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PR17 - Victories for Poliana Okimoto (BRA) and Thomas Lurz (GER) in Dubai (UAE)

FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008The second race of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008 was held on March 15, 2008 in Dubai (UAE). In the men’s race, the German Thomas Lurz, 2004 and 2006 10km world champion and second in 2007, confirmed his great ambition for the next World Championships in Seville (May 3-8, 2008) and the first 10km Olympic Marathon Swimming of Beijing.The Brazilian Poliana Okimoto obtained her third FINA victory in a World Cup competition in front of the young Frenchwoman (17 years old) Aurélie Muller and the Italian Martina Grimaldi.

Medallists in Dubai (UAE, 10km): Men – 1. Thomas Lurz (GER) 1h48m53s; 2. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS) 1h48m54s64; 3.  Valerio Cleri (ITA) 1h48m54s88. Women – 1. Poliana Okimoto (BRA) 1h56m01s; 2. Aurélie Muller (FRA) 1h56m30s; 3. Martina Gribaldi (ITA) 1h56m32s.
GENERAL STANDING AFTER TWO RACES
MEN – 1. Valerio Cleri (ITA) 36 pts; 2. Yury Kudinov (RUS) 26 pts; 3. Thomas Lurz (GER) and Daniil Sebrebrennikov (RUS) 20 pts; WOMEN – 1. Poliana Okimoto (BRA) 24 pts; 2. Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 22 pts; 3. Larissa Ilchenko (RUS) 20 pts Participants: Sixty-nine swimmers (44 men and 25 women) from 21 countries swam in Dubai (in brackets the number of women): BLR 2, BRA 3 (2), CAN 1,  CRO 1, CZE 3 (1), EGY 2, ESP 4 (2), FRA 8 (3), GBR 1, GER 1, GRE 4 (1),  ITA 8 (4), MEX 4 (2), MNE 1 (1), POR 3 (1),  RUS 8 (2), SLO 3 (2), SUI 2 (1), SYR 1, UKR 4 (1), VEN 5 (2) The next race of the 2nd FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008 will take place on June 28 in Setubal (POR).
THE 2008 FINA 10 KM MARATHON SWIMMING WORLD CUP 2008 In few lines
Dates & Sites
Race 1 – January 26 - Santos, BRA Race 2 – March 15 - Dubai, UAE Race 3 – June 28 - Setubal, POR Race 4 – July 23 - Lac St. Jean, CAN Race 5 – September 7 - Hong Kong, HKG Race 6 – September 13 - Singapore, SIN Race 7 – September 21 - Shantou, CHN Race 8 – October 4 - 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)
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)

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17Mar2008

PR16 - Canada, Germany, Greece and Italy guarantee their presence in Beijing

Water Polo Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament
The teams of Canada, Germany, Greece and Italy assured their attendance at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN) by finishing in the top four places at the Water Polo Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament, which took place in Oradea (ROU) from March 2-9, 2008.
The competition, attended by the FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui, was won by Germany, who defeated Italy in the final match by 10-9 (9-9 at the end of the regular time). In the bronze-medal game, Greece was better (13-4) than Canada. The Canadians, however, were the positive revelation of the competition after beating the local team Romania in the quarter-finals, thus securing a spot for the Olympic Games. The final ranking of the tournament was: Germany (1st), Italy (2nd), Greece (3rd), Canada (4th), Romania (5th), Russia (6th), Slovakia (7th), Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (8th), Brazil (9th), Iran (10th), Mexico (11th) and Kazakhstan (12th). The four first teams in Oradea will join in Beijing the squads that previously qualified for the Games: Australia, China, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain and United States of America. The draw for the 12-team Olympic tournament will take place on March 22, 2008 in Beijing (CHN), on the occasion of the water polo test events in the Chinese capital.

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10Mar2008

PR15 - China sweep gold at home, in Shenzhen

FINA Diving Grand Prix 2008The Chinese stars had no major difficulties in sweeping the eight events of the second leg of the 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix, held in Shenzhen (CHN) from February 29-March 2. Out of the four individual events, the local champions even obtained both the gold and silver medals in three of them – Yahel Castillo (MEX) getting the second place in the men’s 3m springboard. After the first competition of the season in Madrid, the Chinese have now a total of 16 titles out of 16 events.
In Shenzhen, the remaining medallists came from Australia, Mexico, People’s Republic of Korea and Russia. The next meet of the Grand Prix will be held in Moscow (RUS), on April 10-13. MEDALLISTS in Shenzhen: MEN 3m springboard: 1. Chong He (CHN) 569.85; 2. Yahel Castillo (MEX) 493.00; 3. Matthew Mitcham (AUS) 486.95 10m platform: 1. Yue Lin (CHN) 567.25; 2. Luxin Zhou (CHN) 556.65; 3. Matthew Mitcham (AUS) 511.05 3m springboard synchro: 1. Feng Wang/Kai Qin (CHN) 473.97; 2. Robert Newbery/Scott Robertson (AUS) 403.59; 3. Yahel Castillo/Luis Huerta (MEX) 398.43 10m platform synchro: 1. Liang Huo/Yue Lin (CHN) 481.32; 2. Victor Minibaev/Semen Kokunov (RUS) 422.43; 3. Kim Chon Man/Pak Kwang Chon (PRK) 413.91 WOMEN 3m springboard: 1. Jingjing Guo (CHN) 413.70; 2. Zi He (CHN) 391.10; 3. Sharleen Stratton (AUS) 362.10 10m platform: 1. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 428.10; 2. Xin Wang (CHN) 426.10; 3. Paola Espinosa (MEX) 385.30 3m springboard synchro: 1. Minxia Wu/Jingjing Guo (CHN) 343.80; 2. Sharleen Stratton/Briony Cole (AUS) 311.94; 3. Jashia Luna/Laura Sanchez (MEX) 277.17 10m platform synchro: 1. Xin Wang/Ruolin Chen (CHN) 380.16; 2. Hao Wang/Li Kang (CHN) 374.10; 3. Paola Espinosa/Tatiana Ortiz (MEX) 332.31 2008 Calendar

Jan 18-20
Madrid (ESP)

Feb 29 - Mar 2
Shenzhen (CHN)

Apr 10-13
Moscow (RUS)

May 1-4
Montreal (CAN)

May 8-11
Ft. Lauderdale (USA)

Jun 6-8
Rostock (GER)

Jun 13-15
Rome (ITA)

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03Mar2008

PR14 - 12 teams will fight for four spots in the Games

Water Polo Men's olympic qualification tournament Twelve teams will start on March 2, 2008 to participate in the Water Polo Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament, which will be held in Oradea (ROU) until March 9. From this group, the first four ranked squads in the competition will qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN). The teams present in Romania will be, in Group A, Brazil, Greece, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia and Slovakia, while Group B will comprise Canada, Germany, Iran, Italy, Macedonia and Mexico.Already qualified for the Olympic Games are Australia, China, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain and USA.After this competition, the draw for the Olympic 12-team tournament will take place on March 22, 2008 in Beijing (CHN), on the occasion of the water polo test events in the Chinese capital.

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29Feb2008

PR13 - China dominates in Beijing

FINA Diving World Cup 2008

The Chinese athletes dominated the 2008 FINA Diving World Cup that took place in Beijing (CHN) from February 19-25 by conquering seven out of the eight titles at stake. The only non-local victory went to the German Sascha Klein in the men’s 10m platform, taking advantage of two poor dives from the favourite in this event, the Chinese Luxin Zhou.
In the medals’ zone, divers from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, Russia and USA also shone in Beijing. This World Cup also functioned as both test and qualifier event of the discipline for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing next August. After the first phase of qualification at the 12th FINA World Championships Melbourne 2007, all the 34 spots in individual events and eight places in synchro events are now allocated.Medallists of the FINA Diving World Cup 2008: MEN 3m springboard: 1. Chong He (CHN) 530.30; 2. Kai Qin (CHN) 515.30; 3. Yahel Castillo (MEX) 515.00 10m platform: 1. Sascha Klein (GER) 566.85; 2. Luxin Zhou (CHN) 543.40; 3. David Boudia (USA) 526.65 3m springboard synchro: 1. Feng Wang/Kai Qin (CHN) 462.12; 2. Yuri Kunakov/Dmitry Sautin (RUS) 418.65; 3. Alexandre Despatie/Arturo Miranda (CAN) 416.94 10m platform synchro: 1. Yue Lin/Liang Huo (CHN) 482.46; 2. Patrick Hausding/Sascha Klein (GER) 466.74; 3. Blake Aldridge/Thomas Daley (GBR) 446.07 WOMEN 3m springboard: 1. Minxia Wu (CHN) 391.35; 2. Jingjing Guo (CHN) 387.75; 3. Sharleen Stratton (AUS) 350.70 10m platform: 1. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 449.35; 2. Xin Wang (CHN) 405.00; 3. Paola Espinosa (MEX) 396.35 3m springboard synchro: 1. Minxia Wu/Jingjing Guo (CHN) 362.10; 2. Yulia Pakhalina/Anastasia Pozdnyakova (RUS) 329.61; 3. Ariel Rittenhouse/Kelci Bryant (USA) 322.50 10m platform synchro: 1. Xin Wang/Ruolin Chen (CHN) 375.66; 2. Emilie Heymans/Marie-Eve Marleau (CAN) 340.05; 3. Melissa Wu/Briony Cole (AUS) 334.80

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25Feb2008

PR12 - GRE, HUN, ITA and RUS will be in Beijing

Water Polo Women's olympic qualification tournamentThe teams of Greece, Hungary, Italy and Russia assured their presence at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN) by finishing in the first four places of the Water Polo Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament, which took place in Imperia (ITA) from February 17-24, 2008.
The competition was won by Italy, current Olympic champion, who defeated Russia in the final game by 10-9. Greece, the silver medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, finished in fourth, after losing the bronze-medal game with Hungary by 11-10 (9-9 at the end of the regular time).The other teams participating in the tournament were: Canada (5th), Spain (6th), Kazakhstan (7th), Germany (8th), Cuba (9th), Puerto Rico (10th), Brazil (11th) and Czech Republic (12th).The four first teams in Imperia will join in Beijing the squads previously qualified for the Games: Australia, China, Netherlands and USA.The draw for the eight-team Olympic tournament will take place on March 22, 2008 in Beijing (CHN), on the occasion of the water polo test events in the Chinese capital.

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25Feb2008

PR11 - Incredible triple for Petar Stoychev (BUL) and Natalia Pankina (RUS)

On Saturday, February 16, during the Argentinean race at La Patagones-Viedma, a 15km event and the third race of the 2008 series of the 2nd FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (former FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup), the Russian Natalia Pankina, in the women’s race, and the Bulgarian Petar Stoychev, in the men’s event, obtained their third 2008 victory, which is also the third in a row for the current Grand Prix Series.

Medallists in Viedma Men – 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 2h42m19s; 2. Andrea Volpini (ITA) 2h42m28s27; 3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) 2h42m28s59 Women – 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 2h44m22s; 2. Annegret Braun (GER) 2h46m35s; 3. Marianela Mendoza (ARG) 3h00m36s GENERAL STANDING AFTER THREE RACES WOMEN 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 45 pts; 2. Esther Nunez (ESP) 18 pts; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) and Laura La Piana (ITA) 14 pts MEN 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 45 pts; 2. Damian Blaum (ARG) et Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 25 pts 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 6, 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 – September 28, 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) (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. Natatlia Pankina (RUS); 2. Annegret Braun (GER); 3. Marianela Mendoza (ARG) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

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18Feb2008

PR10 - ‘Water is Our World’ will be the motto of the FINA Centenary

The first meeting of the FINA Bureau in 2008 took place in Lausanne (SUI) on February 7-8 and approved a Message (see attached) on ‘Water and Environmental protection’ within the frame of the celebration of the FINA Centenary in 2008. This Message will be spread out to all the FINA 194 National Member Federations, clubs, athletes, officials, organisers, media and public at large throughout the year of 2008. Other topics discussed by the FINA Bureau were as follows:

-    approval of the proposal for changes in the FINA Rules to be presented at the FINA Extraordinary Congress, to be held on April 8, 2008 in Manchester (GBR);-    allocation of FINA competitions:

o    3rd FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy 2008 – Madrid (ESP, December 6-7)o    4th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy 2009 – Montreal (CAN, dates to be confirmed)o    15th FINA Junior Men’s Water Polo World Championships 2009 – Split and Sibenik (CRO, August 22-30)o    15th FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup 2010 – Wellington (NZL, dates to be confirmed)o    12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup 2010 – Changshu (CHN, September 16-19)o    18th FINA World Diving Junior Championships 2010 – Tucson (USA, September 2-6)o    13th FINA World Masters Championships 2010 – Göteborg and Boras (SWE, July 28-August 7)

-    acknowledgement of the positive financial outcome of the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne (AUS): the event brought a AUS$105 million impact to the local economy and allowed the creation of 660 jobs. Moreover, a new record of 219,317 spectators attended the championships, while the competition was seen by over a billion TV viewers worldwide;-    encouraging reports were received from the organisers of the upcoming main championships, which will be successfully delivered according to high FINA standards: 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Manchester 2008 (April 9-13), 12th FINA World Masters Championships Perth 2008 (April 17-25), 5th FINA Open Water Swimming Championships Seville 2008 (May 3-8), 2nd FINA World Youth Swimming Championships Monterrey 2008 (July 8-13), 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009 (July 19-August 2), 10th FINA World Swimming Championships Dubai 2010 (April 7-11), 14th FINA World Championships Shanghai 2011 (July 16-31);-    presentation, by the Organising Committee (BOCOG), of the latest report concerning the preparation of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN). In this regard, FINA praised the excellent work done so far by BOCOG and underlined the high quality of the venues where the FINA aquatic competitions will take place;-    attribution of FINA awards:

o    FINA Prize – Mr. John Devitt (AUS)o    FINA Gold Pin – Mr. Yury Zaytsev (RUS)o    FINA Silver Pin – Dr David J. Hunt (GBR)o    FINA Certificate of Merit – Mr. Alexandr Tudose (MDA), Mr. Grigoriy Bukakov (UZB) and Mr. Alexander Gnedovskiy (UZB)

MESSAGE ‘WATER IS OUR WORLD’
To launch its Centenary Year 1908-2008, the members of the FINA Bureau wish to address the serious demand for the protection of water and the environment facing the world today
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In 1908, on the occasion of the Olympic Games in London (GBR), when the delegates of eight countries decided to establish FINA, the quality, scarcity and the protection of water was not on the agenda.One hundred years later, as we commence the year-long FINA Centenary Celebrations, and look forward to developing our Federation and our sports and paying tribute to all those involved both past and present, we wish to earnestly declare that FINA associates itself with all movements directed towards the preservation of the environment and the protection of water, an essential element of life on earth.One hundred years later, we invite all 194 FINA Member Federations, their pool and open water swimmers, water polo players, divers, synchronised swimmers, officials, trainers and everyone involved, to repeat loud and clear the international message: Respect Water.Water is a source of life, and for all water sports enthusiasts, water is a source of pleasure. Around the world, pollution, climate change and unsustainable human demand are putting the quantity and quality of water, a natural and essential element, in peril. There are many causes for this, including rapid growth of the world’s population, urbanisation, industrialisation, expanding technology, deforestation, intensive farming, and many more. But water is already scarce in large areas of the planet, and this is a spreading problem. More than two billion people already live with less than what is basically required for a healthy life, according to the World Health Organisation, and many more struggle to obtain the three-to-five litres per person, per day, which is needed to sustain life. Did you know that dirty water causes millions of deaths each year? Nearly 5,000 deaths per day in fact, according to a recent global water access report published by the United Nations. Safe drinking water remains a significant challenge, and the use of unsafe, contaminated water results in billions of cases of disease and infections each year, often among young children. In this view, and with the support of FINA, all water sports enthusiasts should be forward-looking in the ecological battle for the preservation of nature. Responding to this situation is no longer a question of political opinion, but a vital necessity for our future on earth.Many are aware of the water scarcity problem, but not enough have reacted. FINA therefore wishes that this message be repeated in all clubs and schools in an effort to spread awareness about these tragic circumstances. So what concrete actions can be taken now?Each and every one of us can multiply the daily water-saving actions we already take.Our way of living can be modified in order to reduce our consumption of water.There can be greater avoidance of water wastage.We can support institutions conducting research and development on improved water management tools.We can be enlightening, convincing and inventive about water conservation, and communicate this information to those around us.All of us - as Members of the FINA family in every sense of the term - from elite -level competitors to those who swim for pleasure, as well as trainers, officials, families, friends, and even children, should strive to be role models everyday and everywhere.No FINA organiser in any of the FINA disciplines should forget to take into account the reality of water and its value.Being 100 years old comes with responsibility. FINA understands and assumes this responsibility and asks all of its Members to take pride in the declaration “Water is our world” and spread this important message.

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12Feb2008

PR9 - Second consecutive win for Petar Stoychev (BUL) and Natalia Pankina (RUS)

On Saturday, February 9, the second race of the 2008 series of the 2nd FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (former FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup), also called the 14th “Maraton Acuatico Internacional Ciudad de Rosario” (a 15 km event) was held in Argentina. Confirming their first success of 2008 (one week earlier in Santa Fe), winners were the Russian Natalia Pankina, in the women’s race, and the Bulgarian Petar Stoychev, in the men’s event.
Four men finished together: Stoychev in front of Stéphane Gomez (FRA) and Damian Blaum (ARG). Therefore, the podium was the same as in the first race of the 2008 season, with Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) finishing in fourth.   In the women’s race, the Russian Natalia Pankina crossed the finish line five minutes before a group of five swimmers, including the winner of the 2007 edition Esther Nuñez (ESP), three Italians (Alessandra Romiti, Camilla Frediani, 3rd and 4th, and Laura La Piana, 6th) and one Argentinean, Pilar Geijo (5th).
Medallists in Maraton Acuatico “Ciudad de Rosario”
Men – 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 2h09m27s; 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 2h09m28s05; 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 2h09m28s82.Women – 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 2h11m38s; 2. Esther Nuñez (ESP) 2h16m23s; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) 2h17m35s.
General Standings after 2 Races
Men -  1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 30 pts; 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 22 pts; 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 18 ptsWomen - 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 30 pts; 2. Esther Nunez (ESP) 18 pts; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) and Laura La Piana (ITA) 14 pts
 

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11Feb2008

PR8 - One more victory for Petar Stoychev (BUL) and Natalia Pankina (RUS)

Last Sunday, on February 3, 2008, the Bulgarian Petar Stoychev, who is the incredible winner of six successive editions of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup (2001-2006) and of last year’s first edition of the Grand Prix, began the 2008 season with a success; he won the first race of the 2008 series of the 2nd FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (former FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup), the 35th edition of the “Maraton Acuatica Internacional” Santa Fe-Coronda (ARG), a 57km event. Damian Blaum (ARG), a local swimmer and last year’s winner, placed third.
In the women’s race, the Russian Natalia Pankina, a 25km specialist, obtained a fourth FINA victory in World Cup or Grand Prix. She crossed the finish line before Edith Van Dijk (NED) who decided to come back this year in the circuit and who already appears near the top.   Medallists in Maraton Acuatico Rio Coronda Men – 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 8h20m09s; 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 8h20m13s; 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 8h20m19sWomen – 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 8h22m03s; 2. Edith Van Dijk (NED) 8h29m28s; 3. Laura La Piana (ITA) 8h33m33s.

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05Feb2008

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