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As expected, gold for Mellouli, Bal, Cielo, Spenger, Kirk and more on Day 2 of World Cup in Brazil

Randall Bal (USA)
The first race of the day – the 1500m free – looked like a warm up for the Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli, TUN, who had his fourth start in Belo Horizonte with this race. The Tunisian swam slowly and carefully – just for the win – and allowed the host swimmer Luiz Arapiraca to stay ahead, but accelerated at the end of the race.
Mellouli lost the 400m free on the first day of the meet and this unpredictable result happened for one reason: the swimmer was too confident and lost his concentration in the last strokes. On Sunday however, Mellouli kept things under strict control and finished first without a big effort – in a time of 15:16.43. Arapiraca came second – in 15:16.91 - and his compatriot Armando Negreiros (the winner of 400m free) finished in 15:22.15.

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12Oct2008

Brazilian swimmers reach podium 23 times on first day

SWC2008
The first FINA World Cup meet, which started on the 11th of October in Belo Horizonte, gathered 106 athletes from 12 Federations. In the preliminary competition on Friday afternoon the favourites looked to be in quite good shape. Besides two Olympic champions (Oussama Mellouli, TUN and Cesar Filho Cielo, BRA) there is also Tara Kirk and Randall Bal, USA, Stanislav Donets and Evgeny Korotyshkin, RUS, Stefan Nystrand, Josefin Lillhage and Therese Alshammar, SWE, and many young swimmers competing, including newcomers.
After a “warm-up” – 800m free women with an unimpressive level of the results - the audience got a brillant show with the men's 100m free. Stefan Nystrand was a little bit late off the start and that allowed Cesar Filho Cielo to have a very comfortable race and finish half body-length ahead of the others.

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11Oct2008

Swimming passion on five continents

Top swimmers around the world are bracing themselves for the upcoming FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2008. Like the 2007 edition, seven cities on five continents will host this major short-course (25m) competitive circuit, and for the first time this year, fans can access complete coverage of the Series via live streaming on the FINA website. The host cities for 2008 are the same as last year, although the order of the meets has been altered. The first stage takes place in Belo Horizonte (BRA) from October 10-12, followed by Durban (RSA) from October 17-18, Sydney (AUS) from October 25-26, Singapore (SIN) from November 1-2, Moscow (RUS) from November 8-9, Stockholm (SWE) from November 11-12, and the concluding meet in Berlin (GER) from November 15-16, 2008.

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03Oct2008

FINA 10km MSWC 2008, Overview of Race 5 (Shantou, CHN)

As reported by FINA delegate Mr. Yuan Jiawei (in lieu of FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Vice Chairman Mr. Ronnie Wong), this competition was executed smoothly and the race was small, but exciting. Swimmers raced on September 21 in the XinJin River of Shantou City. Sixteen participants (eight men and eight women) from seven nations (Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia, Chile, Latvia and Hong Kong, China) took to the water for this fifth stage of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008.

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25Sep2008

On final day of Junior Diving World Championships, China's domination continues with 4 more medals

Huian Su

The team of China held their competitive grip on the 17th FINA Junior Diving World Championships until the final day (Sunday, September 21, 2008) and the staging of the girl’s ‘B’ 3m springboard final and the final of the boy’s ‘A’ platform. The winner of the girl’s event was Lin Qu in 437.45 total points, followed by her compatriot Wanying He, who took silver with 410.25 total points. The bronze went to Anabelle Smith in 372.65 points and gave team Australia another medal to take home.

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22Sep2008

Two more golds for China in girls 'A' platform on Day 5 of Junior Diving World's, a bronze for Japan

Risa Asada

Girl's 'A' platform final (competitors born 1990, 1991, 1992)
China’s sweep of gold at the 17th FINA Diving World Championships in Aachen (GER) continued on Day 5 (Saturday, September 20, 2008) when Ni Chen (CHN) won the girl’s ‘A’ platform event with a total score of 484.70. Her compatriot Han Wang (CHN) took silver with a total of 476.50, and the bronze went to Japan’s only medallist so far at these Championships, Risa Asada (JPN) with a total of 483.05.

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21Sep2008

Boy’s ‘B’ springboard on Day 5 of Junior Diving World’s features showdown between China and Britain

Boy's 'B' 3m springboard final (competitors aged 1993/1994)
One of the finals that took place on the fifth day (Saturday, September 20) of competition at the 17th FINA Junior Diving World Championships, the boy’s 3m springboard, saw Great Britain’s Thomas Daley cleanly defeated by China’s Dongliang Wu by a sizable margin. For Daley’s 485.25 accumulated point total, Wu reached 510.25. In third place was Peng Wang of China with a reputable score of 470.40.

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21Sep2008

China, Russia collect more hardware on Junior Diving World Championships Day 4, Daley joins the show

The fourth day (Friday, September 19) of the 17th FINA Junior Diving World Championships in Aachen (GER) bore witness to the continuation of what has become a Chinese domination of the event. In the three events contested on this day, the boy’s ‘A’ 1m springboard, boy’s ‘B’ 10m platform, and the girl’s ‘A’ + ‘B’ synchronised 3m springboard, all the gold medals on offer went to divers on the Chinese team. Even in the platform competition, which featured the young (13 years old) British diving sensation Thomas Daley, fresh from his first Olympic appearance in Beijing, it was China’s Bo Qiu who would reach the top of the podium.
 

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20Sep2008

Three more medals for next generation of Chinese divers on Day 2 of World Junior Championships

Aachen 2008

Day 2 (Wednesday, September 17, 2008) of the 17th FINA Junior Diving World Championships saw more medals go almost exclusively to young Chinese and Russian aquatic aerialists, although Canadian rising star Jennifer Abel took silver in the girl’s ‘A’ 3m springboard.

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18Sep2008

Young Chinese and Russian divers golden on Junior World Championships Day 1

Johannes Donay (GER)

The world was introduced to some of the next generation of diving greats when the first finals of the 17th FINA Junior Diving World Championships in Aachen (GER) took place September 16, 2008.

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17Sep2008

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