Welland 2012 - Venue

With nearly 7 km of uninterrupted flatwater and consistent depth and basin-like characteristics, as well as, some of the most placid and beautiful flat water in the world, the Welland International Flatwater Centre and waterway is the perfect location for the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.

The course for open water swimming is more than 100 m wide with multiple access points for safety.

Paved asphalt trails for viewing and safety considerations border each side of the course which is supplied with clean, fresh water of the highest freshwater quality. Every aspect of this unique venue meets or exceeds all existing international standards for open water swimming.

 

Welland 2012 - Accommodations & Transportation

Affordable athlete lodgings will be at the Welland Campus of Niagara College (10 min from course) or at Brock University (20 min from course).

Accommodation options for FINA officials, coaches and families will be at hotels in Niagara Falls and Welland.

Free shuttles will run throughout the day between all official event accommodation locations, the training locations (Welland Recreational Waterway and at Brock University 50 m pool) and the course site.

Team and official transport will be available from all 3 local international airports.

 

Welland 2012 - Agenda (preliminary)

Wednesday, August 15

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Thursday, August 16

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Development Clinics (Coaches, Officials and Athletes)

Opening Ceremonies

Friday, August 17

Boys 7.5km (17-18 years)

Girls 5km (14-16 years)

Saturday, August 18

Girls 7.5km (17-18 years)

Boys 5km (14-16 years)

Sunday, August 19

Team Event (17-18 years)

Team Event (14-16 years)

Closing Ceremonies


   

Olympic Park: Access for pre-Games Elite Athlete Training

London 2012 Highlights

Throughout 2011 and early 2012, construction on the London 2012 Olympic Park will come to an end and venues will be handed over to LOCOG in order to prepare for the Games. During this pre-Games phase, LOCOG will be responsible for completing the fit-out, operating and maintaining the venues. Also during this period LOCOG will, where possible, support the use of these venues for elite athlete training.

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Sun Yang (CHN) improves 1500m free World Record

Shanghai 2011 - Swimming

Exactly 10 years and two days later, the oldest World Record in the charts, established by Grant Hackett (AUS) in the men’s 1500m free (14:34.56) at the 2001 edition of the FINA World Championships in Fukuoka (JPN), was improved by China’s Sun Yang in the last day of the swimming finals in Shanghai. Yang touched home in 14:34.14, bettering Hackett’s mark by 0.42 and getting the second World Record of this competition, after Lochte’s effort in the 200m individual medley. It was the fourth medal in front of his fans for Yang (19 years old), after the gold in the 800m free, the silver in the 400m free and the bronze in the 4x200m free relay. The Chinese star was already the second best performer in history in this event, after clocking 14:35.43 in November 2010. At 17, in Rome 2009, he had been the bronze medallist, behind Ryan Cochrane (CAN, again silver in 14:44.46) and Oussama Mellouli (TUN, the current Olympic champion). In China, the Tunisian finished only 15th of the heats, which opened a new possibility for Gergo Kis (HUN), third at the Oriental Sports Centre in 14:45.66. 

“I’m very happy to have won the gold and broken the World record. I didn’t think I could break the record; I just wanted to keep my pace. In a long-distance swimming event like this one, anything can happen in the middle of the process so my aim was to keep the good energy and a stable mindset to the end. This is a result of all the hard training and preparation I went through in Australia with Denis Cotterell [Grant Hackett’s coach],” commented Sun Yang on his race.

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