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Super Final 2011 (Women): Unstoppable USA claims incredible sixth World League crown

TIANJIN, China (June 19) - United States of America continued its domination of the FINA Women’s World League crown with an incredible sixth title against Italy in the gold-medal final at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool this evening. The USA escaped the doldrums and a 7-7 tie inside the final five minutes to win 9-7. The top-of-the-dais effort means the North Americans have won all the major events for the last two years — 2009 World Championships, 2010 World Cup and three successive World Leagues — and is an ominous sign leading up to next year’s London Olympic Games. The only time in the eight editions of the World League that the USA did not stand on the podium was in Kirishi, Russia in 2005 (finishing fifth). In 2008, Russia had the better of the USA in the final.For Brenda VILLA and Heather PETRI it was their sixth World League gold medal to go with their three Olympic medals and three FINA World Championship golds. VILLA, named to the Media All Star Team, also has World Cup gold in her collection. Betsy ARMSTRONG, voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper, secured her fourth gold medal along with Lauren WENGER, Elsie WINDES and Kameryn CRAIG. Three others took home their third golds and three more their second.

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19Jun2011

Super Final 2011 (Women): USA and Italy to battle out World League Super Final decider

TIANJIN, China (June 18) - Reigning champion United States of America will be shooting for its sixth FINA Women’s World League crown when it faces shock finalist Italy in the gold-medal final at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool tomorrow. The USA came from 4-2 down at the quarter and 6-5 at halftime to beat Australia 8-7, breaking a 7-7 deadlock with an Elsie WINDES goal inside the final three minutes.Italy repeated its mega effort of the night before when it beat Russia in a nail-biting shootout to defeat China 7-5 in the other semifinal with a scoreless final quarter. For USA it is a chance to further stamp its authority on this event while Italy is looking to go one better than its one silver (Cosenza, Italy 2006) and one bronze (Long Beach 2004). Margaret STEFFENS (USA), twice a scorer in the match with Australia, said her team took it “quarter by quarter, winning every little battle” as the match progressed. On there being no panic in the team when behind at halftime, STEFFENS said: “There was adrenalin building in you all the time. We had to be smart on defence. We knew it was going to end up a swim meet as the Australians are super fast. It comes down to who can keep going the longest. “

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18Jun2011

Shanghai Food Safety Committee is established - The Mayor orders that the most rigorous measures should be adopted

SHANGHAI, China (June 17) - Shanghai Municipal People’s Government announced on May 23 the establishment of Shanghai Food Safety Committee and promulgated Opinions on Implementation of the Work for Further Improving Food Safety of Shanghai. At a teleconference held on the same day on further improving food safety, Han Zheng, CPC Shanghai Committee Secretary and the Mayor of Shanghai made the following statement:“Food safety is of vital importance to the health and life safety of all people of the city; therefore, we have a great responsibility to adopt the most rigorous measures in business license granting, supervision, law enforcement, penalty, and accountability mechanism to make Shanghai one of China’s safest cities and relieve people of the worries.”

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17Jun2011

The 14th FINA World Championships Doping Control preparation work steadily ongoing

SHANGHAI, China (June 17) - In accordance with the anti-doping rules of FINA, doping control will be carried out at the 14th FINA World Championships. The OC has established a Doping Control Department which, under the instruction of the FINA Doping Control Commission, carries out the doping control work at the Championships. The preparation work is steadily ongoing.The doping control work will be carried out in strict accordance with the FINA DC Rules. During the Championships, a total of four doping control stations will be set up, at the indoor stadium, natatorium and outdoor diving pool of Shanghai Oriental Sports Center and open water venue in Jinshan District which will meet the standard by FINA.

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17Jun2011

Super Final 2011 (Women): Russia dumped from the World League semifinals by Italy in sudden-death penalty shootout

TIANJIN, China (June 17) - Russia did the unthinkable by losing to Italy 21-20 in a sudden-death penalty shootout to miss the semifinals of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin. The game was locked at 12-12 by fulltime after Russia missed a gift penalty attempt six seconds from fulltime forcing the shooting that went to 22 shots before a winner could be found. It was astounding, given that Italy had not won a game in the rounds and toppled the unbeaten Russians at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool.The gutsy Italians, who led 1-0 in the first and regained the lead at 8-7 and 9-8, equalised with 12 seconds remaining and gave up a penalty attempt. The win sees it play China in tomorrow’s semifinals. China, needed a penalty shootout to best Spain 13-12.In the other quarter-finals, the reigning champion United States of America beat Canada 8-6 to set up a semifinal with world No 2 Australia who beat Greece 10-8.

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17Jun2011

Setubal ready to host the 2011 edition of the FINA 10km MSWC

The 2011 edition of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup event in Setubal (POR), to take place on June 18, was formally launched with a Press Conference attended by some stars participating in the race, by the Mayor of Setubal Maria das Dores Meira, by the President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation and FINA Bureau Member Paulo Frischknecht, and by the FINA Delegate Noam Zvi.South African legend and Olympic athlete Natalie Du Toit explained that it was the first time she was competing in Setubal, and revealed her “anxiety to know the place and feel the temperature of the water”.Brazil’s Victor Simoes will also make its debut in Portuguese waters and expressed his optimism in terms of the organisation: “Some swimmers who have been here year last year showed me some videos of the event and I know that the level is quite good”.

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17Jun2011

Super Final 2011 (Women): USA and Russia win groups ahead of World League quarter-finals

TIANJIN, China (June 16) - Reigning champion United States of America and world No 4 Russia have topped the groups after on day-three action at the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin tonight. Playing before another large crowd at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool, the USA slipped into top place after a shock 11-10 sudden-death, penalty-shootout victory by Greece.It was a rare win for the Greeks over the USA and the game was a rare event in itself with USA winning the first period 4-0, Greece winning the second 4-0 and the USA throwing three consecutive goals after Greece went 5-4 ahead. Greece closed normal time with the only two goals of the final quarter. Both teams converted three shots in the regular rotation but it came down to sudden death where Stavroula ANTONAKOU scored but goalkeeper Eleni KOUVDOU blocked Kelly RULON’s attempt.Greek captain Kyriaki LIOSI praised her goalkeeper. “She was very good and caught everything. We didn’t start very well.” On what was said at quarter time: “We must be strong. We must solve the problems and we must score. We did that.”

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16Jun2011

Super Final 2011 (Women): USA impressive in 8-5 win over China

TIANJIN, China (June 15) - Reigning champion United States of America looked impressive against world No 3 China on day-two action at the FINA Women’s World League Super Final in Tianjin tonight. Playing in the impressive Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool in front of 700 people, USA took a 4-2 halftime lead to 8-3 against a jaded-looking China.Chinese head coach Juan JANE GIRALT said the tournament was tough “with the best eight teams in the world here”. “To play up approximately with the USA and Australia we need to play normal. The solutions are technical. Perhaps I am not selling my ideas very well. We are not creating opportunities very well.”For USA mastermind Adam KRIKORIAN it was a margin he did not expect. “To beat a team like that by four goals means it must have been an aberration (by them).” He was pleased with his defence — “the five-man defence and the half-court defence”. “Our goalkeeper (Tumuaialii ANAE) played well and I think we were a little too passive once ahead.

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15Jun2011

WPWL 2011: Brand new stadium hosts Women’s Water Polo Super Final

TIANJIN, China (June 14) - The pecking order for women’s water polo at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai next month is this week taking a turn in Tianjin, east of Beijing. The FINA Women’s Water Polo Super Final started at the fantastic, newly opened Tianjin Olympic Centre Swimming & Diving Pool today.The complex, which can house up to 5000 spectators in this city of 13 million people, was opened just a month ago and is staging its first FINA event. The city previously held the 2006 FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup.Making an impression on day one was host team China in what is the team’s hometown. World No 3 China thrilled a large crowd with a last-gasp 9-8 victory over Greece to take the early lead in Group A. The champion of the past two years, United States of America, closed out Italy 9-6 after being 2-1 down in the first quarter.

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14Jun2011

Shanghai 2011 - Tickets

Tickets for the FINA World Championships 2011 in Shanghai can be booked in advance in three different ways, or can be purchased directly at the booth in Shanghai. Please note that if you decide to book tickets in advance, you will need to pick them up at one of the tickets booths in Shanghai (see addresses below).Ticket Prices

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06Jun2011

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