French stars shine in Genoa
European champion in the 400m freestyle, Yannick Agnel debuted in style over the same distance at the “Nico Sapio” Trophy (short course). The French swimmer coached by Fabrice Pellerin clocked 3:42.31, close to the world season's best, resisting the onslaught of Italian middle-distance swimmer Federico Colbertaldo, who stopped the clock at 3:45.19.
Camille Muffat (FRA) dominated the women's race all the way and although she sped up in the last 50 meters, the Frenchwoman was not able to go below the four-minute mark. Her time was 4:00.30.
50m breastroke European champion, Fabio Scozzoli (ITA), produced a great performance, easily winning the 100m in 58.92. This places him at the top of the continental rankings.
Moreover, a fascinating battle took place in the men's 100m backstroke between American Nick Thoman and Damiano Lestingi from Italy, which ended in favour of the first (52.20 vs. 52.59). Another thrilling fight unfolded in the men's 100m freestyle, where the French Gregory Mallet powered home in a winning time of 48.69, beating American Schneider (48.86) and Calvi from Italy (49.43).
Fine performances produced at nationals in RDC
The third COD championships were successfully held on October 20-21, 2010, in the Lubumbashi Pronvince, Katanga (RDC). Mbombo Soleil Kayowa was the sensation of the day, setting a national record in the 100m freestyle in 55.18. She performed also well in the 50m freestyle, clocking 24.59.
Swimming festival takes place in Israel
At this period of time the swimmers are busy with hard training and less competing. The traditional Open Water swim - Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) took place in Tiberius, with almost 8,000 participants in all categories. This swimming festival was divided into competitive and non-competitive races, allowing each participant to swim a major part of the largest lake in Israel. Fantastic open water swimmers,Daniel Katzir and Michael Dmitriev won the 1500m and 3000m races respectively.
Iran triumphs at Asian Junior Water Polo Championship
The Iran national Junior water polo team picked up gold at the 2nd Asian Junior Water polo Championship, taking place in Indonesia from October 6-12. In the final match, Iran defeated Uzbekistan 8-6 and was crowned champion. Kuwait finished in third place while Kazakhstan had to settle for fourth. The best player of the competition was Mr. Amir Hossein Baraei from Iran.
Japan's swimming team ready for upcoming World Cup
The Japanese leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup is coming up soon. It will be held on October 20-21, 2010 at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Centre (T-TISC) in Tokyo. More than 17 of the world's biggest swimming stars - including Leisel Jones (AUS), Natalie Coughlin (USA), Cameron van den Burgh (RSA) and Roland Shoeman (RSA) just to name some - will attend the event.
Tokyo hosts a leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup for the first time. Such privilege shows that Japan is now strong on the international swimming scene. Japan sent eight swimmers (four women and four men) to the Brazilian leg of the World Cup, held on September 10-12 in Rio de Janeiro. The Japanese team collected seven gold medals there and is ready to win at home in the upcoming meet.
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