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.
Mexican swimmers take home 28 medals from Speedo Series
National swimmers are preparing for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, one of the year’s most important swimming competitions in the region.
Jesus Azuara, Vice President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, announced that Mexico came back with a tally of 28 medals from the last Speedo Champions Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze).
Four Mexican divers in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series in Qingdao (CHN)
The national diving team travelled to Qingdao, China, to participate in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series on March 27-28, 2010.
Diving team’s Vice President, Alberto Acosta, confirmed the participation of four Mexicans in the first stage, which brings together the world’s top eight divers. Among them are 10m platform world champion Paola Espinosa, Yahel Castillo, ranked sixth worldwide in the 3m springboard and pair Ivan Garcia and Germán Sánchez in the 10m platform synchro. The coaches accompanying the team are Ma Jin, Ivan Bautista and Stefan Marinov.
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