2010, a marvelous year for the Israeli swimming teams

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The great success began at the European Junior Championships in Finland, when Yakov-Yan Toumarkin won the 100m backstroke, 0.16 sec shy of Laszlo Cseh's record, while teammate David Gamburg finished third, giving the Israeli team a swim to be proud of.
After this performance, Yakov Yan Toumarkin proved that he is one of the top swimmers in the world for his age by taking two silver medals at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (SIN) in the 100m and 200m backstroke events.

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FINA launches improved version of its World Swimming Rankings

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FINA launches improved version of its World Swimming Rankings
FINA has launched today on its official website www.fina.org a much improved version of its World Swimming Rankings’ section, bringing this important tool into a new level of accuracy, providing many new functionalities to the system, and adding new interactive possibilities to the users of this database.
From now on, the search for a given performance can be done on a more specific way, allowing a more comprehensive “image” of the result, both on the athletes and the countries’ side. This will result on an increased amount of available information (on a more “friendly” way) for all those consulting the system – swimmers, coaches, officials, administrators, media, and public at large.
Another significant difference in relation to the previous system is that FINA is directly involving its 202 National Member Federations in the inclusion of data concerning their affiliated athletes. Thanks to a secured login system, each National Federation is now invited to enter its swimmers’ personal information, as well as directly submit their results or the performances of a national meet. This data is then validated by the specialised staff running this database before the definitive entry of the information into the system.
In the months to come, an Online Meet Entry section will also be activated and will work on time for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) and for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR). Finally, in the medium term, the system will also be able to generate swimmers’ biographies, for the use of media and public in general.

FINA has launched today on its official website www.fina.org a much improved version of its World Swimming Rankings’ section, bringing this important tool into a new level of accuracy, providing many new functionalities to the system, and adding new interactive possibilities to the users of this database. 

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2010 SAC Report

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The Chairman of the SAC (Swimwear Approval Commission), Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, made a report to the FINA Bureau with the occasion of its meeting on December 13, 2010 in Dubai (UAE), providing the background, context and details of the entire procedure and analysing the results and evolution of this complex process.

SAC Report 12-2010pdf
(procedure, analysing of the results and evolution of this complex process)

   

Dubai, Day 5: Lochte (USA), first ever with 7 medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Ryan Lochte (USA) - credit: gettyimagesRyan Lochte (USA) and Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) were the best swimmers at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai (UAE), after getting respectively seven and four medals at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex. This consecration is not new to Lochte, already the “most valuable” athlete of the competition in 2006 (Shanghai) and in 2008 (Manchester). For the Spaniard, on the contrary, this is a completely new situation, after reaching the podium in the most demanding events of the programme – gold in the 200m butterfly, 200m and 40m individual medley, and silver in the 800m free. At 20, she obtained a significant breakthrough in Dubai, and will surely be one of the swimmers in evidence in the years to come. Lochte, 26, is already a confirmed star and made history in Dubai, by being the first swimmer in the history of the championships to win seven medals in the same edition of the competition.

Overall, 22 countries have medalled in Dubai, and the top-5 nations includes USA (25 medals, comprising 12 gold), Russia (10 medals), Spain (8), China (14), and France (8). Four World Records were established in the five-day competition, while 57 championships records were also set.

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Dubai, Day 4: Belmonte Garcia (ESP), a Star is born

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) - credit: gettyimagesThe 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) consecrated a new star in the women’s events, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia. Swimming in lane 8 of the 200m individual medley final, Belmonte Garcia got the gold in a new championships record of 2:05.73 and collected her fourth medal in the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex – after the victories in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly, and the silver in the 800m free. An amazing performance in the most demanding races of the programme, proving that the 20-year-old Catalonian (she was born and lives in Barcelona) world revelation has a bright future. At European level, the Spaniard had collected a gold medal in the 2008 long course championships also in the 200m IM, while in 25m-pool, her most brilliant moment had been the triumph in the 400m IM, also in 2008.

In Dubai, Belmonte Garcia is displaying an outstanding resistance and versatility, and for her latest achievement, she defeated China’s Shiwen Ye (14 years old and winner of the 200m and 400m IM at the Asian Games), and US Ariana Kukors, winner of the 100m IM on Day 3 (and of the 200m IM at the 2009 Worlds in Rome). Ye got the silver in 2:05.94, while Kukors was third in 2:06.09. The Hungarian team is definitively not shining in Dubai, with Katinka Hosszu and Evelin Verraszto (2010 short course European champion) in fourth and fifth position respectively.

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