IOC President praises preparations for first YOG
IOC President, Jacques Rogge, today wrapped up a successful trip to Singapore in the final months leading up to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August. The trip included a tour of the venues for sport, culture and education programme activities, and participation in the seminar organised for the National Olympic Committees that will send athletes to the YOG.
During his three-day visit, the President visited the Youth Olympic Village, Games venues, Opening and Closing Ceremony location, and the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. He also took part in the Chefs de Mission seminar, which provided the delegation heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with information and advice on how to prepare the athletes who will compete in August. During his trip he also dedicated time to give motivational speeches to the staff of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) and local university students.
DWS 2010 - Qingdao (CHN), Day 2
On the second day of competition (March 28), Bo Qiu of China clinched the gold medal in the men's 10m platform event. Qiu was behind German Sascha Klein after the first two rounds but eventually found his way back to track before winning the event with a total of 588.2 points. Compatriot Luxin Zhou was second while Klein finished in third place.
Chinese Olympic champions Ruolin Chen and teammate Hao Wang were crowned in the women's 10m platform synchro event, totaling 330.00 points. Anabelle Smith and Briony Cole from Australia won the silver medal with 325.32 points and Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion took bronze.
DWS 2010 - Qingdao (CHN), Day 1
Olympic champion Minxia Wu and world champion Zi He of China failed to win the gold medal in the women’s 3m springboard synchro event on the first day (March 27) of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 in Qingdao, China.
The pair teamed up for the first time in career but made a terrible mistake before finishing fourth in the event. The title was claimed by Russians Svetlana Filippova and Anastasia Pozdniakova. Sharleen Stratton and Briony Cole from Australia and American pair Cassidy Krug and Kassidy Cook finished in second and third places respectively.
Brazilian teams awarded at South American Games
Brazilian open water swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha won two medals at the South American Games taking place on March 20-25 in Medellin, Colombia. Cunha came first in the 5km and second in the 10km races.
In the 5km race, Cunha and Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto draw in the first place, clocking 1h01m56s. Nataly Caldas from Ecuador finished in third place in 1h01m59s.
In the Olympic distance, it was a tight race for Cunha, who finished second in 1h58m10s3. Only a few metres from the finish line, Pinto sped up and passed Cunha to eventually win the race in 1h58m10s1. Argentina’s Antonella Bogarin took bronze in 1h58m15s5.
Portrait of a Master: Yoshiko Osaki (JPN)
Yoshiko Osaki is a great Masters swimmer who was born on March 30, 1938. She established her second-hundredth world record in the 100m freestyle, timing 1:14.58 in the 70-74 years old category at the Japan Women’s Swim Festival held at Yokohama International Swimming Complex in October last year.
Osaki celebrated her world record at Hotel Hankyu International in Osaka, Japan, on March 20, 2010. More than 250 people paid tribute to her feat by attending the event. Osaki assured that from then on, she would continue her challenge to break more world records.
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