With just 500 days to go until the start of the Championships, the Olympic medallist who has recently retired from synchronised swimming has become the official figurehead of the virtual community.

Planet Water is a community where fans can share their experiences and make their voices heard within Barcelona 2013 in the lead up to the Championships.  All Planet Water fans will help in communicating the responsible consumption and use of water.

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Last lap for Japan's swimming stars before Olympic Trials

Federations News

The stars of Japan Swimming such as Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda and Aya Terakawa were missing at the Nationals (25m) Championships held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center ( T-TISC ) in Tokyo, Japan from February 11-12, 2012 due to a heavy training they are undergoing for the upcoming Japan Olympic Trials taking place at T-TISC from April 2-8, 2012. Each of them trains in different places.

Kosuke Kitajima, Olympic gold medallist in 2004 and 2008, has been training very hard with teammates, such as Americans Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy under Coach Dave Salo at his U.S. training base, the Trojan Swim Club in Southern California, since the beginning of February. Takeshi Matsuda, silver medallist in the men's 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last year, has been enjoying his strong stress training under Coach Yumiko Kuze at 1900m above sea level at the La Loma Altitude Training Center in Mexico since February 15, and will be back home around the first weekend of March. Aya Terakawa, silver medallist in the womens 50m backstroke also in Shanghai, has been training with her team under Coach Norimasa Hirai at the University of Northern Arizona, USA since February 15.

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London 2012, Day 6: Bo Qiu and synchro duo Zi He and Minxia Wu complete China's golden sweep

Diving World Cup

China was untouchable at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), claiming all eight titles on offer. The last two finals of this edition saw Chinese great Bo Qiu walking away with one victory in the men's 10m platform (574.90 points) and partners Zi He and Minxia Wu being the obvious winners in the women's 3m springboard synchro (345.30 points). 

In the men's 10m platform, the crowd was delighted with eye-opening performances in this event known for featuring spectacular dives. It is in this event that the dives are the most complicated and the marks the highest. The degree of difficulty was of a very high level this season. Two competitors had a combination of a maximum degree of difficulty (DD) - 4.1. It implied a 4.5 Inward somersaults in tucked position, a really unique dive.

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