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FINA General Congress 2019

Aurélie Muller (FRA): “I don’t give up”

“Fall down, get back up.” Those are the first words Aurélie Muller wrote on her Facebook page at the end of August 2019, a month and a half after finishing 11th in the 10km open water race at the FINA World Championships in Yeosu, South Korea. A month and a half after missing her qualification to the Olympic Games in Tokyo by one tenth of a second. A month and a half after losing her chance of redemption after being disqualified in 2016. 

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Yumi Adachi (JPN): "I want to foster swimmers who can go beyond what I have achieved"

Yumi Adachi and her partner Atsushi Abe made history for Japan last year when they captured the nation’s first-ever mixed-duet medals in a FINA World Championships. The pair, who claimed a fifth and a seventh place when mixed duets were introduced at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan (RUS), moved up to fourth in both the free and technical programmes in 2017 and capped that with a brace of bronze medals each at the 2019 edition in Gwangju (KOR).

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09Jul2020

Maro Jokovic (CRO): “I’m still nervous before every match”

In water polo superpower Croatia, one man has outdistanced all others. Croatia has produced some of the world’sgreatest players. They include Hall of Fame members Perica Bukic and Milivoj Bebic and the likes of Ozren Bonacic, Goran Sukno, Veselin Djuho, Deni Lusić, Dubravko Simenc, Zoran Roje, Josip Pavic, Sandro Sukno. It’s a long and impressive list but there is one man who has amassed more trophies, medals and titles than any other.He is Maro Jokovic – with 54 medals. And counting.

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09Jul2020

Ariarne Titmus (AUS): “Where I am today would not be possible without my coach Dean”

Some two months before her birthday last year, a then 18-year-old Australian, Ariarne Titmus, achieved the unthinkable, swimming over the top of the world’s greatest ever women’s freestyler, US golden girl Katie Ledecky.

A slip of a kid who grew up and learnt to swim in Launceston, Tasmania, a river city in the north of the island state, situated off the southern tip of the Australian mainland. A kid who all her coaches would agree was never the most talented athlete in their squads but was without doubt the hardest worker.

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03Jul2020

Rhiannan Iffland (AUS): “The winning feeling is perfect”

Like Gary Hunt, Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) had to wait until the last round of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR) to ensure her gold medal in the main event of the 2019 season. Before that, she had brilliantly won the World Cup in China. So, the 2019 FINA Female Best High Diver award pays tribute to the most consistent athlete in the women’s field. Iffland allies a very efficient technique with steel nerves and is clearly the winner for the third year in a row.

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25Jun2020

XIE Siyi (CHN): “It is a big surprise for me”

Every Chinese male diver at the World Championships won a medal in Gwangju, so the race for the top FINA award was really thrilling. Cao Yuan amassed the most points but you need to win an individual title to be eligible for the award – and Cao’s synchro partner Xie Siyi beat him in the 3m event. In fact, platform specialist Yang Jian was level with Xie on total points, so we used the World Series synchro results as a tie-breaker. That clinched it for Xie, who had three wins in that event.

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18Jun2020

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): “You need to challenge yourself sometimes”

The journey towards Tokyo has begun for Sarah Sjostrom, a veteran in the swimming world as she heads for her fourth Olympics. The Olympic 100m butterfly champion lost the world crown she had won in the event four times in the previous five editions at July’s FINA World Championships in Gwangju, but with gold in the 50m fly, two silvers (50m free and 100m fly) and two bronzes (100m and 200m free) in an unprecedented haul she has won the FINA Female Swimmer of the Year award for the second time.

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09Jun2020

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