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PR 59 - Barcelona (ESP) will welcome a great Aquatic Festival in 2013

Lausanne (SUI), September 28, 2010 – The FINA Bureau, at its meeting held at Punta del Este, Uruguay, at the occasion of the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention, on September 27-29, 2010 considered the candidature of the city of Barcelona (ESP) and of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation to the organisation of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013.The FINA Bureau unanimously decided that Barcelona (ESP) will host these Championships in July 2013.“We are very glad to have received the excellent candidature of Barcelona (ESP) for the 15th FINA World Championships in 2013. Still with vivid memories from the 1992 Olympic Games and the 2003 FINA World Championships in this exciting city, these Championships will be another milestone in our history and a great event for Barcelona. In a way, this is also tribute to former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and his love for Sport and Aquatic disciplines,” considered the FINA President, Dr. Julio C. Maglione.Before Barcelona 2013, the 14th edition of the FINA World Championships will take place in Shanghai (CHN), from July 16-31, 2011.

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PR 58 - Aquatics Family together in Punta del Este (URU)

Lausanne (SUI), September 26, 2010 – More than 450 delegates including representatives of the 202 FINA National Federations, but also commercial partners & sponsors, sports business companies, organisers, bidders or media will gather in Punta del Este (URU), for the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held from September 27-29, 2010.During three days and under the motto “Together we can make Aquatics bigger”, presentations, workshops and an exhibition area will allow the Aquatics Family to network and to build-up future partnership opportunities. This Convention has two main goals: firstly to present the FINA of the 21st century, and secondly to provide a Development Plan to FINA Members. To fulfil the first objective, discussions on new trends in media, sponsorship & promotion, TV exposure of the Aquatic disciplines or new opportunities of financing will be presented.To achieve the second priority of this Convention, a “FINA National Federation Development Plan Handbook” has been published and will be provided to FINA Members, highlighting new trends in governance, management, budgeting or volunteers’ recruitment. “This Convention aspires to be useful, helpful and essential in giving the keys for an optimal management of our National Federations activities, and for the improvement of their strategy concerning the organisation and delivery of aquatic events, and the promotion of their athletes and competitions. In Uruguay, the Aquatic Family will have the opportunity to be together, to improve its relationship, and to construct new bridges of partnership for the future,” considers the FINA President, Dr. Julio C. Maglione.All the relevant information concerning the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention can be found on the event’s website at:

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Preview: Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

Swimming events were an integral part of the Commonwealth Games right from its inception in 1930 in Hamilton (CAN). Races were held for imperial distances (in yards) until 1966. Synchronised Swimming was introduced in 1986 at Edinburgh (GBR) while Synchronised Diving joined the programme in Melbourne (AUS) 2006. The XIX Commonwealth Games will be hosted by New Delhi (IND) from October 3-14, 2010. As much as 38 events (19 each for men and women) will be held in swimming and ten in diving (five each for men and women, including synchro diving). Besides, two synchronised swimming events (Solo and Duet) will be on the competition schedule at Delhi. In total, 50 sets of gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in aquatic events alone at the Games. As much as 70 teams from nations and territories situated in the Commonwealth will take part in the 12 days of sporting extravaganza in the Indian capital. Australia, the swimming powerhouse of the Commonwealth, is expected to rule the pool once again. Aussie swimmers have garnered a whooping 237 gold, 170 silver and 150 bronze medals in the last eighteen editions of the Games. Their athletes also hold 24 Games Records amongst 38 swimming events! In the history of the Commonwealth Games, swimmers from only 13 teams have secured medals.


SSWC 2010, Day 4: FINA Synchro World Cup concludes with Russia's win in the Team event

Russia proved one more time they are unbeatable when they dominated the last event at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu (CHN), winning the Team title for a total of three gold out of four on offer. The powerful but flexible Russians overshadowed the rest of field in the water ballet, taking the Team victory by 98.150 points while China finished second in 96.500 and Canada third in 95.600.

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SSWC 2010, Day 3: Russian Ishchenko wins Solo title

Natalia Ishchenko of Russia turned the swimming pool into a Swan Lake scene and won the solo title at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu (CHN). Within three minutes and 15 seconds, Ishchenko sometimes performed as the gentle Princess Odette, soon turned to the evil Odile. She collected 49.400 points for the technical and 49.300 for the artistic element with a winning total of 98.250.

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SSWC 2010, Day 2: Twins win China's first gold

China's twins Jiang Wenwen/Jiang Tingting brought the local crowds into crazy when they captured the duet title at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, being held in Changshu (CHN). It was China's first gold in synchro world competitions. Performing like the grateful cranes, the Jiang sisters showed their elegance and difficulty in the duet free routine finals, winning the title with 96.650 points. Canadian pair Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon/Chloe Issac came to second in 94.750 and Japan's Yukiko Inui/Chisa Kobayashi third in 93.300, respectively.

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SSWC 2010, Day 1: Russia obtains title in Combination

When Carmen met Alice, it was the defending champion Russia lifting the title of the Combination event during the first day of the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup 2010 in Changshu (CHN). Host China won its first World Cup medal in history by taking the silver medal. With their passion, power and elegance, the Russian team performed to the music of Carmen to win the event in 98.300 points, beating the hosts into second place by 1.100. Russian Anzhelika Timanina said that "it was an amazing competition. It was very close. We can see China and Canada are making big progress. However, we come to every competition with only one goal - to win. The secret for us to remain on the top is to train, train, and train."

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PR57 - Excellence meets elegance in Changshu (CHN)

Lausanne (SUI), September 15, 2010 – After the United States, Russia, Canada and Japan, China is the fifth nation to host the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, due to take place in Changshu, Jiangsu Province (CHN), from September 16-19, 2010.174 athletes from 24 countries will perform at their best in four events: Solo, Duet and Team – which are divided into Technical and Free Routines – while the Combination makes its second appearance on the World Cup programme. There will be preliminaries for Solo, Duet and Team; Combination is held as finals. Russia, Ukraine, Japan, USA, Italy, Canada and China are the countries with the most athletes in this four-day elite-level competition, which is held every four years in September. Russia, Spain and Japan start favourite in Changshu, all three having occupied the podium in the four events at the last edition of the World Cup, in Yokohama (JPN) in 2006. Competition will be fierce, with host China being a strong contender in the discipline since its prowess at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other consistent nations, such as the United States, Ukraine, Brazil, Great Britain and Italy, which also have solid assets to make their mark at the World Cup.

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PR56 - Local stars shine in Rio de Janeiro’s first meet

Lausanne (SUI), September 13, 2010 – Brazilian swimmers were in evidence at the first meet of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010, taking place in Rio de Janeiro from September 10-12. The local stars got 16 out of the 34 titles at stake, while swimmers from Japan and Sweden were also in great shape.Among women, Brazil won five gold medals (Tatiana Barbosa, with two, and Joanna Maranhao, with three), but Sweden appeared as the most prolific nation, with six titles (three to Therese Alshammar, who was also the best female performer of the meet in the 100m butterfly, and three to her teammate Joline Hoestman, who won all the breaststroke events). Japan was also quite successful, with two victories for Sakiko Nakamura and three triumphs for Miyuki Takemura. The last gold in the women’s races went to Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) in the 100m individual medley.In the men’s field, the Brazilian supremacy was impressive, with 11 victories – the hero of the meet was Thiago Pereira, with four gold medals – 200m free, and the three medley events. In the 200m IM, Pereira established the best performance of the competition, with 969 points (for a time of 1:52.72). The 1000-point value corresponds to the World Record in each event. Cesar Cielo triumphed in the 50m and 100m free, while his teammate Felipe Silva was the best in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Guilherme Guido (100m back), Leonardo de Deus (200m fly) and Lucas Kanieski (BRA) were the remaining winners from the host country. Two Japanese swimmers also got victories among men – Kenichi Doki in the 400m free and Kazuki Otsuka in the 200m breaststroke -, Steffen Deibler (GER) triumphed in the 50m and 100m butterfly, Randall Bal (USA) got the gold in the 50m backstroke and Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) won the 200m backstroke.
Calendar of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010:

Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
September 10-12

Beijing (CHN)
October 12-13

Singapore (SIN)
October 16-17

Tokyo (JPN)
October 20-21

Berlin (GER)
October 30-31

Moscow (RUS)
November 2-3

Stockholm (SWE)
November 6-7

1st Meet – September 10-12, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro (BRA)


50m free
Cesar Cielo (BRA) 21.16
Therese Alshammar (SWE) 24.46

100m free
Cesar Cielo (BRA) 47.16
Tatiana Barbosa (BRA) 54.20

200m free
Thiago Pereira (BRA) 1:45.28
Tatiana Barbosa (BRA) 1:58.08

400m free
Kenichi Doki (JPN) 3:47.20
Sakiko Nakamura (JPN) 4:06.73

800m free (W)
Sakiko Nakamura (JPN) 8:27.53

1500m free (M)
Lucas Kanieski (BRA)

50m back
Randall Bal (USA) 23:46
Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 27.12

100m back
Guilherme Guido (BRA) 51.44
Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 58.01

200m back
Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) 1:51.92
Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 2:06.24

50m breast
Felipe Silva (BRA) 25.56
Joline Hoestman (SWE) 31.38

100m breast
Felipe Silva (BRA) 57.64
Joline Hoestman (SWE) 1:07.44

200m breast
Kazuki Otsuka (JPN) 2:05.60
Joline Hoestman (SWE) 2:26.51

50m butterfly
Steffen Deibler (GER) 22.49
Therese Alshammar (SWE) 23.35

100m butterfly
Steffen Deibler (GER) 20.67
Therese Alshammar (SWE) 57:04

200m butterfly
Leonardo de Deus (BRA) 1:53.78
Joanna Maranhao (BRA) 2:09.72

100m ind. medley
Thiago Pereira (BRA) 52.35
Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) 1:00.65

200m ind. medley
Thiago Pereira (BRA) 1:52.72
Joanna Maranhao (BRA) 2:12.56

400m ind. medley
Thiago Pereira (BRA) 4:06.47
Joanna Maranhao (BRA) 4:40.20

Provisional leaders of the World Cup after the 1st meet:



1.Thiago Pereira

2. Henrique Barbosa

3. Steffen Deibler



1. Therese Alshammar

2. Gabriella Silva

3. Sakiko Nakamura

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Rio de Janeiro, Day 2: Alshammar and Pereira get advantage after first stage

In the last day of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), on this Sunday morning, September 12, the Swedish Therese Alshammar and the Brazilian Thiago Pereira achieved the leadership on the competition’s ranking.
Thiago Pereira won four gold medals and Alshammar climbed the highest place of the podium three times at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Complex. On the medals' chart, Brazil won 59 medals (16 gold, 22 silver and 21 bronze), followed by Japan (7 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) and Sweden (6 gold and 3 bronze).

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