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)
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)
Olympic Park: Access for pre-Games Elite Athlete Training
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.
Sun Yang (CHN) improves 1500m free World Record
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.
Italy returns to world stage with extra-time victory
Italy has returned to the top tier of men’s world water polo, wresting the FINA World Championship crown from the Balkans in a spectacular gold-medal final at the Natatorium on Saturday.
The climax to the 14-day water polo programme saw Italy take world champion Serbia to extra time after the game was locked at 6-6. A 2-1 first period had Italy in the box seat and the second period yielded no goals for the 8-7 victory.
The game had everything, although water polo purists may say it was too much. It had a huge crowd players and coaches red-carded, coach antics poolside and a fantastic celebration afterwards that had the spectators cheering and dancing in the aisles.
Following the presentation of the medals, the entire Italian team, dressed in tracksuits and shoes, jumped into the water with their medals to celebrate.
It lifted Italy above Serbia after finishing runner-up to the Serbs at the recent FINA World League Super Final in Florence with the same score.
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