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FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2019

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The FINA Artistic Swimming World Series is an annual international series of Artistic Swimming meets organized (under the umbrella of FINA) by National Federations affiliated to FINA around the globe. This competitive circuit was created in order to raise the profile of the newly re-branded sport of artistic swimming around the world while creating more structured competition calendar for national teams.


FINA Swimming World Cup 2019

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Launched in 1988, the FINA Swimming World Cup gathers world-class swimmers in a series of two-day meets organised between August and November each year. Across nine locations, the circuit is structured in clusters (Middle East, Europe and Asia) and distributes a total of prize money reaching US$ 2.5 million. 

FINA Diving Grand Prix 2019

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Each year, the FINA Diving Grand Prix invites divers from all parts of the world to compete during the February-November period in a circuit of nine four-day meets.

FINA intends to provide the international diving elite with a high-level competition that takes place in countries or locations that have a strong tradition in the sport, therefore enhancing their popularity.

The Grand Prix competition programme includes women's and men's 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.

FINA General Congress

PR 79 - Russia revalidates title in Funchal (POR)

The team of Russia was the winner of the 2019 edition of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships, held in Funchal (POR), from September 9-15, after beating the Netherlands by 11-5 in the final of the competition. The Russians managed to revalidate the 2017 title and were victorious in all the six matches of the tournament in Portugal. Before these two consecutive titles, the team of Russia had also won the Championships in 2009.

Press Releases 2019

FINA IN MOURNING – Orban Mendoza (PUR)

FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Orban Mendoza, from Puerto Rico, who passed away on September 14, 2019 at the age of 90.

Mr Mendoza was a former FINA Bureau Member, having served our International Federation in this capacity from 2005 to 2013. Throughout his long and successful career, he has been President of the Puerto Rico Swimming Federation from 1976 to 1980, and then President of CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation) and UANA (Union Americana de Natacion).

For his services to our Sport, he also received the FINA Gold Pin.

In Mourning 2019

Day 7, World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship: Russia takes back-to-back gold

World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships 2019
Match 45, 16:00, CHINA 7 HUNGARY 12
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-4, 2-3, 2-1, 3-4

Referees: Sergey Krizhanovskiy (RUS) and Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR)


CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (2), Yizhen Zhu (1), Xiao Chen (1), Bozhou Lu (2), Qingwei Wang, Wen Su, Rui Xu, Xinyan Meng (1), Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan, Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

HUNGARY: Alda Magnon Magyari, Zita Armai (2), Vanda Valyi (2), Luca Petovari, Natasa Rybanska (3), Janka Utassy, Fanni Muzsnay, Kamilla Farago (4), Eszter Lara Kiss, Berta Farago (1), Panna Kudella, Panna Petik, Lila Maczko. Head Coach: Tamas Farago.


Hungarian players smiled at the final day of competition in Funchal after beating China 12-7 for seventh place. Hungary's dominance was clear, with a five-goal margin at half time. That was the difference between the two teams at the end of the game.

Match 46, 17:20, UNITED STATES 9 SPAIN 10
Results & Teams

Quarters: 0-0, 4-3, 2-3, 3-4

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN) and Alessia Ferrari (ITA)


UNITED STATES: Georgia Phillips, Noelle Wijnbelt (1), Sarah Klass (1), Abrielle Hill, Honnie Vandeweghe, Bayley Weber (1), Jewel Roemer (3), Roxanne Wheaton, Jenna Flynn (1), Ryann Neushul (2), Valeria Ayala, Ava Johnson, Isabel Williams. Head Coach: Natalie Benson.

SPAIN: Sandra Domene, Paula Camus (1), Paula Leiton (1), Ruth Ariño (1), Silvia Morell (1), Alba Bonamusa, Berta Seto, Elia Montoya (3), Lucia Gomez de la Puente, Helena Dalmases (1), Sofia Diaz, Alejandra Aznar (2), Paula Nieto. Head Coach: Javier Aznar


A really competitive game between United States and Spain decided the fifth place in the FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship. It was a battle and Spain was the winner (9-10). Elia Montoya led the charge on the offense scoring three goals that approached the Spanish team to the objective it had after its defeat at the quarterfinals. Spain earned two final wins to get the fifth position.

Match 47, 18:40, ITALY 9 GREECE 8
Results & Teams

Quarters: 4-1, 2-2, 2-3, 1-2

Referees: Sander Paul Gransjean (NED) and Anna Goncharenko (UKR)


ITALY: Caterina Banchelli, Nicole Zanetta (2), Anna Repetto (2), Giorgia Amedeo (1), Elena Borg, Lucrezia Cergol, Sofia Giustini, Isabella Riccioli, Francesca Colletta (1), Carlotta Meggiato, Agnese Cocchiere (3), Dafne Bettini, Marzia Imperatrice. Head Coach: Paolo Zizza

GREECE: Marina Kotsioni, Effrosyni Katsimpri, Anastasia Loudi, Eleni Elliniadi (2), Elisavet Protopapas (1), Maria Anna Mastrokalou, Eirini Ninou (1), Maria Myriokefalitaki (1), Iliana Kokkinaki, Vasiliki Douli, Ioulia Anna Kontoni (1), Eleni Kanetidou (2), Emmanouela Archontaki. Head Coach: Stefanos Leandros.


Francesca Colletta scored the first goal of the game with 3:57 to play in the first quarter. It gave an idea on how balanced the match was at the beginning, although Italy found the way to build a good advantage with an efective offense and a solid defense. Wearing white caps, the Italian players were leading 4-1 by the end of the first quarter.

Anna Repetto with shots from long distance and Caterina Banchelli with big saves extended Italy's dominance to the second period. Their team had a three-goal margin at half time.

However, Maria Myriokefalitaki and Eleni Elliniadi scored for Greece early in the third quarter and the game changed a bit. Italian players seemed nervous for first time in the game.

Francesca Colletta and Nicole Zanetta restored calm (8-5).

Greece tried a comeback and was close to tie the match, but lost 9-8 so bronze medal belonged to Italy.


Caterina Banchelli (ITA) - Player of the match

This bronze medal is like a gold medal for us.

Paolo Zizza (ITA) - Head Coach

This bronze medal is very important to water polo in Italy. I am very happy. My team was fantastic during the tournament. Players are really young and this result will help them to grow and to improve as a team.

Stefanos Leandros (GRE) - Head Coach

At the beginning some things went wrong for us. We didn't have the control of the game. We had some injuries. We lost two of our girls during the first quarter so we had to make some adjustments. We had many chances to draw, like six of five. It should be a big lesson for us. We have to control our feelings, our minds in order to success.

Match 48, 20:00, NETHERLANDS 5 RUSSIA 11
Results & Teams

Quarters: 3-5, 0-2, 2-2, 0-2

Referees: Darren Brown Spiritosanto (USA) and Marjay Zsolt (HUN)


NETHERLANDS: Sarah Buis, Lieke Rogge (3), Rozanne Voorvelt, Marit van der Weijden (1), Isis Keijzer, Simone van de Kraats (1), Nina Ten Broek, Maxine Schaap, Lot Stertefeld, Laura Schinkel, Sam Jutte, Storm Willemsen, Janieke Oosting. Head Coach: Evangelos Doudesis.

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (4), Elizaveta Zaplatina, Margarita Pystina (1), Anastassia Diachenko (1), Polina Popova (3), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova, Regina Galimzianova, Tatiana Tolkunova (2), Anastasiia Shapkina, Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.


Six wins out of six matches sum up Russia's power. No team could beat the champion of the past edition, which today captured its second straight FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship crown at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

At half time, its advantage was clear (3-7). Polina Kempf, Margarita Pystina, Polina Popova, Daria Chagochkina and Tatiana Tolkunova built a four-goal margin because Netherlands only counted at that moment the goals scored by Lieke Rogge (2) and Marit Van Der Weijden.

In the third quarter, the Dutch team improved its defense but Russia had a response for every goal received (5-9).

At the end, Russia won 5-11 and became world champion again.


Sergey Markoch (RUS) - Head Coach

We are the world champions. I am really satisfied. My girls played very good during the tournament. It was a great tournament for the Russian team.

Evangelos Doudesis (NED) - Head Coach

We are more than proud for what we achieved in short term goals. And we are more than proud for the long term goals of this team. The future is bright. Their road to Paris has just started. Unfortunately we won the silver medal, but Russia was by far the best team in the tournament.

Margarita Pystina (RUS) - Top scorer of the tournament

We competed perfectly during the tournament. I am really happy of being part of the team's victory.

Simone van de Kraats (NED) - MVP of the tournament

I was very shocked because we lost, but now I am happy so we are going to celebrate it. Netherlands won this tournament in 1995. Of course we wanted to win but being in the final is very nice.

Russia won Netherlands 11-5 for its second straight FINA World Women's Junior Water Polo Championship crown at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

Six victories out of six matches, from group stage to the final, gave gold to Russian junior team, which is now a triple champion, having won in 2009, 2017 and 2019.

In this edition, Russian players where the strongest and took back-to-back gold. Russia had won the previous edition of the tournament, held in Volos (GRE) in 2017.