FINA Newsletter - Hangzhou gears up to host the 14th Swimming World Championship


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April 11, 2018


USA claim golden double over Australia in Auckland, Super Final teams qualified



Team USA was the star last weekend in Auckland, New Zealand, has both the men and women's teams claimed the gold medal at the Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup, both defeating Australia in their respective finals.

Current Olympic and World champions the American women won with a convincing 10-7, leaving the silver medal to the Australians.

In the bonze game, Canada beat China 9-8 and Japan finished fifth with an 11-9 win against Kazakhstan.

In the men's tournament, Japan secured the bronze with a 12-7 win over Kazakhstan.

Canada claimed fifth place with a 12-6 win over the hosts, New Zealand, and seventh place went to Argentina, 6-5 winners over China.

The final rankings of the Inter-Continental Cups, which took place from April 3-8, are as follows:

MEN: 1. USA, 2. Australia, 3. Japan, 4. Kazakhstan, 5. Canada, 6. New Zealand, 7. Argentina, 8. China, 9. Saudi Arabia

WOMEN: 1. USA, 2. Australia, 3. Canada, 4. China, 5. Japan, 6. Kazakhstan, 7. New Zealand

In parallel, the European teams played their sixth and final round of the men's preliminaries last night (Tuesday April 10).

According to the rules, Montenegro, Croatia and Hungary, as well as the hosts Russia have qualified for the World League Super Final to be held in Russia (city tbc) from June 18-23, 2018. These four teams will be joined by USA, Australia, Japan, and Kazakhstan.

The women's sixth European round will be disputed on May 1. Russia and Hungary will play in Saint-Petersburg (RUS) and Spain - Netherlands will meet in Madrid (ESP).

USA, Australia, Canada and China have already secured a spot for the Super Final.


Artistic Swimming World Series to resume in Beijing


In the spotlight



After a first gather in Paris (FRA), the second leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series heads to Beijing (CHN), where the competition will be held at the Yingdong Natatorium located in the Olympic Sports Centre.

The three-day event will take place from April 20-22 in the Chinese capital, and the programme unfolds as follow:

- Technical Team
- Technical Duet
- Technical Solo
- Awards Ceremony

- Technical Mixed Duet
- Free Team
- Free Combination
- Awards Ceremony


- Free Solo
- Free Mixed Duet
- Highlights
- Free Duets
- Awards Ceremony

In Paris from March 9-11, China, Italy, Russia and Ukraine all grabbed at least one gold medal over the three-day FINA competition which integrated the annual French Open.

Russia's Varvara Subbotina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko respectively finish atop of the solo technical and solo free ranking. Subbotina scored 92.4445 points for her routine, while World champion Kolesnichenko accumulated an excellent 95.5000 points.

Japanese star Yukiko Inui was second (89.5690) in the solo technical and Yelyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine third (88.2743). Yakhno however took silver (91.5667) in the free routine and Inui claimed bronze (91.0000).

Subbotina and Kolesnishenko (RUS) were the best in the duet technical with 94.6415, while China's sisters Jiang clinched gold in the duet free in 92.5667.

The mixed events were topped by pairs from Italy (technical, 88.5930) and Russia (free, 91.9333). Detailed results of the previous meet are available here.

National Federations must participate in a minimum of four legs to be eligible for the total prize money (US$ 257'000).

Artistic Swimming World Series Calendar 2018

  • 9-11 March 2018 Montreuil (FRA)
  • 20-22 April 2018 China
  • 27-30 April 2018 Tokyo (JPN)
  • 11-13 May 2018 Samorin (SVK)
  • 18-20 May 2018 Budapest (HUN)
  • 25-27 May 2018 Madrid (ESP)
  • 30 May - 2 June 2018 Surrey BC (CAN)
  • 7-9 June 2018 Los Angeles (USA)
  • 15-17 June 2018 Syros Island (GRE)
  • 28-30 June 2018 Tashkent (UZB)


Hangzhou gears up to host the 14th Swimming World Championships


Hangzhou, known as the Zhejiang provincial capital, is an economic, cultural, science and educational hub for the region.

With a population of more than 8.8 million, Hangzhou stands out as a famous historic and cultural city and a renowned touristic city in China. Beautiful environment and picturesque scenery will set the tone for the athletes to achieve outstanding performances.

Team China's most famous swimmers such as Luo Xuejuan, Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen are set to race their best from December 11-16, 2018, when the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will take place.

Swimming is very popular with Hangzhou citizens. At the moment, there are about 300 swimming pools across the city; primary and middle schools require every student to have a good command of swimming skills. Nearly 85% of Hangzhou citizens have taken part in swimming exercise at least once in their life.

The competition venue of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be the 10,000 seat Tennis Centre at the spectacular Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Centre. A temporary competition pool and pool deck will be constructed on top of the main tennis arena.

The warm up and training pool will be located in a temporary building attached to the competition venue. The facilities will include sufficient space for athletes' preparation and team areas.

The Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Centre is only a 15-20min drive from most of the official hotels, as well as from the international airport.

Around 900 athletes from 160 nations are expected to take part in the World Championships, which will be held in conjunction with the FINA World Aquatics Convention.




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