Israeli swimmers show talent
Year 2011 started great for the Israeli swimming with participation of lots of swimmers in national and international events. Among them, Amit Ivry showed great performance at the beginning of the long course season, by winning the 100m butterfly in the "Victoria championship" at Melbourne, Australia, basing herself at the world top long-course ranking for the 100 fly event for 2011.
Kitajima gears up for Japan s/c nationals
Breaststroke specialist Kosuke Kitajima announced his participation to the Japan Swimming Short Course Nationals taking place on February 26-27, 2011, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center. He has been training with many world-class swimmers under Dr. Dave Salo at the University of Southern California (USA) since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Before the Japan Nationals, Kitajima will come home and prepare for the competition.
Thorpe is back to the pool
Swimming Australia National Head Coach Leigh Nugent says he is delighted to welcome five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe back to swimming, and is looking forward to his competitive return to the pool later this year.
Thorpe, who announced his intention today to return to the competition pool, also submitted a FINA Return to Competition Form* to Swimming Australia, which has now been sent to the international governing body for processing.
Once the form is processed by FINA, which usually takes 3-5 working days, Thorpe will then have to wait nine months before he can compete domestically and internationally at a FINA recognised competition.
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.
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