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LEN Trophy 2008-09 : Draw for the Qualifcation Round 2
BEST AQUATIC PHOTO OF 2008 - LEN Magazine Photo Contest
LEN TROPHY 2008-09 : DRAW FOR THE QUALIFCATION ROUND 2
Link: LEN Trophy 2008-09 results and rankings
Roma - LEN office ; The Draw for the Qualification Round 2 of the 2008-9 Men Len Trophy took place in Rome (ITA), at the LEN office venue. Attending the draw, Dr, Massimo Falco, Vice president, and Mr. Aldo Genua, Team Manager of C.N.Posillipo Napoli.
The thirty two teams participating have been drawn in the following groups:
Group I, to be played in Oradea (ROU)
CSM Leonardo ORADEA (ROU)
VK CATTARO (MNE)
Widex Donk GOUDA (NED)
Spartak VSPU VOLGOGRAD (RUS)
Group J, to be played in Montpellier (FRA)
CN BARCELONA (ESP)
SZEGED Beton (HUN)
Arkonia SZCZECIN (POL)
MONTPELLIER WPC (FRA)
Group K, to be played in Budapest (HUN)
T-MOBILE BUDAPEST (HUN)
NC CHIOS (GRE)
De PORTINADO (POR)
PVK Val PRCANJ (MNE)
Group L, to be played in Barcelona (ESP)
Sintez KAZAN (RUS)
UNIQA UTE BUDAPEST (HUN)
ROTHERAM Metro (GBR)
CN ST ANDREU (ESP)
Group M, to be played in Athens (GRE)
Panionios ATHENS (GRE)
WPC BEOGRAD (SRB)
Tirol INNSBRUCK (AUT)
SGW98/Waspo HANNOVER (GER)
Group N, to be played in Novi Sad (SRB)
Vojvodina NOVI SAD (SRB)
VOULIAGMENI GS (GRE)
Salgueiros PORTO (POR)
Steaua BUCHAREST (ROU)
Group O, to be played in Napoli (ITA)
CN Posillipo NAPLES (ITA)
Mornar SPLIT (CRO)
BMK KHARKOV (UKR)
Galatasaray ISTANBUL (TUR)
Group P, to be played in Rijeka (CRO)
PSV EINDHOVEN (NED)
Primorje RIJEKA (CRO)
LSTW LODZ (POL)
Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS)
Matches will be played between Oct.31th and Nov.2nd.,2008
BEST AQUATIC PHOTO OF 2008 - LEN MAGAZINE PHOTO CONTEST
Link: 2007 Winning photos
LEN Magazine official Web Site
Rome, LEN office - For the second year in a row, the LEN Magazine organizes a Photographic contest, The LEN AQUATIC PHOTO COMPETITION, open to all photographers.
Tamas Gyarfas, LEN Vice-President and Editor-in-chief of LEN magazine, in order to invite all participants, wrote the following message:
For the second time, following last year’s huge success, LEN Magazine invites photographers world-wide to take part in the LEN AQUATIC PHOTO COMPETITION.
Please have a look at last year's winning photos which were awarded valuable Omega watches during a special Ceremony held at the European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven.
(The 2007 winning photo, "The Jump" by Patrick Kramer, is here above displayed)
Now, send us your best photos of 2008 (in 300 dpi resolution, file extensions: jpg, tif, pdf) of any LEN aquatic sport (swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, open water swimming and water polo) to the following e-mail address:
All entries will be placed on the LEN Magazine web-site: www.lenmagazine.com
The LEN Bureau will then vote for the best photos, while YOU can vote on our web-site and help decide who wins the popularity prize (participation is open to everyone). Each photo must have its own title, so please don’t forget to give one to your entry and to mention your name and what media company you work for.
Naturally, the photos remain anonymous before the decision of the jury.
The prizes will be awarded during the 12th European Short Course Swimming Championships – Rijeka08, and a selection of the most beautiful photos will be published in the upcoming issue of LEN Magazine (only their titles will be mentioned without the photographer's name) which has a distribution of 20,000 copies.
We impatiently await your most interesting and exciting photos!
LEN Vice President
LEN Magazine Editor in Chief
Tel: +36-1-251-0690, Fax: +36-1-363-3813
12th Euro Short Course Swimming Champs - Rijeka08 First highlight of the post-olympic season
LEN Congress in Zürich Nory Kruchten is the new LEN President ; EC 2010 in Budapest; Unicef and LEN
12TH EURO SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPS - RIJEKA08 FIRST HIGHLIGHT OF THE POST-OLYMPIC SEASON
Link: Official Rijeka 2008 European Short Course Championships
Rijeka (pps) After the excitement of the Long Course Spring-Summer period (including the European Championships in Eindhoven and the Olympic Games in Beijing), the European swimming elite will now dive into the Short Course competitions in just a few weeks time.
The 12th European Short Course Swimming Championships in Rijeka, Croatia (11-14 December), will surely be an undisputed highlight. Federations from 38 countries have already announced their participation and more than 600 swimmers are expected to compete.
On occasion of a recent site visit to Rijeka, LEN Secretary Sven Egil Folvik (of Norway) pointed out that preparation for the 12th European Short Course Swimming Championships are on track and that he has full confidence in both the Croatian Swimming Federation and the ‘Rijeka08’ Organising Committee. He hopes the citizens of Rijeka will enjoy the swimming festival in December.
Folvik also complimented the city authorities for their new swimming complex which will be more than ready for the Championships. The Kantrida swimming pool complex, officially opened on July 24th, is the first major sporting center built in Rijeka in the last 30 years.
The first “test event” for the indoor pool will be staged in November 2008 when Rijeka will host an international swimming meet. This event will be the final test before the 12th European Short Course Swimming Championships. This event will celebrate the centennial anniversary of swimming in Rijeka and of local sport club Viktoria - Primorje 08.
Tomislav Karlo, General Secretary of the Croatian Swimming Federation, will be the Competition Manager. At the 1996 and 1999 European Short Course Championships he won silver in the 50m backstroke event. His compatriot and World Short Course Champion Duje Draganja, will try to retrieve the 50m freestyle World Record he set at the World Short Course Championships in Manchester last April but then lost to South Africa’s Roland Schoeman on September 6th.
INFORMATION for the MEDIA
Find attached the accreditation and accommodation forms for the 2008 European Short Course Swimming Championships. The Predikat agency is the official media relations agency for the European Short Course Swimming Championships - Rijeka 08. All your requests can be directed to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone to: +385 51 317980
More information about the Championships is available on the official website: www.rijeka2008.com
Accreditation deadline is November 1st, 2008.
LEN CONGRESS IN ZüRICH NORY KRUCHTEN IS THE NEW LEN PRESIDENT ; EC 2010 IN BUDAPEST; UNICEF AND LEN
Link: LEN Bureau and Technical Committees
Zürich (pps) The European Swimming Federation, LEN, has a new leader for the next five years. 64-year-old Nory Kruchten of Luxembourg, who has acted as LEN Treasurer since 1992, succeeds Italian Bartolo Consolo, who no longer stood for re-election at the LEN Congress in Zürich after 18 years at the helm.
Kruchten won the Presidential election against Russian Gennady Aleshin. After the Congress Kruchten declared: “I am happy with the trust of our member Federations, particularly because I can begin my term of office in the Bureau with the team I have been wishing for.“
47 of the 51 LEN Member Federations were represented in Zürich, the Congress was honoured by the presence of FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui, as well as FINA Treasurer, Julio Maglione.
LEN increased its governing body, the Bureau, from 15 to 17 Members, and the number of Vice Presidents from two to five, who will each be assigned special tasks. For the first time in the history of LEN (since 1927), a woman is among the Executive Members of LEN which include the President, Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer. 54-year-old German Dr Christa Thiel takes over from Nory Kruchten as Treasurer. Norwegian Sven Egil Folvik, 64, continues as Secretary.
The new LEN Bureau:
President: Nory Kruchten (Luxembourg)
Vice Presidents: Gennady Aleshin (Russia), Dimitris Diathesopoulos (Greece), Tamas Gyarfas (Hungary), Francis Luyce (France), Erik van Heijningen (Netherlands)
Secretary: Sven Egil Folvik (Norway)
Treasurer: Christa Thiel (Germany)
Bureau Members: Paolo Barelli (Italy), Robert Ebejer (Malta), Juan Koninckx Bataller (Spain), Jerzy Kowalski (Poland), Erich Meyer (Switzerland), Kurt Mikkola (Finland), David Sparkes (Great Britain), Ivan Varvodic (Croatia), and Andriy Vlaskov (Ukraine).
Bartolo Consolo has been elected Honorary Life President, while Rafael Blanco (Spain), Alan Clarkson (Great Britain) and Toivo Öhman (Sweden) are new Honorary Members of LEN.
The European representatives to join the Bureau of the International Swimming Federation, FINA, next year in Rome are Nory Kruchten, Paolo Barelli, Tamas Gyarfas, Dimitris Diathesopoulos, Sven Egil Folvik and Christa Thiel.
The newly elected LEN Bureau decided on Sunday afternoon on the composition of the various Technical Committees for the upcoming office term. The complete list of the Committees is attached to the present release.
The next LEN Congress will be hosted by the Danish Swimming Federation, in Copenhagen on September 19th of next year. From 2010 onwards, LEN’s most important annual meeting will take place in springtime (May/June).
2010 European Swimming Championships in Budapest
Zürich (pps) The 2010 European Championships in Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming will be hosted once again in Budapest between August 4th and 15th. The allocation was announced by the LEN Bureau before the elections at the LEN Congress last weekend in Zürich. The Hungarian capital will stage European Swimming Championships for the fourth time, after the inaugural event in 1926 and the 1958 and 2006 editions. No other city has hosted four European Swimming Championships.
According to a further decision of the LEN Bureau, European Diving Championships will be held annually in the future and will replace the former Arena European Diving Champions Cup. In odd years this competition will be staged separately as an independent event, however in even years the diving discipline will continue to be an integral part of the European Swimming Championships. The first edition of the European Diving Championships will take place in Turin, from April 1st to 5th 2009.
The next European Water Polo Championships for Men and Women will be hosted by the Croatian capital, Zagreb, on September 3rd to 12th 2010.
LEN seals partnership with UNICEF
Zürich (pps) LEN and UNICEF have sealed their continuing partnership. On occasion of the LEN Congress in Zürich, both organisations have signed a four-year partnership agreement. LEN FOR UNICEF will emphasise the importance of water and sanitation projects, the existing frame of collaboration between LEN and UNICEF, and the opportunities for development through the involvement of national entities. As Hans Olsen, Deputy Director of UNICEF Geneva (in charge of National Committee Relations, and Private Fundraising and Partnerships), explained in Zurich, 2.6 billion people (40 percent of the World’s population) are lacking basic sanitation facilities. LEN’s engagement will contribute to putting emphasis on the urgency of providing safe water and sanitation to children all over the World.
(September 30th, 2008)
06/10/08 EuroLeague 2008-09 - Draw for the Qualification Round 2
Rome, LEN Office - Water Polo Men EuroLeague. Draw for the
Qualification Round 2 - Marseille (FRA),Herceg Novi (MNE),
Duisburg (GER) and Eger (HUN) to host the 4 groups.
The draw for the qualification round II of the men Euro League
took place this morning by the LEN office premises and was taken care by the LEN staff G.Scala and M. Birri, together with the LEN Director Laszlo Szakadati.
The four Groups will be as follows:
Group E - to be played in Marseille (FRA)
Brixia Leonessa Nuoto (ITA)
VK Vojvodina Otp Banka NOVI SAD(SRB)
Panionios GSS ATHENS (GRE)
Centre des Nageurs de MARSEILLE(FRA)
CS Dinamo BUCHAREST (ROU)
Rokava KOPER (SLO)
Group F - to be played in Herceg Novi (MNE)
Ethnikos PIRAEUS (GRE)
WC Jadran - CKB HERCEG NOVI (MNE)
T-Mobile Honved BUDAPEST (HUN)
Spartak VOLGOGRAD (RUS)
PSV EINDHOVEN (NED)
Ilyichevets MARIUPOL (UKR)
Group G - to be played in Duisburg (GER)
JUG Croatia Osiguranje DUBROVNIK (CRO)
Sintez KAZAN (RUS)
C.N. Posillipo NAPLES (ITA)
Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA (MNE)
A.S.C. DUISBURG (GER)
Olympic NICE Natation (FRA)
Group H - To be played In Eger (HUN)
ZF EGER (HUN)
Club Natacio BARCELONA (ESP)
Vaterpolo Klub SIBENIK - NCP (CRO)
C.S.M. Leonardo ORADEA (ROU)
Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 BERLIN (GER)
C.H. Hornets KOSICE (SVK)
The four group's matches will be played from 16 to 19 of October 2008.
Link: Water Polo Euro League 2008-09
22/09/08 LEN Congress in Zürich - Change at the top of the European Swimming Federation
LEN Congress in Zürich - Change at the top of the European Swimming Federation
Nory Kruchten is the candidate to succeed Consolo as President
Rome (pps) The European Swimming Federation, LEN, is facing a change at the top of the board.
Bartolo Consolo, Italy, will not stand for re-election at the LEN Congress in Zürich on September 28th after 18 years as President of LEN. The candidate to succeed Consolo is Nory Kruchten, 64, of Luxembourg who has been Treasurer and member of the LEN Bureau since 1992. Kruchten is also Vice President of FINA, the International Swimming Federation. Bartolo Consolo, also Honorary Secretary of FINA, will remain a member of the LEN Bureau for another four years as Immediate Past President.
The LEN Bureau is to be increased from 15 to 17 members in Zürich, and instead of two Vice Presidents as in the past, there is now to be five Vice Presidents in office assigned to special tasks. Sven Egil Folvik of Norway stands for re-election as Secretary, and Dr Christa Thiel of Germany stands for election as Treasurer.
Candidates for the five Vice President spots are the two current position holders Gennady Aleshin (Russia) and Francis Luyce (France), as well as Dimitris Diathesopoulos (Greece), Tamas Gyarfas (Hungary) and Erik van Heijningen (Netherlands) for the newly created positions.
Candidates for Bureau membership are Paolo Barelli (Italy), Robert Ebejer (Malta), Juan Koninckx Bataller (Spain), Jerzy Kowalski (Poland), Erich Meyer (Switzerland), Kurt Mikkola (Finland), David Sparkes (Great Britain), Ivan Varvodic (Croatia) and Andriy Vlaskov (Ukraine).
LEN plans to hold annual European Championships in Diving from 2009. Until this year, Diving has been a part of the European Championships together with Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming every two years (on even years). In the odd years now, additional European Diving Championships are to replace the “Arena Diving Champions Cup”.
In Zürich, the LEN Bureau will also allocate the 2010 European Championships in Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming.
(September 22, 2008)
Link: LEN Congress 2008 Zurich - Official Page
17/09/08 11th European OWS Championships Dubrovnik 2008. Kruchten- “A fantastic event in a beautiful city”
Dubrovnik (pps) The 2008 European Open Water Swimming Championships proved a great success for the European Swimming Federation (LEN).
Held separately from the European Swimming, Diving and Synchronised Swimming Championships for the first time since 1993, the event in Dubrovnik boasted a new record participation of 111 swimmers representing 22 LEN Member Federations.
LEN Treasurer Nory Kruchten (LUX) drew a positive conclusion: “We express our gratefulness to the Organising Committee, the City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Swimming Federation. We have come a long way, and yet we have a long way ahead of us to consolidate the new events. The swimmers’ response to the 5km time trial format and the team event was overwhelmingly positive. I think we will keep it for the 2010 Europeans. The increased interest in the 25km has led to more competition and new medal winners. This development is good for the sport.”
Edith van Dijk (NED) and Thomas Lurz (GER) were awarded the OMEGA watches for best female and male swimmer of the 2008 Open Water Swimming European Championships.
Italy finished at the top in the nations ranking with 182 points followed by Russia (176) and Germany (154). Italy also came first in the medal table with 3 gold - 1 silver - 2 bronze and a total of 6 medals. Germany was second with 1-3-3/7 ahead of Russia with 1-2-2/5.
Edith van Dijk ended her long and outstandingly successful international career in Dubrovnik although without winning another medal finishing fourth in all three individual events. The 35-year-old Dutchwoman is the most decorated 25km female swimmer of all times. Since the 1997 European Championships in Seville, she has won no fewer than four World (2000-2003) and one European title (2002) plus a further five World and European medals.
The Croatian Swimming Federation will also host LEN’s last event in 2008, the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Rijeka in December.
More info on the LEN European Championships website: http://www.europeanchampionships.org/
2008 European Open Water Swimming Championships Medal winners
5km Time Trial
1. Rachele Bruni ITA 58:50,7min
2. Britta Kamrau-Corestein GER 59:16,1min
3. Alice Franco ITA 59:39,0min
1. Larisa Ilchenko RUS 2:00:30,9hrs
2. Martina Grimaldi ITA 2:00:31,4hrs
3. Alice Franco ITA 2:00:32,2hrs
1. Margarita Dominguez ESP 5:38:35,3hrs
2. Britta Kamrau-Corestein GER 5:39:00,2hrs
3. Anna Uvarova RUS 5:39:06,6hrs
5km Time Trial
1. Spyridon Gianniotis GRE 52:57,2min
2. Jan Wolfgarten GER 53:55,7min
3. Thomas Lurz GER 54:04,3min
1. Thomas Lurz GER 1:52:48,9hrs
2. Evgeny Drattsev RUS 1:52:50,6hrs
3. Toni Franz GER 1:52:53,0hrs
1. Valerio Cleri ITA 4:29:00,0hrs
2. Joanes Hedel FRA 4:32:40,9hrs
3. Dmitry Solovyev RUS 4:34:02,4hrs
5km Time Trial
1. ITA (Andrea Volpini, Rachele Bruni, Luca Ferretti) 56:17,5min
2. RUS (Daniil Serebrennikov, Evgeny Drattsev, Ekaterina Seliverstova) 57:03,6min
3. GER (Jan Wolfgarten, Britta Kamrau-Corestein, Thomas Lurz) 57:30,0min
FINAL MEDAL TABLE
NATION G=GOLD; S=SILVER; B=BRONZE; T=TOTAL
1 Italy 3G 1S 2B 6T
2 Germany 1G 3S 3B 7T
3 Russia 1G 2S 2B 5T
4 Greece 1G 0S 0B 1T
4 Spain 1G 0S 0B 1T
6 France 0G 0S 1B 1T
(September 15, 2008)
Link: LEN European Championships official website
03/09/08 European Open Water Swimming Cup 2008 - Germany Uber Alles
European Open Water Swimming Cup Final – Porec, Croatia
Nadine Pastor and Christian Reichert won the European Cup
Porec (pps)- Germany’s Christian Reichert and Nadine Pastor both secured their first overall victory in the European Open Water Swimming Cup by winning the 10km and 5km pursuit events in Porec, Croatia.
Reichert gained 57 points ahead of the two Frenchmen Sebastien Fraysse and Julien Codevelle finishing second and third with 45 points each. Fraysse’s second position in the final race in Porec was decisive for the overall classification. Christian Reichert’s total time for both races was 2hrs50min36.38sec.
The German open water swimming “Armada“ celebrated a straight win in the overall classification. Nadine Pastor won with 55 points ahead of last year’s winner Cathleen Rund (47) and Antje Mahn (34). Pastor achieved a total time of 2hrs56min37.13sec in both final events.
Germany thus won both European Cup events for the second time in a row. Last year Toni Franz and Cathleen Rund took home the overall titles.
The European Swimming Federation (LEN) had put up a total prize money of €17,500 for the European Open Water Swimming Cup.
Results, European Open Water Swimming Cup, Final – Porec, Croatia
10km and 5km pursuit
1. Christian Reichert (Germany) 2:50:36,38 hrs
2. Sebastien Fraysse (France) 2:52:07,71 hrs
3. Julien Codevelle (France) 2:53:03,04 hrs
1. Nadine Pastor (Germany) 2:56:37,13 hrs
2. Cathleen Rund (Germany) 3:00:38,97 hrs
3. Iris Mathey (Switzerland) 3:04:10,95 hrs
Winners of the five legs of the 2008 European Open Water Swimming Cup
Valerio Cleri (Italy) 2:01:08,0 hrs
Alice Franco (Italy) 2:10:04,0 hrs
Christian Reichert (Germany) 0:55:46,10 hrs
Nadine Pastor (Germany) 0:57:42,52 hrs
Sête (FRA) - (10km)
Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:58:05,13 hrs
Alice Franco (Italy) 2:07:46,03 hrs
Navia (ESP) - (5km)
Toni Franz (Germany) 1:03:18,0 hrs
Cathy Dietrich (France) 1:07:52,0 hrs
Porec (CRO) - (5km and 10km)
Christian Reichert (Germany) 2:50:36,38 hrs
Nadine Pastor (Germany) 2:56:37,13 hrs
2008 European Open Water Swimming Cup – Final Ranking
1. Christian Reichert (Germany)57 points
2. Sebastien Fraysse (France) 45 points
3. Julien Codevelle (France) 45 points
(in the photo from J.P. Narce, from left to Right, Julien Codevelle (FRA); Christian Reichert (GER); Sebastian Fraysee (FRA))
1. Nadine Pastor (Germany)55 points
2. Cathleen Rund (Germany)47 points
3. Antje Mahn (Germany) 34 points
(September 4, 2008)
Link: LEN website Open Water Cup page
23/10/08 MOSCOW (RUS) Invitational
Date: 23-26 OCTOBER 2008
Organisation: Russian Water Polo Federation (RUS)
Venue: Olympiyskiy Swimming Pool
Delegate: LONZI Gianni (ITA)
Referees: KOGANOV Mark (AZE) - GOMEZ Filippo (ITA) - STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE) - GALKIN Alexander (RUS) - TULGA Ahmet Erhan (TUR)
Pool: Indoor Pool
25/10/08 PLZEN (CZE) International Meeting - Open
Plzenske sprinty - Czech Cup
Date: 25-26 OCTOBER 2008
Organisation: Czech Swimming Federation (CZE)
Pool: Indoor 25 m - 8 Lanes - Width: 21 m - Depth min: 1,8 m - Depth max: 2 m
Warm Up: Indoor Pool - Width: 21 m - Lenght: 25 m
25/10/08 BELGRADE (SRB) International Meeting
16th Memorial Anje Lambasa
Date: 25-26 OCTOBER 2008
Organisation: Serbian Swimming Federation (SRB)
Countries: SLO - GER - CRO - MNE - MKD HUN
Men: Age Groups (90 and younger)
Women: Age Groups (90 and younger)
Pool: Indoor 50 m - 8 Lanes
25/10/08 HAJDUSZOBOSZLO (HUN) International Meeting - Open
10th ARENA CUP
Date: 25-26 OCTOBER 2008
10th ARENA CUP
Organisation: Hungarian Swimming Association (HUN)
Men: (born 1991 to 1998)
Women: (born 1991 to 1998)
Pool: Indoor 50 m - 8 Lanes - Depth min: 2 m - Depth max: 2.2 m
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