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PR37 - Second stage starts tomorrow in Sheffield, GBR

Excitement is building for the second leg of the FINA Diving World Series 2008, to be held May 24-25 in Sheffield, GBR. This event is stacked with high-profile names, as many of the world’s best will use the event to test their skills and gauge their competition ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games this summer. World Series participants all aim to win a share of the US$ 480,000 in total prize money distributed to the Series winners, comprised of US$ 96,000 per meet and US$ 192,000 after the conclusion of all legs of the competition. Fans will be able to watch the Sheffield stop over the weekend via live streaming on www.fina.org. The LIVE Webcast of the Finals will begin: 24 May at 12:30 (GMT) and 25 May at 12:45 (GMT). As usual, China will send a formidable diving delegation, including Minxia Wu, Xin Wang, Chen Ruolin, and the great Jingjing Guo, while the men’s competition will face the likes of Kai Qin, Luxin Zhou and Yue Lin. However, the first World Series 2008 meet, which was held in Tijuana, Mexico, proved the outcomes are unpredictable when the competitive field is so deep. In Mexico, it was the home divers that stole the show, with Paola Espinosa and Yahel Castillo taking gold in the women’s platform and men’s springboard respectively. The men’s synchro platform meanwhile, went to the Russian duo Oleg Vikulov and Konstantin Khanbekov. In Sheffield, eyes will be on the British divers eager to impress at home, especially the prodigious Tom Daley, the European 10m champion who just turned 14 this week. As the youngest member of the British Olympic squad, he is already a star athlete in England and expectations of him will be high when he takes on the cream of China’s golden hopefuls at the second round of the Diving World Series this weekend. The British teenager will also join partner Blake Aldridge, 26, in the 10m synchronised event. Without mentioning the promising female contingency, also competing for Britain will be Ben Swain, Peter Waterfield, and Nicholas Robinson-Baker.Commencing in 2007, the FINA Diving World Series is a new, elite, annual competition that gives the world’s best divers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to compete against each other more often. This prestigious contest promotes awareness about which countries are renowned for the sport, and fosters growth of the discipline in both the host nations and other parts of the world. The third and final leg of the FINA Diving World Series 2008 will be held from May 30-31 in Nanjing, CHN.

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23May2008

PR36 - Biggest Men's World League participation ever, as Africa joins the action

The seventh edition of the international FINA Men’s Water Polo World League starts tomorrow (May 23) when preliminary rounds for the two European Groups commence in Budva, Montenegro and Novi Sad, Serbia. Nineteen National Teams, the highest number ever, will participate in the 2008 League, which will be played in two rounds: the preliminaries in six countries (May 23-June 8), and the Super Final in Genova, Italy (June 16-22). Seventeen National Teams will compete in the preliminaries, the top eight of which will advance to the Super Final, where they will also face Canada and USA (from Group Americas). Most exciting is the involvement, for the first time, of a full Group Africa composed of Teams from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.
Action for the two European team groups commence tomorrow. Group 1, which will compete in Budva, is composed of Croatia, Italy, Greece and Montenegro, while Group 2 (in Serbia) consists of Spain, Serbia, Romania and Russia. A second World League preliminary round for these groups will take place the following weekend (May 30-June 1) in Athens, Greece for Group 1 and Portugalete, Spain for Group 2. Two matches will be held per day.
Meanwhile, from Monday, May 26 to Sunday, June 1, preliminary action for the Asia-Oceania Group begins in Tokyo, Japan. National Teams from Australia, Japan, Iran, China and New Zealand will compete in this tournament. For Group Africa, which FINA is delighted to welcome to the World League, a preliminary round will take place from June 6-8 in Casablanca, Morocco.
The two top teams from Asia-Oceania, Africa, and from each European Group will play-off against each other in the Super Final Tournament, to be held in Genova (ITA) from June 16-22, as well as against teams Canada and USA (from Group Americas). The host Nation organising the Super Final (ITA) will automatically qualify. The winning teams of this year’s FINA Men’s Water Polo World Leagues obtain not only glory and recognition ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games, but a portion of prize money amounting to US$512’500.
By uniting top-ranked teams and exposing the power and skill of the sport, the World League seeks to promote Water Polo worldwide by capturing the interest of more audiences, media, and FINA National Federations.

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22May2008

PR35 - Preliminary rounds begin on May 20 in China

The fifth edition of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League starts on May 20 when the first preliminary round matches are held in Tian Jin, China between Group Asia-Oceania, which consists of Australia (2007 silver medallists), Japan, and China. Games will continue for the Asia-Oceania group until May 25.
Meanwhile, from May 23-25, preliminary action begins in Siracusa (ITA) for Group Europe of the 2008 World League, composed of Greece, Russia, Spain and Italy. Group Europe will meet again the following weekend in Athens, Greece (May 30-June 1) for a second preliminary round. At both tournaments, two games will be held per day. The two top teams from each group (Asia-Oceania and Europe) will play-off against each other in the Super Final round, to be held in Santa Cruz del Tenerife (ESP) from June 10-15, as well as against teams Canada and defending League champions USA (from Group Americas). The host National Federation organising the Super Final (ESP) will automatically qualify. The participating national teams of this year’s FINA Women’s Water Polo World Leagues obtain not only glory and recognition ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games, but lucrative prize money that amounts to US$205’000. Since the first Edition in 2004, this League has been a great success in advancing the sport of Water Polo by capturing more audiences, media and television coverage, and drawing the attention of more FINA National Member Federations, clubs, players and referees. By exposing the power and skill this sport requires and once again uniting the world’s top teams, the 2008 edition will continue to enhance Water Polo’s image world wide.

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19May2008

PR34 - In Fort Lauderdale (USA), four countries get the gold

Australia, China, Japan and Russia obtained gold medals in the fifth meet of the 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix, held in Fort Lauderdale (USA), from May 8-11. Chinese representatives got a tiny advantage, with three titles, while Australians and Russians conquered two victories each. Ken Terauchi, in the men’s 3m springboard, triumphed for Japan.

Individually, Yulia Pakhalina (RUS, on the women’s springboard events) and Wang Hao (CHN, on the women’s platform) were the most successful divers, with two gold medals each. MEDALLISTS in Fort Lauderdale:MEN3m springboard: 1. Ken Terauchi (JPN) 486.10; 2. Troy Dumais (USA) 473.60; 3. Zhang Xinhua (CHN) 469.3510m platform: 1. Matthew Mitcham (AUS) 534.45; 2. Matthew Helm (AUS) 502.70; 3. Sascha Klein (GER) 467.903m springboard synchro: 1. Yutong Luo/Zhang Xinhua (CHN) 441.39; 2. Christopher Colwill/Jevon Tarantino (USA) 416.37; 3. Anton Zakharov/Dmytro Lysenko (UKR) 409.6210m platform synchro: 1. Matthew Helm/Robert Newbery (AUS) 443.04; 2. David Boudia/Thomas Finchum (USA) 437.52; 3. Liguang Yang/Jia Hu (CHN) 422.88 WOMEN3m springboard: 1. Yulia Pakhalina (RUS) 357.90; 2. Zi He (CHN) 357.75; 3. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 320.5010m platform: 1. Wang Hao (CHN) 420.30; 2. Laura Wilkinson (USA) 360.80; 3. Tatiana Ortiz (MEX) 338.15 3m springboard synchro: 1. Yulia Pakhalina/Anastasia Pozdniakova (RUS) 316.62; 2. Zhao Qinxin/Ting Li (CHN) 313.20; 3. Sharleen Stratton/Briony Cole (AUS) 303.9610m platform synchro: 1. Kang Li/Wang Hao (CHN) 348.36; 2. Briony Cole/Melissa Wu (AUS) 325.80; 3. Laura Wilkinson/Jessica Livingston (USA) 321.84

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13May2008

PR33 - Russia and Netherlands take gold on closing 25km races

The 25km races that closed the 5th FINA World Open Water Championships in Seville (ESP) took place on May 8 and resulted in wins for Maarten Van der Weijden (NED) and Ksenia Popova (RUS) in the men’s and women’s fields respectively. Van der Weijden relied on patience and strategy to finish with a time of 5:04:01.1, just 0.5secs ahead of Mark Warkentin (USA), who clocked 5:04:01.6. With a time of 5:04:01.6, bronze went to Yuriy Koudinov (RUS). Bulgaria’s Petar Stoychev placed fourth in 5:04:08.0. In the women’s field, another close finish saw the experienced Edith Van Dijk (NED) take 2nd behind Popova in 5:27:50.3, while Natalya Pankina (RUS) took bronze in 5:27:53.9.
Both of the 25km races featured swift packs of competitors who shifted leadership as they progressed across this momentous distance. Thus, noteworthy performances were also given by Mohamed El-Zanaty (EGY), in 5th in 5:04:21.2, Marco Formentini (ITA), in 6th (5:04:25.3), as well as Mazen Aziz (EGY), the youngest competitor in his race at 18, who took 7th in 5:05:08.7. Impressive swims for women came from 4th-place Linsy Heister (NED) in 5:28:08.8, 5th-place Kate Brookes-Peterson (AUS) in 5:28:09.9, as well as from Marilyn Cadour (FRA) and Shelley Clark (AUS).May 6 featured the 5km races and in the women’s field, Larisa Ilchenko (RUS) continued her domination, winning the event in a time of 1:00:04.6 after having won the 10km event two days before. Silver went to her teammate Ekaterina Seliverstova (RUS) in a time of 1:00:07.8, while bronze went to Chloe Sutton (USA) (1:00:09.9), who led the field for a considerable portion of the race before being overcome by the Russians in the final stretch. Tied for 4th at 1:00:16.5 were Jana Pechanova (CZE) and Jing Zheng (CHN).Thomas Lurz (GER) won among men in 54:57.3 and therefore successfully defended his world 5km title. Lurz also won bronze on Sunday in the 10km. Silver went to Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS), winner of the 10km event, and bronze was reserved for Van der Weijden (NED); a well-deserved result for the now 25km world champion, which he achieved through a magnificent effort in the final sprint for the finish. In 4th was Chad La Tourette (USA) in 55:04.5, while 5th place went to Christian Hein (GER) in 55:04.6.For more details on the 10km races, please consult PR 31, issued on May 5, 2008.

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09May2008

PR32 - Galperin/Dobroskok (RUS) and Melissa Wu (AUS) beat the Chinese in Montreal

Gleb Galperin/Dmitry Dobroskok (RUS), in the men’s synchro 10m platform and Melissa Wu (AUS), in the women’s 10m platform, were the only athletes capable of beating the Chinese at the fourth meet of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2008, held in Montreal (CAN) from May 1-4. Besides the Russian and Australian victory, the divers from China dominated the remaining six events of the programme, with superstar Jingjing Guo getting two more gold in the women’s 3m springboard events. Athletes from 15 countries were present in Montreal.
MEDALLISTS in Montreal:
MEN3m springboard: 1. Chong He (CHN) 530.55; 2. Kai Qin (CHN) 522.20; 3. Ken Terauchi (JPN) 489.1510m platform: 1. Luxin Zhou (CHN) 566.60; 2. Liang Huo (CHN) 534.95; 3. Mathew Helm (AUS) 515.703m springboard synchro: 1. Kai Qin/Feng Wang (CHN) 459.93; 2. Scott Robertson/Robert Newbery (AUS) 431.52; 3. Sascha Klein/Pavlo Rozenberg (GER) 422.1610m platform synchro: 1. Gleb Galperin/Dmitry Dobroskok (RUS) 445.08; 2. Liang Huo/Yue Lin (CHN) 442.92; 3. Mathew Helm/Robert Newbery (AUS) 431.16WOMEN3m springboard: 1. Jingjing Guo (CHN) 383.45; 2. Minxia Wu (CHN) 368.90; 3. Blythe Hartley (CAN) 356.4010m platform: 1. Melissa Wu (AUS) 399.25; 2. Emilie Heymans (CAN) 388.90; 3. Xin Wang (CHN) 379.603m springboard synchro: 1. Minxia Wu/Jingjing Guo (CHN) 350.40; 2. Briony Cole/Sharleen Stratton (AUS) 303.18; 3. Jennifer Abel/Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) 291.66 10m platform synchro: 1. Ruolin Chen/Xin Wang (CHN) 356.10; 2. Melissa Wu/Briony Cole (AUS) 351.96; 3. Marie-Eve Marleau/Emilie Heymans (CAN) 348.03

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05May2008

PR31 - Results of women’s/men’s 10km: Two victories for Russia

The 10km races of these Championships took place over the last two days with the women’s event staged on May 3 and the men’s on May 4. The results of these competitions revealed some of the first Olympic swimmers in this discipline, with 10km marathon swimming on the programme for the 2008 Beijing Games in August. This is the first time this event will be contested at an Olympic level. The rest of the 25 Beijing-bound men and women will be decided at the ‘Good Luck Beijing’ marathon swimming test event, to be held May 31-June 1 at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Beijing.
In the women’s race, Russia’s Larisa Ilchenko (2:02:02.7) won after trailing behind Cassandra Patten (GBR) (2:02:05.8) for the entire 10km. With her victory, Ilchenko succeeded in defending her 10km title from the 4th FINA Open Water Swimming Championships in 2006. Bronze went to Yurema Requena (ESP) in a time of 2:02.07.2. Rounding out the top ten (those who will go to Beijing) are: Natalie Du Toit (RSA) 4th with a time of 2:02:07.8, Jana Pechanova (CZE) 5th in 2:02:12.6, Poliana Okimoto (BRA) 6th with 2:02:13.5, Angela Maurer (GER), 7th in 2:02.13.6, Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 8th in 2:02:14.1, Aurelie Muller (FRA) 9th in 2:02:14.1, and in 10th was Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) in 2:02:16.3. Also securing Beijing berths through continental qualification was Edith Van Dijk (NED) 11th in a time of 2:02:18.6, Yanquiao Fang (CHN), 12fth in 2:02:23.3, Andreina Pinto (VEN) 17th at 2:02:39.8, and Melissa Gorman (AUS), 25th in 2:03:18.4. The men’s race was rough and resulted in disqualification for Grant Hackett (AUS), who was widely expected to medal in the competition. Occupying the podium were Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS), 1st in 1:53:21.0, David Davies (GBR), 2nd in 1:53:21.3, while 3rd went to defending world champion Thomas Lurz (GER) at 1:53:27.2. Rounding out the top 10 were: Maarten Van der Weeijden (NED) 4th with 1:53:36.3, Evgeny Drattsev (RUS) tied for 5th (1:53:37.6) with Ky Hurst (AUS), Mark Warkentin (USA) 7th at 1:53:37.8, Valerio Cleri (ITA), Gianniotis Spyridon (GRE), and Brian Ryckeman (BEL), finishing with times of 1:53:38.8, 1:53:39.1 and 1:53:39.4 respectively, filled-out the 8th, 9th and 10th spots. In addition, Gilles Rondy (FRA) 11th (1:53:39.4), Luis Escobar (MEX) 14th in 1:54:32.0, Mohamed El-Zanaty Metwaly Mez (EGY) 19th with 1:54:36.4, and Saleh Mohammed (SYR) 23rd at 1:54:45 – gained Olympic berths through continental Olympic qualification procedures also fulfilled through these race results.

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05May2008

PR30 - 9th FINA World Swimming Championships: 174 doping control tests, all negative

A total of 174 doping control tests were carried out on the occasion of the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), from April 9-13, 208 in Manchester (GBR).
From these, 114 were conventional urine tests, while another 60 were urine analysis for the detection of EPO. One hundred and sixteen (116) athletes from 29 nations were tested and no positive case was found.

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30Apr2008

PR29 - 5th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships

The 5th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships takes place next week from May 3-8, 2008 in Seville, Spain. Please find below the list of participants in each race: 5 Km MEN

1
RICHARD
CHARLESWORTH
GBR

2
DANIEL
FOGG
GBR

3
YVAN
HERNANDEZ
VEN

4
JOHNDRY
SEGOVIA
VEN

5
IVAN
LOPEZ
MEX

6
LUIS
ESCOBAR
MEX

7
LUIZ EDUARDO
LIMA
BRA

8
FABIO ALVES
LIMA
BRA

9
CSABA
GERCSAK
HUN

10
JAKUB
FICHTL
CZE

11
JAN
POSMOURNY
CZE

12
ALJAZ
OJSTERSEK
SLO

13
MARTIN ANDRES
CLEMENT
ARG

14
GABRIEL RAUL
VILLAGOIZ
ARG

15
DI
HU
CHN

16
WENCHAO
XU
CHN

17
MAZEN
AZIZ
EGY

18
MOHAMED EL-ZANATY
METWALY MEZ
EGY

19
MAARTEN
VAN DER WEIJDEN
NED

20
ALEX
SCHELVIS
NED

21
GILLES
RONDY
FRA

22
LOIC
BRANDA
FRA

23
JARROD
BALLEM
CAN

24
PHILIPPE
DUBREUIL
CAN

25
DIEGO
NOGUEIRA
ESP

26
JOSE FRANCISCO
HERVAS
ESP

27
DANIEL
VIEGAS
POR

28
EVGENY
DRATTSEV
RUS

29
VLADIMIR
DYATCHIN
RUS

30
KONSTYANTYN
UKRADYGA
UKR

31
JOSEF
KINDERWATER
USA

32
CHAD
LA TOURETTE
USA

33
JOSH
SANTACATERINA
AUS

34
ANDREW
BEATO
AUS

35
THOMAS
LURZ
GER

36
CHRISTIAN
HEIN
GER

37
GIANNIOTIS
SPYRIDON
GRE

38
NICOLA
BOLZONELLO
ITA

39
ANDREA
RIGHI
ITA

40
CHAD
HO
RSA

41
JAMES
FAURE
RSA

42
CHRISTIAN
BAYO
PUR

5 Km WOMEN

1
CASSANDRA
PATTEN
GBR

2
CHARLOTTE
WOOLLISCROFT
GBR

3
MICHELLE
SANTIAGO
VEN

4
PATRICIA
MALDONADO
VEN

5
ALEJANDRA
GONZALEZ
MEX

6
IMELDA
MARTINEZ
MEX

7
MARIA DA PENHA
CRUZ
BRA

8
PAMELA
ENGEL
BRA

9
JANA
PECHANOVA
CZE

10
TEJA
ZUPAN
SLO

11
NIKA
KOZAMERNIK
SLO

12
ANTONELLA
BOGARIN
ARG

13
PILAR
GEIJO
ARG

14
JING
ZHENG
CHN

15
HONG
LI
CHN

16
MAAIKE
WAAIJER
NED

17
EDITH
VAN DÜK
NED

18
MARILYN
CADOUR
FRA

19
CATHY
DIETRICH
FRA

20
KARLEY
STUTZEL
CAN

21
ZSOFIA
BALAZS
CAN

22
XENIA
LOPEZ
ESP

23
CAROLINA
BENEYTO
ESP

24
DANIELA
INACIO
POR

25
EKATERINA
SELIVERSTOVA
RUS

26
LARISA
ILCHENKO
RUS

27
SWANN
OBERSON
SUI

28
CHRISTINE
JENNINGS
USA

29
CHLOE
SUTTON
USA

30
ALEXANDRA
BAGLEY
AUS

31
KATE
BROOKES-PETERSON
AUS

32
BRITTA
KAMRAU-CORESTEIN
GER

33
ANGELA
MAURER
GER

34
MARIANNA
LYMPERTA
GRE

35
RACHELE
BRUNI
ITA

36
GIORGIA
CONSIGLIO
ITA

37
EVA
BERGLUND
SWE

38
NATALIE
DU TOIT
RSA

39
LOUISE
SMYTH
RSA

40
MILITZA
RIOS
PUR

41
DARIJA
POP
MNE

10 Km MEN

1
ALAN
BIRCHER
GBR

2
DAVID
DAVIES
GBR

3
ERWIN
MALDONADO
VEN

4
ROLANDO
SALAS
VEN

5
PETAR
STOYCHEV
BUL

6
TIHOMIR
IVANCHEV
BUL

7
IVAN
LOPEZ
MEX

8
LUIS
ESCOBAR
MEX

9
ALLAN
DO CARMO
BRA

10
MARCELO ROMANELLI
SOARES
BRA

11
SUNG MO
CHO
KOR

12
CSABA
GERCSAK
HUN

13
JAKUB
FICHTL
CZE

14
ROSTISLAV
VITEK
CZE

15
ALJAZ
OJSTERSEK
SLO

16
MARTIN ANDRES
CLEMENT
ARG

17
DAMIAN
BLAUM
ARG

18
LI JUN
ZU
CHN

19
YINHAN
LI
CHN

20
EUGENIC
POP ACEV
MKD

21
CHRISTIAN
BAYO
PUR

22
MAZEN
AZIZ
EGY

23
MOHAMED EL-ZANATY
METWALY MEZ
EGY

24
MAARTEN
VAN DER WEIJDEN
NED

25
ALEX
SCHELVIS
NED

26
MICHAEL
DMITRIEV
ISR

27
DANIEL
KATZIR
ISR

28
GILLES
RONDY
FRA

29
BERTRAND
VENTURI
FRA

30
JARROD
BALLEM
CAN

31
PHILIPPE
DUBREUIL
CAN

32
TOMISLAV
SOLDO
CRO

33
BRIAN
RYCKEMAN
BEL

34
DIEGO
NOGUEIRA
ESP

35
JOSE FRANCISCO
HERVAS
ESP

36
TIN TU
LING
HKG

37
DANIEL
VIEGAS
POR

38
EVGENY
DRATTSEV
RUS

39
VLADIMIR
DYATCHIN
RUS

40
IGOR
SNITKO
UKR

41
IGOR
CHERVYNSKIY
UKR

42
CHARLES
PETTERSON
USA

43
MARK
WARKENTIN
USA

44
KY
HURST
AUS

45
GRANT
HACKETT
AUS

46
THOMAS
LURZ
GER

47
CHRISTIAN
HEIN
GER

48
GIANNIOTIS
SPYRIDON
GRE

49
VALERIO
CLERI
ITA

50
SIMONE
ERCOLI
ITA

51
CHAD
HO
RSA

52
DYMITRY
KOPTUR
BLR

53
SALEH
MOHAMAD
SYR

54
FOUAD
SHEKHBAKRI
SYR

55
ROBERTO ANDRÉ
PEÑAILILLO
CHI

10 Km WOMEN

1
CASSANDRA
PATTEN
GBR

2
KERI-ANNE
PAYNE
GBR

3
ANDREINA
PINTO
VEN

4
YANEL
PINTO
VEN

5
NINA
RANGELOVA
BUL

6
ALEJANDRA
GONZALEZ
MEX

7
IMELDA
MARTINEZ
MEX

8
CINDY CAROLINA
TOSCANO
GUA

9
POLIANA
OKIMOTO
BRA

10
ANA MARCELA
CUNHA
BRA

11
RITA
KOVACS
HUN

12
ERIKA
HAJNAL
HUN

13
JANA
PECHANOVA
CZE

14
KRISTEL
KÖBRICH
CHI

15
MALWINA
BUKSZOWANA
POL

16
TEJA
ZUPAN
SLO

17
NIKA
KOZAMERNIK
SLO

18
ANTONELLA
BOGARIN
ARG

19
PILAR
GEIJO
ARG

20
XUE
LI
CHN

21
YANQIAO
FANG
CHN

22
MILITZA
RIOS
PUR

23
LINSY
HEISTER
NED

24
EDITH
VAN DÜK
NED

25
OLGA
BERESNEVA
ISR

26
AURELIE
MULLER
FRA

27
CATHY
DIETRICH
FRA

28
KARLEY
STUTZEL
CAN

29
ZSOFIA
BALAZS
CAN

30
KARLA
SITIC
CRO

31
YUREMA
REQUENA
ESP

32
MARGARITA
DOMINGUEZ
ESP

33
NATASHA
TANG WING YUNG
HKG

34
DANIELA
INACIO
POR

35
KSENIA
POPOVA
RUS

36
LARISA
ILCHENKO
RUS

37
SWANN
OBERSON
SUI

38
NATALIYA
SAMORODINA
UKR

39
MICHA
BURDEN
USA

40
KIRSTEN
GROOME
USA

41
BROOKE
FLETCHER
AUS

42
MELISSA
GORMAN
AUS

43
BRITTA
KAMRAU-CORESTEIN
GER

44
ANGELA
MAURER
GER

45
MARIANNA
LYMPERTA
GRE

46
ALICE
FRANCO
ITA

47
MARTINA
GRIMALDI
ITA

48
EVA
BERGLUND
SWE

49
NATALIE
DU TOIT
RSA

50
VELIA
JANSE VAN RENSBURG
RSA

51
INHA
KOTSUR
BLR

52
DARIJA
POP
MNE

25 Km MEN

1
PETAR
STOYCHEV
BUL

2
TIHOMIR
IVANCHEV
BUL

3
CSABA
GERCSAK
HUN

4
ROSTISLAV
VITEK
CZE

5
JAN
POSMOURNY
CZE

6
GABRIEL RAUL
VILLAGOIZ
ARG

7
LEONARDO EXEQUIEL
BASTIANI
ARG

8
MAZEN
AZIZ
EGY

9
MOHAMED EL-ZANATY
METWALY MEZ
EGY

10
MAARTEN
VAN DER WEIJDEN
NED

11
DANIEL
KATZIR
ISR

12
GILLES
RONDY
FRA

13
STEPHANE
GOMEZ
FRA

14
SIMON
TOBIN
CAN

15
ANTON
SANACHEV
RUS

16
DMITRY
SOLOVYEV
RUS

17
JOHN
KENNY
USA

18
MARK
WARKENTIN
USA

19
JOSH
SANTACATERINA
AUS

20
BRENDAN
CAPELL
AUS

21
MARCO
FORMENTINI
ITA

22
ANDREA
VOLPINI
ITA

23
SALEH
MOHAMAD
SYR

24
FOUAD
SHEKHBAKRI
SYR

25 Km WOMEN

1
PILAR
GEIJO
ARG

2
ANTONELLA
BOGARIN
ARG

3
HONG
LI
CHN

4
LINSY
HEISTER
NED

5
EDITH
VAN DÜK
NED

6
MARILYN
CADOUR
FRA

7
PATRICIA
PERREAULT
CAN

8
ELENA
MARTINEZ
ESP

9
ESTHER
NUÑEZ
ESP

10
KSENIA
POPOVA
RUS

11
NATALYA
PANKINA
RUS

12
MICHA
BURDEN
USA

13
ERICA
ROSE
USA

14
SHELLEY
CLARK
AUS

15
KATE
BROOKES-PETERSON
AUS

16
ANNEGRET
BRAUN
GER

17
CHRISTINA
KRIENKE
GER

18
CAMILLA
FREDIANI
ITA

19
LAURA
LA PIANA
ITA

Press Releases
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30Apr2008

PR28 - Popular success in Tijuana (MEX)

The first meet of the second edition of the high-profile FINA Diving World Series launched last year started with success started during the past week-end (April 25-26) in Tijuana, Mexico. In front of an enthusiastic audience, the local Mexican divers obtained two victories: Paola Espinosa in the women’s 10m platform and Yahel Castillo in the 3m men’s springboard. In other events, Chinese athletes dominated thanks to the experienced No 1 team composed by Jingjing Guo, Minxia Wu, Feng Wang, Ruolin Chen, Kai Quin, Luxin Zhou. The last gold medal was for the Russian pair Oleg Vikulov/Konstatntin Khanbekov in the  men’s 10m platform synchro.
Medallists in Tijuana (MEX)
MEN3m springboard: 1. Yahel Castillo (MEX) 494.55; 2. Kai Qin (CHN) 479.45; 3. Jorge Betancourt (CUB) 443.0510m platform: 1. Luxin Zhou (CHN) 530.75; 2. David Boudia (USA) 503.10; 3. Yue Lin (CHN) 501.103m springboard synchro: 1. Kai Qin/Feng Wang (CHN) 444.09; 2. Dmitry Sautin/Yury Kunakov (RUS) 440.07 ; 3. Yahel Castillo/Luis Huerta (MEX) 412.0810m platform synchro: 1. Oleg Vikulov/Konstatin Khanbekov (RUS) 446.34; 2.  Yue Lin/Liang Huo (CHN) 439.50; 3. Thomas Finchum/David Boudia (USA) 428.58WOMEN3m springboard: 1. Jingjing Guo (CHN) 368.25; 2. Minxia Wu (CHN) 364.35; 3. Kelci Bryant (USA) 333.4010m platform: 1. Paola Espinosa (MEX) 412.55; 2. Xin Wang (CHN) 380.20; 3. Chen Ruolin (CHN) 371.603m springboard synchro: 1. Minxia Wu/Jingjing Guo (CHN) 342.00; 2. Anastasia Pozdnyakova/Yuliya Pakhalina (RUS) 305.10; 3. Ariel Rittenhouse/Kelci Bryant (USA) 301.2010m platform synchro: 1. Xin Wang/Ruolin Chen (CHN) 368.82; 2. Emilie Heymans/Marie-Eve Marleau (CAN) 326.88; 3. Tatiana Ortiz/Paola Espinosa (MEX) 323.76
MEDALS WON PER NATIONAL TEAM AT THE 2008 FINA TELMEX DIVING WORLD SERIES (1st meeting in Mexico / Tijuana)

G
S
B
Total

CHN
5
4
2
11

MEX
2
0
2
4

RUS
1
2
0
3

USA
0
1
3
4

CAN
0
1
0
1

CUB
0
0
1
1

Following this meeting, subsequent events for the three-part series will be held in Sheffield, Great Britain (May 24-25) and Nanjing, China (May 30-31). The event will unite the best divers from around the world, who will compete on three continents for prize money worth US$480,000.

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28Apr2008

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