World Championship

Swimming-Baker's fainting fit leaves coach 'petrified'

New Zealand open water swimming manager Philip Rush encountered sharks, jellyfish and hypothermia during his time as a marathon swimmer but he has never been more petrified than when Cara Baker "turned grey" and fainted into his arms on Tuesday.

"I was thinking 'shit'," Rush told Reuters at the official athletes hotel adjacent to the venue when discussing his compatriot's health scare before the women's 10km event.

"Her health is way more important than this," he added of the incident that occurred less than two hours prior to the start of the race.

SHANGHAI 2011: Payne claims world title to secure Olympic team place

KERI-Anne Payne claimed her second world open water swimming title with a commanding victory in Shanghai - becoming the first named British athlete on next year's London 2012 Olympic team.


The punishing conditions, with water temperatures of 29C, couldn't be more different from what she can expect in Hyde Park's Serpentine next summer but Payne will still arrive as one of Team GB's best gold medal hopes.

The Olympic silver medallist covered the 10km course in two hours, one minute and 58.1 seconds, just ahead of Italy's Martina Grimaldi while Greece's Marianna Lymperta took bronze. 

FINA World Championships, Open Water: Keri-Anne Payne Claims Women's 10K Title

source:  -- July 18, 2011

SHANGHAI, China, July 18. GREAT Britain's Keri-Anne Payne returned to the top of the podium after a one-year hiatus during open water swimming at the FINA World Championships.

Payne, who won the 10K event in 2009 in Rome, but was not a member of the 2010 podium in Roberval, held off a hard-charging lead pack to emerge victorious today and punch her ticket to the 2012 London Olympics. The title is the second for Great Britain, and its fourth medal in open water competition as Cassandra Patten took silver for Great Britain in 2007 and 2008. Payne completed the swim in 2:01:58.1 for the win.

Olympic hosts Britain strike aquatic gold

source: By: Talek Harris, SHANGHAI (AFP)

(Shanghai, CHN) - Olympic hosts Britain claimed their first gold medal of the world aquatics championships on Tuesday as China continued to sweep all before them in the diving events.

Keri-Anne Payne, who took silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, swam the women's 10km open water in 2hr 1min 58.1sec, winning ahead of Italy's Martina Grimaldi and Marianna Lymperta of Greece and ramping up hopes for London 2012. 

Swimming Canada Calling Out Retired National Team Members to Compete in 2014 FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal


SHANGHAI, China, July 16. FOLLOWING a special bureau meeting prior to the 14th World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, FINA, the international governing body for swimming, announced that Montreal had been selected to host the 2014 FINA World Masters Championships.

"We are very excited of this news and want to congratulate the city of Montreal and members of the bid committee for successfully obtaining the hosting for the 2014 World Masters Swimming Championships," said CEO and National Coach of Swimming Canada, Pierre Lafontaine, from Singapore where the FINA World Championships team is currently staging.

Calling out retired National Team members!

Kazan, Guadalajara win 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships


Kazan of Russia and Guadalajara of Mexico have been chosen as the venues for the 2015 and 2017 FINA Swimming World Championships respectively on Friday, Xinhua reported.

Julio C. Maglione, President of the world swimming governing body (FINA), opened two envelopes one by one to announce that Kazan and Guadalajara won the host rights of the two editions of the championships.

China names squad for FINA Swimming World Championships

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BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhua) -- China has named a 165-member squad for the Fina Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, announced by the Chinese Swimming Administrative Center Friday.