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Synchro stars of the world to gather in Madrid

The final information bulletin has been issued for the 3rd FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, which will be held from December 5-7, 2008 in Madrid (ESP) at the facility “Centro de Natacion M-86 C”. The World Trophy welcomes the best synchronised swimmers in the world, who will compete with superb presentations in duet, team and free combination for the enjoyment of all those following the event. Focused solely on the artistic aspect of synchronised swimming, the FINA World Trophy brings a spectacular dimension to this discipline by creating more emotion regarding the final result, thus providing an added-value to the TV viewers and spectators.

Synchro World Trophy (2006 - 2016) 2015
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14Nov2008

Great finale predicted for the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Berlin

Robert Hurley

Swimmers from 32 nations will participate in the seventh and last meet of the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, to be held in Berlin (GER) on November 15-16. Included in this group are five Olympic champions, nine World Record holders, 12 World and 14 European gold medallists of recent years. Another big attraction of this final leg of the World Cup will be the fight for first place in the overall ranking of the competition, among both men and women.

Swimming World Cup 2008
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14Nov2008

Stockholm ends with 50m back WR for Marshall (USA) and 50m fly WR for Alshammar (SWE)

Peter Marshall (USA)

Peter Marshall (USA) continued to surprise in the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, with a new World Record in the second and final day of the sixth meet of the series in Stockholm (SWE). After shining in the 100m backstroke on Day 1 (WR of 49.94), the US swimmer repeated the feat in the 50m backstroke, with a winning time of 23.05. This performance improves the former World Record of the event, also established in this World Cup by Robert Hurley (AUS) in Sydney with 23.24. The Australian finished third (23.36) in Stockholm, behind Randall Bal (USA), second in 23.07 (also under the former WR).

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12Nov2008

World Records for Van der Burgh and Marshall in Stockholm

Cameron van der Burgh was, once more, the swimmer to watch in this FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2008. On the first day of the sixth leg of the competition, in Stockholm (SWE), the South African star bettered his own 50m breaststroke World Record, touching in 25.94. On November 8, 2008 in Moscow (the previous meet of the circuit), Burgh had clocked 26.08 and has now become the first swimmer ever under 26 seconds in this distance. It was the fifth World Record of this World Cup, and the third for Van der Burgh (he also established the 100m breaststroke world best mark in Moscow). Furthermore, this performance gave him 1073 points, the best men’s outcome of the first day of competition in the Swedish capital.

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11Nov2008

Cameron van der Burgh and Valentina Artemyeva - swimmers of the World Cup Moscow meet

Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) set another world record in the 100m breaststroke (56.88) and it was fantastic show: the swimmer lowered by 0.59 the previous mark of 57.47 owned by Ed Moses. This outstanding performance also made Van der Burgh the winner of Moscow competition and gave him (together with the bonus points awarded for a world record) 65 points and 20 000 USD of additional prize money.
“I’m gonna invest my money now,” Van der Burgh said after the race. “I think it would be a correct decision.”
“I was only 4th in the overall rank before this meet but now my results are somewhat higher. I know one thing very well - don't stop at the top,” he added.

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09Nov2008

World and European records fall on Day 1 of World Cup in Moscow

One world and one European record were set during the first day of FINA Swimming World Cup in Moscow.
Cameron van der Burgh, who already took part in two World Cup events (Durban, South Africa and Singapore) before coming to Russia, clocked 26.08 for 50m breaststroke. Although the swimmer garnered the best points score both in South Africa and Singapore (50), he has not gotten into the top-three positions in the overall ranking because of his lack of participation in more of the World Cup events.
In any case, in Moscow Van der Burgh got 20 bonus points for his record-breaking swim.

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08Nov2008

Day 2 in Singapore – Mellouli (TUN) with two more gold in the 200m and 1500m free

Mellouli (TUN)

As with the previous three legs of the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, the Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli (TUN) showed his talent once more in the free and medley events. On the second and final day in Singapore (SIN), the fourth rendezvous of the competition, Mellouli got two more victories in the men’s 1500m free (15:06.05, faster than New Zealand’s Matt Woodrow 15:07.81) and in the 200m free – a win in 1:44.47, better than Australian Nicholas Frost (1:44.47) and Brazilian Rodrigo Castro (1:45.64). In Singapore, the Tunisian got six medals, including four gold. Overall, the Tunisian has now 18 victories in the 2008 World Cup, including all the triumphs in the 200m free, 1500m free and 400m IM since the start of the current series in Belo Horizonte (BRA).

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02Nov2008

Day 1 in Singapore - One World Cup record for Hurley (AUS) in the men’s 100m back

SWC 2008

The first day of the fourth leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2008 in Singapore re-confirmed the consistent evolution of the performances in this competition – eight best times of the year were established (in 17 events), with the men’s events being more successful (six best times). Moreover, four continental records were bettered: two for Africa, one for Asia and one for Oceania. Finally, in comparison with the first edition of the World Cup in Singapore (in 2007), the winners’ performances were better in 13 distances (out of 17), again most notably in the men's field (8 in 9).

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02Nov2008

Another world record for Australia

R. Hurley (AUS)

A man who just turned 20 a few weeks ago shocked himself with a world-record swim in the 50m backstroke at the Sydney leg of the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup tonight.
Australian Robert Hurley posted the second world record of the meet when he touched in 23.24 to clip three hundredths of a second off the mark set by Germany’s Thomas Rupprath in 2004 and post a personal best by half a second.Hurley, who trains out of the Australian Institute of Sport, said: “ I felt I was going fast but not a 23 low.”
Hurley arrived at the pool early in the evening and said it took him 20 minutes to get his suit on. “It’s the first time I’ve worn the full body suit and I was looking for a fast time. It made me feel really good under water.”

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26Oct2008

New Aussie breaks 50m butterfly world record

Jaukovic (AUS)

The best was saved to last when newly naturalised Australian Matt Jaukovic smashed the world record for the 50m butterfly at the Australian leg of the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup meet at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.
The former Montenegrin junior international was competing in his first meet for Australia and blitzed the field with a thundering first length, clipping one tenth of a second off Brazilian Kaio Almeida’s mark of 22.60 set nearly three years ago.
Jaukovic (22), has been coming to Australia for three and a half years, staying with an aunty and uncle and decided to stay to pursue a double economics and law degree at Sydney University.

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25Oct2008

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