MSWC 2013: Beraud (FRA) and Brunemann (USA) win inaugural race in Santos (BRA)
The season of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013 has started! The city of Santos, in Brazil, staged the first leg of the annual circuit at Aparecida beach. 95 swimmers (49 men and 36 women) from 13 countries contested the event: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.
Big names in the world of open water attended the event: Olympic champion Eva Rizstov (the Hungarian was taking part in her first event in Brazil), 2012 Olympic medallists Thomas Lurz (GER), Richard Weinberger (CAN), Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and home heroes Ana Marcela Cunha (reigning World Cup champion) and Poliana Okimoto (overall winner of the 2009 Series).
British swimmers to race at open water World Cup's first legs
A small team of British open water swimmers will be heading to South America for two legs of the FINA Open World Cup Series.
Olympian Dan Fogg, who secured his best result on the world stage with a fifth place in the 10km at London 2012, will lead the team of six which also includes European Junior 5km Open Water silver medallist Tom Allen (British Gas Swansea ITC), Tom Sunter (City of Sheffield) and Jack Burnell who trains with Fogg at British Gas Loughborough ITC.
Americas water polo tournament to decide last two teams for World Championships
Beside the two national water polo teams from the Americas, all sides that qualified for the water polo tournaments of the 15th FINA World Championships are known. The two teams from Americas, in the men’s and women’s competition, will earn their Barcelona berth at the qualification tournament that will be held at the end of this month. The men’s national team representing Africa is South Africa.
The deadline to get to know the 16 nations that will participate at the Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships is February 4. Event organisers plan to make the official draws for the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments in February or March, offering fans the chance to obtain useful information before buying their tickets.
Lochte (USA) makes history with 8 medals in Istanbul
For the fourth consecutive edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Ryan Lochte (USA) is the winner of the FINA Trophy for best male swimmer, earning an unprecedented eight medals in Istanbul! The swimming superstar already made history two years ago in Dubai (UAE) with seven podium appearances, but this time in the Turkish metropolis, he did even better with an even more impressive roll of honour: 1st 200m Free, 1st 4x100m free, 3rd 100m fly, 1st 4x200m free, 1st 200m IM, 2nd 200m back, 1st 100m IM, and 1st 4x100m medley.
Lochte has now an accumulated total of 30 medals at these championships since his first appearance in Indianapolis in 2004. Moreover, the 11-time medallist at the Olympics was the only swimmer to establish new World Records in Istanbul: firstly in the final of the 200m IM (1:49.63) and then in the semi-finals of the 100m IM (50.71). Lochte's performances decisively helped USA clinch the title for Best scoring team in Istanbul.
Lochte betters 100m IM WR, Meilutyte and Ye on top
One day after setting a new World Record in the final of the men’s 200m IM, Ryan Lochte (USA) was again in excellent shape on day 4 of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, setting a new world best mark in the semis of the 100m IM. Qualifying first for the final, the U.S. superstar touched home in 50.71, improving the previous WR (50.76) of Peter Mankoc (SLO) from December 2009. In the decisive race of this event, to be held this Sunday, the last day of the Championships, Lochte is the top favourite for the gold.
In the finals of this Saturday, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), Nicholas Santos (BRA) and Shiwen Ye (CHN) all won with new Championships Records, respectively in the women’s 100m breaststroke (1:03.52), the men’s 50m butterfly (22.22), and the women’s 200m IM (2:04.64). The fourth meet’s record (26.11) of the day was established by Jing Zhao (CHN) in the semis of the women’s 50m backstroke. Before the last day in Istanbul, two World and 15 Championships Records have been set at the Sinan Erdem Arena.
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