Canadian swimmers kick-start the Olympic season at FINA World Cups

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Several of Canada’s big names in swimming will have an early start to the season with some fast racing as they head to Europe this month to compete on the FINA World Cup circuit.

World Championships silver medallist in the 100 freestyle, Brent Hayden of Mission, BC and national teammates Mike Brown, Perth ON, Annamay Pierse, Edmonton AB, Erica Morningstar, Calgary Alta., and 17 year-old Chantal van Landeghem of Winnipeg, MB are amongst Canada’s Olympic hopefuls that will be racing in Stockholm (15-16), Moscow (18-19) and Berlin (22-23).

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Sao Paulo wins Chico Piscina Trophy

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The team from São Paulo state won again the traditional Chico Piscina Trophy, which comprises the Brazilian Interfederation Youth Championships and International Youth Championships. São Paulo won in both categories (international and national) for the 11th consecutive year. The national championships are contested by the state Federations of Brazil while the international championships are disputed by teams from other countries that are invited. This year Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Peru took part in the event. In all, 375 swimmers forming 22 teams attended the event. Four new records were set in the competition that took place at the Mocoquense club in the city of Mococa (BRA).

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Rahael, Gillette win Maracas 5k Swim

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National Swimmers and Marlins Athletes Samantha Rahael and Jonathan Gillette emerged the victors in 5000m swim at the ASATT Maracas Open Water Swim Classic at Maracas Bay on Sunday.

Rahael who is based in the USA won on her debut in the Maracas 5k race and topped the female field to win in 1 hour 12 minutes and 32 seconds dethroning last year’s champion Theana Hay of Centre of Excellence Sea Hawks (1:16:04).

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Meet Mexican women's WP coach Gabriel Martinez

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Gabriel MartinezIf ever there was a man of passion and commitment, it has to be Mexican women’s coach Gabriel Martinez. The fervour with which he coached his team at the Universiade in Shenzhen, China in August had to be seen, to be believed. His jumping up and down on the pool deck was his way of saying: “Go get ‘em, girls.”

Gabriel has been the head women's coach at Commerce Aquatics since 1997. At Commerce he has 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under and 20 & under teams. At the recent United States Championships his 12 & under team finished third, the 14s finished first, the 16s third, and the 18s finished 11th. Most of his 20 & under girls are on the Mexican team.

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End of a busy summer in Japan

Federations News

JPNThe 2011 summer of the Japan Swimming has just ended. This summer was busy as usual. After the FINA World Championships held in Shanghai, China at the end of July, the Japan Swimming Federation had more than 10 competitions in August and September including the senior high school and the junior high school championships, JOC Olympic Cup, the Inter Collegiate Championships ,the National Sports Festival and more. Also the Federation sent the team of Japan to the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships held in Peru and to the Universiade Games held in China.

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