2010 edition brings the best in Roberval

World OWS Championships

The city of Roberval (Québec, CAN) will welcome from July 17-22, 2010 the 6th edition of the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, with events of 5km, 10km and 25km, for both men and women. Roberval and its Lac St-Jean have a great tradition in this discipline hosting annual races included in the FINA series of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup and Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.

After Honolulu (USA) 2000, Sharm El Sheikh (EGY) 2002, Dubai (UAE) 2004, Naples (ITA) 2006 and Seville (ESP) 2008, this sixth edition will mark the end of these championships as such. The inclusion of the discipline (10km event, for men and women) in the Olympic programme and the FINA desire to enhance the development in the junior age group led to the creation of a FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, starting in 2012. The “open” competition will from now be limited to the Olympic Games and FINA World Championships (with the remaining aquatic disciplines).

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WPWL 2010 (Men): Montenegro’s winning shots against the USA, Serbia wins over Australia

World League

The sensation on day 3 of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final was definitely Montenegro’s victory over the American squad. After a hard-fought game tied to 7-7, Montenegro confirmed their ambition in a series of penalties, defeating the USA with a final score of 11-9.

Serbia continues to look strong, winning over Australia by 8-6, to the delight of the home crowd. China struggled with the likes of the Spanish squad, eventually losing by 5-11. The Croatia-South Africa game generated little surprise since the Croatians dominated the operations throughout the period, conceding only one goal to South Africa and winning by 22-1. The player to score the most goals was Croatia’s Paulo Obradovic, with four winning shots.

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WPWL 2010 (Men): Close win for Serbia against Croatia, Montenegro defeats Spain

World League

The Serbian-Croatian battle (Group B) took the spotlight on day 2 of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, being played in Nis (SRB) from July 13-18, with the Serbians conquering their second victory at home since the beginning of the competition, with a tight 9-8. In Group A, Montenegro triumphed over Spain by 11-7, while the American squad defeated China (11-5).

Also in Group B, Australia secured a victory against South Africa with a comfortable 19-4 score. Australia’s Billy Miller alone scored four goals, this second round’s best performance.

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WPWL 2010 (Men): Easy wins for Serbia and Montenegro, Australia upsets Croatia

World League

credit: Stevan LazarevicAs expected, Serbia and Montenegro comfortably won their first games at the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final, taking place in Nis (SRB), from July 13-18. In Group A, Montenegro (winner of the 2009 edition) defeated China by 16-4, while in Group B, Serbia (world champion in 2009) had a “training” game against South Africa, triumphing by 22-0. The remaining two games of this first day included a surprising victory from Australia over Croatia (10-7) and the defeat of Spain (7-3) against USA.

Boris Zlokovic was the best scorer of this round, with his five goals contributing to the successful outcome of Montenegro. The Chinese team only gave some resistance in the first half of the game (4-3 for the Europeans), but then the 2009 winners managed a 6-0 and a 6-1 in the third and fourth periods respectively.

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Open water swimmers take the plunge in Japan

Federations News

The Oiso Long Beach 10km Open Water Swimming Championships were held in a lazy river (i.e. artificially created water current) at the Oiso Prince Hotel in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, on July 4, 2010. Swimmers had to complete a rectangular 500-meter long closed-circuit loop twenty times, counter-clockwise and without turns (two length sides being 250-meter long and two width sides 10-meter long each).

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