Seven Hills, Day 1: Pellegrini claims the 400 freestyle, Sullivan and Alshammar shine too
PESCARA – in the swimming pool where she established the seventh world record of her career, the queen from Rome 2009 Federica Pellegrini won the 400 freestyle in 4:03.12, improving her performance from the national championships and her season’s first world performance.
“I’m very happy with this time improvement; I came down the mountain five days ago and despite the intense training, I had good feelings. I am very optimistic for the coming European championships in Budapest. At the Seven Hills meet I will still compete in the 800 while I still don’t know about the 200: I’d like to be on top also for the Italian club championships on Sunday.”
Big stars to attend Italian meet
Tomorrow until Saturday will be contested in Pescara, Italy, in the same swimming pool which hosted last year’s “Giochi del Mediterraneo” (Games of the Mediterannean), the “Settecolli” Trophy, an international event traditionaly hosted in Rome’s “Stadio del Nuoto” (pool of the 2009 World Championships).
The complete Italian team will line up at the event: the “sprinters” are back from a training camp in Auburn (Illinois), USA, with two-time world champion Cesar Cielo while the long-distance swimmers returned a few days ago from a three-week “escape” in high altitude in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
8th Oceania Swimming Championships upcoming in Samoa
The 8th Oceania Swimming Championships will be held at the National Aquatic Centre, Apia, Samoa from 21 – 26 June this year. Competition will take place in Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming.
Over 120 Swimmers from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii (by invitation), Marshall Islands, New Caledonia (by invitation), New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga (by invitation) will participate in the Championships.
Alongside the competitions, FINA Technical Clinics for Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming will be held with the assistance of the FINA Development Program.
The Oceania Swimming Association is most grateful to the Samoa Swimming Federation for hosting the Championships and look forward to a great week of competition in Apia next month.
(Samoa Swimming Federation Press Release)
Japan’s synchro team plans for FINA World Cup
The 2010 Japan Swimming Open (Long Course) was held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Complex in Tokyo, Japan, on June 4-6, 2010.
The three-day championships presented satisfying results: Ryo Tateishi timed 1:00.51 in the 100m breaststroke, Junya Koga clocked 53.51 in the 100m backstroke, Ryosuke Irie concluded the 200m backstroke event in 1:55.67, Takeshi Matsuda touched the wall in 1:55.60 in the 200m butterfly and Shiho Sakai swum the 200m backstroke in 2.07.99.
Busy May and more aquatics to go for Japan in June
On the way to the FINA Water Polo World League 2010 Super Final, the Asia-Oceania Preliminary Round has successfully ended at the Osaka Pool in Osaka, Japan, on May 23, 2010. In the men’s field, Australia, China, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Iran and Japan, totaling about 90 players took part in the games. Australia finished first, China second and Japan third. In the women’s field, a total of 60 players from Australia, China, Kazakhstan and Japan participated. China came out victorious, while Australia and Kazakhstan finished second and third respectively.
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