Swimming World Juniors, Day 3, Singapore: Tailored for success, Canada’s Taylor Ruck rocks Singapore

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Taylor Ruck got the most out of Day 3, Canada’s shining swimming talent earned three medals, including two golds and was part of a World Junior Record-beating relay. China, Russia and Australia also had a fine evening with a title apiece, the Russian swimmers added four bronze medals to their tally this evening.

Taylor Ruck had a busy session. She started with the 200m back at 18.21 where she came up with a great finish but was 0.05sec shy of the silver medal – however, a bronze already was bagged. At 19.06 she returned to the blocks and won the 100m free with ease, in a Championship Record time of 53.92. In fact it was a 1-2 for Canada as Penny Oleksiak came second, trailing by 0.73sec. Just 15 minutes later they stood on the podium with their well-deserved medals, but as soon as the anthem was finished they simply ran all the way along the pooldeck, together with Russia’s bronze medallist Arina Openysheva, as they were all involved to the day-ending 4x100m mixed free relay. In fact, it was a heavy involvement, as the boys handed over the relay placed 4th after 200m so the girls had to produce two more missile-like swim. And they did just that: Oleksiak passed everyone and Ruck never looked back on the home-coming leg. She had another sub-54sec effort (the only one in the field), and that was enough to beat the World Junior Record as well, by more than a full second (3:27.71).

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Swimming World Juniors, Day 2, Singapore: Gunes (TUR) and Glinta (ROU) making the headlines

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USA, Australia and Russia clinched two titles apiece on the second day of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, but a Romanian and a Turkish swimmer also made the headlines after respective gold-medal winning performances. China entered the title-winners’ circle, too, on a day which also saw the fall of two more World Junior Records.

A couple if historical firsts highlighted the second day of action in Singapore. Viktoria Gunes won the first ever medal for Turkey in the history of the world juniors – and in fact it was a gold in the women’s 50m breast. She had a clean victory: her winning margin (0.4sec) is substantial in the dash.

It’s a very good competition in a very nice pool and I’m really happy that I’m here and I came first” Gunes said. “Today I swam really well, I’m in the best age for this event so I had to show my best.

Romania had a couple of medals from the first edition in 2006 – still, Robert Glinta’s title was the first captured by a boy. He smashed the Championship Record again in the 100m back with a convincing performance.

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Swimming World Juniors, Day 1, Singapore: Four World Junior Records bettered on the opening day

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To highlight the importance of this event, the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships was declared open by the President of Singapore, Tony Tan.

Then FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione held his opening speech, greeting all young swimmers and recalling the fond memories from 2010 when the swimming competitions of the 1st Youth Olympic Games were hosted in this pool. Lee Kok Choy, President of the Singapore Swimming Association also welcomed the participating young talents, appearing in record numbers: 686 swimmers compete here this week, representing 88 nations.

The atmosphere in the wonderful swimming complex was outstanding, for obvious reasons. One can say, better thing couldn’t have happened to the Singapore’s swimming and this FINA World Junior Swimming Championships than Joseph Schooling’s bronze medal winning performance in the 100m fly at the Kazan Worlds.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 7: USA become the tournament winner

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United States of America was the triumphant team in the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship winning for the 4th time in their history the gold medal and the first place (in 5 finals). The team of Coralie Simons was amazing during the whole tournament and fairly achieved this great success.

Αs in 2013, USA beat Spain (13-10) in a game where the difference in quality was clear between the two teams. Spain deserved the silver medal as they were extremely stable throughout the whole Championship. Russia, who grabbed the third place (they defeated Canada) even if they were sluggish in the first game, proved that can be very competitive.

The MVP of the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship was Aria Fischer from the U.S. Τhe prize of the best goalkeeper was won by Amanda Longan from USA. First scores of the tournament were Anastasia Simanovich from Russia and Greece's Eleutheria Pleuritou scoring 29 goals.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 6: USA and Spain in Final

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USA and Spain will be the pair of the final in the 11th World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos. As in 2013, in the same swimming pool, the two teams will fight again for the gold medal (two years ago USA had won 9-7). That will be the fifth final for USA, where they will battle for the fourth time for the gold. Spain will play for the third time in a final and this is the second time she will battle for the gold.

Τhe game will start at 20:00, as Canada and Russia will play for the bronze medal (18:30).

USA and Spain were better in the two semifinals, although Russia and Canada tried to overcome the difficulties. USA dominated Russia (13-11) and Spain beat Canada (11-9).

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 5

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Canada- Spain and Russia-USA are the couples of the semi finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos.

Spain celebrated the ticket to the semi finals, beating Hungary (12-9) in the first chronologically quarter final and will confront  The game, as predicted was very interesting but Spain was leading the score till the first period. Ιrene Gonzalez hit the target 5 times, so the team of Havier Perez grabbed the vital victory.

They will confront Canada who beat Greece, in front of many people who got to the swimming pool of Volos, in order to support their team.  Canada, due to his pertinence and the lack of concentration of the Greek players managed to take a lead in the second period (5-4). Afterwards, they team of David Paradello obtained a big difference (10-6), Greece tried to reduce it, but it was late.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 4

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Russia, Canada, Brazil and Spain are the last four teams that took the tickets to the quarter finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship (Volos) in the games of day 4.

In the most important match, Spain beat Australia (11-9), leading the score from the beginning and playing enormously well in defence.

Brazil took a notorious qualification to the quarter finals, beating Japan (12-9) in a game where the Asians were competitive till the third period. Canada dominated Mexico, winning easily (20-3).

Russia beat easily New Zealand (18-10) and will fight for a place to the semi-finals.

Nederlands had no problem against Ukraine (30-4) and will play for the rankings 13-14, as Great Britain who obtained a victory against South Africa (10-4).

Ukraine and South Africa will battle for the places 15-16.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 3

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Italy, USA, Greece and Hungary are the four teams that grabbed the direct tickets to the quarter finals of the World Women’s Junior Championship in Volos (GRE), after the end of the games in Groups (day 3).

In the most interesting match of Group D, USA achieved a vital win against Spain (17-16). Both teams were spectacular, in a game that USA used the two goalkeepers at the same time, in the last minutes, due to the fact that they didn’t have any players available (all of them have been expelled with 3 fouls).

In a stunning game, Italy beat Canada (11-10), took the first play in Group C and also secured direct ticket to the quarter finals. That was a great game, between two ambitious teams. In the other match of the group Australia beat Netherlands (13-9) and was third.

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Kazan 2015: FINA World Masters Championships sparkling closing ceremony


The 16th FINA World Masters Championships concluded with a spectacular musical show that took place in the FINA Water World Park in Kazan. Admission to the Park was free – all visitors could witness this sparkling event and immerse themselves into an incredible sports extravaganza.

Spectators were treated to an explosion of cultural events including songs performed in the Russian and English languages, masterful dances and acrobatic routines, thematic video clips, pyrotechnic effects and performances by best music and dance ensembles of the city and the Republic. FINA World Championships highlights and best moments were shared with the spectators  in a video clip entitled  ‘Kaleidoscope of FINA Worlds events’. 

The evening was headlined by the performance of the famous Russian pop band Ivanushki International. After some really foot-tapping hit songs, two high officials – FINA Bureau Member Dr. Mohamed Diop and Prime Minister of the Republci of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov – took the floor to say their words of welcome.

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Junior Women's WP Championships, Volos, Day 2

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Τhe most balanced group in the World Junior Women’s Championships is proved to be Group C, where four prosperous teams are fighting for the first place. Italy was the big winner of the games in the second day in Volos, beating Australia (8-7), whereas Nederlands and Canada reached a confident draw (15-15), with the spectacle to impress the people who watched the two games.

In Group A, Greece was the winner of the most important game, in a crucial victory against Russia (16-13) that will normally give to the host country directly one of the tickets to the quarter finals, if they beat Japan tomorrow afternoon (20:00 am). Τhe suspense was major for at least 3 periods in the game, but in the last one, Greece ameliorated their defense and celebrated the second win in the competition, in front of the citizens of Volos, that applauded the effort of the Greek team. In the other game, Japan beat Great Britain (22-8).

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