Intense week for FINA
The last week of January has been quite intense for FINA, with two main events related to future editions of the FINA World Championships, and a Bureau meeting in Frankfurt, on the 28th and 29th.
On January 25, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was in Barcelona (ESP) to officially sign the contract for the organisation of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013 in the Catalonian capital. In the historical Saló de Cent of the Barcelona Town Hall, the FINA President was accompanied by the Mayor of the city Jordi Hereu and by the President of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena. Recalling the unforgettable moments lived in Barcelona during the 10th FINA World Championships in 2003, Dr. Maglione said: “If Barcelona 2003 was incredible, Barcelona 2013 will be extraordinary!”
Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing retires
Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing has decided to retire to end the speculation over the past one year on her future at the national team. National diving team leader Zhou Jihong told Xinhua on Sunday that the Olympic and world champion diver had submitted her application for retirement.
"She already made it clear that she would not train and compete any more, so she will not appear in the London Games," Zhou said.
"After one-year consideration, Guo decides to retire. We understand and respect her decision. She is no more a member of the national team from now on, " Zhou continued.
This is the first time that the national team confirmed Guo's retirement. After the Beijing Olympic Games, Guo has become the center of speculation as what she will do next. Her last major event was the 2009 East Asian Games held in Hong Kong when she competed in the synchro springboard.
SA swim stars look to shine as the international speedsters gather in Port Elizabeth
The South African swim stars and a rising pool of talent that competed at the recent Zone 6 as well as Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be out in search of top honors when the inaugural SA International Invitational Swimming meet takes place in Port Elizabeth on 29 and 30 January 2011.
Natalie du Toit’s extraordinary performance during 2010 is sure to continue in 2011 when she competes in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.
Du Toit broke 8 World Records at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships that took place in Pietermaritzburg last year. She maintained her “golden girl” status when she achieved three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and won two gold and a bronze (SA Record) at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Einhoven.
Swimmers unite for flood relief
Queensland has a proud history of producing champion swimmers and those elite athletes and their interstate colleagues have jumped in to pledge money and support for flood relief in Queensland and NSW.
Led by pledges of support and donations from Brenton Rickard on the Gold Coast, Queenslander Alicia Coutts and Cameron Prosser who live in Canberra, Marieke Guehrer in Melbourne, Emily Seebohm in Brisbane and Blair Evans in Perth, swimmers will band together across the nation to host a number of fundraising clinics in their home states.
Good 2011 start for Japanese swimming
The 2011 Konami Open was held at the Konami Sports Club-Nishinomiya near Kobe in Hyogo on January 15 and 16. Siho Sakai clocked 2:09.49 in the women’s 200m backstroke. Naoya Tomita did a good job, racing smoothly in the men’s 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:12.31. Sakai and Tomita were both declared "Swimmer of the Meet". In all, 36 meet records were established.
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