International overview of future protagonists in six disciplines of the 17th FINA World Championships hosted by Budapest and Balatonfüred.
Swimming – British training camp in Japan
The British swimming team preparing for the World Championships has reached an important stage: they set out on a training camp in the Far East on 8 May. The 29 swimmers selected last month are commencing their rather demanding 11-week programme in a camp in Thailand (until 17 May) from where they will travel directly to Japan Open (19-21 May) in Tokyo. At the end of June they will race in Rome, then in Edinburgh and they will finish the programme in a training camp.
„The Japanese tournament will be the hardest one in the period. I am going to refine my competition technique and improve my weaknesses” – said the Olympic champion Adam Peaty before their travel.
Bill Furniss, the coach of the team hopes that combining training camps and races will prove to be an efficient choice. „Great care is taken to ensure good team spirit that is why it is quite important for us, coaches, swimmers, crew members to work for each other. In each camp we will focus on a particular technical aspect, such as starts, turns and finishes” – as Furniss outlined the programme.
The Far Eastern venue was chosen deliberately. British sports leaders keep an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics already and this year is a good opportunity to map local conditions. Next year the Commonwealth Games will take place in Australia and the European Championships will be held in Glasgow so the competition schedule is quite tight therefore they may visit Japan again in 2019 the earliest, prior to the Olympic Games.
Swimming – Belmonte to enter University Competition
Spanish swimmer, champion of 200m butterfly in Rio, Belmonte is entering the Spanish University Competition in Murcia this week. During the press conference prior to the event she said she would race in Murcia to prepare for the World Championships hosted by Budapest. As a result of disciplined and demanding training she is in a great shape and of course, she would be happy to hold another champion title gained as a university student.
„Everything is fine here, it provides a peaceful environment for racing which is quite handy for me considering that I am preparing with all my energy for the World Championships so it perfectly fits in my schedule” – said the four-time Olympic medallist swimmer. She added that entering several events her point is to make sure she can preserve her energy as efficiently as possible.
Diving – Tom Daley undergoing surgery
One of the most popular British divers, Tom Daley was forced to rest for a few days after undergoing hip surgery. The bronze medallist swimmer of London and Rio quoted the well-known saying on Instagram from hospital: „What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Back on board soon.” Daley shall speed up recovery for sure as the Champs are approaching fast and he is driven by his desire to prove his skills. The high diving specialist became a world champion in 2009 at the age of 15 already, however, he has not clinched a gold at any Olympics so far.
Diving – British success in Puerto Rico
The British athletes earned 3 gold medals at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Puerto Rico. Matty Lee won a gold in men’s high diving as well as in mixed synchronised high diving with partner Robyn Birch. The duet of Freddie Woodward/James Heatly topped the 3 m synchronised event.
Synchronised swimming – World Cup gold by the Spanish in Italy
The World Cup hosted by Italy saw the victory of the Spanish duet of Ona Carbonell and Paula Ramírez both in free and technical routines. The Italian duet of Linda Cerruti and Costanza Ferro finished second with 91.5000, while Evangelia Papzoglou and Evangelia Platanioti from Greece claimed third with 87.8000. The top 3 this time was exactly the same as of Friday.
As for the free routine of mixed duets, hosts Mariangela Perrupato and Giorgio Minisini clinched gold with 87.6333 ahead of Berta Ferreras and Pau Ribes from Spain (82.9000).
Sychronised swimming – British contenders announced
It was officially announced that the British duet of Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe will enter the World Championships in Budapest. It goes without saying that the debuting duet aims at gaining experience to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. „Competing with top athletes is an extremely exciting challenge for us” – said Shortman, who will enter the Champs in solo, as well.
Water polo – Italians delegating a strong team to Budapest
Head coach of the Italian team, Alessandro Campagna talked about their plans at the press conference about the Final Six to be held in Turin between 18 and 20 May.
„We aim at setting up a strong team for the World Championships in Budapest while keeping an eye on the Tokyo Olympics. Preparations will commence in Pescara on 24 May for the team with special attention to the World League Finals marking another important milestone on the path. This tournament will test and show the current form of the team and the balance of powers. I expect a lot from it.”
Open water swimming– Brazilian swimmers to visit Balatonfüred
The National Swimming Marathon was held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil to qualify for the open water swimming tournament of the World Championships in Balatonfüred. The first qualifier was that of men’s 10 km event which saw the victory of Fernando Ponte (1:55.41) and Allan do Carmo (1:55.44) finished second. As for women, Ana Marcela Cunha (2:05.36) claimed first with the runner up Viviane Jungblut (2:05.36). They will represent their home country at the World Championships in July.