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

London 2012 Diving

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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London 2012, Day 5: China's Minxia Wu and Zi He finish 1-2 in 3m springboard

Diving World Cup

Chinese Minxia Wu and Zi He did not disappoint on Day 5 of the FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London (GBR), delivering a brilliant performance in the women's 3m springboard and respectively bagging gold and silver. Wu emerged triumphant with a top-ranking score of 368.95 while teammate He, equally outstanding, followed not far behind with a total of 365.40 points.

Already in the semi-final, the Chinese had a firm lock on the top spots, holding at bay any challenger. Pamela Ware's (CAN) score was the closest (327.60). But the gap between the Canadian diver and all other podium contenders was so slight that any of them could easily reach the third spot. Veteran diver Anna Lindberg (SWE) was fourth at this stage and Italian star Tania Cagnotto only ninth. 

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