SWC 2014, Moscow Day 2: Hosszu and Le Clos keep the lead

Swimming World Cup

Katinka HosszuKatinka Hosszu of Hungary was untouchable at the fourth leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, held in Moscow, Russia on October 4-5, 2014. With a total of seven gold at this stage and an overall 104 victories through the World Cup series, Hosszu is very close to the record of two-time Olympic champion Martina Moravkova from Slovakia, who earned a total 106 gold medals. "I think l will beat this record at the next stage in Beijing," Hosszu said.

Hosszu had no opponents in the women's 100m and 400m IM, clocking a respective 58.93 and 4:25.33. She also swept the women's 100m backstroke in 56.63 and 200m butterfly in 2:02.99, and took the bronze in the 50m butterfly. The only event where she did not medal was the 400m freestyle (Hosszu took fourth).

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 3: China's Huang/Sun win duet free

Synchro World Cup

Brazil teamChina leaves this penultimate day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchro World Cup as the winner of all gold medals. On Saturday October 4, they won at the University of Laval pool the duet free routine and team technical events. In the latter, which finished the day of an intensive programme, swimmers performed on 'The Faith' to give more a show of precision, synchronisation and artistic creativity routines, scoring an overall 188.0322.

Japan got the silver medal with a slightly bigger margin than in the technical event to outscore Ukraine. The Asians scored 182.4088 points while the Europeans settled for third with 181.9573.

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SWC 2014, Moscow Day 1: Hat-trick for Hosszu and Le Clos

Swimming World Cup

Katinka HosszuBefore the start of the fourth stage of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Moscow, journalists were betting in how many races Katinka Hosszu would take part in this time. At a press conference, the Hungarian 'Iron lady' said she would stick to her 11-12 events schedule.

After the first competition day Hosszu added five more medals – three gold and two bronze – to her solid World Cup collection. In the women's 200m freestyle, Hosszu registered a clear victory in 1:53.18 over local Veronika Popova (1:54.88) and teammate Evelyn Verraszto (1:56.26).

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Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 2: China leads way in team tech as well

Synchro World Cup

synchro world cupAlready heading first in the technical duet on Day 1, China topped the preliminaries in the technical team on Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Quebec City. The Chinese team showed a routine called 'Anges Noirs' (Black Angels), swimming to the music 'City of Bones' to score a total 92.7655 points. Ukraine (90.0906) and Japan (90.0755) follow with very tight scores.

According to their Japanese coach Mayuko Fujiki, the Chinese team has been entirely renovated since the London Olympics in 2012: "With the exception of two swimmers, the whole team is new. The coaching staff is new as well so they work differently now. Up to London, China was known as a team which focused on beauty, ballet and plasticity; they won silver at the Olympics, finishing close to Russia. To beat them, we must use more strength, technique and power. We're happy because we see here that it is working."

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Water from Kazan travels to ISS

Kazan 2015

Everyone expects that the 16th FINA World Championships, to be held in Kazan (RUS) will be an enormous success on Earth, but the organisers of the competition want to reach ever higher. On September 26, 2014 the Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a symbol of the FINA major event - a special barrel filled with water from the Kazanka River – and travelled to the International Space Station (ISS).

During the press conference that took place shortly before the lift-off, Tatarstan's Minister of Sport Vladimir Leonov extended gratitude to the Federal Space Agency and the expedition crew members for contributing to the development of sports, and especially aquatic sports.


Russian cosmonauts taking Kazan's water to the space

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