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Jun 17 18

Syros Day 2: Italian stars win Mixed Duet

by ZwemZa

Budapest 2017 world champions, from Italy, Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini, won another gold medal at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, in the Mixed Duet Technical, this time at the 9th leg of the circuit, taking place in Syros (GRE).

In the final that concluded the second day of the event, the pair from Italy performed a striking programme, scored 88.4095 points, managed to climb to the highest march of the podium, and successfully continued their preparation for the European championships where, as they said, they are targeting gold.

The silver medal went to the Japanese stars Atsushi Abe and Yumi Adachi, concluding in 86.5930, while Spain’s Berta Ferreras and Pau Ribes (81.4541) took bronze.

The team of Mexico

The gold medal in the Team Free Routine was earned by the Mexicans, as in the Technical Routine on Friday (87.3667). Silver was bagged by France with 85.3000 and Greece took bronze (84.8667).

Mexico, reaching the five gold medals in the event, was again the strongest nation in the Solo Free Routine, with Nuria Diosdado Garcia triumphing in 84.6333. “We are very happy to be here in beautiful Syros and we are having these important duels against France and Greece, with which we always have strong competition”, Diosdado said.

Eve Planeix from France (84.3000) took the silver medal. The bronze medal went to junior Hellenic star Anna Maria Taxopoulou, with a score of 82.1000.

The show, however, was stolen by legendary 39-year-old American Bill May (the man who fought, like no one else, to get men into Artistic Swimming). He chose to swim in Solo Free Routine with the colours of his club, Santa Clara, and was unofficially first – 89.2000 points by the judges. “Everything is perfect. I am very happy with the way the public welcomed me, but also with the beauty of Syros and Greece in general”.

Highlight Routine podium

The French National Team was the most impressive in the Highlight Routine, the final that had opened the second day of competition. France got 84.000 points, comfortably getting the lead. The silver went to the girls of Uzbekistan (75,6333).

The detailed results can be found also on the link:

Giannis Korakis

Jun 17 18

Meder, Binedell claim silverware in Monaco

by ZwemZa

Rebecca Meder (Sascoc)

Martin Binedell claimed his second medal of the Mare Nostrum Monaco leg as the final day came to a close today, Sunday, 17th June 2018.

Binedell’s time of 2:08.31 secured him the second place on the medal podium behind Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov, who claimed the gold in 2:00.24 and ahead of Hong Kong’s Yau Ming Cheung who walked away with the bronze in 2:08.99.

Chase Rayment finished 8th in 2:15.39.

Rebecca Meder was over the moon with her bronze medal performance in the 400m freestyle, clocking 4:17.34 behind China’s Wenxin Bi in 4:12.41 and Hong Kong’s Nam Wai Ho in 4:16.35.

Meder also concluded the 200m individual medley in fourth place in 2:18.63, while Alaric Basson ended the 100m breaststroke in 7th position with a time of 1:02.55.

Kerryn Herbst and Olivia Nel finished the 100m backstroke B Finals in 5th and 6th place in 1:05.72 and 1:05.87, while Aimee Canny and Lindsay Mcleod ended 3rd and 7th in the 100m freestyle B Finals in 58.18 and 58.92, respectively.

In the B Finals of the 200m freestyle, Matthew Bosch finished in 6th place with a time of 1:54.40.

The South African swimming team will now move to Italy for the Treviso Swim Cup, which will take place on 22nd and 23rd June 2018.

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

Jun 16 18

Binedell amongst the medals in Monaco

by ZwemZa

Martin Binedell of South Africa in the heats of the mens 4x100m medley relay during day 17 of the FINA World Championships at Duna Arena on July 30, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

The young and talented South African swimming team showcased their incredible passion for the sport during the final leg of the 39th annual Mare Nostrum Series at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, today, Saturday, 16th June 2018.

It was bronze for Martin Binedell in the 100m backstroke, clocking 56.83 behind Russia’s Nikita Ulyanov in 56.80 and Austria’s Bernhard Reistshammer in 56.62, while Chase Rayment concluded the B Finals in fourth place in 59.56.

Binedell also managed a 4th place finish in the 50m backstroke in 26.74, ahead of Rayment in 7th place with a time of 28.12.

Rebecca Meder Women 1500 LC Meter Freestyle during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Rebecca Meder just missed out on a medal in the 400m individual medley when she finished 4th in 4:49.69 and later on concluded the 200m freestyle in 5th place with a time of 2:04.32, while in the freestyle B Finals, Lindsay Mcleod finished fifth in 2:08.12.

Megan Tully was 8th in the 200m backstroke in 2:21.54.

In the B Finals of the 200m breaststroke, Alaric Basson came in first with a time of 2:16.56, and concluded the evening with a fourth place in the B Finals of the 50m breaststroke in 28.50.

In the 100m butterfly B Finals, Khwezi Duma swam to a 6th position in 1:04.95 and finished the 50m butterfly B Finals in 8th place in 29.45, behind Olivia Nel in 29.12 and Kerryn Herbst in 29.23.

Nel and Herbst also took to the water in the 50m backstroke B Final and finished 6th and 7th in 30.06 and 30.87, respectively, while Nel participated in the B Finals of the 50m freestyle and touched the wall in 8th place in 27.68 behind Aimee Canny in 5th place in 26.77.

The Mare Nostrum Series concludes tomorrow, after which the South African swimming team will move to Italy for the Treviso Swim Cup on 22nd and 23rd June 2018.

Supplied by Swimming South Africa


Jun 16 18

Gear down for sixth annual Cold Water Swim Classic at Marina Martinique

by ZwemZa

The first ever JBay Cold Water Classic was held at Marina Martinique in 12.5 degree water. (Dirk Erasmus)

SPEEDO . . . GOGGLES . . . SWIM CAP . . .

Don your winter woollies this July and join top South African and local open water swimmers for the sixth annual Cold Water Swim Classic at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay at 09:30 on July 8.

Presented by Nicholas Melck, the icy swim has become one of the core events on the JBay Winterfest calendar. With water temperatures ranging from 11 degrees Celsius to a warm 14 degrees Celsius, this extreme event is the only recognised cold water swim in the Eastern Cape.

Swimmers competing in the Mile or Double Mile event can either wear a wetsuit or compete according to channel rules and wear only a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap.

Those taking to the water in the Mile, must be 9 years and older, while those competing in the Double Mile event must be 12 years and older.

Those competing in the Triple Mile event, which is an official qualifying swim for the notorious Robben Island Crossing, are only allowed to wear a speedo.

To qualify to compete, swimmers must be 14 years and older.

Marina Martinique is known as one of the best open water swim venues in the world. The venue is also home to the South African Open Water Swim Champs.

Swimmers can enter online Late entries will be accepted on the day of the event.

Kouga Express

Jun 16 18

#HappyFathersDay: ‘My dad is my best friend’ – Chad Le Clos

by ZwemZa

SA swimming champ Chad le Clos with his father, Bert. (IOL)

Olympic gold medal swimmer Chad le Clos has nothing but praise for his dad, Bert – describing him as his “plus-one”.

“I enjoy spending time with my dad. Time with him is priceless, he’s my best friend and we do everything together,” said Le Clos, who is in Italy for the 2018 Circuito Nuoto Italia. Despite not being home this year for Father’s Day tomorrow, Le Clos said his family would certainly make plans to spoil his dad.

“He taught me to never give up, that no matter how far you are behind, to always finish your best, as it could mean the difference between victory and defeat,” said Le Clos.

Some of the best times with his dad, he said, were spent over Christmas time.

“He would always come home early on December 24, and start making a huge pot of curry or stew or soup and put them into mini containers. He would then take some R20 notes as well and we would drive around Durban and hand out the food and money to those in need. He has done this for 28 years now, whether he has money or not, it’s very special for us,” said Le Clos.

He said his dad had sacrificed a lot of time to support him.

“I always appreciate his guidance and wisdom. He is always so full of energy, and he’s my best friend,” he said.


Jun 16 18

Germany’s Wellbrock and Brazil’s Cunha claim victory in Balatonfured

by ZwemZa

Ana Marcela Cunha (Fina)

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock touched home first today (Saturday June 16) in Balatonfured (HUN) on the occasion of the fourth leg of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series 2018.

The German clocked a time of 1h55m40s02 this morning and was followed by Olympic champion and Doha World Series winner Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands. The latter took silver, touching home in 1h55m57s0, after ranking fourth last weekend in Setubal (POR) and in the Seychelles on May 20. France’s Axel Reymond closed the podium four seconds later in 1h55m59s1.

In the women’s Series the competition was tough, but Brazilian star Ana Marcela Cunha showed great form and clinched gold in 2h05m53s1. Cunha ranked seventh in Portugal last weekend, took silverin the Seychelles and was fourth in the Series’s inaugural leg.

Kazan and Barcelona World champion (in the 5K event) and Setubal’s winner Haley Anderson bagged the silver medal today in 2h05m53s4, while 2016 overall Series winner Rachele Bruni of Italy stole the bronze in 2h05m54s7.

You can read a detailed news report about the race inBalatonfured here(available in the afternoon).

The 2018 circuit will next stop in Lac St Jean, Canada, on July 26 for the fifth of nine meets. Today’s races can be watched on-demand on FINAtv.

Medallists in Balatonfured (FULL RESULTS)

1.Florian Wellbrock (GER) 1h55m40s02; 2. Ferry Weertman (NED) 1h55m57s0; 3. Axel Reymond (FRA) 1h55m59s1

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 2h05m53s1; 2.Haley Anderson (USA) 2h05m53s4; 3. Rachele Bruni (ITA) 2h05m54s7

Calendar 2018

#1 – Doha (QAT) – March 17
#2 – Seychelles (SEY) – May 20
#3 – Setubal (POR) – June 9
#4 – Balatonfured (HUN) – June 16
#5 – Lac St Jean (CAN) – July 26
#6 – Lac Megantic (CAN) – August 11
#7 – Chun’An (CHN) – September 16
#8 – Taiwan (TPE) – September 22
#9 – Abu Dhabi (UAE) – November 24

Jun 16 18

Syros Day 1: Mexico grabs all gold at stake

by ZwemZa

Mexican athletes were the protagonists on the first day of the international “Hellas Beetles”, the 9th leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, at the Syros Swimming Pool, a beautiful island in Greece, in the centre of the Aegean Sea. The competition is taking place from June 15-17, 2018.

Mexicans girls won the gold medals in all three events of the day, namely in the Technical routines of the Duet, Solo and Team finals, although the Greek team was considered to be the favourite one for the win. However, Hellenic’s best athlete, Evangelia Platanioti, could not attend as she underwent an operation to solve an appendicitis.

In the first event of the programme, the Technical Duet, Karem Achach Ramirez and Nuria Diosdado Garcia from Mexico performed a beautiful routine and came first, scoring 83.6027 points.

The silver medal went to France with twins Charlotte Tremble and Laura Tremble getting 81.9575 points from the judges.

The bronze was earned by the young Greek athletes Anna Maria Taxopoulou and Georgia Vasilopoulou, who are members of the National Junior Team of Greece and will represent their country in the World Championships of the category. They scored 78.4383.

Bronze medallist Duet from Greece – Photo Solaris

Another French duet – Maureen Jenkins and Eve Planeix – scored better than the Greek duet (81.6529) and was third in the rankings, but according to the regulations, only one Duet per country can count into the official standings.

25-year-old Mexican Joana Jimenez Garcia won her first gold medal in the FINA World Series on the second event of the day, the Technical Solo with 82.9070 points. She was obviously thrilled with the result: “I’m very happy for this gold. Our preparation is focused on the Central American Games, to be held in Colombia. Our training is very hard – we are swimming a lot of hours, about 9-10 hours a day”.

French Maureen Jenkins got the silver medal with 80.2932: “We did the Duet, we came third, but we have the right to have only one duet in the ranking, but I’m glad for the Solo silver. Our next big goal is the European championship in Glasgow and I hope we are going to do the Duet. I will be there in the Solo too. So it’s going to be a very big competition for us, which is also very important for the Olympic Games that are coming. I love Syros and Greece”.

Anna Maria Taxoxoulou, from the host country, was very happy as she climbed on the third step of the podium with 79.0282.  She won three medals during the day (besides the bronze in Duet and Solo she was in the group winning silver in the Technical Team): “We did it very well and I hope we will be ready for the Junior World Championships. Our programmes are improving and I hope our efforts will be rewarded”.

The Mexicans also grabbed the gold medal in the Technical Team with 83.9287 points. For the joy of its supporters, Greece won silver with a score of 81.9300 and France got the bronze with 81.4165.

Team’s event podium – Photo Solaris

The Opening Ceremony of the event was quite impressive with the lighting of the altar by the high priestess with a torch. It was performed in accordance with the Olympic ideal, as the Municipal swimming pool of Syros is named after “Dimitrios Vikelas”, the man who revived the Olympic Games and was the first IOC President.

Giannis Korakis

Jun 16 18

Fiddes tops world series table

by ZwemZa

Louise Fiddes (Twitter)

Louise Fiddes has topped the standings in the World Para SwimmingWorld Series for the best performing female swimmer.

The 17-year-old took the title with 4,041 points across the series that incorporated legs in Italy, Sheffield and Berlin.

Canadian three-time Paralympic champion Aurelie Rivard (3,956) finished second and Netherlands’ Rio 2016 bronze medallist Chantalle Zijderveld (3,952) third.

She said: “It is shocking. There are so many athletes that are better than me. I did not expect all this to happen so quickly. I expected to come top 10 but not to win.”

Fiddes also won the junior title ahead of Zijderveld and Italy’s five-time world champion Carlotta Gilli (3,924).

The National Paralympic Committees’ title was awarded to Great Britain (15,742) who won the honour for a second year running. Netherlands (15,345) and Brazil (15,343) completed the podium.

British Para-Swimming’s National Performance Director, Chris Furber said: “We have seen some exceptional performances from our swimmer so far this year – facing difficult competition and many having to deliver performances around classification reviews.

“For Britain to top the world series rankings for a second year is not only a reflection of the hard work put in by our athletes, but also by the world class coaches and support staff we have in place.

“Louise has put in some great performances this year, taking two seconds off her PB in the 100m breaststroke in Sheffield, and earning three qualification standards for the European championships.

“With Dublin 2018 around the corner I am sure we will see more from Louise and all our other athletes.”

Daniel Dias from Brazil, and their most decorated Paralympian,  successfully defended the men’s individual series title.

The scores for the overall rankings are calculated by adding up the swimmers’ two best point scores achieved in two different World Series events.

Jun 16 18

World Series: Daniel Dias defends men’s title

by ZwemZa


Daniel Dias (Luc Percival Photography)

Daniel Dias successfully defended the men’s individual World Para Swimming World Series title, while Louise Fiddes ended top of the women’s standings following the circuit’s last event in Berlin, Germany.

The scores for the overall rankings are calculated by adding up the swimmers’ two best point scores achieved in two different World Series events.

Brazil’s most decorated Paralympian achieved his two best scores in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, and Sheffield, Great Britain to finish with a total of 4,111 points.

“It was a nice surprise to see that I won,” said Dias. “More countries participated at this year’s World Series. It was great to see this level of involvement, which made the battle for the title fiercer. I am extremely happy with this result.”

It was a Latin American podium as Colombian Rio 2016 champion Carlos Serrano finished second with 4,104 points and Chile’s Alberto Abarza third with 4,080.

The latter still celebrated as he defended the men’s S/SB 1-3 High Support Needs title. He was followed by Mexico’s world champion Diego Lopez (3,479) and USA’s Curtis Lovejoy (2,181).

US swimmer Lawrence Sapp (3,615) took top spot among the juniors. Iceland’s Robert Isak Jonsson (3,608) and Hong Kong’s Ka Chun Hui (3,571) collected silver and bronze respectively.

Teenage talent tops women’s standings

Great Britain’s Fiddes has confirmed she is one of the rising stars on the international scene by taking the women’s title with 4,041 points. The 17-year-old shone in Sheffield and Berlin.

“So proud; I cannot believe I won,” Fiddes said. “It is shocking. There are so many athletes that are better than me. I did not expect all this to happen so quickly. I expected to come top 10 but not to win.”

Canadian three-time Paralympic champion Aurelie Rivard (3,956) ended second and Netherlands’ Rio 2016 bronze medallist Chantalle Zijderveld (3,952) third.

Fiddes also won the junior title ahead of Zijderveld and Italy’s five-time world champion Carlotta Gilli (3,924).

Singapore’s only Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu (3,669) won the women’s S/SB 1-3 High Support Needs title. Brazil’s Edenia Garcia (3,461) came in second and USA’s Leanne Smith (2,523) third.

Team success for Great Britain

The National Paralympic Committees’ title was awarded to Great Britain (15,742). Netherlands (15,345) and Brazil (15,343) completed the podium.

Full rankings are available on World Para Swimming’s website.


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