FINA World Championships to Feature Record Number of Participating Countries, Though Athlete Participation Decreases -- July 8, 2011
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 8.
WITH one week to go for the start of the FINA World Championships 2011, to be held in Shanghai (CHN), from July 16-31, FINA is pleased to announce that a new record of countries will be established for the 14th edition of FINA's premier event. No less than 181 nations have registered for this competition, a figure that improves the previous record of 172 countries present in Rome 2009.
In terms of athletes, the 14th FINA World Championships 2011, the first ones in history to have qualifying standard times in Swimming, will be attended by around 2220 competitors (in Rome 2009, 2438 athletes were present).
During the 16-day competition, 40 finals will be held in Swimming (July 24-31), 10 in Diving (July 16-24), seven in Synchronised Swimming (July 17-23), six in Open Water Swimming (July 19-23) and two in Water Polo (July 17-30).
The venues of the 14th FINA World Championships 2011 will be located in the Oriental Sports Centre, in the Pudong area, and comprise an Indoor Stadium for Swimming and Synchronised Swimming, the Natatorium for Water Polo, and an Outdoor Pool for Diving. The Open Water Swimming events will be held in the Jinshan City Beach.
The TV production of the championships will be assured, in High Definition, by CCTV, and the images of the competition will be broadcasted in over 190 territories.
FINA Officially Files Appeal of Brazil's Decision to Not Suspend Cesar Cielo, Henrique Barbosa, Nicholas Santos and Vinicius Waked for Positive Doping Tests -- July 6, 2011
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 6. AS Swimming World reported two days ago, FINA has confirmed officially that is has appealed Brazil's decision not to suspend Cesar Cielo, Henrique Barbosa, Nicholas Santos and Vinicius Waked for positive doping tests for the masking agent furosemide.
The appeal will take place before the court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and the CAS Panel will have the final say on whether any further punishment will occur other than the loss of times from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet where the four tested positive.
FINA hopes that this arbitration can take place "within the shortest possible time," and has proposed to CAS and Brazil to expedite the proceedings. The question remains whether the arbitration can occur soon enough to make any impact on the World Championships, unless CAS decides to implement a provisional suspension for Cielo in lieu of a final decision.
As a quick refresher, Cielo, Santos, Barbosa and Waked all tested positive furosemide at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet in June. Brazil elected to only give the four warnings, the lowest punishment allowed by the FINA rule DC 10.4 regarding tests of this sort, since the four claimed it came from a contaminated supplement.
Brazil did, however, strip the four of their times from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet, which led to Barbosa and Santos being pulled from Brazil's World Championships roster. Cielo had already previously qualified for the team, and Waked had not.
Canada Cup: Michael Phelps Blazes 100 Fly, Posts World Best -- July 3, 2011
MONTREAL, Canada, July 3. NORTH Baltimore's Michael Phelps fired one more salvo before heading into final preparations for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai. Phelps clocked a top-ranked effort in this men's 100 fly during the final night of swimming at the Canada Cup this evening.
Phelps threw down the top swim in the world in the men's 100 fly with a blazing time of 51.32. That effort eclipsed the previous bellwether mark of 51.65 held by Benjamin Starke since last month. It also bettered Phelps's previously second-ranked season best of 51.75 clocked in March. Chris Brady placed second tonight in 52.77 to move to 17th in the world, while Wu Peng wound up third in 53.31.
Katerine Savard won the women's 100 fly in 58.68, off her 10th-ranked season best of 57.97 from March. Kendra Chernoff took second in 1:00.63, while Sandrine Mainville took third in 1:00.81.
Matthew Swanston captured the men's 50 back in 26.64, while Matt Patton took second in 26.67. Jeffrey Swanston finished third in 27.10. Gabrielle Soucisse snagged the women's 50 back crown in 29.77. Virginia Glover (30.10) and Jennifer Beckberger (30.13) completed the top three.
Scott Dickens posted a 2:15.70 to claim the men's 200 breast. Ashton Baumann took second in 2:17.83, while Warren Barnes earned third in 2:18.14. Ashley McGregor touched out Tera Van Beilen, 2:31.29 to 2:31.38, for the women's 200 breast title. Haylee Johnson garnered third in 2:33.57.
Brent Hayden won the men's 50 free in 22.59, while Bobby Savulich took second in 23.18. Miguel Ortiz finished third in 23.27. Ann Fittin topped the women's 50 free in 25.61, while Victoria Poon took second in 25.65. Sandrine Mainville placed third in 25.86.; dupa atatia ani 25.28, recordul mondial stabilit de Tamara Costache, mai poate fi apreciat.....
In relay action, Pascal-Hugo Cantin, Eric Cantin, Benjamin Le Maguet and Adam Szoo won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:56.02. Samantha Cheverton, Caroline Kuczynski, Ashley McGregor and Alyson Ackman claimed the women's 400 medley relay in 4:13.76.
Notice on Drugs Carried into China by Participating Teams
Participating teams do not need to make a special declaration for self-used drugs and medical equipment. They should however carry a list of self-used drugs in both Chinese and English. Please note that drugs carried into China by participating teams should be used by their own members only. After the 14th FINA World Championships, the remaining drugs should be taken back to their countries and should not be sold in China.
- Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Brochure of Shanghai 2011
- Notice on Customs Clearance of Materials Needed for Shanghai 2011
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