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PR47 - Golden day for Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) and Valerio Cleri (ITA)

The third leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series of 2008, which took place on Saturday, June 28 in Setubal, Portugal, resulted in gold medals for Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) in the women’s race and Valerio Cleri (ITA) in the men’s competition. Cunha completed the Setubal Bay course in 2:06:04, while Cleri finished in 1:52:46.80. The complete medallists are as follows:MEN1. Valerio Cleri (ITA) 1:52:46.802. Thomas Lurz (GER) 1:54:10.953. Yuri Kudinov (RUS) 1:55:12.55WOMEN1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 2:06:042. Angela Maurer (GER) 2:06:083. Andreina Pinto (VEN) 2:06:09Evidently, the final stretch for victory in the women’s race was very close, while the top-three for the men finished about a minute apart. All three of these women’s medallists will be competing in the inaugural Olympic 10km marathon swim in Beijing in late-August, while Cleri and Lurz will be among the first male open water Olympians. This win represents Cleri’s second gold medal in the 2008 World Cup series, after he prevailed in the first leg, which took place in Santos (BRA) on January 26. It is also an improvement from his bronze-medal finish in Dubai (UAE) on March 15 when the second stop of the Series took place. Lurz meanwhile, as the gold medal winner in Dubai, now has two medals in this Series. Finally, with her silver-medal finish in Portugal, Maurer secured her second World Cup medal, as she also won bronze in the women’s field in Santos (BRA).The next stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008 series will take place on July 24, 2008 at Lac St. Jean, Canada. Subsequent races will be held on September 14 in Singapore (SIN), September 21 in Shantou (CHN), September 28 in Hong Kong (HKG), and October 11 in Cancun (MEX).THE 2008 FINA 10 KM MARATHON SWIMMING WORLD CUP 2008 In few lines Dates & Sites Race 1 – January 26 - Santos, BRARace 2 – March 15 - Dubai, UAERace 3 – June 28 - Setubal, PORRace 4 – July 24 - Lac St. Jean, CANRace 5 – September 14 - Singapore, SINRace 6 – September 21 - Shantou, CHNRace 7 – September 28 - Hong Kong, HKGRace 8 – October 11 - Cancun, MEX
2008 MEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Valerio Cleri (ITA); 2. Evgeny Drattsev (RUS); 3. Allan Do Carmo (BRA)(2) 1. Thomas Lurz (GER); 2. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS); 3. Valerio Cleri (ITA)(3) 1. Valerio Cleri (ITA); 2. Thomas Lurz (GER); 3. Yuri Kudinov (RUS)
2008 WOMEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Larissa Ilchenko (RUS); 2. Kirsten Groome (USA); 3. Angela Maurer (GER)(2) 1. Poliana Okimoto (BRA); 2. Aurélie Muler (FRA); 3. Martina Grimaldi (ITA) (3) 1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA); 2. Angela Maurer (GER); 3. Andreina Pinto (VEN)

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30Jun2008

PR46 - Serbia wins the World League over USA, giving it its 4th-straight title

The 7th edition of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League concluded yesterday with Serbia beating the USA by 7-3 to win the Super Final tournament (June 16-22 in Genova, Italy). With this victory, Serbia has won four-straight World League titles, having triumphed in 2005, 2006, 2007 and now 2008. Exhibiting team spirit and overall strength; from defence to attack, from individual to collective skills, from strategy to tactics, Serbia showed it is on-course for the Olympics by winning this tournament. The silver-medal for USA is also a prestigious achievement, considering it represents the USA’s best-ever World League placement, and that only two other teams (besides Serbia) have won the World League: Russia in 2002 and Hungary in 2003 and 2004.Third-place was reserved for Australia, which successfully defended its bronze-medal of 2007 by beating a disappointing Montenegro 8-7. Montenegro, a newcomer on the international scene, seemed poised to win the game when it was leading 7-5 with less than three minutes to the conclusion of the game. But its lead was dramatically overturned when Australia proceeded to score three-straight unanswered goals at the bitter end of the match. This win gives Australia its third consecutive World League bronze. The match for the 5th–6th-place between Canada and Spain was well played and balanced, with both teams answering each other's goals. This balance was reflected by the score at half, 6-6 (3-3 both in the 1st and the 2nd periods). In the 3rd quarter the score stayed even until Canada took the lead (8-7) through an extra-man goal scored with 1:08 left in the period. In the last quarter, the young Spaniards showed excellent co-ordination and sharp shooting skills to score three times, to Canada’s one and win the game 9-10. Also, in the match for the 7th–8th place, Italy defeated Greece 11-7. After losing the first quarter 0-1, Italy triumphed by taking command of the central quarters, which they won 4-3 and 4-0 respectively. The last quarter was tied 3-3.The final standing of the 2008 World League was as follows: 1. SERBIA, 2. USA, 3. AUSTRALIA, 4. MONTENEGRO, 5. SPAIN, 6. CANADA, 7. ITALY, 8. GREECE, 9. CHINA, 10. EGYPT.Nineteen National Teams, the highest number ever, participated in the 2008 League, which was played in two rounds: the preliminary tournaments, where continental groups played-off in six countries (between May 23-June 8), and the Super Final in Genova, Italy. Seventeen National Teams competed in the preliminaries, the top eight of which advanced to the Super Final, where they also faced Canada and USA (from Group Americas). The 2008 League involved, for the first time, a full Group Africa composed of teams from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt. The teams of this year’s FINA Men’s Water Polo World Leagues obtain not only glory and recognition ahead of the Olympics, but a portion of a total prize money amounting to US$512’500 (including US$100’000, 70’000 and 50’000 respectively for the gold, silver and bronze medalled teams).

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23Jun2008

PR45 - Chinese confirm season’s superiority in Rome (ITA)

The Chinese athletes largely dominated the seventh and last meet of the 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix, held in Rome (ITA) from June 13-15, by obtaining all the eight gold medals at stake. Confirming their supremacy in the 2008 season, and a couple of months before the Olympic Games, at home in Beijing, China’s divers even got a one-two in three out of four individual events. Tania Cagnotto, the local star, was the only non-Chinese individual silver medallist in the women’s 3m springboard. Besides Italy and China, the other nations with a podium presence in Rome included Spain, Romania, Ukraine, Colombia, Sweden, Australia and Great Britain.The 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix comprised seven legs in: Madrid (ESP, January 18-20), Shenzhen (CHN, February 29-March 2), Moscow (RUS, April 10-13), Montreal (CAN, May 1-4), Fort Lauderdale (USA, May 8-11), Rostock (GER, June 6-8) and Rome (ITA, June 13-15).
MEDALLISTS in Rome:MEN
3m springboard: 1. Zhang Xin Hua (CHN) 520.10; 2. Li Shixin (CHN) 459.75; 3. Javier Illana (ESP) 448.7010m platform: 1.Ying Hong (CHN) 520.15; 2. Liguang Yang (CHN) 519.60; 3. Constantin Popovici (ROU) 429.203m springboard synchro: 1. Luo Yu Tong/Zhang Xin Hua (CHN) 435.57; 2. Tommaso Marconi/Nicola Marconi (ITA) 401.88; 3. Yuri Shlyakhov/Oleksiy Prygorov (UKR) 390.0910m platform synchro: 1. Ying Hong/Zhang Chen (CHN) 460.41; 2. Juan Uran/Victor Ortega (COL) 418.83; 3. Constantin Popovici/Catalin Preda (ROU) 382.50
WOMEN
3m springboard: 1. He Zi (CHN) 378.80; 2. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 331.20; 3. Anna Lindberg (SWE) 328.2510m platform: 1. Wang Hao (CHN) 417.70; 2. Cao Jing Zhen (CHN) 364.85; 3. Yulia Prokopchuk (UKR) 336.303m springboard synchro: 1. Wang Han/Qinxin Zhao (CHN) 318.00; 2. Noemi Batki/Francesca Dallape (ITA) 302.10; 3. Anna Pysmenskaya/Mariya Voloshchenko (UKR) 291.6010m platform synchro: 1. Wang Hao/Kang Li (CHN) 350.94; 2. Olivia Wright/Natasha Cocker (AUS) 300.42; 3. Helen Galashan/Carol Galashan (GBR) 284.64

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16Jun2008

PR44 - Russia defeats USA and takes its first Super Final title, Australia nets the bronze

An exciting FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final tournament of 2008 concluded on June 15 with a close victory for team Russia, giving it its first ever World League Super Final title in five editions of this competition. They secured this triumph with a win in the gold-medal match over the 2007 defending champions team USA, by a score of 8-7. Both sides struggled for the lead until the bitter end of the match, and their determination provided for an extremely exciting final minute that was resolved by a point from Natalia Shepelina (RUS) with just 13 seconds left on the clock, making the score definitively in favour of Russia. The game for the bronze medal was played between team Australia, which was the silver-medallist from 2007, and team Canada. This game was just as close, but in the end Australia prevailed with a score of 7-6. Meanwhile, playing for 5th and 6th positions were the teams of Spain and China. This game resulted in a win for China of 7-5 over the home favourites, who attributed their loss to fatigue following their match the day before against the then-dominant USA. The Final Classification of the event, therefore, is as follows:

1. Russia 2. USA 3. Australia 4. Canada 5. China 6. Spain

These teams will each take home a portion of US$165,000 in prize money reserved for the World League Super Final participants. The Most Valuable Player award of the World League Super Final went to Sofia Konuhk (RUS), while the Best Goalie Award (least goals scored against) of the World League Super Final was given to Elizabeth Armstrong (USA). The teams of the World League Super Final was constituted by the best six teams from the World League Preliminary Rounds, which welcomed the participation of seven teams: Australia, China, Greece, Russia, Spain, Italy, Japan, as well as teams Canada and USA from Group Americas. The 2008 preliminary rounds were held in Tianjin (CHN) for Group Asia/Oceania from May 20-25, and in Siracusa (ITA) from May 23-25 and Athens (GRE) from May 30-June 1 for Group Europe. 

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16Jun2008

PR43 - Ten teams to square-off in Genova (ITA) for the title

The FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final will be played in Genova, Italy from Monday, June 16 to Sunday, June 22, with the participation of the best eight teams from the World League Preliminary Rounds: Australia, China, Egypt, Greece, Italy (as host), Montenegro, Serbia, and Spain, as well as teams Canada and USA from Group Americas. The semi-final and final rounds take place on June 21 and June 22 respectively. The 2008 preliminary edition of the World League featured participation of 17 national teams from four continents – namely: Algeria, Australia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Tunisia. These teams were grouped according to continent and then played-off in a series of tournaments held in the following locations:

-Tokyo (JPN) from May 26 to June 1 for Group Asia-Oceania; -Casablanca (MAR) from June 6-8 for Group Africa; and, -Either Budva (MNE) & Athens (GRE), or Novi Sad (SRB) & Portugalete (ESP) for two European Groups, held over two weekends between May 23 and June 1.

This year’s participation obviously includes most of the best ranked teams from the 2007 FINA Water Polo World League Super Final, but also a full Group Africa, who squared-off for the first time in the history of the competition. FINA is thrilled to see the addition of a new continental group of emerging water polo nations playing in the World League – distributing in 2008 a total of 512,500 US$ in prize money -, as their involvement proves this competition is continuing to enhance this discipline worldwide. By uniting top-ranked teams and exposing the power and skill of the sport, the FINA Water Polo World League seeks to promote Water Polo worldwide by capturing the interest of more audiences, media coverage, and FINA National Federations. The 2008 World League Super Final, with its truly international team roster, will certainly continue to advance FINA’s Water Polo development ambitions.

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13Jun2008

PR42 - Preliminary rounds complete for men and women

The preliminary rounds of the FINA Water Polo World Leagues are now completed and the best teams are actively preparing their participation in the respective Super Finals. In the men’s tournament, six preliminary rounds were held, with ten teams qualified for the Super Final, while among women, all the six contenders for the decisive round are also selected. In Novi Sad (SRB, May 23-25) and Portugalete (ESP, May 30-June 1), Serbia dominated Spain, Russia and Romania, winning all six games against its opponents. With a total of 18 points, Serbia finished the group well ahead the Iberians, with three victories and three losses; not qualified for the men’s Super Final, Russia accumulated four defeats, while Romania was the last of the group with just one win (over Russia).In the other European group, which played in Budva (MNE, May 23-25) and Athens (GRE, May 30-June 1), Montenegro dominated the operations, with five victories and just one loss. In a group with three qualification spots, Greece finished in second (14 points, corresponding to four triumphs and two losses), followed by Croatia (third, 8 points) and Italy (with six defeats), in fourth. But as the Super Final will be held in Genova (ITA), from June 16-22, Italy was qualified as host (leaving Croatia out of contention). In the Oceania/Asia group, whose preliminary round took place in Tokyo (JPN, May 26-June 1), Australia largely imposed its superiority, winning its eight games (each team played twice with its opponent) against China, Japan, New Zealand and Iran. The Chinese team, preparing to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing also had a good tournament, triumphing on six occasions and losing its two matches against Australia. China is therefore the second and last qualifier of the group for the Super Final. Japan, New Zealand and Iran, finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. Finally in Casablanca (MAR), from June 6-8, Egypt assured its presence in Genova with three wins in three games, against Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. In this African tournament, the first in the history of the World League, Algeria was second with two triumphs and one defeat, while the host nation finished with one victory and two losses. Tunisia accumulated three unsuccessful games during the three-day event. Besides the eight teams selected in the preliminary rounds, the squads of USA and Canada will also participate in the men’s Super Final in Genova. In the women’s tournament, things were easier to define, with one tournament for Asia/Oceania (Tianjing, CHN, May 20-25) and two tournaments for the European teams – Siracusa (ITA, May 23-25) and Athens (GRE, May 30-June1). In China, the host country and Australia didn’t have many problems qualifying for the Super Final, with Australia getting four victories out of four games and China two wins and two losses. Japan, the third team of the group, finished in the last position, with no successful matches. In Europe, Russia was the team-to-beat, getting a total of 18 points for six victories in six games. Greece (4-2) was second of the group but had to leave its spot in the Super Final to Spain (third, 1-5), organiser of the competition in Santa Cruz del Tenerife, from June 10-15. Italy was the fourth and last of this group, also with five defeats and one single victory. Together with Australia, China, Russia and Spain, the teams of USA and Canada will also compete in the Super Final of the 2008 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League.

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09Jun2008

PR41 - Good medal hauls for China, Germany and Australia in Rostock

Germany’s diving hopefuls did well at home during the International Diving Day competition held in Rostock (GER) from June 6-8. The event was the 6th leg of this year’s 14th FINA Diving Grand Prix series. Although the Chinese diving delegation was most successful, with a haul of nine medals (including five gold), the Germans earned seven awards, of which three were gold. The Australian team also performed well to win five medals (three silver and two bronze). As detailed below, multiple medals went to Zhang Xin Hua (CHN), and home-hero Sascha Klein, who continues to reign supreme off the platform in advance of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, while dominant female divers included platform-ace Wang Hao (CHN) and Australian divers Melissa Wu and Sharleen Stratton. The women’s 3m springboard synchro event was a particularly nice result for Germany, whose pairs took two medals. The seventh and last event of the 2008 Grand Prix will be held in Rome (ITA) from June 13-15. MEDALLISTS in Rostock: MEN 3m springboard: 1. Zhang Xin Hua (CHN) 514.80; 2. Aleksandr Dobroskok (RUS) 491.70; 3. Pavlo Rozenberg (GER) 490.6510m platform: 1. Sascha Klein (GER) 535.80; 2. Matthew Mitcham (AUS) 516.90; 3. Ying Hong (CHN) 511.35 3m springboard synchro: 1. Luo Yu Tong/Zhang Xin Hua (CHN) 432.27; 2. Sascha Klein/Pavlo Rozenberg (GER) 405.09; 3. Robert Newbery/Scott Robertson (AUS) 402.06 10m platform synchro: 1. Sascha Klein/Patrick Hausding (GER) 476.64; 2. Dmitry Dobroskok/Gleb Galperin (RUS) 464.94; 3. Ying Hong/Zhang Chen (CHN) 437.55 WOMEN 3m springboard: 1. He Zi (CHN) 362.45; 2. Wang Han (CHN) 317.00; 3. Sharleen Stratton (AUS) 313.90 10m platform: 1. Wang Hao (CHN) 448.50; 2. Melissa Wu (AUS) 381.60; 3. Cao Jing Zhen (CHN) 379.25 3m springboard synchro: 1. Heike Fischer/Ditte Kotzian (GER) 319.89; 2. Briony Cole/Sharleen Stratton (AUS) 317.40; 3. Katja Dieckow/Nora Subschinski (GER) 300.60 10m platform synchro: 1. Wang Hao/Kang Li (CHN) 351.48; 2. Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion (CAN) 324.54; 3. Annett Gamm/Nora Subschinski (GER) 320.16

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09Jun2008

PR40 - Eleven women and ten men qualify for first Olympic 10km swim

The 10km Marathon Swimming Olympic test event finished on June 1 at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in the Shunyi District of Beijing (CHN). The women’s race (along with the invitational event for both men and women) commenced at 9am on Saturday, May 31, while the men’s race took place on Sunday. A total of seventy swimmers from about 30 nations participated in the races. It was 16-year old Chloe Sutton (USA) who prevailed in the women’s 10km event with a time of 2:00:48.5, ahead of silver-medallist Martina Grimaldi (ITA), who finished in 2:01:19.7. Bronze went to another Italian, Alice Franco (2:01:36.5). As such, Grimaldi and Sutton were among the 11 women who qualified for the inaugural Olympic event, although Franco, despite her high-rank, did not qualify, as only one swimmer per National Federation was entitled to qualification through this competition. In the men’s field, it was the Bulgarian open water swimming legend Petar Stoychev (BUL) that took gold with a time of 1:59:13.8, followed by second-place finisher Csaba Gercsak (HUN) in 1:59.17.7 and bronze-medallist Rostislav Vitek (CZE) in 1:59:35.5.Rounding out the list of women who will return in two months for the Beijing Games are the following: Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 4th in 2:02:10.7, Nataliya Samorodina (UKR) 5th at 2:02:35.3, Kristel Kobrich (CHI) 6th in 2:02:47.8, Imelda Martinez (MEX) 7th at 2:02:49.5, Eva Berglund (SWE) 9th at 2:03:54.6, Teja Zupan (SLO) 10th in 2:04:25.5, Antonella Bogarin (ARG) 12th at 2:04:27.3, Olga Beresneva (ISR) 13th at 2:04:27.4, and Daniela Inacio (POR) 14th at 2:04:29.6. In addition to the men’s medallists, the following swimmers qualified: Chad Ho (RSA) 4th at 1:59:37.6, Erwin Maldonado (VEN) 5th at 1:59:37.9, Allan Do Carmo (BRA) 6th at 1:59:38.8, Damian Blaum (ARG) 7th at 1:59:39.1, Daniel Katzir (ISR) 9th at 1:59:39.5, Jose Francisco Hervas (ESP) 11th at 1:59:40.4, and Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR)14th at 1:59:54.1.Furthermore, Alejandra Gonzalez (MEX) finished in a respectable 8th place, but did not gain qualification because her compatriot Martinez filled-out the one-swimmer-per-nation quota allowed for in this qualifier. Likewise, Nika Kozamernik (SLO) missed qualification despite her solid 11th place finish, as fellow Slovenian Zupan took the 10th, and better, spot. The same rule applied to the men’s field, where other notable finishes included Jakub Fichtl (CZE), 8th with a time of 1:59:39.2, Rolando Salas (VEN) 10th at 1:59:39.7, Diego Nogueira (ESP) 12th at 1:59:40.8, and Michael Dmitriev (ISR) 13th at 1:59:45.1.

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02Jun2008

PR39 - China takes it all in the last leg in Nanjing

China largely dominated the third and last leg of the 2008 FINA Diving World Series, held in Nanjing (CHN), on May 30-31, by getting eight gold medals out of the eight events at stake. With a couple of months until the Olympic Games, also at home (in Beijing), the Chinese stars made it clear that they will be the nation-to-beat in the major international competition of the year.

Medallists in Nanjing (CHN)
Men 3m springboard: 1. He Chong (CHN) 543.30; 2. Qin Kai (CHN) 508.50; 3. Yahel Castillo (MEX) 461.5510m platform: 1. Zhou Luxin (CHN) 581.60; 2. Jose Guerra Oliva (CUB) 524.75; 3. Rommel Pacheco (MEX) 489.00Synchro 3m springboard: 1. Kai Qin/Feng Wang (CHN) 471.75; 2. Nick Robinson-Baker/Ben Swain (GBR) 431.79; 3. Dmitry Sautin/Yuri Kunakov (RUS) 424.53Synchro 10m platform: 1. Li Mengqiang/Wang Zihao (CHN) 449.07; 2. Oleg Vikulov/Konstantin Khanbekov (RUS) 434.52; 3. Jose Guerra Oliva/Erick Fornaris (CUB) 422.46Women 3m springboard: 1. Minxia Wu (CHN) 377.50; 2. Blythe Hartley (CAN) 371.55; 3. Anna Lindberg (SWE) 331.2010m platform: 1. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 456.40; 2. Emilie Heymans (CAN) 390.50; 3. Paola Espinosa (MEX) 382.20Synchro 3m springboard: 1. Minxia Wu/Jingjing Guo (CHN) 338.10; 2. Anastasia Pozdniakova/Yulia Pakhalina (RUS) 329.34; 3. Tandi Gerrard/Hayley Sage (GBR) 272.19Synchro 10m platform: 1. Wang Xin/Chen Ruolin (CHN) 375.48; 2. Emilie Heymans/Marie-Eve Marleau (CAN) 353.58; 3. Tatiana Ortiz/Paola Espinosa (MEX) 348.69
Overall winners (by events) of the 2008 FINA Diving World Series:
MEN3m springboard: Kai Qin (CHN), 48 points10m platform: Zhou Luxin (CHN), 36 pointsSynchro 3m springboard: Kai Qin/Feng Wang (CHN), 81 pointsSynchro 10m platform: Oleg Vikulov/Konstantin Khanbekov (RUS), 51 pointsWOMEN3m springboard: Minxia Wu (CHN), 48 points10m platform: Paola Espinosa (MEX), 50 pointsSynchro 3m springboard: Jingjing Guo/Minxia Wu (CHN), 81 pointsSynchro 10m platform: Marie-Eve Marleau/Emilie Heymans (CAN), 75 points

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31May2008

PR38 - Test event welcomes swimmers with various goals

Approximately 70 athletes from 32 countries will compete in the ‘Good Luck Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Marathon Swimming Qualification 2008’ that will be held on May 31-June 1. Coinciding with the qualification event is a separate invitational 10km competition for both men and women, which begins 20mins after the start of the qualifier. Thus, some athletes on site will be seeking a berth to the inaugural Olympic marathon swimming event this August, some will be there just for the experience of swimming on an Olympic site, while others (those who have already earned Olympic qualification) will be there to test the course and practice in advance of the big event in August. Regardless of the athletes’ motives, the races will be both entertaining and exciting. For those who missed gaining Olympic qualification at the 5th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville (ESP) from May 3-8 (either through a top-10 finish or through continental representation procedures), this is the last chance to do it. It is also a grand opportunity for up-and-coming open water swimmers from around the world to test their skills against the best in a thrilling environment. And of course, this event is crucial for organisers of the Bejing Olympic Games to try-out their beautiful Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing and Marathon Swimming Park facilities. The entry list of competitors indicates the races will be intense. Just to name a few to watch in the women’s field, Chloe Sutton and Kirsten Groome from the USA will be seeking a solid result, as well as Kristel Kobrich (CHI), Andreina and Yanel Pinto from Venezuela, Alejandra Gonzalez and Imelda Martinez of Mexico, Rita Kovacs and Erika Hajnal of Hungary, and Teja Zupan (SLO), who finished a very respectable 13th in Seville. Melissa Gorman (AUS) and Poliana Okimoto (BRA) are also expected to compete, both of whom have qualified for Beijing.In the men’s field, Diego Nogueira (ESP), the 12th place finisher in Seville, will swim, as well as the legendary Petar Stoychev (BUL), Damian Blaum (ARG), Luis Escobar (MEX), Jakub Fichtl and Rostislav Vitek (CZE), and Chad Ho (RSA). Additionally, a Chinese group of swimmers will be looking to impress at home, including Li Xue in the women’s field, and Lijun Zu among the men. The women’s races take place on Saturday, May 31 at 09:00 for the qualifier and 09:20 for the invitational. The men’s races take place the following day at the same times.

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30May2008

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