Olympic champion Netherlands regains some Beijing lustre

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo

USA vs NED - credit: Russell McKinnonNetherlands could prove the “dark horse” of the women’s water polo competition at the XIV FINA World Championships at the Natatorium.

In the opening game of the championship, the most credentialled women’s teams — holders of all four major titles — battled to a 7-7 draw, making the following games all that more important to decide who shall go through, possibly, as Group A winner.

The game was always close with centre forwards dominating and defensive structures impenetrable at times.

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Aquatic Festival has started in Shanghai!

Shanghai 2011

Opening Ceremony - credit: Giorgio ScalaThe 14th FINA World Championships have officially started after an impressive Opening Ceremony, attended by the entire FINA Family, the IOC President Mr. Jacques Rogge and the Chinese dignitaries, namely Mr. Yu Zhengsheng, Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Comunist Party of China. After the raise of China’s flag, and the ones from Italy and Spain, respectively the organisers of the 2009 and 2013 editions, the vibrant show continued with an ode to water, light and music.

Thanks to hundreds of participants, it was paid tribute to the common element to all FINA disciplines, the water. Spectacular choreographies on the pool deck and in the pool portrayed the spirit of water in Chinese philosophy and its values of harmony and purity. In a Tribute to Heroes, some FINA stars were called to the stage of this Ceremony to symbolise the FINA sports: open water swimmer Ky Hurst (AUS), synchronised swimmer Natalia Ischenko (RUS), water polo player Tony Azevedo (USA), open water swimmer Valerio Cleri (ITA), diver Chen Ruolin (CHN), and swimmer Liu Zige (CHN).

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China gets first gold, Canada and Australia qualify for the Olympics

Shanghai 2011 - Diving

The first diving final of the FINA World Championships Shanghai 2011 started almost three hours before the official opening ceremony and it was a real champions’ fight. Besides the result, this event had a “special” meaning for all participants: the three best synchro teams could qualify for the Olympics and every country dreamed about a place on the podium.

Speaking about synchronised diving we usually mean that there is just two vacant places on the podium – the champion’s one is occupied in principle by China.

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Notice on Drugs Carried into China by Participating Teams

Shanghai 2011

Participating teams do not need to make a special declaration for self-used drugs and medical equipment. They should however carry a list of self-used drugs in both Chinese and English. Please note that drugs carried into China by participating teams should be used  by their own members only. After the 14th FINA World Championships, the remaining drugs should be taken back to their countries and should not be sold in China.

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Japan's talents ready for Aquatic Festival

Federations News

Japan's pool and open water swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers and water polo players are fine-tuning their preparation for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) next month. Ryosuke Irie and his members of the Japan National Team returned home on June 27 after a training camp in Europe, which included legs of the Mare Nostrum in France and Spain.

Irie's marks during the Mare Nostrum included 53.72 in 100m backstroke and 1:54.34 in 200m backstroke. Meanwhile, another Japan's swimming great, Kosuke Kitajima, clocked 1:01.02 in the 100m breaststroke and 2:11.02 in the 200m breaststroke at the Mission Viejo International Invitational Meet, held from June 25-26 in California (USA).

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