Beijing 2011, Day 2: Spain retains team title at World Trophy
They are sharks, dolphins, crabs, turtles, octopus seaweeds, waves...Defending champion Spain retained the team routine title thanks to a fascinating performance of Ocean at the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube on Saturday.
The Spanish squad proved the proverb "one who laughs last, is the winner". Being the last ones to perform in the event, Spain attracted the audience from the beginning of their entrance and throughout the routine by imitating the ocean creatures, turning the Water Cube into deep ocean, for a victory worth 97.151 points.
Beijing 2011, Day 1: Host China wins two titles on opening night
China claimed the two titles in the Synchro Highlight Routine and Thematic Duet on the first day of the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube in Beijing on Friday. It is the first time that China wins at the World Trophy since the event was firstly launched in 2006. The World Trophy allows the use of accessories and the time on the deck may exceed 10 seconds.
It also has an exclusive programme with scores given for artistic impression only and the teams' routine must be inspired by the culture of the host country, i.e. China. All teams performed with different Chinese style, including music, Chi-Pao, dragon dance, silk fans and so on.
Double gold for Belmonte on the opening day
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte was the most successful swimmer on the opening day of the 2011 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Szczecin, winning double gold within just a few minutes. The 21-year-old, three-time World Short Course Champion dominated the finals in the 200m individual medley (2:07.06) and the following 200m butterfly (2:03.37).
“It wasn’t a big problem for me to swim the two races within just 15 minutes. I had focused a bit more on the 200m IM. Everything went according to plan to win the two titles.“
Pinheiros club wins Brazil's Swimming Juniors
The Pinheiros club triumphed at the Brazilian Junior Swimming Championships, also named the Julio de Lamare Trophy. The club scored 595.50 points, obtaining their 13th title in the event. In second came the club Gremio Nautico Uniao with 332.50 points and Minas TC took third with 305 points. Moreover, two new Championship records were set. The event took place at the Corinthians club in the city of Sao Paulo.
WPWL 2012 (Men): World Champions Italy hold off Brits
The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo Team showed their fighting spirit in a battling defeat at home to World Champions Italy in the FINA World League Preliminary match.
Britain’s Craig Figes, Joe O’Regan, Rob Parker, Will Middleton and Ciaran James were on target in front of their home crowd in Manchester in their debut in the competition but succumbed to the World Champions in a final score of 14-6 (5-1, 4-1, 2-3, 3-1).
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