FINA Newsletter #9 - 5/7/14


Newsletter #9 // May 7th 2014



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women's intercontinental tournament: 8 teams in super final race






A tough competitive field awaits the 8 squads of the first-ever FINA Women's Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament, the World League qualification event for Africa, America, Asia and Oceania, taking place in Riverside, Southern California (USA) on May 19-25, 2014. The participating teams are divided in two groups, as follows:

Group A: USA, Canada, Kazakhstan, Japan
Group B: Australia, Brazil, China, Venezuela

The highest-ranked four teams will secure a berth to join the top teams from the European tournament - Spain, Russia and Italy - in the fight for top honours at the FINA Women's World League Super Final to be played in Kunshan (CHN) on June 10-15. Host China qualifies automatically for the Super Final.

Strong rivals include reigning Olympic gold medallists USA, Olympic bronze medallists Australia, defending World League champions China and 2016 Olympic Games host Brazil.



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Diving World Series 2014: World-class divers to make a splash in Windsor



AbelCANWindsor (CAN) will welcome the brightest diving stars for the penultimate leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 on May 30-June 1. Windsor hosts the event for the first time.

China's He Zi, 2012 Olympic silver medallist, currently tops the rankings in the women's 3m springboard. She's followed by team-mate Wang Han and Italy's diving icon, Tania Cagnotto. Tied in fourth place are local hope Pamela Ware and Laura Sanchez of Mexico, 2013 World bronze medallist and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, respectively.

In the women's 10m platform, Chinese Liu Huixia is so far 10 points ahead of 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia. Home favourite Meaghan Benfeito currently shares the third place with British hope Tonia Couch.

Among men, reigning World champion He Chong sits atop the 3m springboard standings but faces pressure from second-placed Illya Kvasha of Ukraine and 2013 World runner-up Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia, currently third.

In the 10m platform, 2013 Diving World Series overall winner Victor Minibaev of Russia increased his lead even more after securing a third spot at the last leg in Moscow. Ukraine's Oleksandr Bondar is currently second and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, third.

The last stop in Monterrey (MEX) on June 6-8 will decide the overall winners of the Series. At each meet, US$96,000 of prize money is reserved for the three best divers of all eight individual and synchro events. An overall prize money of US$87,000 will be divided between the top-six divers in each event, totalling US$696,000.

Don't miss the action! Download the application for iPhone and iPad (LIVE+ application @appstore) or watch the live streaming of all finals on FINAtv, both free of charge. LIVE+ is also available for Android. During the event, a live blog will be featured on the FINA website event page together with live results and statistics.



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FINA calls for World Championships (25m) and World Aquatics Convention future hosts


In the spotlight

Potential host cities and countries for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and FINA World Aquatics Convention 2018 and 2020 will gather to Lausanne on May 13, 2014.

To attend the meeting are representatives from the following cities and countries: Astana (KAZ), Copenhagen (DEN), Hangzhou (CHN), Tokyo (JPN), Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Doha (QAT) will stage the Championships and Convention in December of this year, while Windsor (CAN) will host these events in 2016.











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