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PR52 - Team USA tops the rankings, but swimmers from 18 countries win medals

Yesterday witnessed the completion of the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which was held at the indoor swimming complex of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico from July 8-13, 2008. In the women’s field, distance queen Elena Sokolova (RUS) and medley-ace Dagny Knutson (USA) were among the three best swimmers with three individual wins each, along with the well-rounded Daniel Bell (NZL), who matched their achievement in the men’s field. Meanwhile, butterfliers Natsuki Akiyama (JAP) and Grace Loh (AUS) amongst women, and middle and long-distance freestylers Danila Izotov (RUS), Krzysztof Pielowski (POL) and breaststroker Daniel Sliwinski (GBR) were the other multiple individual winners amongst men, with two victories each. Needless to say, it was the spectacular performances of these young stars that were very often the focus of the event.
Overall, the USA was the best team, both in terms of medals and in the team rankings resulting from the point system. American superiority came mainly from their strong female team, which conquered as many as 17 medals out of an overall total of 21, including 8 gold (9), 5 silver (6) and 4 bronze (6). Russia was second (7, 2, 4) while New Zealand, for once ahead of Australia, was third with 5 gold. In terms of total medals, Japan was third with 12, Australia and Italy fourth with 10 each. Germany won the most silver (7) while Canada took most bronze (6). As for the points, the USA won the Combined Team Scores, with 820.50, ahead of Japan (634), Russia (585), Canada (528.5), Great Britain (431), Germany (402.5), Italy (386), Poland (315.5), Australia (273), France (240), and New Zealand (192). These Championships were a great display of elite competitive swimming from the sport’s up-and-coming international champions, although some of the participants, including Bell and Izotov, have already qualified for Beijing. Each day of the competition saw many Championships records broken in all stages of the event, from preliminaries to the finals. Several times, such as in the men’s 800m freestyle and the women’s 200m backstroke, all the medallists finished under the previous record. Further outstanding swimmers at these Championships include multi-butterfly medallists Silvia Di Pietro (ITA) and Yui Miyamoto (JPN), Bell’s arch-rival Ivan Lendjer (SRB), backstroker Elizabeth Pelton (USA), and Orinoco Faamausili (NZL), who won the 50m freestyle in 22.37 and was expected to take the 100m as well, but sadly had to bow-out due to illness. With successful completion of the second edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, the event has taken-off in every regard: participation, world representation, and excellence of performances.

MEDAL TABLE BY COUNTRY

Country
Gold 
Silver
Bronze
Total

1
USA
9
6
6
21

2
RUS
7
2
4
13

3
NZL
5
-
-
5

4
AUS
4
4
2
10

5
GBR
4
2
2
8

6
ITA
3
5
2
10

7
JPN
3
3
6
12

8
POL
2
1
3
6

9
GER
1
7
1
9

10
FRA
1
2
2
5

11
RSA
1
-
-
1

12
SRB
-
3
1
4

13
CAN
-
2
6
8

14
BLR
-
1
1
2

15
BRA
-
1
1
2

16
GRE
-
1
-
1

17
VEN
-
-
2
2

18
SWE
-
-
1
1

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14Jul2008

PR51 - Russia takes all the gold at home, in St. Petersburg

Russia won the four events – solo, duet, team and free combination – of the 11th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships taking place in St. Petersburg from July 8-13, 2008, thus confirming its superiority in the discipline. At home, and in the first pool in the world constructed only for synchronised swimming activities, Anna Udovik was the local star, getting the title in three events (she was a reserve swimmer in the free combination). Born in 1990, she won the solo in a total of 87.416, then she paired with Elena Ternovskaya for the duet title (86.541) and finally she triumphed in the team event, along her other seven teammates, in 86.306. The competition, attended by 188 athletes from 26 countries, had six nations on the podium – besides leading Russia, Canada, China, Greece, Japan and Spain also got medals in St. Petersburg. In this regard, China confirmed its evolution in synchro, by taking two silver, in the team (Japan was third) and free combination (with Greece getting the bronze) events. In solo and duet, Canada was respectively second and third, while Ona Carbonell (ESP) took the bronze in solo and Yukiko Inui/Mariko Sakai (JPN) obtained the silver in duet. Medallists in St. Petersburg: Solo – 1. Anna Udovik (RUS), 87.416; 2. Chloe Isaac (CAN), 85.685; 3. Ona Carbonell (ESP), 84.827 Duet – 1. Elena Ternovskaya/Anna Udovik (RUS), 86.541; 2. Yukiko Inui/Mariko Sakai (JPN), 84.713; 3. Jo-Annie Fortin/Chloe Isaac (CAN), 83.963 Team – 1. Russia, 86.306; 2. China, 83.708; 3. Japan, 83.518 Free Combination – 1. Russia, 94.900; 2. China, 93.200; 3. Greece, 91.800 Participating countries (26) in St. Petersburg: AUT, BLR, BRA, CAN, CHN, CZE, EGY, ESP, FRA, GBR, GER, GRE, ITA, JPN, KAZ, MAC, MAS, MEX, RUS, SUI, THA, TPE, UKR, USA, UZB, VEN.

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14Jul2008

PR50 - Young stars will shine in St. Petersburg (RUS) from July 9-13

Around 210 athletes from 26 nations will participate in the 11th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, taking place in St. Petersburg (RUS) from July 9-13, 2008. This is the third time this event is held in Russia, after the editions of 1997 also in St. Petersburg and 2004 in Moscow.At home, the Russian swimmers will try to maintain their domination in the discipline, after their successful participation in the 2006 Championships in Guangzhou (CHN), where they only lost the title in the solo event to China’s Huang Xuechen. Number one in the world hierarchy, Russia will certainly send a talented group of athletes to perform at home – many of the confirmed stars at the senior level (for example, world champion Natalia Ishchenko or the duet Olympic and world gold medallist formed by Anastasia Ermakova and Anastasia Davydova) also made their debut at the World Junior Championships. Other traditional strong countries in the discipline, such as Spain, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy or Greece will also send their best representatives to the competition, the last major FINA event before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.The FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming World Championships are contested by athletes aged between 15 and 18 years old and are held every two years. Previous editions took place in: Cali (COL, 1989 and 1999), Salerno (ITA, 1991), Leeds (GBR, 1993), Bonn (GER, 1995), St. Petersburg (RUS, 1997), Seattle (USA, 2001), Montreal (CAN, 2002), Moscow (RUS, 2004) and Guangzhou (CHN, 2006).

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08Jul2008

PR49 - Hundreds of top young swimmers from across the globe unite in Monterrey

Tomorrow the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2008 commence in Monterrey (MEX) with the participation of 588 young stars from 69 countries. This is a marked increase from the attendees at the first edition of the championships (held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August, 2006), where 480 athletes from 61 countries took part. Competition will run for six days from July 8-13. The event, which is organised by the Mexican Swimming Federation and the Government of Nuevo Leon, will be held at the brand new Aquatic Center (50m) at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Competitors are between 14-17 years of age for girls, and between 15-18 years of age for boys. Anticipation has been growing over the last week as swimming delegations from more and more countries arrive in the northeastern Mexican city. The already prevalent swimming nations of Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Poland, Russia and of course Mexico, are sending particularly large (20+) groups of swimmers as they seek to use the Championships as an opportunity to gauge and foster their young talented swimmers, some of whom are Olympians and World Champions of the future.At the final press conference before the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which took place on July 5, the organising bodies thanked each other for making the competition a reality. In attendance was the President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, Javier Careaga, Melody Falco, the Director of the Sports and Physical Culture State Institute of Nuevo Leon, Jaime Vallejo, the Sports Director of the University of Nuevo Leon, and the Director of the Aquatic Center, René Salgado, along with the participation of Mexican athletes Ramiro Ramirez y Lourdes Villaseñor.Ms. Falco explained that it was an honour to be part of the organisation committee for such an important event: “It is a true pleasure to have the honour of hosting FINA’s most important executives and the different countries visiting our city”. Also, Mr. Vallejo stated that he was proud to show-off the facilities that will hold this World Championships, the programme of which includes all the Olympic events, plus 50m races for all strokes and the 800m and 1500m freestyle for girls and boys. This competition is also part of the festivities of FINA’s 100 year celebration.The Junior World Championships are still a new event on the FINA competition roster, as this is only the second edition. They are no less important however, for the advancement of international swimming as they target young, elite FINA athletes worldwide and give them a chance to gain international recognition early in their careers. The experience they have in Monterrey will motivate them to pursue and achieve their higher athletic ambitions, thus fostering the sport’s development. In the words of President Mustapha Larfaoui, “They [the participants] can share their passion for elite competition upon their return to their respective countries, thus bringing fresh dynamics to their clubs and sporting environments.”

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07Jul2008

PR48 - Gomez and Kamrau-Corestein win amongst an experienced field

Some big names in the world of open water prevailed in the fourth race of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008 on July 5 in Capri-Napoli, Italy. The course was 36km and the competition welcomed 22 swimmers (11 men and 11 women), many of whom are internationally-recognised. Prize money for the event was US$20,000.
Taking gold in the men’s field was the ever-impressive Stéphane Gomez (FRA) in a time of 7.33.46. Gomez is no stranger to the FINA podium, having won his first medal (a bronze) at the 2001 FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup. Since then, many more have followed. With this win, Gomez has his third medal for the 2008 Grand Prix series, having taken silver behind Petar Stoychev (BUL) in Races 1 and 2, which were held in Santa Fe and Rosario (ARG) respectively. In the women’s field, Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) was triumphant in 7.56.26. Having medalled in FINA open water World Cups almost consistently since 1999, she too is famous for her achievements in this demanding discipline. With this victory, Kamrau-Corestein stole the gold from the great Natalia Pankina (RUS), who has won the first three races of the 2008 Grand Prix series. The complete medallists are as follows: MEN1. Stéphane Gomez (FRA) 7h33m46s2. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) 7h36m33s3. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG) 7h46m21sWOMEN1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 7h56m26s2. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 8h01m21s3. Stefanie Biller (GER) 8h05m45sThe FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix is one of the two new long-distance swimming competition series’ launched by FINA in 2007 (the other is the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup). These two series’ replace the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup contested since 1993/1994. The Grand Prix competition is designed for open water swimming races of and above 15km. The next race for the 2008 series will take place on July 13 in Sabac (SRB).
THE 2008 FINA OPEN WATER SWIMMING GRAND PRIX (GP)in few linesDates & Sites
(1) Race GP No 1 - February 3, 2008 - Maraton Acuatica Rio Coronda in Santa Fe (ARG), 57km(2) Race GP No 2 - February 9, 2008 - Rosario (ARG), 15km(3) Race GP No 3 - February 16, 2008 - Viedma (ARG), 15km (4) Race GP No 4 - July 5, 2008 - Marathon del Golfo Capri-Napoli (ITA), 36km(5) Race GP No 5 - July 13, 2008 - Sabac Swim Marathon (SRB), 19 km(6) Race GP No 6 - July 19, 2008- Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon (MKD), 30km(7) Race GP No 7 - July 26, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac St. Jean, Roberval (CAN), 32km(8) Race GP No 8 - August 2, 2008 - Traversée Internationale du Lac Magog (CAN), 34km(9) Race GP No 9 – October 18, 2008 - XVII Sumidero Canyon Swimming Marathon in Chiapas (MEX), 15km2008 MEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG)(2) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 3. Damian Blaum (ARG)(3) 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL); 2. Andrea Volpini (ITA); 3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) (4) 1. Stéphane Gomez (FRA); 2. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA); 3. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)2008 WOMEN’S PODIUMS(1) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Edith Van Dijk (NED); 3. Laura La Piana (ITA) (2) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Esther Nuñez (ESP); 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA)(3) 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 2. Annegret Braun (GER); 3. Marianela Mendoza (ARG)(4) 1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER); 2. Natalia Pankina (RUS); 3. Stefanie Biller (GER)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)

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07Jul2008

PR47 - Golden day for Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) and Valerio Cleri (ITA)

The third leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series of 2008, which took place on Saturday, June 28 in Setubal, Portugal, resulted in gold medals for Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) in the women’s race and Valerio Cleri (ITA) in the men’s competition. Cunha completed the Setubal Bay course in 2:06:04, while Cleri finished in 1:52:46.80. The complete medallists are as follows:MEN1. Valerio Cleri (ITA) 1:52:46.802. Thomas Lurz (GER) 1:54:10.953. Yuri Kudinov (RUS) 1:55:12.55WOMEN1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 2:06:042. Angela Maurer (GER) 2:06:083. Andreina Pinto (VEN) 2:06:09Evidently, the final stretch for victory in the women’s race was very close, while the top-three for the men finished about a minute apart. All three of these women’s medallists will be competing in the inaugural Olympic 10km marathon swim in Beijing in late-August, while Cleri and Lurz will be among the first male open water Olympians. This win represents Cleri’s second gold medal in the 2008 World Cup series, after he prevailed in the first leg, which took place in Santos (BRA) on January 26. It is also an improvement from his bronze-medal finish in Dubai (UAE) on March 15 when the second stop of the Series took place. Lurz meanwhile, as the gold medal winner in Dubai, now has two medals in this Series. Finally, with her silver-medal finish in Portugal, Maurer secured her second World Cup medal, as she also won bronze in the women’s field in Santos (BRA).The next stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008 series will take place on July 24, 2008 at Lac St. Jean, Canada. Subsequent races will be held on September 14 in Singapore (SIN), September 21 in Shantou (CHN), September 28 in Hong Kong (HKG), and October 11 in Cancun (MEX).THE 2008 FINA 10 KM MARATHON SWIMMING WORLD CUP 2008 In few lines Dates & Sites Race 1 – January 26 - Santos, BRARace 2 – March 15 - Dubai, UAERace 3 – June 28 - Setubal, PORRace 4 – July 24 - Lac St. Jean, CANRace 5 – September 14 - Singapore, SINRace 6 – September 21 - Shantou, CHNRace 7 – September 28 - Hong Kong, HKGRace 8 – October 11 - Cancun, MEX
2008 MEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Valerio Cleri (ITA); 2. Evgeny Drattsev (RUS); 3. Allan Do Carmo (BRA)(2) 1. Thomas Lurz (GER); 2. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS); 3. Valerio Cleri (ITA)(3) 1. Valerio Cleri (ITA); 2. Thomas Lurz (GER); 3. Yuri Kudinov (RUS)
2008 WOMEN’S PODIUMS
(1) 1. Larissa Ilchenko (RUS); 2. Kirsten Groome (USA); 3. Angela Maurer (GER)(2) 1. Poliana Okimoto (BRA); 2. Aurélie Muler (FRA); 3. Martina Grimaldi (ITA) (3) 1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA); 2. Angela Maurer (GER); 3. Andreina Pinto (VEN)

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30Jun2008

PR46 - Serbia wins the World League over USA, giving it its 4th-straight title

The 7th edition of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League concluded yesterday with Serbia beating the USA by 7-3 to win the Super Final tournament (June 16-22 in Genova, Italy). With this victory, Serbia has won four-straight World League titles, having triumphed in 2005, 2006, 2007 and now 2008. Exhibiting team spirit and overall strength; from defence to attack, from individual to collective skills, from strategy to tactics, Serbia showed it is on-course for the Olympics by winning this tournament. The silver-medal for USA is also a prestigious achievement, considering it represents the USA’s best-ever World League placement, and that only two other teams (besides Serbia) have won the World League: Russia in 2002 and Hungary in 2003 and 2004.Third-place was reserved for Australia, which successfully defended its bronze-medal of 2007 by beating a disappointing Montenegro 8-7. Montenegro, a newcomer on the international scene, seemed poised to win the game when it was leading 7-5 with less than three minutes to the conclusion of the game. But its lead was dramatically overturned when Australia proceeded to score three-straight unanswered goals at the bitter end of the match. This win gives Australia its third consecutive World League bronze. The match for the 5th–6th-place between Canada and Spain was well played and balanced, with both teams answering each other's goals. This balance was reflected by the score at half, 6-6 (3-3 both in the 1st and the 2nd periods). In the 3rd quarter the score stayed even until Canada took the lead (8-7) through an extra-man goal scored with 1:08 left in the period. In the last quarter, the young Spaniards showed excellent co-ordination and sharp shooting skills to score three times, to Canada’s one and win the game 9-10. Also, in the match for the 7th–8th place, Italy defeated Greece 11-7. After losing the first quarter 0-1, Italy triumphed by taking command of the central quarters, which they won 4-3 and 4-0 respectively. The last quarter was tied 3-3.The final standing of the 2008 World League was as follows: 1. SERBIA, 2. USA, 3. AUSTRALIA, 4. MONTENEGRO, 5. SPAIN, 6. CANADA, 7. ITALY, 8. GREECE, 9. CHINA, 10. EGYPT.Nineteen National Teams, the highest number ever, participated in the 2008 League, which was played in two rounds: the preliminary tournaments, where continental groups played-off in six countries (between May 23-June 8), and the Super Final in Genova, Italy. Seventeen National Teams competed in the preliminaries, the top eight of which advanced to the Super Final, where they also faced Canada and USA (from Group Americas). The 2008 League involved, for the first time, a full Group Africa composed of teams from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt. The teams of this year’s FINA Men’s Water Polo World Leagues obtain not only glory and recognition ahead of the Olympics, but a portion of a total prize money amounting to US$512’500 (including US$100’000, 70’000 and 50’000 respectively for the gold, silver and bronze medalled teams).

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23Jun2008

PR45 - Chinese confirm season’s superiority in Rome (ITA)

The Chinese athletes largely dominated the seventh and last meet of the 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix, held in Rome (ITA) from June 13-15, by obtaining all the eight gold medals at stake. Confirming their supremacy in the 2008 season, and a couple of months before the Olympic Games, at home in Beijing, China’s divers even got a one-two in three out of four individual events. Tania Cagnotto, the local star, was the only non-Chinese individual silver medallist in the women’s 3m springboard. Besides Italy and China, the other nations with a podium presence in Rome included Spain, Romania, Ukraine, Colombia, Sweden, Australia and Great Britain.The 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix comprised seven legs in: Madrid (ESP, January 18-20), Shenzhen (CHN, February 29-March 2), Moscow (RUS, April 10-13), Montreal (CAN, May 1-4), Fort Lauderdale (USA, May 8-11), Rostock (GER, June 6-8) and Rome (ITA, June 13-15).
MEDALLISTS in Rome:MEN
3m springboard: 1. Zhang Xin Hua (CHN) 520.10; 2. Li Shixin (CHN) 459.75; 3. Javier Illana (ESP) 448.7010m platform: 1.Ying Hong (CHN) 520.15; 2. Liguang Yang (CHN) 519.60; 3. Constantin Popovici (ROU) 429.203m springboard synchro: 1. Luo Yu Tong/Zhang Xin Hua (CHN) 435.57; 2. Tommaso Marconi/Nicola Marconi (ITA) 401.88; 3. Yuri Shlyakhov/Oleksiy Prygorov (UKR) 390.0910m platform synchro: 1. Ying Hong/Zhang Chen (CHN) 460.41; 2. Juan Uran/Victor Ortega (COL) 418.83; 3. Constantin Popovici/Catalin Preda (ROU) 382.50
WOMEN
3m springboard: 1. He Zi (CHN) 378.80; 2. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 331.20; 3. Anna Lindberg (SWE) 328.2510m platform: 1. Wang Hao (CHN) 417.70; 2. Cao Jing Zhen (CHN) 364.85; 3. Yulia Prokopchuk (UKR) 336.303m springboard synchro: 1. Wang Han/Qinxin Zhao (CHN) 318.00; 2. Noemi Batki/Francesca Dallape (ITA) 302.10; 3. Anna Pysmenskaya/Mariya Voloshchenko (UKR) 291.6010m platform synchro: 1. Wang Hao/Kang Li (CHN) 350.94; 2. Olivia Wright/Natasha Cocker (AUS) 300.42; 3. Helen Galashan/Carol Galashan (GBR) 284.64

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16Jun2008

PR44 - Russia defeats USA and takes its first Super Final title, Australia nets the bronze

An exciting FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final tournament of 2008 concluded on June 15 with a close victory for team Russia, giving it its first ever World League Super Final title in five editions of this competition. They secured this triumph with a win in the gold-medal match over the 2007 defending champions team USA, by a score of 8-7. Both sides struggled for the lead until the bitter end of the match, and their determination provided for an extremely exciting final minute that was resolved by a point from Natalia Shepelina (RUS) with just 13 seconds left on the clock, making the score definitively in favour of Russia. The game for the bronze medal was played between team Australia, which was the silver-medallist from 2007, and team Canada. This game was just as close, but in the end Australia prevailed with a score of 7-6. Meanwhile, playing for 5th and 6th positions were the teams of Spain and China. This game resulted in a win for China of 7-5 over the home favourites, who attributed their loss to fatigue following their match the day before against the then-dominant USA. The Final Classification of the event, therefore, is as follows:

1. Russia 2. USA 3. Australia 4. Canada 5. China 6. Spain

These teams will each take home a portion of US$165,000 in prize money reserved for the World League Super Final participants. The Most Valuable Player award of the World League Super Final went to Sofia Konuhk (RUS), while the Best Goalie Award (least goals scored against) of the World League Super Final was given to Elizabeth Armstrong (USA). The teams of the World League Super Final was constituted by the best six teams from the World League Preliminary Rounds, which welcomed the participation of seven teams: Australia, China, Greece, Russia, Spain, Italy, Japan, as well as teams Canada and USA from Group Americas. The 2008 preliminary rounds were held in Tianjin (CHN) for Group Asia/Oceania from May 20-25, and in Siracusa (ITA) from May 23-25 and Athens (GRE) from May 30-June 1 for Group Europe. 

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16Jun2008

PR43 - Ten teams to square-off in Genova (ITA) for the title

The FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final will be played in Genova, Italy from Monday, June 16 to Sunday, June 22, with the participation of the best eight teams from the World League Preliminary Rounds: Australia, China, Egypt, Greece, Italy (as host), Montenegro, Serbia, and Spain, as well as teams Canada and USA from Group Americas. The semi-final and final rounds take place on June 21 and June 22 respectively. The 2008 preliminary edition of the World League featured participation of 17 national teams from four continents – namely: Algeria, Australia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Tunisia. These teams were grouped according to continent and then played-off in a series of tournaments held in the following locations:

-Tokyo (JPN) from May 26 to June 1 for Group Asia-Oceania; -Casablanca (MAR) from June 6-8 for Group Africa; and, -Either Budva (MNE) & Athens (GRE), or Novi Sad (SRB) & Portugalete (ESP) for two European Groups, held over two weekends between May 23 and June 1.

This year’s participation obviously includes most of the best ranked teams from the 2007 FINA Water Polo World League Super Final, but also a full Group Africa, who squared-off for the first time in the history of the competition. FINA is thrilled to see the addition of a new continental group of emerging water polo nations playing in the World League – distributing in 2008 a total of 512,500 US$ in prize money -, as their involvement proves this competition is continuing to enhance this discipline worldwide. By uniting top-ranked teams and exposing the power and skill of the sport, the FINA Water Polo World League seeks to promote Water Polo worldwide by capturing the interest of more audiences, media coverage, and FINA National Federations. The 2008 World League Super Final, with its truly international team roster, will certainly continue to advance FINA’s Water Polo development ambitions.

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13Jun2008

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