Success of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
FINA is pleased to announce that the cumulative audience in Europe of its 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held last December in Dubai (UAE) was, according to the report received from EBU, of 136.2 million people from 264 programmes totaling over 237 hours of coverage.
In comparison, for Manchester 2008 (the previous edition of these championships), the figures show an audience of 58.3 million from 230 programmes totaling over 222 hours of coverage.
Whilst the number of programmes increased by 14.8% and the hours of coverage rose by 6.8%, the increase in total audience has jumped by 133.6%, which underlines that the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) has become a more attractive event.
World Men's WP Development Trophy: Kuwait shines at home
If two years ago the first edition of the FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy was dominated by the American teams – Colombia won the tournament, while Puerto Rico got the silver - the 2009 edition of the competition was marked by Asian supremacy. In the final of the event – held once more in Kuwait City (KUW) from April 5-11 - the home team conquered the gold, defeating in the decisive game the squad of Singapore by 13-6. It was a natural outcome given the progression of the tournament, in which the two teams won all the five matches of the preliminary rounds (Kuwait was included in Group A with Trinidad & Tobago, Algeria, Indonesia, Guatemala and Tunisia and Singapore was the best in Group B, against Philippines, Morocco, Uruguay, Jamaica and Kenya).
6th European title for Sascha Klein - Russia tops medal table once more
Russia once again proved the best nation at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin with three gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the altogether ten events, but was closely followed by Germany (3-3-2) and the host country, Italy (3-0-1). Russia also won the Team Trophy with 191 points ahead of Germany (175), Ukraine (138) and Italy (124).The four quota places for next year’s Olympic Games at stake in Turin went to Germany (2/men’s 3m and 10m), Italy (women’s 10m) and Sweden (women’s 3m).
Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape made the fans cheer again in the final event on Sunday, when the Italians won their third successive title in the women’s 3m synchro springboard practically with their last dive (320.40 points), defeating until then leading Russians Nadezda Bazhina-Svetlana Philippova (317.13 points). Germans Katja Dieckow-Uschi Freitag took bronze (295.90 points). Cagnotto said afterwards: "Naturally I'm happy, even though I failed to win the 3m springboard title, but I gained three medals again just like two years ago in Turin. The crowd here is just fantastic !"
Hausding retains 3m springboard title – Koltunova with second gold for Russia
Patrick Hausding, the “World Diver of the Year 2010”, retained the first of his two 2010 titles in the 3m springboard at the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, on Thursday. In a close competition, the German won with 499.40 points ahead of the two Russians, Ilya Zakharov (493.85) and the new 1m European Champion Evgeny Kuznetsov (482.35). After the fifth round Hausding and Zakharov were still joint leaders.
“My first dive could have been a little better. But after everything went well. You simply have to put your best dives at the end”, said the German who had gained medals in all five competitions in Budapest 2010. Patrick Hausding also achieved the second quota place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after Noemi Batki (ITA) had ensured the first one by winning the women’s 10m platform on Wednesday.
Kuznetsov snatches title from Kvasha – Italy rejoices
Ukrainian Illya Kvasha’s dominance of the 1m springboard event ended on the opening day of the Arena European Diving Championships in Turin, Italy, taking place from March 8-13. The 23-year-old was striving for his fourth successive title since 2008, but Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov snatched the primacy from him. The 20-year-old from Stavropol, who finished fourth in this competition in Budapest last year, received 427.05 points, Kvasha 419.65.
“A medal is not bad, but I’m a bit disappointed as I wanted to win my fourth title in a row. My second and third dives were the problem, when I didn’t perform perfectly”, commented the defeated champion. Kuznetsov admitted that he was sure of gold before his last dive: “There wasn’t much that could go wrong anymore.”
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