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.
Top-class open water swimmers ready for the London 2012 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event
The public will get a change to watch world class swimmers including a number of World and Olympic medallists at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International in Hyde Park this Saturday, 13 August, part of the London Prepares Series and a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The event, free for anyone to watch, takes place in the Serpentine inside Hyde Park and will feature some of the world's best marathon swimmers including the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, German Thomas Lurz and the 10km gold medallist from the recent FINA World Championships in Shanghai, Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE), who was born in Liverpool.
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.
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