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World champions ready for open water action!

 

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Poliana Okimoto (BRA), Martina Grimaldi (ITA), Thomas Lurz (GER) and Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) were among those to win big at the last FINA World Championships in Barcelona, each of them capturing gold.

The World champions will be among the big names of open water swimming to attend the inaugural leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014, taking place in Viedma (ARG), on Saturday February 1.

In all, 66 swimmers (37 men and 29 women) from 14 countries will be hitting the water.

Part of this stellar line-up are Angela Maurer (GER) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), both multi-medallists in Barcelona and no strangers to 10km World Cup podiums. Maurer won the Series in 2007, 2008 and 2011 while Cunha topped the overall rankings in 2010 and 2012.

In the men's field, Thomas Lurz is the swimmer to beat. The German great is the owner of two Olympic medals (a silver and bronze), a record 20 World championships medals (12 of them gold) and is a three-time winner of the 10km World Cup (2009, 2011 and 2013). One of Lurz' ever-looming threats is Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis, two-time 10km World champion. Gianniotis edged Lurz by the slimmest of margins in the event both in Shanghai (2011) and Barcelona (2013). He also ranked first in the 10km World Cup in 2012.

The World Cup's remaining six stages will be organised in Manzanillo (MEX) on April 5, Setubal (POR) on June 28, Lac St. Jean (CAN) on July 24, Lac Magog (CAN) on July 31, Lac Megantic (CAN) on August 9, and Hong Kong (HKG) on October 4.

On Sunday February 2, FINA's second open water swimming pro circuit, the Grand Prix, will kick off with the 57km Santa Fe-Coronda race. A total 29 swimmers will take the departure.

The Grand Prix will continue in Hernandarias (ARG) on February 9, Manzanillo (MEX) on March 29, Lac St. Jean (CAN) on July 26, Lac Magog (CAN) on August 2, Ohrid Lake (MKD, dates tbc) and Capri-Napoli (ITA) on September 6.

 

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Men's World League: Europe prelims resume on February 11

 

waterpoloThe fourth round of the men's Water Polo World League preliminaries is scheduled for February 11 in various cities in Europe. Romania will face Russia in Bucarest (Group A), Greece will receive Hungary in Athens (tbc, Group B), Germany will meet Italy in Torino and Montenegro will play Slovakia in Novaky (both in Group C).

World silver medallist Montenegro (9 points), 2013 World League winner Serbia (6 points) and Hungary (5 points) currently lead their respective group.

 

all results and rankings on fina.org

 

Divers for FINA/NVC World Series announced!

 

In the spotlight

divingDivers from the world's strongest nations will be aiming high for the 2014 edition of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, kicking off on March 14 at Beijing's iconic Water Cube.

Don't miss a twist of action! Provisional startlists are available for each of the six meets: Beijing (CHN) March 14-16, Dubai (UAE) March 20-22, London (GBR) April 25-27, Moscow (RUS) May 2-4, Windsor (CAN) May 30-June 1, and Monterrey (MEX) June 6-8.


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Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

The Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA (founded in 1908) is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. Its five disciplines - Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming - are all included in the Olympic programme. FINA organises World Championships, World Swimming Championships in 25m-pool and World Masters Championships every two years. FINA counts 203 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).