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PR57 - Two fantastic races over two days on Canada’s Lac St. Jean

On July 26, Lac St. Jean (Québec, CAN) came alive with the staging of the seventh leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008, which was a distance of 32km from Péribonka to Roberval. It was the legendary Petar Stoychev who prevailed with a solid win over the rest of the field in 7h39m13sec. His closest challenger, Brendan Capell (AUS) finished about five minutes behind. Meanwhile, the winner of the women’s race was another experienced open water swimmer, Natalya Pankina (RUS) in 8h36m35sec. She was trailed rather closely by another Australian, Shelley Clark, but still took the win by about a minute. The excitement of the race was accentuated by the dramatic conditions, including waves of up to 1m and winds gusting to 50km/hour. Prize money amounted to US$40,000.
MEN’S MEDALLISTS 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 7h39m13s 2. Brendan Capell (AUS) 7h44m35s 3. Simon Tobin (CAN) 7h49m11s WOMEN’S MEDALLISTS 1. Natalya Pankina (RUS) 8h36m35s 2. Shelley Clark (AUS) 8h37m37s 3. Steffanie Biller (GER) 8h40m53s Two days earlier, on Thursday, July 24, the fourth leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup also took place on Lac St. Jean under rough conditions (choppy water, strong wind and heavy rain), ending in victory for Egypt’s Mazen Aziz in the men’s field of 10 swimmers, and Angela Maurer (GER) in the women’s field of just eight competitors. Aziz finished in a time of 2.04.15.84, and Maurer in a time of 2.13.57.49. Both wins were close but clean, as all the men’s medallists finished within a second of one another, and the top-three women were also no more than a fraction apart at the end. This was the last FINA 10km World Cup stage before Beijing next month, when this distance will be swum as an Olympic event for the first time ever. Rounding out the podium for the men was Petar Stoychev in 2.04.16.30 and Fran Crippen (USA, 2.04.16.87, who raced to the end in a duel for silver. In the women’s field, taking silver behind Maurer was her compatriot Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER, 2.14.28.58), while bronze went to another Australian Lucy Redgrove (2.15.10.65).

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28Jul2008

PR56 - Petar Styochev (BUL): fourth victory of the season in Ohrid (MKD)

Bulgarian Petar Stoychev got his fourth 2008 victory, by arriving first at the conclusion of the men’s race of the sixth leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, held in Ohrid (MKD) on July 19, 2008. Stoychev completed the 30km in 6h14m51s, being closely followed by Brendan Capell (AUS, 6h14m53s29) and Stéphane Gomez (FRA, 6h14m53s50). In a thrilling race, the fourth best, Tomi Stefanoski (MKD), also finished in the same second as Capell and Gomez, with a time of 6h14m53s70. This year, Stoychev has already won the first three races held in Argentina.
In the women’s race, things were not as close, with Stefanie Biller, from Germany, finishing first in 6h15m58s, her first triumph of 2008, after being bronze medallist in the fourth event of the season, between Capri and Napoli, in Italy. Esther Nunez Morera, from Spain, was second in 6h23m37s, while Australian Shelley Clark was third in 6h35m21s. MEDALLISTS IN OHRID MEN 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 6h14m51s 2. Brendan Capell (AUS) 6h14m53s29 3. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 6h14m53s50 WOMEN 1. Stefanie Biller (GER) 6h15m58s 2. Esther Nunez Morera (ESP) 6h23m37s 3. Shelley Clark (AUS) 6h35m21s The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix is one of the two new long-distance swimming competition series’ launched by FINA in 2007 (the other is the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup). These two series’ replace the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup contested since 1993/1994. The Grand Prix competition is designed for open water swimming races of and above 15km. The next race for the 2008 series will take place on July 26 in Lac St. Jean (CAN).
THE 2008 FINA OPEN WATER SWIMMING GRAND PRIX (GP) in few lines
Dates & Sites
(1) Race GP No 1 - February 3, 2008 - Maraton Acuatica Rio Coronda in Santa Fe (ARG), 57km (2) Race GP No 2 - February 9, 2008 - Rosario (ARG), 15km (3) Race GP No 3 - February 16, 2008 - Viedma (ARG), 15km (4) Race GP No 4 - July 5, 2008 - Marathon del Golfo Capri-Napoli (ITA), 36km (5) Race GP No 5 - July 13, 2008 - Sabac Swim Marathon (SRB), 19 km (6) Race GP No 6 - July 19, 2008- Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon (MKD), 30km (7) Race GP No 7 - July 26, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac St. Jean, Roberval (CAN), 32km (8) Race GP No 8 - August 2, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac Magog (CAN), 34km (9) Race GP No 9 – October 18, 2008 - XVII Sumidero Canyon Swimming Marathon in Chiapas (MEX), 15km
2008 MEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) (2) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) (3) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Andrea Volpini (ITA); 3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) (4) 1. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 2. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA); 3. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG) (5) 1. Brendan Capell (AUS); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS) (6) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Brendan Capell (AUS); 3. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) (7) (8) (9)
2008 WOMEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Edith Van Dijk (NED); 3. Laura La Piana (ITA) (2) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Esther Nuñez (ESP); 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) (3) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Annegret Braun (GER); 3. Marianela Mendoza (ARG) (4) 1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER); 2. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 3. Stefanie Biller (GER) (5) 1. Anna Uvarova (RUS); 2. Ekaterina Zhdanova (RUS); 3. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) (6) 1. Stefanie Biller (GER); 2. Esther Nunez Morera (ESP); 3. Shelley Clark (AUS) (7) (8) (9)

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22Jul2008

PR55 - Founding FINA Federations unite in London for 100th birthday on July 19th

The Fédération Internationale de Natation celebrated a great milestone on Saturday, July 19, 2008: the day of FINA’s official 100th birthday. To acknowledge this landmark occasion, a unique celebration took place in London – the city of FINA’s birth - uniting representatives from the eight founding Federations that were present in 1908 when FINA was established. These Federations were those from the nations of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Sweden. In attendance were the President of the International Olympic Committee Count Jacques Rogge and other distinguished IOC Members and representatives from Great Britain, including the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games. While it was the Manchester Hotel in London that was the setting of FINA’s origin a Century ago, this 2008 reunion took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, as the Manchester no longer exists. Speakers at the gathering were Mr. Rogge, whose presence was a reminder of FINA’s continued contribution to preserving the Olympic values and dedication to the Olympic Movement, as well as Dr. Christa Thiel, President of the Deutscher Schwimm-Verband e.V. (German Swimming Federation), who spoke on behalf of the founding Federations. In his address, FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui thanked the founding Federation representatives for attending. “In 1908,” he said, “your predecessors had a clear vision of the future of Aquatics and today you continue to be solid FINA supporters.” Special thanks were extended by Mr. Larfaoui to all representatives from British Swimming and the IOC for marking this special moment in time. Over the last Century, FINA has expanded from the original eight Members to 195 National Federations on every continent. This remarkable growth has been cause for celebration throughout FINA Centenary year of 2008, and many National Federations have chosen to commemorate this achievement in their own ways, including special aquatic-themed events, exhibitions, competitions, national stamp programmes, and the organisation of workshops and activities to coincide with the Centenary. These initiatives are enthusiastically welcomed, as they are fundamental to the common goal of keeping FINA as one of the most important, successful and respected International Sports Federations.

Representatives from the eight founding FINA Federations with the FINA Executive and the IOC President: from left to right – Mathz Lindberg (SWE), Mikko Sainio (FIN), Bartolo Consolo (FINA Honorary Secretary), Dr Julio Maglione (FINA Honorary Treasurer), Georges Straetemans (BEL), Francis Luyce (FRA), Dr. Christa Thiel (GER), Mustapha Larfaoui (FINA President), Kaj Aagaard (DEN), Count Jacques Rogge (IOC President), Tamas Gyarfas (HUN), Chris Baillieu (GBR), Cornel Marculescu (FINA Executive Director) (Photo: Jim Holliday)

FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui receiving a gift from IOC President Count Jacques Rogge (Photo: Jim Holliday)
The guests of the dinner around the table (Photo: Jim Holliday)

FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui making his speech (Photo: Jim Holliday)

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21Jul2008

PR54 - Founding Federations to gather in celebration of FINA's 100th birthday on July 19th

Tomorrow, July 19, 2008, is the official 100th birthday of the Fédération Internationale de Natation. To celebrate this momentous occasion, a dinner will be held in London (GBR); the city where FINA was founded a Century ago. The Centenary birthday is of special for the whole FINA family, but especially for the eight founding Member Federations, the Past Presidents of which had the vision in 1908 that laid the cornerstone for Aquatics as we know them today. Tomorrow night, leaders of these founding Federations - Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Finland, France, and Denmark - will unite once again to celebrate the contribution of their predecessors and what FINA has accomplished since its formation. Aside from the FINA Executive (President Mustapha Larfaoui, Honorary Secretary Bartolo Consolo, Honorary Treasurer Dr. Julio Maglione, and Executive Director Cornel Marculescu), the event will also welcome Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, and representatives of British Olympic Association and the London 2012 Organising Committee. The exclusivity of attendance at this dinner serves as a reminder that in just 100 years, the national membership of FINA has grown from eight to 195 and that also during these years of expansion, FINA’s accord with the IOC has continued to strengthen. Then, with the commencement of the 2008 Olympic Games next month, another FINA birthday gathering will be held. In Beijing on August 16, amidst the Olympic fervour, a FINA Gala will take place. This time it will be a true party, encompassing hundreds of representatives from facets of the whole FINA family. This will be the chance for dedicated aquatics enthusiasts from around the world to come together in mutual admiration for the FINA sports. What better time and place is there for such a celebration, but during the grandest sporting spectacle that will engulf the best aquatic athletes in their search for glory? Both occasions, and indeed FINA’s entire Centenary year, can be considered an ideal opportunity to reflect on how FINA has continuously improved, expanded and flourished because of the unity of purpose and common goals of every individual it encompasses.

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18Jul2008

PR53 - Capell (AUS) and Uvarova (RUS) get first victories of the year

Brendan Capell (AUS) and Anna Uvarova (RUS) respectively won the men’s and women’s race of the fifth leg of the 2008 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, held on July 13 in Sabac (SRB). In their first victories of the year, Capell completed the 19km of the competition in 2h39m57s, while Uvarova triumphed in 2h48m22s. In the men’s field, the dominator of the season – the Bulgarian Petar Stoychev, winner of the first three legs -, was only fifth, behind Stéphane Gomez (FRA, second for the third time this season and winner of the fourth race in Italy), Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS, third, his first 2008 podium) and Andrea Volpini (ITA, fourth).In the women’s race, Natalia Pankina (RUS), also victorious in the first three races of the year, was absent in Serbia, but the Russians were well represented with Uvarova first and Ekaterina Zhdanova in second. The third place went to Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER), winner of the previous race between Napoli and Capri.MEDALLISTS IN SABACMEN1. Brendan Capell (AUS) 2h39m57s2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 2h41m23s3. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS) 2h42m01sWOMEN1. Anna Uvarova (RUS) 2h48m22s2. Ekaterina Zhdanova (RUS) 2h48m523. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 2h48m54sThe FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix is one of the two new long-distance swimming competition series’ launched by FINA in 2007 (the other is the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup). These two series’ replace the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup contested since 1993/1994. The Grand Prix competition is designed for open water swimming races of and above 15km. The next race for the 2008 series will take place on July 19 in Ohrid Lake (MKD).THE 2008 FINA OPEN WATER SWIMMING GRAND PRIX (GP)in few lines
Dates & Sites
(1) Race GP No 1 - February 3, 2008 - Maraton Acuatica Rio Coronda in Santa Fe (ARG), 57km(2) Race GP No 2 - February 9, 2008 - Rosario (ARG), 15km(3) Race GP No 3 - February 16, 2008 - Viedma (ARG), 15km (4) Race GP No 4 - July 5, 2008 - Marathon del Golfo Capri-Napoli (ITA), 36km(5) Race GP No 5 - July 13, 2008 - Sabac Swim Marathon (SRB), 19 km(6) Race GP No 6 - July 19, 2008- Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon (MKD), 30km(7) Race GP No 7 - July 26, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac St. Jean, Roberval (CAN), 32km(8) Race GP No 8 - August 2, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac Magog (CAN), 34km(9) Race GP No 9 – October 18, 2008 - XVII Sumidero Canyon Swimming Marathon in Chiapas (MEX), 15km
2008 MEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG)(2) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG)(3) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Andrea Volpini (ITA); 3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) (4) 1. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 2. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA); 3. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG)(5) 1. Brendan Capell (AUS); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS)(6)(7)(8)(9)
2008 WOMEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Edith Van Dijk (NED); 3. Laura La Piana (ITA) (2) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Esther Nuñez (ESP); 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA)(3) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Annegret Braun (GER); 3. Marianela Mendoza (ARG)(4) 1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER); 2. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 3. Stefanie Biller (GER)(5) 1. Anna Uvarova (RUS); 2. Ekaterina Zhdanova (RUS) ; 3. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER)(6)(7)(8)(9)

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14Jul2008

PR52 - Team USA tops the rankings, but swimmers from 18 countries win medals

Yesterday witnessed the completion of the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which was held at the indoor swimming complex of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico from July 8-13, 2008. In the women’s field, distance queen Elena Sokolova (RUS) and medley-ace Dagny Knutson (USA) were among the three best swimmers with three individual wins each, along with the well-rounded Daniel Bell (NZL), who matched their achievement in the men’s field. Meanwhile, butterfliers Natsuki Akiyama (JAP) and Grace Loh (AUS) amongst women, and middle and long-distance freestylers Danila Izotov (RUS), Krzysztof Pielowski (POL) and breaststroker Daniel Sliwinski (GBR) were the other multiple individual winners amongst men, with two victories each. Needless to say, it was the spectacular performances of these young stars that were very often the focus of the event.
Overall, the USA was the best team, both in terms of medals and in the team rankings resulting from the point system. American superiority came mainly from their strong female team, which conquered as many as 17 medals out of an overall total of 21, including 8 gold (9), 5 silver (6) and 4 bronze (6). Russia was second (7, 2, 4) while New Zealand, for once ahead of Australia, was third with 5 gold. In terms of total medals, Japan was third with 12, Australia and Italy fourth with 10 each. Germany won the most silver (7) while Canada took most bronze (6). As for the points, the USA won the Combined Team Scores, with 820.50, ahead of Japan (634), Russia (585), Canada (528.5), Great Britain (431), Germany (402.5), Italy (386), Poland (315.5), Australia (273), France (240), and New Zealand (192). These Championships were a great display of elite competitive swimming from the sport’s up-and-coming international champions, although some of the participants, including Bell and Izotov, have already qualified for Beijing. Each day of the competition saw many Championships records broken in all stages of the event, from preliminaries to the finals. Several times, such as in the men’s 800m freestyle and the women’s 200m backstroke, all the medallists finished under the previous record. Further outstanding swimmers at these Championships include multi-butterfly medallists Silvia Di Pietro (ITA) and Yui Miyamoto (JPN), Bell’s arch-rival Ivan Lendjer (SRB), backstroker Elizabeth Pelton (USA), and Orinoco Faamausili (NZL), who won the 50m freestyle in 22.37 and was expected to take the 100m as well, but sadly had to bow-out due to illness. With successful completion of the second edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, the event has taken-off in every regard: participation, world representation, and excellence of performances.

MEDAL TABLE BY COUNTRY

Country
Gold 
Silver
Bronze
Total

1
USA
9
6
6
21

2
RUS
7
2
4
13

3
NZL
5
-
-
5

4
AUS
4
4
2
10

5
GBR
4
2
2
8

6
ITA
3
5
2
10

7
JPN
3
3
6
12

8
POL
2
1
3
6

9
GER
1
7
1
9

10
FRA
1
2
2
5

11
RSA
1
-
-
1

12
SRB
-
3
1
4

13
CAN
-
2
6
8

14
BLR
-
1
1
2

15
BRA
-
1
1
2

16
GRE
-
1
-
1

17
VEN
-
-
2
2

18
SWE
-
-
1
1

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14Jul2008

PR51 - Russia takes all the gold at home, in St. Petersburg

Russia won the four events – solo, duet, team and free combination – of the 11th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships taking place in St. Petersburg from July 8-13, 2008, thus confirming its superiority in the discipline. At home, and in the first pool in the world constructed only for synchronised swimming activities, Anna Udovik was the local star, getting the title in three events (she was a reserve swimmer in the free combination). Born in 1990, she won the solo in a total of 87.416, then she paired with Elena Ternovskaya for the duet title (86.541) and finally she triumphed in the team event, along her other seven teammates, in 86.306. The competition, attended by 188 athletes from 26 countries, had six nations on the podium – besides leading Russia, Canada, China, Greece, Japan and Spain also got medals in St. Petersburg. In this regard, China confirmed its evolution in synchro, by taking two silver, in the team (Japan was third) and free combination (with Greece getting the bronze) events. In solo and duet, Canada was respectively second and third, while Ona Carbonell (ESP) took the bronze in solo and Yukiko Inui/Mariko Sakai (JPN) obtained the silver in duet. Medallists in St. Petersburg: Solo – 1. Anna Udovik (RUS), 87.416; 2. Chloe Isaac (CAN), 85.685; 3. Ona Carbonell (ESP), 84.827 Duet – 1. Elena Ternovskaya/Anna Udovik (RUS), 86.541; 2. Yukiko Inui/Mariko Sakai (JPN), 84.713; 3. Jo-Annie Fortin/Chloe Isaac (CAN), 83.963 Team – 1. Russia, 86.306; 2. China, 83.708; 3. Japan, 83.518 Free Combination – 1. Russia, 94.900; 2. China, 93.200; 3. Greece, 91.800 Participating countries (26) in St. Petersburg: AUT, BLR, BRA, CAN, CHN, CZE, EGY, ESP, FRA, GBR, GER, GRE, ITA, JPN, KAZ, MAC, MAS, MEX, RUS, SUI, THA, TPE, UKR, USA, UZB, VEN.

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14Jul2008

PR50 - Young stars will shine in St. Petersburg (RUS) from July 9-13

Around 210 athletes from 26 nations will participate in the 11th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, taking place in St. Petersburg (RUS) from July 9-13, 2008. This is the third time this event is held in Russia, after the editions of 1997 also in St. Petersburg and 2004 in Moscow.At home, the Russian swimmers will try to maintain their domination in the discipline, after their successful participation in the 2006 Championships in Guangzhou (CHN), where they only lost the title in the solo event to China’s Huang Xuechen. Number one in the world hierarchy, Russia will certainly send a talented group of athletes to perform at home – many of the confirmed stars at the senior level (for example, world champion Natalia Ishchenko or the duet Olympic and world gold medallist formed by Anastasia Ermakova and Anastasia Davydova) also made their debut at the World Junior Championships. Other traditional strong countries in the discipline, such as Spain, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy or Greece will also send their best representatives to the competition, the last major FINA event before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.The FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming World Championships are contested by athletes aged between 15 and 18 years old and are held every two years. Previous editions took place in: Cali (COL, 1989 and 1999), Salerno (ITA, 1991), Leeds (GBR, 1993), Bonn (GER, 1995), St. Petersburg (RUS, 1997), Seattle (USA, 2001), Montreal (CAN, 2002), Moscow (RUS, 2004) and Guangzhou (CHN, 2006).

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08Jul2008

PR49 - Hundreds of top young swimmers from across the globe unite in Monterrey

Tomorrow the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2008 commence in Monterrey (MEX) with the participation of 588 young stars from 69 countries. This is a marked increase from the attendees at the first edition of the championships (held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August, 2006), where 480 athletes from 61 countries took part. Competition will run for six days from July 8-13. The event, which is organised by the Mexican Swimming Federation and the Government of Nuevo Leon, will be held at the brand new Aquatic Center (50m) at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Competitors are between 14-17 years of age for girls, and between 15-18 years of age for boys. Anticipation has been growing over the last week as swimming delegations from more and more countries arrive in the northeastern Mexican city. The already prevalent swimming nations of Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Poland, Russia and of course Mexico, are sending particularly large (20+) groups of swimmers as they seek to use the Championships as an opportunity to gauge and foster their young talented swimmers, some of whom are Olympians and World Champions of the future.At the final press conference before the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which took place on July 5, the organising bodies thanked each other for making the competition a reality. In attendance was the President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, Javier Careaga, Melody Falco, the Director of the Sports and Physical Culture State Institute of Nuevo Leon, Jaime Vallejo, the Sports Director of the University of Nuevo Leon, and the Director of the Aquatic Center, René Salgado, along with the participation of Mexican athletes Ramiro Ramirez y Lourdes Villaseñor.Ms. Falco explained that it was an honour to be part of the organisation committee for such an important event: “It is a true pleasure to have the honour of hosting FINA’s most important executives and the different countries visiting our city”. Also, Mr. Vallejo stated that he was proud to show-off the facilities that will hold this World Championships, the programme of which includes all the Olympic events, plus 50m races for all strokes and the 800m and 1500m freestyle for girls and boys. This competition is also part of the festivities of FINA’s 100 year celebration.The Junior World Championships are still a new event on the FINA competition roster, as this is only the second edition. They are no less important however, for the advancement of international swimming as they target young, elite FINA athletes worldwide and give them a chance to gain international recognition early in their careers. The experience they have in Monterrey will motivate them to pursue and achieve their higher athletic ambitions, thus fostering the sport’s development. In the words of President Mustapha Larfaoui, “They [the participants] can share their passion for elite competition upon their return to their respective countries, thus bringing fresh dynamics to their clubs and sporting environments.”

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07Jul2008

PR48 - Gomez and Kamrau-Corestein win amongst an experienced field

Some big names in the world of open water prevailed in the fourth race of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008 on July 5 in Capri-Napoli, Italy. The course was 36km and the competition welcomed 22 swimmers (11 men and 11 women), many of whom are internationally-recognised. Prize money for the event was US$20,000.
Taking gold in the men’s field was the ever-impressive Stéphane Gomez (FRA) in a time of 7.33.46. Gomez is no stranger to the FINA podium, having won his first medal (a bronze) at the 2001 FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup. Since then, many more have followed. With this win, Gomez has his third medal for the 2008 Grand Prix series, having taken silver behind Petar Stoychev (BUL) in Races 1 and 2, which were held in Santa Fe and Rosario (ARG) respectively. In the women’s field, Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) was triumphant in 7.56.26. Having medalled in FINA open water World Cups almost consistently since 1999, she too is famous for her achievements in this demanding discipline. With this victory, Kamrau-Corestein stole the gold from the great Natalia Pankina (RUS), who has won the first three races of the 2008 Grand Prix series. The complete medallists are as follows: MEN1. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 7h33m46s2. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) 7h36m33s3. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG) 7h46m21sWOMEN1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 7h56m26s2. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 8h01m21s3. Stefanie Biller (GER) 8h05m45sThe FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix is one of the two new long-distance swimming competition series’ launched by FINA in 2007 (the other is the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup). These two series’ replace the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup contested since 1993/1994. The Grand Prix competition is designed for open water swimming races of and above 15km. The next race for the 2008 series will take place on July 13 in Sabac (SRB).
THE 2008 FINA OPEN WATER SWIMMING GRAND PRIX (GP)in few linesDates & Sites
(1) Race GP No 1 - February 3, 2008 - Maraton Acuatica Rio Coronda in Santa Fe (ARG), 57km(2) Race GP No 2 - February 9, 2008 - Rosario (ARG), 15km(3) Race GP No 3 - February 16, 2008 - Viedma (ARG), 15km (4) Race GP No 4 - July 5, 2008 - Marathon del Golfo Capri-Napoli (ITA), 36km(5) Race GP No 5 - July 13, 2008 - Sabac Swim Marathon (SRB), 19 km(6) Race GP No 6 - July 19, 2008- Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon (MKD), 30km(7) Race GP No 7 - July 26, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac St. Jean, Roberval (CAN), 32km(8) Race GP No 8 - August 2, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac Magog (CAN), 34km(9) Race GP No 9 – October 18, 2008 - XVII Sumidero Canyon Swimming Marathon in Chiapas (MEX), 15km2008 MEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG)(2) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG)(3) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Andrea Volpini (ITA); 3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) (4) 1. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 2. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA); 3. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)2008 WOMEN’S PODIUMS(1) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Edith Van Dijk (NED); 3. Laura La Piana (ITA) (2) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Esther Nuñez (ESP); 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA)(3) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Annegret Braun (GER); 3. Marianela Mendoza (ARG)(4) 1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER); 2. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 3. Stefanie Biller (GER)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)

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