Spain stuns home squad, close win for Hungary against Russia in Group A first encounter

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Spain stuns Italy at home - credit: Andrea CarloniTrieste (April 17) - Day 3 of the Women's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste (ITA) witnessed tough battles in the first matches of Group A: Hungary, after an intense game, was eventually too good for Russia, defeating the world number 3 by one goal for a total score of 13-12. In the following clash, Spain beat home squad, Italy, also in a close win, 10-9. In Group B, Olympic champion the Netherlands and World champion Greece had little trouble winning over their opponents, Kazakhstan and Canada, respectively.    

Indeed, in the first game of the day, it was almost a warm-up for the Dutch squad, ahead of the decisive quarter final match of Friday in Group B. Vermeer (NED) was the top scorer of the match with four goals, all in the second period. In the first quarter, there were three goals in a row for the Netherlands, scored by Smit, Van Belkum and Mieke Cabout. Then Akilbayeva netted the first for Kazakhstan and Van der Sloot (NED) sealed the period with a goal, five seconds from the end.

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10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar concludes in Tokyo (JPN)

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A total of 105 participants from 58 member federations were present in Tokyo (JPN) from April 12-15 for the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar. The Members of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee - Chairman Carol Zaleski (USA), Vice Chairman Don Blew (AUS), Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo (DEN) and FINA Vice President and Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger (USA) - led the four-day event, which was organised in cooperation with the Japan Swimming Federation.

Since the first time the Seminar was inaugurated in 1994, only officials appearing on FINA Swimming Officials Lists were invited to take part in the event. Consequently, each edition is always high level. The discussion groups were again an excellent way to share knowledge amongst the participants. The Technical Swimming Committee received fruitful proposals from the participants related to rule proposals for the next Technical Swimming Congress to be held in Barcelona (ESP) in 2013.  

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Greece crushes Brazil, Netherlands and Canada to a tie

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GRE vs BRA - credit: Guido Cantini/Sea&See Trieste (April 16) - The Netherlands and Canada put on stage a highly balanced game, with the two teams alternating in the lead, tying frequently in between. The outcome could be only tie. So it was, with the team on 11-11 at the end. All satisfied in view of  the decisive matches on Friday in the quarter-finals.

In the first half of the game the team coached by Oaten had the edge but in the third period Maugeri’s girls reacted and the teams went into the final quarter on a tie (7-7). The last period was also a tie (4-4). Mieke Cabout top scored the game with 4 goals. Yesterday’s top scorers Van Belkum (NED) and Robinson (CAN) rested on the bench for the major part of the game. Dutch Coach Mauro Maugeri said: “I’m proud of my players; on average they are very young; tying with Canada leaves us satisfied although we could also have won”.

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Canada and the Netherlands make good start

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BRA vs NED - credit: Guido Cantini/Sea&See Trieste (April 15) - On the first day only two games from Group B were played. The outcome of both was widely predictable, with Canada and the Netherlands easily prevailing over Kazakhstan and Brazil, respectively. A sober opening ceremony took place half an hour before the beginning of the first match in the beautiful complex “Bruno Bianchi”.

FINA Bureau member and Water Polo Technical Committee Liaison Dimitris Diathesopoulos delivered the inaugural speech. He also brought the salute of the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione to participants, organisers, public and media. Gianni Lonzi, Chairman of FINA TWPC, supervised all operations to make sure that the tournament develops under the best possible conditions.

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10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar to begin in Tokyo (JPN)

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The 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar will welcome 111 participants from 58 member federations in Tokyo (JPN) from April 12-15, 2012. The Members of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee, Chairman Carol Zaleski (USA), Vice Chairman Don Blew (AUS), Honorary Secretary Soren Korbo (DEN) and FINA Vice President and Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger (USA), will be leading the four-day event, which is organised in cooperation with the Japan Swimming Federation.

The Seminar's main objective is to provide a meeting opportunity for Swimming Officials from around the world to exchange knowledge and strengthen expertise in respect of both FINA Swimming Rules and practice at international competitions. The Seminar promises to be highly interactive with small groups discussions planned every day. A special session will be organised for those officiating at the 2012 London Olympic Games on the last day.  

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