Montreal 2009, Day 3: Canada crowned new champion
A new champion, the team from Canada, was crowned at the 4th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy held at Montreal's Olympic Park Sports Center, the venue of the 1976 Olympic Games. Canada won the Highlight Routine and Thematic Duet on Friday and finished first in the Thematic Team event last evening. The squad from the host federation collected enough points to win the 4th FINA World Trophy this evening following their third place finish in the Combination Team routine in the fifth and final event of the programme. Canada ranked fourth in the third edition of this competition held in Spain and won by the host nation last year.
The total score accumulated during the five events of the competition allowed Canada to climb on the top of the podium ahead of Russia. The cumulative score for Canada was 491.666 points, followed by Russia with 491.333 points, and Spain with 485.666 points. Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon (CAN) and Chloe Isaac (CAN) won the Thematic Duet event and Boudreau-Gagnon (CAN) finished second to the FINA World Champion Natalia Ischenko (RUS) in the solo event. The Canadian team received their first 10.0 score since the 1992 Olympics in Saturday's Thematic Team Routine. Another milestone for the Canadian squad was a finish ahead of the powerful Russia team, the first time this has occurred since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Montreal 2009, Day 2: Russia wins solo but Canada remains in the lead
The host federation returned to Montreal's Olympic Park Sports Center, the venue of the 1976 Olympic Games, at the top of the scoring tables following the first evening of competition at the 4th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy. Saturday night is "Hockey Night in Canada" but ironically this evening's performances did not include any references or elements drawn from Canada's national pastime. Hockey jerseys, sticks, pucks and the NHL buzzer were the signature accessories in Friday evening's winning performances by the duet and team squads from Canada. The Canadian squad swam to first place in last night's Highlights and Thematic Routines and leads in the scoring for the FINA Trophy after just two events.
Tonight the venue sound system blared the Black Eyed Peas hit song "A Good Night" featuring these lively lyrics: "I have a feeling, I have a feeling that tonight is going to be a good night, a good, good night" perhaps giving even further inspiration to the Canadian team. Tonight the Canadians would face a stiff challenge from a Russian World Champion and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medallists in this evening's Free Solo and Thematic Team routines.
Montreal 2009, Day 1: Canada leads after two events
The world's best synchronized swimmers returned to Montreal to compete in the 4th edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy. The national federations of Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and United States will perform five events: “Synchro Highlight Routine”, “Thematic Duet”, “Solo”, “Thematic Team” and “Combination. In order to enhance the spectacular routines in synchronised swimming, the FINA Synchro World Trophy has different rules than the ones used at Olympic Games or World Championships. The main differences relate with the possibility of wearing accessories, to the judgement of the deck movements, or to the length of the programmes.
Just four summers ago Montreal hosted the very successful 2005 FINA World Championships. Just prior to the competition Montreal's Mayor Gerald Tremblay was presented with the FINA Order in recognition of his outstanding support for the organisation of the 2005 FINA World Championships. This competition is being held at the aquatics venue of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
Olympic champion Liu Zige to shine in Asian swimming championships
Olympic champion Liu Zige and world champion Zhang Lin will lead a group of Chinese elite swimmers at the Asian Swimming Championships which ran through Nov. 21-28.
The Championships, which include swimming, synchronised swimming and diving, are being held by China Swimming Association (CSA), Guangdong Provincial Sports Administration and People's Municipal Government of Foshan, under the auspices of the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF).
Junya Koga, "Swimmer of the Year" in Japan
The national annual meeting of Japan Swimming Federation for November was held in Tokyo on November 22. On that occasion the “Swimmer of the year” award was announced: Junya Koga, men’s 100m backstroke gold medallist at the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009.
Also in Japan, Kousuke Kitajima, gold medallist in the men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke both in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olymopics, came back to the swimming pool after the Beijing Olympic Games. He enjoyably swam at the Tokyo Swimming Center Invitational Meet, which was held on November 21-23, 2009.
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