Beijing 2014, Day 2: China clinches overall title
With victories in the thematic duet and free combination on Day 2, host China blitzed to win all four titles at stake in Beijing, China at the ninth edition of the FINA Synchronised World Trophy, held on December 13-14, 2014. This is the third title at this event for the Asian synchro powerhouse.
At Yingdong swimming complex, local duet Li Ang / Ma Shuang delivered a powerful routine on "Beautiful Girls", scoring 95.3330 points. Russian sisters Anastasia and Daria Bayandina finished second with 91.8335 points while Mexican duet Delgado Blanca / Diosdado Nuria took third with 89.8335 points.
Beijing 2014, Day 1: Host China bags two gold
Host China swept the gold in the free team and synchro highlight routine on the opening day of the 9th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, organised in Beijing, China on December 13-14, 2014.
Delighting the home crowd, the Chinese team performed brilliantly on "Heroines" to finish first in the free team routine, collecting a total 95.1665 points. Swimming to "Into the Wind", Russia's squad took with 91.8335 while Canada claimed third spot, earning 89.6665 points. Mexico and Spain came fourth and fifth, scoring 88.6665 and 86.6665, respectively.
First-ever FINA/AIPS Young Reporters programme is a hit in Doha
FINA/AIPS Young Reporters returned today in their respective countries, after completing pivotal journalism programme which took place in parallel to the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention and the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar.
The ten participants followed an intensive reporting training course in print, photography, online and new media. In addition to specific lectures covering current themes in sport such as doping and ethics, the youngsters had the incredible opportunity to reach out to swimming legends such as the American diver and Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis, IOC member and former Olympic champion Alexander Popov and Dutch freestyle ace Ranomi Kromowidjojo, as well as FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
Youth programme 'aspires' 250 swimmers in Doha
The first-ever Youth programme, jointly organised by the Doha 2014 organising committee and FINA, successfully drew to an end on December 7 at the Aspire's Zone, the world's biggest sport facility.
A total 136 countries sent one or two of their best swimmers aged 14-16 with their coach to take part in a week-long programme. U.S. top-level coach Todd Schmitz, who led Missy Franklin to Olympic glory at the 2012 London Olympics, run the programme with a 10-strong coaching staff.
Doha 2014, Day 5: Hosszu and Le Clos are also the best in Doha!
Some days after being awarded the title of FINA Best Swimmers in 2014, Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) were also the athletes shining the most in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held from December 3-7 in Doha (QAT). At the conclusion of the five-day competition, the South African star and the Magyar champion received the Trophy for the Best Male and Female Swimmer of the competition, respectively, after delivering great performances in the Hamad Aquatic Centre.
Hosszu entered in the history of this competition by earning eight individual medals, the highest tally ever among women, and only equalling Ryan Lochte’s performance in Istanbul 2012 in the men’s field. The difference is that the North American collected some of his medals in relay events. Before the Magyar milestone, the best swimmers in a single edition of the championships were Susan O’Neill (AUS), Josefin Lillhage (SWE), Lisbeth Lenton (AUS) and Brooke Hanson (AUS), all with six podium presences.
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