Read the interview here on herning2013.com
Daniel Gyurta is a swimmer who does not only show great results, he also value great sportsmanship. In 2012 Gyurta won the 200 m breaststroke at the Olympics, but earlier that year Gyurta’s competitor and friend, Alexander Dale Oen, passed away at a training camp in Arizona. After his Olympic victory, Gyurta had a replica of his gold medal created and gave it to the family of Norwegian Alexander Dale Oen.
Last year at the Olympics in London you won the 200 m breaststroke and this year you won the 200 m breaststroke at the World Championship in Barcelona being the first person ever to win three gold medals in this event at Worlds. How can you use these great results in your future career?
- It was a great pleasure to win again, and this success can currently motivate me. I always manage to find new challenges, which are worth of working to it.
USA’s Katie Ledecky on top of the women’s 400 meter freestyle medal podium at the FINA 2013 World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Silver to Melanie Costa Scmid from Spain and bronze to Lauren Boyle from New Zealand. See the result list here.
“The Mascot of the 2013 FINA World in Barcelona, XOP, is the the first mascot to be featured into the International Swimming Hall of Fame”
Footage taken from a recent photoshoot with Olympic & World 100m Breaststroke Champion, Ruta Meilutyte. Ruta talks openly about swimming and her relationship with the water.
A New York man trying to set a freediving record died Sunday after he surfaced from a depth of more than 200 feet.
Nicholas Mevoli, a 32-year-old from Brooklyn, hoped to reach 236 feet (72 meters) with one breath of oxygen and without the assistance of fins.
When he surfaced, he flashed the OK sign and then lost consciousness 30 seconds later, organizers said.
Mevoli was going for a record at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. At 663 feet (202 meters), it is considered the world’s deepest blue hole in seawater.
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Swimmers in Oshkosh took to the pool for a good cause Sunday.
Retired Olympic swimmer Scott Miller has escaped a drug dealing charge and will instead be sentenced for drug possession early next year.
During a special hearing on Monday, the Sydney District Court heard the former champion and medalist was allegedly mixed up in hard drugs and prostitutes.
Scott Miller told police he ran an escort agency when he was arrested in Sydney on suspicion of drug activity earlier this year.
He pleaded guilty to the possession of three bags of methamphetamine, found when police pulled him over in a hire car at Mascot in Sydney’s south in June.
Prosecutors have withdrawn a charge of drug supply, but he still faces drug charges, relating to his arrest at Potts Point in July.
Officers found methamphetamine and more than $16,00 in cast, along with scales, a ledger and several mobile phones and SIM cards.
In recent months, two European doping control laboratories have – largely unnoticed – discovered an alarmingly high number of doping cases using improved detection methods. Based on information from the editorial staff who work on doping at the German public television broadcaster ARD, the laboratories in Cologne and Moscow have this year tested hundreds of samples from athletes that have turned out positive for the anabolic steroid Oral-Turinabol, known from the state-run doping programme in the former East Germany, and the substance stanozolol, which Ben Johnson was found guilty of using in the 1988 Olympics. Such a high number of positive test results in one fell swoop is unprecedented in laboratory doping analyses. According to information from the laboratories, all of these samples would have remained undetected in 2012, as the detection windows for the substances were significantly shorter with the conventional detection method.
Grigory Rodchenko, head of the Mosow control laboratory, who tracked down Oral-Turinabol, the drug of choice in the GDR, told the ARD editorial staff working on doping: “With this detection method, 100 urine samples have now tested positive that would previously have turned up negative.” Rodchenko estimates the detection window for identifying the substance after it has been administered now to be six months or more, thus significantly longer than before. This is also true of the substance stanozolol, which has already been discovered in well over 100 urine samples at the Cologne laboratory thanks to the improved detection method. Cologne doping analyst Hans Geyer confirmed: “By my count, we have hundreds of positive cases that we would otherwise never have found.”
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A photo from the “Swim Day” arranged by Havnar Svimjifelag and Svimjisamband Føroya on Saturday 16 November 2013. The swimmers took turns swimming 25 meters while transporting a swim noodle. The girl over on the far side never touched the water ! ;-)
It is with great sadness that I inform you that Nicholas Mevoli, of the United States, passed away today after a dive at the 2013 Vertical Blue Competition. Nick had performed a constant weight no fins dive to 72m, reached depth, and swam back to the surface successfully. Nick attempted to complete the surface protocol, but was unsuccessful and had difficulty breathing. He lost consciousness, and in spite of great efforts by the doctor and paramedic on site, failed to recover after reaching the local hospital. Nick appears to have suffered from a depth-related injury to his lungs.
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Nick lived in Brooklyn, New York, and worked in the television industry. He was a passionate waterman, spearfisherman and freediver, and vocal advocate for the sport in the United States. Nick was an extraordinary talent, breaking the US constant weight record shortly after beginning competitive freedive in 2012. This year, Nick took second place in the inaugural Caribbean Cup in Roatan, first place at the Deja Blue competition in Curaçao, and a silver medal in constant no fins at this year’s AIDA Depth World Championship in Greece.
Nick’s friends will miss his warm smile and sense of humor, and eagerness to spearfish and dive at any time.
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A group of six open water swimmers tackled this tough swim, never before successfully completed. It began at the sheltered side of the Longstone Lighthouse, through the Farne Islands, past Big Harcar, where Grace Darling and her father rescued survivors of the wreck on the paddle steamer, the Forfarshire 7th September 1838
“Mike &Mike” debate which injury is more embarrassing, Ryan Lochte being injured by an excited fan or Brandt Snedeker getting hurt getting off of a Segway.
After the final night of finals at the Danish Short Course Championships 2013, Danish Swimming’s Sports Director Mikkel von Seelen announced the squad for Herning 2013, including all 28 that qualified for individual events, plus Danish record setting breaststroke Mathias Andersen who has been selected to strengthen the (medley) relays. See svoem.org
(The Danish Herning 2013 squad. Missing swimmers are as far as I can see Mads Glæsner who has left for USA, and Lotte Friis who cancelled the finals tonight because of jetlag-related illness)
The 29 swimmers are:
Today on the last day of Danish Short Course Championships 2013, the Danish Coaches Association announced that its members had chosen Rikke Møller Pedersen as Danish Swimmer of the Year 2013, based on her results in the period 1 September 2013 until 31 August 2013. Highlights of the year were her World Championship title in the women’s 200 meter SC breaststroke at Istanbul 2013, and the her World record in the 200 long course breaststroke at Barcelona 2013. See dsts.org
//Post by EM i svømning 2013.
A group photo of the swimmers participating in the fourth Faroese Open Masters Meet, Saturday 16 November 2013. Not so many, no, but as put in public announcements, undoubtedly the best :-)
Danish national coach Nick Juba has today selected Frans , Chris Christensen and Niklas Hedegaard for the Great Danes project, in addition to the 10 already pointed out to be specially cared for and challenged in order to lift the male side of Danish swimming. They are thus 13, meaning Juba isn’t particularily superstitious :-)
A seemingly good night with 4 more swimmers qualifying for Herning 2013 and lots of already qualified swimmers qualifying for additional events. Jeanette Ottesen clocked 23.98 in the 50 freestyle and 56.65 in the 100 fly, and ‘our guy’ Magnus Jákupsson won the 100 backstroke in impressive 51.75.
These four swimmers were added to the Danish Herning 2013 roster:
(Magnus Jákupsson at DSSC 2013. Photo courtesy of Jákup Jacobsen)
Women’s 1500 freestyle
Mathilde Huss-Hansen was in a class of her own among the 6 who chose to compete in the final, splitting 5.5 seconds ahead of second fastest Emma Wael already at the 400 meter mark. She finished the 1500 in 16:42.68, Emma Wael second in 16:52.96 and Stephanie Hansen third in 17:19.54. See the result list here.Women’s 400 individual medley
Julie Aglund Lauridsen was as expected way strongest, and ended up qualifying for the Herning 2013 Europeans in this event also, with a time of 4:38.66 where the time requirement was 4:43.57. Second and third placed Anna Boutrup and Sidse Kehlet improved quite a bit upon their entry times but didn’t make the Herning 2013 cut, with 4:46.71 and 4:46.72 respectively. See the result list here.Men’s 200 breaststroke
Chris Christensen was the man on a mission, splitting 29.22 after the first 50 with Lasse Pittioni second in 29.54 and Emil Klingberg 29.64 in YY. Pittioni extended his lead on Klingberg to 1:02.81 against 1:03.08 at the 100 meter mark but then Klingberg came back and ended up second in 2:10.99 behind Christensen’s 2:08.55 and ahead of Pittioni in 2:13.16. Christensen and Klingberg inside the 2:11.08 Herning 2013 cut, Pittiioni outside. See the result list here.Women’s 200 freestyle
After the first 50 meters, Mie Ø. Nielsen was out a full second and a bit ahead in 27.35 against then second placed Julie Brøndum Pedersen in 28.50, and Nielsen just extended her lead bit by bit to a 1:55.54 win with Line Jørgensen Bruun second in 1:58.91 and Julie Brøndum Pedersen third in 2:00.53. The Danish time standard for Herning being 2:00.76, this means all three of them qualify. See the result list here.Men’s 100 individual medley
Daniel Skaaning had the lead after the first 50 with a time of 24.53 to second placed Viktor B. Bromer in 24.81, but then Bromer came back and won in 53.99, Skanning second in 54.02 and Chris Christensen third in 54.93. See the result list here. The Danish time standard for Herning 2013 is 55.14, meaning all three of them qualify.Womens 100 butterfly
Jeanette Ottesen won as expected in convincing style, 56.65 to second placed Katrine Holm Sørensen in 59.28 and third placed Christina Munkholm in 59.54. The Danish time standard for Herning is 59.80, meaning all three of them qualify. See the result list here.Mens 200 freestyle
Sebastian Ovesen and Frans Johannesen turned first after the first 50 meters in 25.13, Frans then extending to leading in 52.51 after the 100 and 1:19.85 after 150, before Magnus Westermann came from 1:20.80 to win in 1:46.42. Frans second in 1:46.83 and Daniel Skaaning third in 1:47.46, all inside the Danish 1:47.95 cut for Herning 2013. See the result list here.Women’s 100 breaststroke
Rikke Møller Pedersen led of course from start to finish, splitting 30.75 to win in 1:05.39, ahead of Kelly Riber Rasmussen in 1:08.32 and third placed Louise B. Dalgaard in 1:08.70. The Danish Herning 2013 time standard was 1:08.11 in this event, meaning only Rikke Møller Pedersen gets to represent Denmark in this event. See the result list here.Men’s 100 backstroke
Yay, in the rematch between the two Danish record setters in the 50 backstroke on day 2 of these champs, Magnus Jákupsson from the Faroe Islands put the foot down and clocked a blistering 51.75, only 21 hundredths from the Anders Jensen’s Danish record from 2009, and 4 tenths from Pontus Renholm’s (SWE) Nordic record from also 2009. Andreas Schillerup was second in 52.07 and Anders Jensen third in 54.33, only Magnus and Andreas going to Herning as the time cut for that was 53.16. See the result list here.Women’s 200 backstroke
Sarah Bro won convincingly in 2:08.75 to Amalie Østrup’s 2:12.38 and Yasmin Saud Abdulkadir’s 2:13.67. The Danish requirement for Herning 2013 at 2:10.39 means only Sarah gets to represent Denmark in this event. See the result list here.Men’s 50 butterfly
A bit of a letdown, this race, as nobody made the Danish 23.68 time standard for Herning 2013. Daniel Steen Andersen was first in 23.86, Søren Dahl second in 23.91, Morten Bak Hansen third in 24.28, and Magnus Jákupsson with I guess a bit empty tanks by now fourth in 24.59. See the result list here.Women’s 50 freestyle
Surprise, Jeanette Ottesen Gray won in 23.98, not so far from her Danish record of 23.88, Pernille Blume second in 24.65 and Julie Levisen third in 25.20. The Danish time standard for Herning 2013 being 25.25 means all of them get to go. See the result list here.
Read for instance BT (in Danish)
Lotte Friis will be moving permanently to the U.S. to prepare optimally for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 with Michael Phelps’ legendary coach, Bob Bowman.
//Post by Lotte Friis.
A quick and dirty translation follows …
In September, Lotte Friis left Nice temporarily for Baltimore, where she has settled in so well that she prolongs the stay and makes it permanent from January 2014.
- I’ve looked at the opportunities I had to keep up the desire to continue towards Rio, and in the two months I have been in the U.S., I found out that it was something I wanted permanently, says Lotte Friis to BT.
In the U.S., Lotte Friis become part of an extremely elite training environment with several Olympic and World Championship medalists in the pool, and besides the world-famous Bob Bowman a coaching staff consisting of a number of recognized specialists.
- I will be training the same amount, as I have done in Nice, but also I get a physical trainer who focuses more on what kind of physical training on land can make me better in the water. I feel it is a little more focused physical training towards how it can improve me in the water, than I have tried before, says Lotte Friis.
- Generally, they are some fantastically capable coaches, and Bob Bowman has not only acquired some really great results with Michael Phelps, but is also really nice and a very supportive coach to be with. The whole team is very elitist, and it all takes place on a real high level, which I think is really cool, but at the same time they are also nice people to deal with, and that obviously means something, says Lotte Friis.
The 25-year-old swimmer is beginning to consider her life on land after the swimming career, and here is the opportunity to prepare herself better, than it would be in France, which also played a role in her choice.
- The U.S. has both some good training opportunities with some really talented coaches, and secondly, I have the opportunity to study, as it is after all a bit easier in English than if it had to be in French in Nice, says Lotte Friis, who plans to enter the television and media organize training when she puts her swim cap on the shelf – at the earliest after the Olympics in 2016.