Super Final 2011 (Men): Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Italy win on Day 1

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FLORENCE, Italy (June 21) - The stage of this edition, which will qualify the winning team directly to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will earn the winners a US$ 100,000 prize money, is the municipal swimming complex “Paolo Costoli” in Florence, Italy. Florence is home to Gianni Lonzi, the FINA TWPC Chairman and the inspirer of the Local Organising Committee. Florence is a traditional hub of Italian water polo and also the home of both the legendary Gianni De Magistris and the current goalkeeper and captain of the Italian national team Stefano Tempesti. Eight teams are taking part in this Super Final: the United States, Serbia, China, Italy in Group 1; Australia, Canada, Montenegro and Croatia in Group 2.

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British Swimming unveils World Championship team

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British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott has described the national team bound for next month’s FINA World Championships in Shanghai as “one of the most competitive British teams ever assembled”. Forty athletes have been formerly selected to the British Gas GBR Swimming Team and they will finalise preparations at a holding camp in Osaka, Japan before arriving in Shanghai.

Double-Olympic Champion Becky Adlington, Commonwealth Champion and World Championship silver medallist Fran Halsall will lead the challenge for the women while double-Commonwealth Champion James Goddard and World Champion Liam Tancock head-up the men’s contingent.

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GB Youth Team for Lima announced

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The British Gas GBR swimming team for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships has been announced by British Swimming. The 18 talented youngsters will compete in Lima, Peru against the best swimmers aged 18 or under from around the globe. The selections were made at the British Gas Swimming Championships held in Manchester earlier this year.

The team includes 2010 European Junior champion, Emma Saunders, who also won a relay medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi and European Junior Champion Sophie Smith, who also competed for the senior team at the GB versus Germany meet earlier this year.

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British divers announced for Shanghai

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World Champion Tom Daley and Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield will lead the British Gas GBR Diving Team into competition at the World Championships in Shanghai this summer. The 11 athletes will take on the best in the world as they try to qualify places for the country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Daley and Waterfield will feature in both men’s Platform events and will face a tough challenge from world number one diving nation, China, who will be competing on home soil. But after beating the Chinese pair in Sheffield at the FINA/Midea Diving World Series the Brits will go into the event with confidence.

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Super Final 2011 (Women): Unstoppable USA claims incredible sixth World League crown

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USA captain Jessica Steffens with FINA Bureau Liaison for water polo Mr. Dimitris Diathesopoulos and other USA teams members - credit: Russell McKinnonTIANJIN, China (June 19) - United States of America continued its domination of the FINA Women’s World League crown with an incredible sixth title against Italy in the gold-medal final at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool this evening.

The USA escaped the doldrums and a 7-7 tie inside the final five minutes to win 9-7. The top-of-the-dais effort means the North Americans have won all the major events for the last two years — 2009 World Championships, 2010 World Cup and three successive World Leagues — and is an ominous sign leading up to next year’s London Olympic Games. The only time in the eight editions of the World League that the USA did not stand on the podium was in Kirishi, Russia in 2005 (finishing fifth). In 2008, Russia had the better of the USA in the final.

For Brenda VILLA and Heather PETRI it was their sixth World League gold medal to go with their three Olympic medals and three FINA World Championship golds. VILLA, named to the Media All Star Team, also has World Cup gold in her collection. Betsy ARMSTRONG, voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper, secured her fourth gold medal along with Lauren WENGER, Elsie WINDES and Kameryn CRAIG. Three others took home their third golds and three more their second.

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