Dubai, Day 1: China sets first WR of the year and Spain gets first gold ever

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

China - credit: gettyimagesAs FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione predicted in his opening Press Conference of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships, memorable performances will highlight this competition in Dubai (UAE). After the first day of action in the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, the first World Record of the year was established in the women’s 4x200m free relay and no less than 12 Championships records were established.

Following the five finals on the programme, a variety of countries is also represented in the medal chart, with swimmers from 10 countries (153 nations, a new record, are represented in Dubai) getting at least one award. The gold medal count is led by Spain, with two victories in this first day (the championships are held until December 19).

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Soni looks forward to renewing her “very good” rivalry with Leisel Jones of Australia in Dubai

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Rebecca Soni (USA) - credit: gettyimagesOlympic gold medallist Rebecca Soni of the United States of America (USA) is looking forward to renewing her “very good” rivalry with Australia’s Leisel Jones when the two go head-to-head at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai next week. Soni won her gold medal in Beijing in 2008 when she edged out Jones in the 200m breaststroke final and she beat the Australian in the 100m and 200m events in this year’s Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine, California in August.

But Jones turned the tables on Soni to win the 100m breaststroke final in Beijing and was also part of the 4x100m medley relay team that beat the USA, including Soni, to gold. That level of competition between the pair sets things up beautifully for another confrontation at the spectacular, new Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex on the Dubai Bypass Road when the Championships take place from 15 – 19 December.

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Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins Swimming Open Championships

Federations News

The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the last championship of swimming in 2010, the sixth edition of Swimming Open Championship. The club scored 633 points and are the only team to win this competition in the history. Minas Tênis Clube finished the event in second position and scored 316 points. Flamengo, club of Cesar Cielo, has third with 140.5 points. As a whole, 375 swimmers to 49 teams disputed the competition. The event registered 16 new records. The championship was realised at Itaguará Country Club in Guaratinguetá city.

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Italy’s Pellegrini looks to fill gap in her medal collection in Dubai

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Federica Pellegrini (ITA) - credit: gettyimagesOlympic gold medallist and long course world champion Federica Pellegrini of Italy will be desperate to fill a gap in her medal collection at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai later this month.

The 22 year-old freestyle swimmer, who is the world record-holder in the long and short course over 200m and in the long course over 400m, struck gold in Beijing in 2008 in the 200m.

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Diving coach Ivan Bautista wins the 2010 National Sports Award

Federations News

Diving coach Ivan Bautista received a deserved recognition for his 16-year career, the National Sports Award 2010, which perpetuates the tradition of diving among the best Mexican sports.

Mexico President Felipe Calderón presented the award to coach Ivan Bautista, for having created a new Mexican school and formed talents such as Ivan Garcia, bronze medallist at the Youth Olympic Games in the 10m platform, German Sanchez, medallist at the 2010 FINA World Series and Kevin Chavez, gold medallist at the World Junior Diving Championships in Tucson (USA).

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