USA wins three gold on opening night in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

The 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) have started in Istanbul (TUR) under the domination of USA, who won three out of the five gold medals at stake in the inaugural day. Ryan Lochte was the best in the men’s 200m free and also gave his precious contribution to the triumph of his team in the 4x100m free relay. In the last event of the evening, the United States repeated the 2004 success in the women’s 4x200m free. The other individual winners of the day were Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in the women’s 200m butterfly and Hannah Miley (GBR) in the 400m IM.

The initial day in the Turkish metropolis was also marked by five Championships Records: in the morning, the 2012 Olympic revelation Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) clocked 29.56 in the heats of the women’s 50m breaststroke, a time she improved in the semis of the event (29.51). The triumph of Hosszu and Miley was also accompanied by a new best mark of the competition - 2:02.20 and 4:23.14, respectively. Finally, and despite a Championships Record of 45.52 in the first leg of the men’s 4x100m free, set by Vladimir Morozov, Russia only finished fourth in the event.

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Opening Ceremony highlights Turkish traditions

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

With the presence of the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Suat Kilic, the Opening Ceremony of the Championships displayed some of the history of the country, its main attractions and traditions, and was certainly inspirational for all the participants in the competition.

In his opening speech, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione underlined the great attendance in Istanbul: “These World Championships are highlighted by a new record of participation, with 162 nations and nearly 1000 athletes present, a figure that demonstrates the value and importance of FINA around the world and the attractiveness of Istanbul, an exciting, beautiful and friendly metropolis between two continents”, he considered.


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17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress starts in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Julio Maglione opeing the CongressThe 17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress was officially opened by FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione today in Istanbul (TUR), two days before the start of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in the Turkish metropolis. The two-day Congress, under the general theme “Enhancing Performance – The Healthy Aquatic Athlete”, gathers many experts in the area of sports medicine and is attended by more than 120 delegates from the five continents.

Numerous topics in this area will be discussed, including the ethical use of drugs in sport, prevention of injuries in aquatic athletes, the role of the coaches and team physicians and the needs of competitors, dietary challenges, periodical health evaluation, analysis of different problems in each of the aquatic disciplines, biological passport, training at altitude, or mental health issues.

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Perth 2012, Day 9 (Men): Italy world champion after rugged gold-medal final

World Youth Water Polo Championships

Winning ITA - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 9, 2012 PERTH - Italy beat Hungary 10-8 in a spiteful men’s gold-medal match at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships at Perth’s Challenge Stadium today. The game erupted into minor violence with 39 major fouls awarded and depleted benches at either end of the pool. About 1200 people witnessed excitement beyond their dreams and stayed for the medal ceremonies and watch the Italian men’s team jump into the water with their track tops and medals around their necks.

Serbia came from behind with two big Ognjen Stojanovic shots to defeat pre-tournament favourite Croatia 8-7 for the bronze medal. In the clash for fifth and sixth, Greece emerged, as expected, with an untroubled 14-5 decision over Romania. The Romanians had just played two hard matches in a row and could not produce anything of note in the second half where Greece led 7-4. Australia proved to be the best team outside Europe, leading 3-0 against the United States of America, winning 5-4 after needing two go-ahead goals in fourth quarter of the classification for seventh. It was Australia’s fifth win of a hectic week.

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Perth 2012, Day 8 (Women): Greece youngsters join Greece women on top of the world

World Youth Water Polo Championships

HUN vs GRE - credit: Anthony PearseDecember 9, 2012 PERTH - Greece’s youngsters played like true champions as they tore the heart out of their Hungarian rivals with a spell-binding 9-5 women’s gold-medal victory on Sunday, played in front of 1100 fans. It was the culmination of the women’s programme at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth’s Challenge Stadium. Competing in a pool that has seen its fair share of FINA water polo medals awarded, the Greeks were forceful in all facets of the game and were not backward in coming forward when it came to taking lower-percentage shots at goal. Some came off, others didn’t.

Russia took home the bronze medal with a come-from-behind victory over United States of America. Russia won this age group world championship in 2009 and impressed here but has to settle for bronze. The matches were played between the men’s bronze-medal and gold-medal matches in the main pool. Russia’s Elvina Karimova was named most valuable player and Greece’s Chrysoula Diamantopoulou the best goalkeeper.

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