2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention

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Following a highly successful inaugural Convention in Punta Del Este, Uruguay in 2010, FINA is pleased to announce the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention to be held in Moscow (Russia) on 30th October – 1st November 2012.

The FINA World Aquatics Convention is a unique and exclusive opportunity for the global aquatics community to come together to help move the sport forward. Created and owned by FINA, and with the presence of leading representatives of its 202 FINA National Member Federations, the event guarantees the presence of those responsible for shaping the world of Aquatics.

Taking place every 2 years, the event presents an exceptional opportunity for organisations operating in the international aquatics business community to come together to network, develop new business opportunities and share the knowledge that will contribute to the growth and development of Aquatics sport worldwide. It is at the same time a perfect meeting place for organising and bidding committees for the major sports events in the world of Aquatics to promote their bids and events.

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Brazil's Luiz Lima and Kirsty Thomson king and queen of the Sea

Federations News

Brazilian swimmers Luiz Lima and Kirsty Thomson won the open water event "King and Queen of the Sea", disputed in Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday August 28, 2011. The event attracted 2.000 athletes with events up to 3km. Lima won the men's event in a time of 36m11s. Gustavo Heleno finished second with 39m42s and Paralympic swimmer Marcelo Collet took third with 39m46s. Among women, Thomson won the challenge in 48m13s. Susana Schnarndorf, another Paralympic swimmer, finished in second position in 49m57s while Debora Leobons took third, clocking 50m04s.

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Tribute to Bill Matson

FINA Family

FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand.  Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China.

"Bill's example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill's family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania," said FINA President Julio Maglione.

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Richard Weinberger (CAN) and Martina Grimaldi (ITA) win London Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event

London 2012 Swimming

Gold Medalist Richard Weingberger - credit: Mike LewisRichard Weinberger of Canada stunned a field of world champions to win the London 10km Marathon Swimming International - Test Event for the Olympic Games - by a margin of more than 26 seconds. Weinberger hasn't even qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games yet. His victory today is a confidence builder, but doesn't get him a ticket to the main event next August. While the Olympic 10km race may be circled on his calendar, he needs to earn one of the 15 remaining spot that will be up for grabs in Portugal next June at the Olympic qualifying event.
 
Weinberger defeated the men who placed first and second in the 10km event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last month. Thomas Lurz (GER) finished second to Weinberger today, 26.2 seconds behind the Canadian champion. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) was third just one tenth of a second behind Lurz. Gianniotis is a first time world champion winning the 10km event in Shanghai, 2.5 seconds ahead of Lurz. The top 10 finishers from the 10km race in Shanghai qualified for the Olympic Games and eight of them were in today's field of 18 men who raced in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London.  Weinberger placed 17th in the 10km race, ironically a little more than 26 seconds behind the Shanghai gold medallist.

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Top-class open water swimmers ready for the London 2012 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event

London 2012 Swimming

The public will get a change to watch world class swimmers including a number of World and Olympic medallists at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International in Hyde Park this Saturday, 13 August, part of the London Prepares Series and a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The event, free for anyone to watch, takes place in the Serpentine inside Hyde Park and will feature some of the world's best marathon swimmers including the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, German Thomas Lurz and the 10km gold medallist from the recent FINA World Championships in Shanghai, Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE), who was born in Liverpool.

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