Moscow 2010, Day 1: Spain and Russia start favourites

Synchro World Trophy

The FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy is holding its fifth edition from December 3-5, 2010 at the “Olimpiyskiy” pool in Moscow, Russia. The Russian capital already hosted the World Trophy for its inaugural edition in 2006. In today’s first session, all seven participating nations – Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Russia, Spain and Ukraine – took to the stage to perform in two events: the Synchro Highlight Routine and the Thematic Duet. The World Trophy has an exclusive programme with scores given for Artistic Impression only (i.e. choreography, interpretation of music and manner of presentation) and events are held as direct finals.

SYNCHRO HIGHLIGHT ROUTINE

It’s a first award winning performance for Spain which bested Russia in the Synchro Highlight Routine, totalling 96.500 points. The  Spaniards set the tone from the beginning, wearing a golden swimsuit and mask, displaying perfect synchronisation – not an easy task with 12 swimmers in the water! – and excelling in creativity, especially regarding the lifts; one of them involved a swimmer in a bridge-like position over another swimmer performing the same position.

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Japan collects 48 golds at Asian Games

Federations News

Mr. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of Olympic Council of Asia called as OCA closed the 16th Asian Games on November 28, 2010. The largest ever Asian Games ended successfully. The Games was held in Guanzhou, China. China did a very good job not only building a huge sports complex but also conducting the Games.

All Asian countries, 45 participating delegations in all, did their best and enjoyed the Games. China won 199 gold medals, Korea 76 and Japan 48, out of a total 477 gold medals.

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World Cup winner Alshammar and Olympic champion Frolander head up Sweden’s bid for glory in Dubai

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Therese Alshammar and Lars Frolander, two of the greatest swimmers in the history of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), are heading up Sweden’s bid for glory at this month’s event in Dubai.

The duo, both multiple medallists from past events, are the most prominent names in a powerful squad of 20 that also includes Sarah Sjostrom, the world record-holder in the 100m butterfly.

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Brazilian sprinter Cielo in confident mood ahead of Dubai

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Brazilian Olympic gold medallist Cesar Cielo is in a confident mood and believes he has nothing to prove at next month’s 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

Sprint star Cielo was beaten by Nathan Adrian of the United States of America in the 50m and 100m freestyle races in the Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine, California earlier this year and the two will go head-to-head again at the spectacular, new Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex on the Dubai Bypass Road.

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Aquatics festival CAMEX concludes on a high note in Guatemala

Federations News

After San Jose, Costa Rica, in 2008, the 13th edition of CAMEX, an age-group aquatics championships featuring teams from Central America and Mexico, took place in Guatemala City, from November 10-19, 2010.

The CCCAN, the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation, organised competition events in FINA's five aquatic disciplines: Swimming, Water polo, Open water swimming, Diving and Synchronised swimming.

In all, 232 male and 210 female athletes, plus 165 officials, attended the great event.

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