The European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) will officially kick off in Győr, in north-western Hungary, this Sunday with the opening ceremony. The festival, which runs until July 30, will feature 2,500 young athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 representing 50 countries competing in a total of 130 events across ten disciplines. Hungary will have a record 152 athletes at the competitions. The athletes will be accompanied by another 1,100 accredited people from their teams.
Monaco – Usain Bolt and Wayde van Niekerk, the man tipped to take over from the retiring Jamaican as track and field’s next superstar, headline a glittering cast at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
The event offers one final tune-up ahead of next month’s world championships in London, from August 4-13, where eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt will bring down the curtain on his incredible career.
The Stade Louis II, the home of French football champions Monaco, provides an idyllic backdrop on the Mediterranean coast for Bolt’s second-to-last appearance.
It is just the second time the 11-time world champion is running in Monaco, after 2011, with the 100m scheduled for 1935 GMT as Bolt looks to dip under the 10-second barrier for the first time this year.
“This race is mostly about execution and working on my flaws,” Bolt said. “I try not to worry too much about time but it’d be good to be under 10 seconds.”
The Jamaican, who turns 31 next month, has been a regular visitor to the principality off the track, having received the IAAF Athlete of the Year award six times.
Bolt has struggled to produce his best form this season, running 10.03 in Kingston and 10.06 in Ostrava in his only two outings, well behind rising US star Christian Coleman’s world-leading 9.82 in Oregon last month.
“The weather is great here so hopefully on Friday, it will be the same and I can perform at my best,” added Bolt, who will line up against South Africa’s Akani Simbine and American Christopher Belcher.
Van Niekerk, the men’s 400m world record-holder, stormed to victory in Lausanne a fortnight ago with the third fastest time of his career, following on from personal bests in the 100m and 200m in June.
The South African’s mark of 43.62 in Switzerland trailed only his performance at the 2015 world championships and his record-breaking run that earned Olympic gold in Rio last year.
But with Bolt not running the 200m in London, Van Niekerk will never get the chance to test himself against the Jamaican sprint king.
“He’s been a massive inspiration,” admitted the 25-year-old Van Niekerk.
“I’ve still got quite a long way to go before I even get close to the heights that Usain has reached.
“It’s really just for me to keep on doing what I’m doing and hopefully I can reach the heights that he has and maybe even try and come close to the times that he’s run.”
World record-holder Kendra Harrison and 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson will face off in the women’s 100m hurdles.
Harrison failed to qualify for last year’s Olympics after a shock sixth-place finish at the US trials, while Australian Pearson is back near the peak of her after two injury-plagued years.
Reigning women’s high jump world champion Maria Lasitskene has been head and shoulders above her rivals this year, clearing a personal best 2.06m in Lausanne to signal her intent ahead of her title defence in London.
She is chasing Bulgarian Stefka Kostadinova’s long-standing mark of 2.09m, a world record set at the 1987 world championships in Rome.
Olympic javelin champion Thomas Roehler of Germany will battle compatriot Johannes Vetter, whose stunning throw of 94.44m on July 11 in Luzern was the second longest in history.
Triple 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop and Rio 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Conseslus Kipruto are also competing in Monaco.
FINA AQUATICS 2017, 6TH DAY – US VICTORY IN BALATONFÜRED, KOLESNICHENKO WON HER THIRD GOLD MEDAL IN BUDAPEST
Ashley Twichell of the United States triumphed in the women’s 5 km open water swimming event of the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Balatonfüred, in western Hungary, on Wednesday. Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia triumphed in the synchro swimming solo free event in Budapest on Wednesday, winning her third gold medal in the 17th World Aquatics Championships.
US VICTORY IN WOMEN’S 5 KM OPEN WATER SWIMMING
1. Ashley Twichell (USA) 59:07.00 min
2. Aurelie Muller (ITA) 59:10.50
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 59:11.40
27. Janka Juhász (HUN)
28. Melinda Novoszáth (HUN)
RUSSIAN VICTORY IN SYNCHRO SWIMMING SOLO FREE
1. Svetlana Kolesnichenko (RUS) 96.1333 points
2. Ona Carbonell (ESP) 95.0333
3. Anna Voloshyna (UKR) 93.3000
MEN’S WATER POLO RESULTS
Results of men’s water polo matches played in the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Wednesday:
Kazakhstan – Canada 10:9 (2:2, 3:3, 2:3, 3:1)
Montenegro – Brazil 14:5 (4:0, 3:2, 4:2, 3:1)
Australia – France 11:10 (4:5, 2:1, 3:1, 2:3)
Hungary – Italy 9:9 (4:4, 2:1, 1:3, 2:1)
Greece – South Africa 18:2 (5:0, 3:2, 5:0, 5:0)
Serbia – Spain 11:5 (3:1, 2:0, 3:2, 3:2)
Croatia – Russia 10:8 (1:3, 3:3, 4:1, 2:1)
Japan – United States 15:7 (1:2, 5:2, 4:2, 5:1)
Malaysian victory in women’s 10 m platform diving Yun Hoong Cheong of Malaysia won the women’s 10 m platform diving event of the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Wednesday.
1. Yun Hoong Cheong (MAS) 397.50 points
2. Yajie Si (CHN) 396.00
3. Qian Ren (CHN) 391.95
HUNGARY BEATS FRANCE, RUSSIAN SYNCHRO SWIMMING TEAM’S VICTORY IN BUDAPEST, DUTCH VICTORY IN BALATONFÜRED
Results of women’s water polo matches played in the 17th World Aquatics Championships on Tuesday. The Russian team triumphed in the synchro swimming team technical event in Budapest City Park (Városliget). Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands won the men’s 10 km open water swimming event in Balatonfüred. Laura Marino and Matthieu Rosset of France won the 3 m/10 m team diving event.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO RESULTS
Hungary-France 24–5 (7–0, 7–2, 6–3, 4–0)
Netherlands – Japan 20:8 (7:0, 3:5, 5:2, 5:1)
Greece – Kazakhstan 19:5 (5:0, 4:2, 4:1, 6:2)
United States – Spain 12:8 (6:1, 1:2, 2:2, 3:3)
New Zealand – South Africa 8:6 (2:1, 1:2, 1:1, 4:2)
RUSSIAN VICTORY IN SYNCHRO SWIMMING TEAM TECHNICAL EVENT
1. Russia 96.0109 points
2. China 94.2165
3. Japan 93.1590
DUTCH VICTORY IN MEN’S 10 KM OPEN WATER SWIMMING
1. Ferry Weertman (NED) 1:51:58.50 hours
2. Jordan Wilimowsky (USA) 1:51.58.60
3. Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) 1:51:59.20
5. Kristóf Rasovszky (HUN)
AQUATICS – FRENCH VICTORY IN 3 M/10 M TEAM DIVING EVENT
1. Laura Marino, Matthieu Rosset (FRA) 406.40 points
2. Rommel Pacheco Marrufo, Viviana del Angel Peniche (MEX) 402.35
3. Krysta Palmer, David Dinsmore (USA) 395.90
Results of men’s water polo matches played in the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Monday. Tingmao Shi and Yani Chang of China wom the women’s 3 m springboard synchronised diving event. Aisen Chen and Hao Yang of China triumphed in the men’s 10 m platform synchro diving event. Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini of Italy triumphed in the synchro swimming mixed duet technical event.
MEN’S WATER POLO RESULTS
Group B: Australia-Hungary 3-13 (1-1, 1-4, 1-2, 0-6) Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, 7500 spectators, referees: Franulovic (CRO), Rotstart (USA)
The Hungarian men’s national team gave head coach Tamás Märcz the perfect birthday present as they powered past Australia to record a 13-3 victory in their opening match at the World Championships. Their next match is on Wednesday against Italy, who defeated France 18-9.
Hungary and Australia drew 9-9 at last year’s Rio Olympics the last time the teams met at a major tournament, and although only four players remain from that Australia team Hungary were by no means expecting a straight-forward victory.
It certainly didn’t start out that way, Australia taking the game to Hungary early on, failing to convert a number of chances before Lachlan Edwards eventually gave them the lead after three and a half minutes following a pass from Aaron Younger. Anthony Hrysanthos then saved from Gergő Zalánki, but was unable to prevent a fierce shot from Márton Vámos finding its way into the net with less than two minutes of the quarter left to play. Australia remained in the ascendancy, Viktor Nagy in the Hungary goal making a number of saves as the sides took a breather at 1-1.
Nagy continued to keep the Australians at bay in the second period, and at the other end Dénes Varga scoring two action goals, Norbert Hosnyánszky adding another, and then Varga scoring his third of the evening from a man-up situation after Younger had brought Australia some hope of keeping up with their hosts. The score at half-time saw Hungary 5-2 ahead.
Australia fought valiantly in the third, but were unable to break down the Hungarian defence with any great regularity, and when they did, Nagy stood in their path. Hungary went further ahead as Varga converted a penalty shot won by Tamás Mezei, and were 7-2 to the good when Béla Török made the most of another man-up situation. An action goal from Joe Kayes did keep Australia give Australia a glimmer of hope, Hungary leading 7-3 going into the final eight minutes.
That glimmer faded quickly though, Hungary running riot in the fourth quarter as they scored a further six goals without reply. Balázs Hárai and Tamás Mezei both got on the score sheet before Krisztián Manhercz, Vámos, Török, and then Manhercz again rounded off the scoring, the final score of 13-3 being duly hailed by an ecstatic 7,500 crowd.
AUSTRALIA 3-13 HUNGARY (1–1, 1–4, 1–2, 0–6)
AUSTRALIA: Hrysanthos – G. Ford, Edwards 1, Gilchrist, Younger 1, A. Ford, Hollis. Replacements: Putt, Kayes 1, Power, Fannon, Brooks. Head coach: Elvis Fatović
HUNGARY: Nagy V. – Vámos 2, Hosnyánszky 1, Gór-Nagy, Erdélyi, Varga Dénes 4, Hárai 1. Replacements: Török 2, Manhercz 2, Zalánki, Decker Á, Mezei 1. Head coach: Tamás Märcz
Italy – France 18:9 (5:2, 3:4, 7:1, 3:2)
Group C: Greece – Spain 8:7 (3:1, 2:2, 1:1, 2:3) Serbia – South Africa 21:5 (6:1, 7:1, 5:1, 3:2) Group D: Croatia – United States 12:7 (3:1, 4:2, 3:1, 2:3)
Group A: Brazil – Kazakhstan 6:2 (1:1, 0:1, 3:0, 2:0) Canada – Montenegro 8:8 (1:3, 2:2, 1:1, 4:2)
CHINESE VICTORY IN WOMEN’S 3 M SPRINGBOARD SYNCHRONISED DIVING
1. Tingmao Shi, Chang Yani (CHN) 333.30 points
2. Melissa Citrini Beaulieu, Jennifer Abel (CAN) 323.43
3. Kristina Ilinykh, Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS) 312.60
CHINESE VICTORY IN MEN’S 10 M PLATFORM SYNCHRO DIVING
1. Aisen Chen, Hao Yang (CHN) 498.48 points
2. Aleksandr Bondar, Viktor Minibaev (RUS) 458.85
3. Patrick Hausding, Sascha Klein (GER) 440.82
ITALIAN VICTORY IN SYNCHRO SWIMMING MIXED DUET TECHNICAL EVENT
1. Manila Flamini, Giorgio Minisini (ITA) 90.2979 points
2. Mikhaela Kalancha, Aleksandr Maltsev (RUS) 90.2639
3. Kanako Kitao Spendlove, Bill May (USA) 87.6682
FINA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HONOURED WITH TREE AT DUNA ARENA
A tree was planted at Budapest’s brand new Duna Arena to mark FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu’s 70th birthday on Monday.
Marculescu, who had a significant role in bringing the 17th World Aquatics Championships to Budapest, was greeted in a ceremony by FINA president Julio Maglione, National Development Minister Miklós Seszták, the head of the organising committee, Balázs Fürjes, government commissioner for priority investments in Budapest, and Tamás Gyárfás, vice president of FINA.
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Budapest has been selected to host the 2024 short course swimming world championships.
International swimming body FINA decided on Monday on the sidelines of the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest that the 2022 short course worlds would be hosted by Kazan, Russia while Budapest will host the event two years later.
Next year, Budapest will host a junior synchronised swimming world championship, and a junior swimming world championship in 2019, to be followed by European championships of swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming and diving in 2020.
Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog highlighted the return on the government and Budapest’s investment in the Duna Arena, a new facility hosting the sporting events, saying that the swimming complex had not been completed for a single occasion.
National Development Minister Miklós Seszták, the head of the organising committee, voiced confidence concerning the success of the 2024 event, and insisted that Budapest had “both the infrastructure and the experience” required to manage a major international sporting event.
Gusztáv Bienerth, head of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, said that “this is an achievement for Hungary, for the Hungarian people, those who bore the burdens of the preparations for the world championships” now under way. “We have used the opportunity that leaders of the swimming world are together and that there is a momentum,” he added.
Tamás Gyárfás, vice president of FINA, who suggested earlier that he would resign if the organisation did not choose Budapest as the site for the 2024 event, said, “I’m staying”.
Head Coach Csaba Hüttner said after the 2017 Canoe European Championships ended in Plovdiv on Sunday: the Hungarian national team has surpassed all expectations by winning 10 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals finishing at the top of the medal table. “We’ve earned sixty Olympic points and have won five gold medals in Olympic events, which is one of the best results of all time”, said Csaba Hüttner on Sunday to M1 channel’s “Tonight” show. According to the head coach a new generation emerged in Hungarian canoe sport and the young athletes have surpassed all expectations. “It was expected that at some point this new generation would break through a barrier,” Hüttner said recalling that these young kayakers already excelled in international junior competitions in recent years. “I expect that they will be even better at the upcoming World Cup” the head coach said. Let’s say it load and clear: Here in Plovdiv, Hungarian kayakers smashed the international field. I raise my hat before all Hungarian coaches who prepared these young athletes for the tournament said Hüttner.
Dóra Lucz wins gold medal in women’s K-1 200m
1. LUCZ DÓRA (Hungary) 39.317 mp
2. Emma Jörgensen (Denmark) 39.357
3. Spela Ponomarenko (Slovenia) 39.697
Dóra Bodonyi wins gold medel in women’s K-1 5000m
1. BODONYI DÓRA (Hungary) 21:40.570 p
2. Eva Barrios (Spain) 21:41.110
3. Tabea Medert (Germany) 21:41.230
Bence Horváth wins silver medal in men’s K-1 200m
1. Liam Heath (GB) 33.380 mp
2. HORVÁTH BENCE (Hungary) 33.455
3. Marko Dragosavljevic (Serbia) 33.947
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Over this past weekend, from July 14th to the 16th, the Canoe Sprint European Championships were held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
At this event, in which the best canoers and kayakers from around the continent competed against one another, the Hungarian athletes won a resounding victory, taking home more gold medals, and more medals in total, than any other team.
While Hungary has traditionally performed quite well in water sports at the international and even Olympic levels, this weekend’s victories were unquestionably a tremendous triumph for the small, landlocked country.
At this year’s canoeing and kayaking championships, Hungary won 3 bronze medals, 3 silver medals, and 10 gold medals, granting them a medal total of 16. This was 6 higher than their closest competition, Russia and Germany. In addition, the Hungarian team’s 10 golds show how thoroughly dominant the country’s team was: the next highest gold-medal count came from Germany, with 6 golds.
With 3 golds in Men’s kayak, 6 golds in women’s kayak, 1 gold in men’s canoe, along with silver and bronze medals in several categories, Hungary dominated in Plovdiv.
Speaking to the media, the team’s coach, Csaba Hüttner, described the weekend’s events as “the best Hungarian success ever” in canoe and kayaking.
Without a doubt, Hungary’s performance at the 2017 Canoe Sprint European Championships was a resounding success, for which the country’s athlete’s deserve congratulations and thanks.
Via europecanoeevents.com, nemzetisport.hu, and canoeicf.com
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Lubics is the second Hungarian woman who finished the 217-kilometer Badwater race – besides her it was Judit Pallos who completed the race in 2006. Lubics finished the race in 36:09:12 hours. The race won by Sandra Villines of US completing the 217-kilometers distance in 34:34:43 hours. “Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the STYR Labs Badwater® 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m). The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Competitors travel through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Alabama Hills, and Lone Pine.” – badwater.com.
Photo: Szilvia Lubics – Facebook
Alexandra Patskevich and Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia triumphed in the women’s synchro swimming duet technical event of the 17th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Sunday. Aurelie Muller of France won the women’s 10 km open water swimming event in Balatonfüred, in western Hungary. Jianfeng Peng of China triumphed in the men’s 1 m springboard diving event. Qian Ren and Yajie Si of China triumphed in the women’s 10 m platform synchro diving event.
RUSSIAN VICTORY IN WOMEN’S SYNCHRO SWIMMING DUET TECHNICAL EVENT
1. Alexandra Patskevich, Svetlana Kolesnichenko (RUS) 95.2036 points
2. Wenwen Jiang, Tingting Jiang (CHN) 94.0775
3. Yelizaveta Yakhno, Anna Voloshyna (UKR) 92.6482
FRENCH VICTORY IN WOMEN’S 10 KM OPEN WATER SWIMMING
1. Aurelie Muller (FRA) 2:00:13.70 hours
2. Samantha Arevalo (ECU) 2:00:17.20
3. Arianna Bridi (ITA) 2:00:17.20 Aurelie Muller (FRA),
CHINESE VICTORY IN MEN’S 1 M SPRINGBOARD DIVING
1. Jianfeng Peng (CHN) 448.40 points
2. Chao He (CHN) 447.20
3. Giovanni Tocci (ITA) 444.25
CHINESE VICTORY IN WOMEN’S 10 M PLATFORM SYNCHRO DIVING
1. Qian Ren, Yajie Si (CHN) 352.56 points
2. Kim Mi Rae, Kim Kuk Hyang (PRK) 336.48
3. Pandelela Pamg, Jun Hoong Cheong (MAS) 328.74
WOMEN’S WATER POLO, 1ST DAY:
ITALY, CHINA, SPAIN AND USA CLAIMED THE VICTORY
Eight matches in the first day: that is our programme for the start of the 17th FINA World Championships at Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex.
W1 Group A:
Italy-Canada 10-4 (1-2, 2-0, 3-0, 4-2) Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Naumov (RUS), Mercier (FRA)
Italy: Gorleno – Garibotti 1, Queriolo 2, Radicchi, Aiello 1, Bianconi 2, Emmolo 1. Subs: Tabani, Cotti 2, Dario, Picozzi 1, Palmieri. Head coach: Fabio Conti
Canada: Gaudreault – Alogbo, Wright 1, Eggens 2, Christmas, Robinson, Fournier. Subs: McKee 1, Crevier, Bekhazi, Lenay-Lavoie. McKelvey. Head coach: Teocharis Pavlidis
Extramen: 1/6 and 1/3 Penalties: 1/1 and 1/1
Exlused: Robinson (CAN) World League silver medallist Canada started the game really well their defense was great including goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault good performance – she was the best goalkeeper in the World League Super Final in June. But in the second quarter Italy started to dominate the game and made a spectacular 5-0 series. In the second half of the match Italian ladies played in an other dimension and finally won the game confidently.
W2 Group A:
Brazil-China 4-11 (2-4, 0-2, 2-1, 0-4) Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referres: Flahive (AUS), Ohme (GER)
Brazília: Abla – Zablith 1, Cardos 1, Amaral, Dias 1, Bahia, Duarte 1. Subs: K. Ferreira, S. Ferreira, Belorio. Head coach: Eduardo Abla
Kína: Peng – Mei, Xiong, Niu 1, Guo, C. Zhang 3, Z. Zhang 2. Subs: Shen (goalkeeper), Bi, Nong 1, D. Zhang 1, Chen 2, J. Zhong 1. Head coach: Dali Gong
Extraman: 1/6 and 2/12
Exclused: Bahia (Brazília) After a dinamic start the match soon brought us the first goals of the game. From 2-0 the Chinese team managed to turn the game around, therefore by the end of the quarter the Chinese lead grew to two points. The sharp and fast attacks of the Asian team has proved to be impossible to defend for the Brazilian team. In the third quarter China continued its agressive attacks, but the Brazilians managed to make use of their opportunities better therefore they emerged as the winner of the quarter. The constantly offensive Chinese tactics proved to be more resulting, the Brazilians tried to score some goals from a long distance but mostly failed. The match ended with three strong Chinese hits.
W3 Group B
New Zealand-Spain 2-10 (0-3, 1-1, 0-2, 1-4) Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Salnichenko (RUS), Molnár P. (HUN)
New Zealand: Minleich – Mason 1, Lopes da Silva 1, Stoneman, Bowry, Hudson, Pye. Subs. Lewis, Ferigo, Doyle, Houghton. Head coach: Andrea Winstanley-Smith
Spain: Ramos – A. Espar 2, B. Ortiz, M. Ortiz, Gomez 2, C. Espar, P. Rovirosa 3. Subs. Bach, Carrasco, Forca 1, Barriga 1, A. Rovirosa 1. Head coach: Miguel Oca Extraman: 0/9 and 5/10 Penalties: 0/0 and 1/1
Exlused: Mason Kelly (New Zealand) In 2014 Spain had a fantastic event at Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex as they won the European Championships in Budapest. Now they have big aims for the 17th FINA World Championships also and for these goals a clear and easy victory against New Zealand was the first step.
There was no question during the game, kiwis only had some moments (and their defense was suprisingly good) but Spain dominated the whole game and claimed the three points.
W4 Group B
Republic of South Africa–United States 2-24 (0-6, 0-7, 2-5, 0-6) Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Garibaldi (ARG), Daners (URU)
South Africa: Penny – Paley, Schooling 1, Hallendorf, Barret 1, White, Nixon. Subs: Thomas, Faulman, Wessels, Keeny, Smit, Manson. Head Coach: Gareth Samuel
United States: Stone – Seidemann 5, Fattal 3, Raney, Neushul Kiley 3, Neushul Jamie 6, Fischer Makenzie 2, Williams 1. Subs: Musselmann, Hauschild 2, Steffens, Fischer Aria 2, Longan. Head Coach: Krikorian Adam Extramen: 1/5 and 2/4 The whole match was unquestionably dominated by the American national team. They lead grew to six goals by the end of the first quarter. Almost every single American shot ended up in the South African goal, while their opponents could barely launch any successful attack against them. The match ended with a crushing American victory.