2010 edition brings the best in Roberval
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).
Open water swimmers take the plunge in Japan
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).
SPEEDO swimmers combine efforts to fight malaria
Thousands of Speedo swimmers, including 14-time Olympic champion, Michael Phelps, have helped combat the spread of malaria in Africa by teaming up to raise an astonishing 193,647USD as part of World Swim Against Malaria on June 25, 2010.
Phelps and fellow Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington were among the 9,917 athletes, staff and friends of the world’s leading swimwear brand who took to the pool to raise money to purchase vital bed nets offering defence against malaria-carrying mosquitoes, ensuring that 76,322 children will be protected from what remains one of the world’s most deadly diseases.
As well as raising much needed funds for World Swim Against Malaria, the efforts of Speedo swimmers also amounted to a total distance of over 40,074km - the equivalent total distance of a round the world swim.
Busy July ahead for Japan
All Japan National Teams (Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming) are busy preparing for their July schedule. The swimming national team, with – just to name some – Kosuke Kitajima, Junya Koga, Ryosuke Irie, Takeshi Matsuda, Shiho Sakai, Aya Terakawa, Marie Kamimura and Rino Hosoda, counts 49 swimmers, who are training hard for the upcoming the Pan Pacific Championships to be held in California (USA) on August 17-21, 2010.
Ivan Garcia proud flag bearer at Singapore Youth Olympic Games
The Mexican Swimming Federation announced that the diver Ivan Garcia will be the flag bearer representing Mexico at the Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore this August. This designation acknowledges the work and talent of Ivan Garcia, who is considered a rising diving star in Mexico.
Ivan García’s pet event is the 10m platform; he performs dives of a high degree of difficulty and his main results have been internationally awarded in platform synchro with German Sanchez, who participated in the FINA World Championships in Rome 2009 and the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup in China. He was also a silver medallist at the third meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 in Veracruz.
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