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PR27 - Prestigious event kicks off in Tijuana (MEX)

The 2008 edition of the high-profile FINA Diving World Series kicks off this weekend (April 25-26) in Tijuana, Mexico. Once again, the event will unite the best divers from around the world, who will compete on three continents for prize money worth US$480,000. Following the Mexico meeting, subsequent events for the three-part series will be held in Sheffield, Great Britain (May 24-25) and Nanjing, China (May 30-31).
Among those squaring-off in the men’s field will be China’s formidable Feng Wang, Kai Qin and Lu Xin Zhou, Benjamin Swain (GBR), Christopher Colwill and Troy Dumais (USA), Cuba’s Jorge Betancourt and Erick Fornaris, Canadian champion Alexandre Despatie, and the great Dmitry Sautin (RUS). The women’s field is just as impressive, featuring competition between Emilie Heymans and Blythe Hartley (CAN), Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz, Yulia Pakhalina (RUS), and several distinguished Chinese champions, such as platform-specialist Ruolin Che and 3metre legend Jingjing Guo, both of whom are defending champions in this competition. The Series is comprised by the following events (for both men and women): 3m Springboard, 10m Platform, 3m Springboard Synchro, and 10m Platform Synchro.This is the second year for this prestigious event, which 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. FINA’s goal in creating this annual series was to give the finest divers on Earth an exciting and rewarding opportunity to compete against each other more often. Judging from the 2008 entry list, which contains some of the most decorated divers currently competing; this competition is now considered an exclusive opportunity for the very best to gauge their abilities.

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23Apr2008

PR26 - Eight teams and 24 duets are now ready for the Games

The final list of the eight teams and 24 duets qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games is now known after the Qualification Tournament (working also as Test Event for this discipline) held in Beijing (CHN) from April 16-20, 2008. In the team event, the competition selected three nations – Spain, Japan and Canada -, with the remaining five nations that will be next August at the Games previously selected through the continental quota. In the duet, the qualification tournament allowed to 15 nations to get their Olympic ‘ticket’, with nine countries (the same eight that got the team spot, plus New Zealand) previously determined – for a total of 24 duets at the GamesDuring five days, the ‘Water Cube’ was crowded, with a daily average of more than 7,000 spectators that came to see the stars of synchronised swimming. Among the spectators, the FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui was also a presence in the stands of the National Aquatic Centre.The complete list of the qualified eight Teams for the 2008 Olympic Games is:Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Russia, Spain, United States of AmericaThe complete list of the qualified 24 Duets for the 2008 Olympic Games is:Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States of America This was the fourth test event (out of the five FINA disciplines) for the Olympic Games, after swimming (January 31 - February 5), diving (February 19-25, also a qualification event), water polo (March 18-23), and before marathon swimming (May 31 – June 1, also a qualification event).

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20Apr2008

PR25 - Action starts today in Beijing

Athletes from 32 nations will start competing today in the Synchronised Swimming Olympic Qualification Tournament, taking place in Beijing (CHN) until April 20, 2008 at the National Aquatic Centre (‘Water Cube’). The goal of this competition, also working as a test event for the Olympic Games in synchronised swimming, is to determine the eight teams and 24 duets that will be present next August in the Olympic rendezvous, also in the Chinese capital. After the continental procedure of qualification, five teams – Egypt for Africa, USA for Americas, China for Asia, Russia for Europe, Australia for Oceania –, and six duets – the previous five, plus New Zealand – have already secured their berth for the Games, so the qualification tournament will actually select the final three teams and 18 duets. The 32 countries entered for this event are: AUT, BLR, BRA, CAN, CHN, CRC, CZE, DOM, ESP, FRA, GBR, GER, GRE, INA, ISR, ITA, JPN, KAZ, KOR, MAC, MAS, MEX, NED, PRK, SMR, SRB, SRI, SUI, SVK, UKR, UZB, VEN. The programme of the competition is as follows (starting at 15:00): April 16 – Duet Technical Routine; April 17 – Team Technical Routine; April 18 – Duet Free Routine (first round); April 19 – Team Free Routine; April 20 – Duet Free Routine (second round). This is the fourth test event (out of the five FINA disciplines) for the Olympic Games, after swimming (January 31 - February 5), diving (February 19-25, also a qualification event), water polo (March 18-23), and before marathon swimming (May 31 – June 1, also a qualification event).

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16Apr2008

PR24 - Great success in Manchester!

The 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2008, held in Manchester (GBR) from April 9-13 were a huge success, with the participation of 616 athletes (a new record) from 116 nations. Furthermore, the performances were also excellent, with an unprecedented number of 18 World records, 40 Championships records and 85 continental records.

The stars of the championships – recipients of the FINA Trophy for the best male and female swimmer – were respectively Ryan Lochte (USA) and Kirsty Coventry (ZIM).In Manchester, Lochte claimed four gold (in the 100m IM, 200m IM, 400m IM, and 4x100m free relay) and two silver in the 200m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay. All this was accompanied by four World records (for a total of 25 points).Coventry, with a total of 28 points, managed the gold medals in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 200m IM, 400m IM, and the bronze in the 100m IM. In the longer distances of the medley event, she also established new World records.At the end of the Championships, the FINA Trophy for the best Team went to the United States, with an accumulated total of 797 points. The Americans were also the leaders of the medals’ table, with 17 awards (10 gold, six silver and one bronze), followed by Australia with 19 medals (8+9+2) and Netherlands (9 – 4+4+1). The winner of most medals in Manchester was Great Britain with 24 visits to the podium (3+10+11). As said FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui in the closing ceremony of the event, at the spectacular Manchester Evening News arena, the “brilliant performances of the athletes make FINA bigger and better recognised worldwide”.

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15Apr2008

PR23 - In Moscow, only Russian and Chinese divers obtained the gold

At home, in Moscow, between April 10 and April 13, men Russian divers obtained three victories out of the four events of the third leg of the 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix thanks to traditional and famous names: Dmitry Sautin, Gleb Galperin, Dmitry Dobroskok and .Yuryi Kunakov.In the women’s events, once more Chinese dominated with a Great Slam thank a young team composed by Dong Jun, Cao Jingzhen. Lin Na and Chen Ni.

The remaining medallists came from Germany and Ukraine.The next meet of the Grand Prix will be held in Montreal (CAN), on May 1-4.MEDALLISTS in Moscow:MEN

3m springboard: 1. Li Shixin (CHN) 476.30; 2. Tobias Shellenberg (GER) 441.90; 3. Alexander Dobroskok (RUS) 439.3010m platform: 1. Gleb Galperin (RUS) 523.25; 2. Li Junbai (CHN) 510.10; 3. Victor Minibaev (RUS) 488.753m springboard synchro: 1. Dmitry Sautin/Yuriy Kunakov (RUS) 434.70; 2. Li Shixin/Lin Jin (CHN) 419.94; 3. Illya Kvasha Oleskiy Prygorov (UKR) 390.0910m platform synchro: 1. Dmitry Dobroskok/Gleb Galperin (RUS) 463.86; 2. Ying Hong/Li Junbai (CHN) 461.07; 3. Victor Minibaev/Semen Kokunov (RUS) 444.03

WOMEN

3m springboard: 1. Dong Jun (CHN) 347.40; 2. Qu Lin (CHN) 327.65; 3. Katja Dieckow (GER) 313.8010m platform: 1. Cao Jingzhen  (CHN) 346.90; 2. Tatiana Perunina (RUS) 327.60; 3. Olga Vintonyak (RUS) 326.653m springboard synchro: 1. Dong Jun/Lin Na (CHN) 310.20; 2. Katja Dieckow/Nora Subschinski (GER) 303.00; 3. Mary Yarrison/Abi Johnston (USA) 296.7010m platform synchro: 1. Chen Ni/Cao Jingzhen (CHN) 339.54; 2. Natalia Goncharova/Yulia Koltunova (RUS) 321.18 ; 3. Meaghan Benfeito /Roseline Filion (CAN) 305.37

2008 Calendar

•    January 18-20            Madrid (ESP)•    Feb. 29 – March 2   Shenzhen (CHN)•    April 10-13            Moscow (RUS)Next: •    May 1-4     Montreal (CAN) •    May 8-11    Ft. Lauderdale (USA)    •    June 6-8    Rostock (GER)             •    June 13-15    Rome (ITA)

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15Apr2008

PR22 - Istanbul (TUR) will host in 2012 the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Istanbul (TUR) will be the organiser of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), to take place in 2012. The vote on the winning candidate was made on April 12, 2008 by the FINA Bureau on the occasion of the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Manchester (GBR). The other bidding city for the organisation of these championships was Vienna (AUT). When announcing the results of the vote, the FINA President thanked the effort and commitment of the two high-quality bidders, and wished all the luck to the Turkish organisers. After Manchester 2008 and before Istanbul 2012, the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be held in Dubai (UAE) from April 7-11, 2010.

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12Apr2008

PR21 - Meeting FINA/Swimwear manufacturers

On the occasion of the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Manchester, FINA held today its planned meeting with the representatives of the swimwear manufacturers.The agenda included the review of the application of the FINA By-laws on approval of equipment in place since 2005. The meeting was also an occasion to receive the manufacturers’ suggestions on the process. In regards to the swimwear material, the discussion clarified that there was a broad understanding between the manufacturers and FINA that the rules were not meant and should not be interpreted as limiting the materials to fabrics stricto sensu but that other material could be used, as has already been the case for several years. FINA confirmed that all the swimsuits approved so far are complying with the specifications. It was agreed that the manufacturers will submit to FINA a common proposal for additional criteria and corresponding methods of testing which may be included in the process. FINA will continue co-operating closely with the manufacturers and ensure the integrity and development of sport.

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12Apr2008

PR20 - NIKON is Official Partner of the FINA World Championships 2008-2009

FINA is pleased to announce that NIKON CORPORATION will continue its partnership with FINA as an Official Partner of the FINA World Championships for another two year 2008-2009.

As the Official Partner of the FINA World Championships, Nikon brand will be appealed to a worldwide audience and Nikon imaging products and services will be promoted throughout this event. Nikon strengthens its long standing relationship with professional photographers as the official camera of the FINA World Championships, continuing the regular support provided by Nikon Professional Services (NPS). “We welcome Nikon, one of the prestigious worldwide companies, as Official Partner of the FINA World Championships 2008 and 2009. This co-operation certainly reinforces the strength and value of this competition and highlights the performances of our Aquatic stars”, considered the FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui.

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09Apr2008

PR19 - FINA, first International Federation to approve the new WADA World Anti-Doping Code

FINA became the first Sport International Federation to incorporate the new version of the WADA World Anti-Doping Code into its own rules, after a unanimous vote of the delegates present at the FINA Extraordinary Congress, held in Manchester (GBR) on April 8, 2008. The FINA Doping Control Rules will be enforced from January 1, 2009.
At the same time, the delegates coming from FINA National Member Federations also approved a new set of FINA Medical & Ethic Rules concerning the security and the protection of the athletes’ health. Rules to improve and clarify the change of sports nationality requirements were also approved. Finally, the FINA Extraordinary Congress also approved:

-    the adoption of a starting platform in swimming that may have an adjustable setting back plate (to be implemented only after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing); -    the definition of 10km open water events as ‘Marathon Swimming’; -    the new regulations related to cases of emergency abandonment of open water swimming races.

“FINA celebrates 100 years next July 19 and if the memory of our great past is essential, the construction of a brighter future remains our priority. Throughout FINA history, the National Member Federations were certainly the main partners in our search for Greatness. Once more, you had the opportunity to stay associated with crucial changes in our rules and to the growth and improvement of our activities”, considered the FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui during this Extraordinary Congress.

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08Apr2008

PR18 - FINA PRESS RELEASE on ARENA Open Letter to FINA on swimsuits

All swimsuit manufacturers are very important partners to FINA, Member Federations, swimmers, coaches and officials, substantially contributing to the growth of our Sport.Consequently, FINA, in partnership with the manufacturers, implemented the following: 1.    Regulations on swimwear approval have been formulated in close co-operation with the manufacturers, whose participation and contribution was essential (available on FINA website www.fina.org);2.    The FINA swimwear approval process has been implemented since 21 November 2005 without any subsequent specific remarks made by the manufacturers on the process;3.    FINA is always willing to examine issues in connection with the swimsuit approval. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no objective scientific evidence on the alleged buoyancy advantage provided by ‘SPEEDO LZR Racer’, ‘TYR Tracer Light’ or any other swimsuit approved by FINA;4.    On 12 February 2008 (i.e. before any discussion on swimsuit arose), FINA invited all the swimwear manufacturers to participate on a meeting on 12 April 2008 in Manchester (GBR) on the occasion of the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). The stated purpose of this meeting is to review and update, if considered necessary, the procedure and requirements for swimwear approval;5.    We underline that at FINA competitions, the rule GR 5.6 - “the manufacturers must ensure that the approved new swimsuit will be available for all competitors” - will apply.

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06Apr2008

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