Lima 2011, Day 3: USA dominates with three victories
After the first three days of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, being held in Lima (PER) until August 21, the high-level of preparation of the athletes and the consequent improvement of their performances is now confirmed. Six additional Championships records were established in the “Campo de Marte” aquatic complex, confirming the success of this competition.
In the third day of finals, United States won its gold medal number five with Evan Pinion’s victory in the men’s 800m freestyle, first event of the night. Evan (1994, 7:55.92) broke the championships record established in Monterrey 2008 (8:01.77). Italy earned silver and bronze medals, respectively with Gabriele Detti (8:00.95) and Gregorio Paltrinieri (8:02.06).
Lima 2011, Day 2: Thirteen nations already with medals
The second day began with the first gold medal for Australia. Bonnie Macdonald (1995) clocked 8:32.30 and won the women’s 800m freestyle gold after a tight race with Gillian Ryan (USA, 1995, 8:33.46) and Claudia Dasca (ESP, 1994, 8:34.29). Bonnie swam close to the opponents most of the race and took the lead with 300m to go. “I’m really proud to be Australian. I entered into the race to swim my best. I have so many people to thank, including the team, because we are like a family. I’m so happy. I wasn’t thinking on winning or not winning, my strategy was only focused in my race,” said Bonnie.
Lima 2011, Day 1: Eleven Championships records to open the Junior Worlds
Adrenaline and excitement highlighted the first day of the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, taking place at the “Campo de Marte” complex in Lima (PER). Eleven new championships records were set and the American team leads the medal table with two gold medals and one bronze, followed by Japan with two gold medals and Canada, with three silver medals.
The men’s 400m freestyle was the first race of the night and set the tone for the rest of the thrilling session. The top four times were all under the previous Championship record (3:51.81): the winner, Fumiya Hidaka (JPN, 1994), arrived in 3.50.97, with Canadian Bobrosky Chad (1993 - 3:51.46) and American Evan Pinion (1994 - 3:51:47) completing the podium.
Tribute to Bill Matson
FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand. Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China."Bill's example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill's family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania," said FINA President Julio Maglione.
Richard Weinberger (CAN) and Martina Grimaldi (ITA) win London Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event
Richard Weinberger of Canada stunned a field of world champions to win the London 10km Marathon Swimming International - Test Event for the Olympic Games - by a margin of more than 26 seconds. Weinberger hasn't even qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games yet. His victory today is a confidence builder, but doesn't get him a ticket to the main event next August. While the Olympic 10km race may be circled on his calendar, he needs to earn one of the 15 remaining spot that will be up for grabs in Portugal next June at the Olympic qualifying event.
Weinberger defeated the men who placed first and second in the 10km event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last month. Thomas Lurz (GER) finished second to Weinberger today, 26.2 seconds behind the Canadian champion. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) was third just one tenth of a second behind Lurz. Gianniotis is a first time world champion winning the 10km event in Shanghai, 2.5 seconds ahead of Lurz. The top 10 finishers from the 10km race in Shanghai qualified for the Olympic Games and eight of them were in today's field of 18 men who raced in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London. Weinberger placed 17th in the 10km race, ironically a little more than 26 seconds behind the Shanghai gold medallist.
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