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BUDAPEST TO HOST 2024 SHORT COURSE SWIMMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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”.

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MULTIPLE ULTRAMARATHON WINNER SZILVIA LUBICS FINISHED 4TH IN THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST FOOT RACE

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

Source: hungarianambiance.com

 

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Chris Froome retains yellow jersey at Tour de France

Chris Froome survived a scare to retain the yellow jersey as Bauke Mollema won stage 15 of the Tour de France to Le Puy-en-Velay. Dutchman Mollema attacked in the closing stages of the 189.5km ride from Laissac-Severac L’Eglise to take the first Tour win of his career. Froome needed a wheel change approaching the Col de Peyra Taillade, and lost almost a minute before an 8km chase back to the main contenders. But the three-time Tour winner held on and retains his lead of 18 seconds over Italian Fabio Aru, with Frenchman Romain Bardet a further five secondsback. Bardet’s AG2R La Mondiale team had upped the pace as the category one Peyra Taillaide approached with 40km left, and had already distanced Froome once before the Team Sky man was forced to pull over. He took a quick wheel change from Michal Kwiatkowski before Mikel Nieve and Sergio Henao helped pace him up the climb. “I had a problem with my rear wheel that had to be changed,” Froome said. “Kwaitkowski gave me his wheel because the team car was far away.We did all we could to return to the top of the race. Thanks to my team-mates, Sergio Henao and Mikel Nieve, who helped me. I thought I might not see the lead again.” After Nieve peeled off, Froome was forced to chase alone before Mikel Landa, pictured above, answered questions about his loyalty by dropping out of the lead group to finish the job, and Froome clung on as Bardet tried a brief attack before the summit. “All the team did nice work,” Landa said. “We had a difficult moment but we worked like a team to save the day.” It looked like a missed opportunity for Froome’s rivals as they could not capitalise on the effort he had spent making his way back over some of the steepest sections of the climb – hearing boos from the strongly pro-Bardet crowd as he went. The main contenders marked each other over the rolling final kilometres, but Irishman Dan Martin was allowed to pull clear with 8km left and claw back more time. The Quick-Step Floors rider picked up 13 seconds to move up to fifth place ahead of Landa, 72 seconds off yellow. It had been clear since midway through the day that stage honours would go to the breakaway, with Sky happy to let a 28-man group pull away. German Tony Martin tried a long-range attack, but after the Katusha-Alpecin man was caught on the Peyra Taillade, there were a series of attacks and counter-attacks. Trek-Segafredo’s Mollema attacked on the descent of the Peyra Taillade, and held off a chasing group of Warren Barguil, Primoz Roglic, Diego Ulissi, and Tony Gallopin over the final categorised climb, the Cote de Saint-Vidal. “It’s really amazing,” Mollema said. “I’m so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France. I’ve worked for it so hard. That was a big goal for me. It is the biggest win of my career.” Nairo Quintana’s bid for Tour glory this year looks to be over after he cracked on the Peyra Taillaide and tumbled out of the top 10.

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FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS WERE INTRODUCED IN BUDAPEST

According to Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták, the organisers are providing everything to ensure that the FINA World Aquatics Championships beginning in Hungary on Friday will be perfect. At the international event’s press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Seszták, who is also the Chairman of the organising committee, pointed out that Hungary had to prepare to host the competition in record speed after the original host, Mexico, withdrew. “We will be working until the very last minute, but these are just the finishing touches. We are providing everything to assure a perfect competition, but it is the athletes who will have to perform”, he added. The Minister emphasised that the cost of hosting the World Championships was 46.4 billion forints (EUR 150M), in addition to which permanent development projects were realised in Budapest and at Lake Balaton at a cost of over 84 billion forints (EUR 271M). According to Mr. Seszták, the World Championships provides an opportunity for Hungary to “show its face”, and everything is given to enable Budapest and Balatonfüred to host the “most beautiful World Championships with the best atmosphere”. “This is all about solidarity, the talent of Hungarians and keeping promised”, he added, ending his speech with the words: “Go Hungarians, Go Hungary!”. President of the International Swimming Federation (Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA) Julio C. Maglione said he was sure that the current World Championships would be the greatest in FINA’s history. Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták and President Julio C. Maglione, photo: Gergely Botár “Hungary is one of the most wonderful countries in the world, and Budapest is magical, as are the people who live here”, he declared, praising his welcome and Hungarian hospitality. “An aquatic sport tops the list of Olympic sports in view of the fact that 49 gold medals will be awarded in swimming at the next Olympic Games”, he added. President Maglione expressed his particular thanks to FINA Vice president Tamás Gyárfás, stressing that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán “is still working to ensure the wide success of the Hungarian World Championships”. Executive Director of FINA Cornel Marculescu spoke about the favourable economic effects of the World Aquatics Championships, including television ratings, explaining that for instance the 2013 championships in Barcelona was watched by 4.5 billion people, while the 2015 event in Kazan, Russia was watched on television by 6.7 billion people. FINA is also expecting “very high television ratings” from the Hungarian World Championships, he added. Government Commissioner for major development projects in Budapest Balázs Fürjes stressed that everything would be ready in time for the opening ceremony of one of the world’s most important sports events, listing more water surfaces, cycling paths and green areas as some of the positive benefits of hosting the World Championships. FINA – Budapest2017: Tickets are now available! Click here to get your own ticket! “The new facilities have not been constructed primarily for the World Championships, in view of the fact that after the event they will be used by athletes and the general public”, he said, thanking the people of Budapest for their patience and understanding with regard to the unavoidable inconveniences that go hand in hand with preparations for an event of this calibre. The final speaker at the press conference, FINA Vice president, Vice President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and former President of the Hungarian Swimming Association Tamás Gyárfás simply said: “Thank you to everyone”, adding that he hopes the performances and results speak for themselves. At the close of the media event, the World Championship medals were introduced, designed by Hungarian artist László Ördögh, the first two of which, a gold medal each, were presented to Julio C. Maglione and Cornel Marculescu by Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták.

Photo: MTI, kormany.hu

Source: Ministry of National Development/MTI