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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

OWS GP 2008, Overview of Race 1 (Santa Fe, ARG)

As reported by FINA delegate Tomas Haces German (Member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee), 21 swimmers participated in the race; 11 men and 10 women representing 10 different countries. There was wind during the race, and at times it was strong. Air temperature was 24°Celsius and water temperature was 26°Celsius. There was full national and international radio, newspaper and television media coverage of the event, which was attended by thousands of spectators who gathered at the start area, in towns near the river, and at the finish area.

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06Feb2008

OWS GP 2008, Overview of Race 1 (Santa Fe, ARG)

As reported by FINA delegate Tomas Haces German (Member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee), 21 swimmers participated in the race; 11 men and 10 women representing 10 different countries. There was wind during the race, and at times it was strong. Air temperature was 24°Celsius and water temperature was 26°Celsius. There was full national and international radio, newspaper and television media coverage of the event, which was attended by thousands of spectators who gathered at the start area, in towns near the river, and at the finish area.

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06Feb2008

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

PR7 - Opening of the 2008 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix

The first race of the 2008 series of the 2nd FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (former FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup) will take place next Sunday, February 3, 2008 on the occasion of the 35th edition of the “Maraton Acuatica International” Santa Fe-Coronda (ARG). The list of participants who will swim the 57 km includes twenty-two swimmers, eleven men and eleven women. Petar Stoychev (BUL), the winner of the six editions of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup (2001-2006) and of last year’s first edition of the Grand Prix is among the favourites. In the women’s race, the winner of the 2007 Grand Prix Esther Nunez will also compete.Other participants include: Men: Damian Blaum, Rafael Perez and and Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG), Tihomir Ivanchev (BUL), Stéphane Gomez (FRA), Daniel Katzir (ISR), Rodolfo Valenti, Marco Formentini and Andrea Volpini (ITA) and Ilija Stojanovsky (MKD),Women: Celeste Punet and Noelia Petti (ARG), Bianka Alliard (CAN), Annegret Braun (GER), Camilla Frediani, Laura La Piana, Alessandra Romitti and Laura Volpi (ITA), Edith van Dijk (NED) and Natatlia Pankina (RUS).

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01Feb2008

PR6 - Four candidates in the final race

The National Federations/Cities of Argentina (city of Mar Del Plata), Austria (city of Vienna), Hong Kong (city of Hong Kong) and Turkey (city of Istanbul) confirmed their formal bid to the organisation of the 11th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2012.
These two cities were part of a group of six potential bidders that also included: Australia (city of Sydney) and Brazil (city of Rio de Janeiro) The host of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2012 will be decided and announced by the FINA Bureau on April 12, 2008 with the occasion of the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Manchester (GBR). After Great Britain and before 2012, the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be held in Dubai (UAE), from April 7-11, 2010.

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31Jan2008

PR5 - First race in Santos (BRA) with victories for Larissa Ilchenko (RUS) and Valerio Cleri (ITA)

The first race of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2007 was held on January 26, 2008 along the Boqueiro Beach of Santos (BRA). The 5km and 10km 2007 World Champion, Larissa Ilchenko, imposed her finish in front of the American Kirsten Groome and the famous German duet, Angela Maurer (3rd) and Britta Kamrau Corestein (4th).  For her comeback, the Dutch Edith van Dijk placed only 11th. Twelve swimmers crossed the line in the same minute. In the men’s race, the winner was Italian Valerio Cleri who completed his 2007 season excellently and confirmed his Olympic ambition. The Russian Evgeny Drattsev, third in the 10km World Championships’ event last year, was second ahead of a local swimmer, the Brazilan Allan do Carmo, a revelation. Ten swimmers finished in the same minute.
Medallists in Santos (BRA, 10km)
MEN1. Valerio Cleri (ITA) 1h58m42s10; 2. Evgeny Drattsev (RUS) 1h58m44s11; 3. Allan do Carmo (BRA) 1h58m44s30WOMEN1. Larissa Ilchenko (RUS) 2h04m03s57; 2. Kirsten Groome (USA) 2h04m05s23; 3. Angela Maurer (GER) 2h04m13s26Participants: A record of 84 swimmers (47 men and 37 women) from fifteen countries took the departure (in brackets the number of women): ARG 3 (1), BRA 26 (8), CAN 3 (2),  CHI 1 (1), ESP 3 (2), FRA 3 (1), GER 3 (2), ISR 3 (1), ITA 8 (4), MEX 6 (4), NED 1 (1), POL 1 (1), POR 3 (1),  RUS 11 (4), USA 9 (4). The next race of the 2nd FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup will take place on March 15, 2008 in Dubai (UAE).Before that, the next stage of the other FINA international series of Long Distance Swimming, the 2nd FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix will be held on February 3, 2008 in Santa Fe (ARG) with the 57km “Maraton Acuatica Rio Coronda”.

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28Jan2008

PR4 - Great participation for the first race in Santos (BRA)

Eighty-eight swimmers (including 37 women) from 17 countries confirmed their participation in the first race of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008, which will take place in Santos (BRA) on January 26. The Brazilian delegation will naturally be the most numerous, with a total of 29 athletes. The remaining nations present in Brazil are: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain and United States.
The race in Santos opens the eight-meet circuit that will touch the four continents until October 4, 2008, which marks the occasion of the last leg of the competition in Cancun (MEX). The 2008 edition of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup assumes a special importance, as for the first time, this event will be included in the Olympic Games, in Beijing (CHN). Thus, higher participation from the swimmers and increasing interest from media, spectators and sponsors will certainly be evident during these next months. Moreover, and also a first, this year’s World Cup is associated with a FINA sponsor - the world’s leading open water swim-skin and wetsuit company blueseventy.
Calendar
January 26, 2008          Race No 1 in Santos (BRA)March 15, 2008            Race No 2 in Dubai (UAE)June 28, 2008              Race No 3 in Setubal (POR)July 23, 2008               Race No 4 in Lac St. Jean, Roberval (CAN)September 7, 2008      Race No 5 in Hong Kong (HKG)September 13, 2008     Race No 6 in Singapore (SIN)September 21, 2008     Race No 7 in Shantou (CHN)October 4, 2008           Race No 8 in Cancun (MEX)

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24Jan2008

PR3 - Chinese sweep victories at the start of the season

The first meet of the 14th FINA Diving Grand Prix 2008, held from January 18-20, 2008 in Madrid (ESP), was marked by Chinese victories in all eight events of the competition. After their domination in 2007, the Chinese champions started their final road towards the 2008 Olympic Games at home in Beijing next August, in the best possible way.In Madrid, the main challengers of the Chinese divers were, amongst men, the Germans, British and Ukrainians, while in the women’s field, representatives from Canada, Ukraine and Great Britain also got medals.
MEDALLISTS in Madrid:
MEN3m springboard: 1. Xinhua Zhang (CHN) 511.30; 2. Pavel Rozenberg (GER) 468.55; 3. Bo Peng (CHN) 465.5010m platform: 1. Jia Hu (CHN) 540.75; 2. Liguang Yang (CHN) 506.55; 3. Thomas Daley (GBR) 495.453m springboard synchro: 1. Yutong Lou/Chen Zhang (CHN) 415.56; 2. Dmytro Lysenko/Anton Zakharov (UKR) 408.21; 3. Ben Swain/Nicholas Robinson-Baker (GBR) 407.0110m platform synchro: 1. Liguang Yang/Hao Zhang (CHN) 460.68; 2. Thomas Daley/Blake Aldridge (GBR) 417.93; 3. Norman Becker/Johanes Donay (GER) 394.32WOMEN3m springboard: 1. Zi He (CHN) 371.40; 2. Blythe Hartley (CAN) 336.30; 3. Jennifer Abel (CAN) 302.3010m platform: 1. Li Kang (CHN) 413.20; 2. Hao Wang (CHN) 406.50; 3. Emilie Heymans (CAN) 321.153m springboard synchro: 1. Ting Li/Qinxi Zhao (CHN) 296.40; 2. Olena Fedorova/Alevtyna Korolyova (UKR) 293.44; 3. Blythe Hartley/Melanie Rinaldi (CAN) 287.7010m platform synchro: 1. Hao Wang/Li Kang (CHN) 352.56; 2. Monique McCarroll/Sarah Barrow (GBR) 314.70; 3. Marie-Eve Marleau/Emilie Heymans (CAN) 306.30

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21Jan2008

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