After the overwhelming success of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships organised in Hungary, Budapest has written its name into the history of sports due to the phenomenal organisation work both in the capital and at Lake Balaton, where the open water swimming events were held. In the near future, the Hungarian capital can prove again that it really merits the international recognition as it is going to give a home to the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in May. Here are the details of the oncoming event.
As Fina.org reports, the Artistic Swimming World Series is an annually-organised elite level competition where international swimmers from all around the globe compete with each other, and the best of them are awarded in the solo, duet, mixed duet and team routines. As the info bulletin of the series also indicate, National Federations must participate in at least 4 competitions to be eligible for the prize in each category.
In 2018, the FINA World Series organises 10 competitions, starting in France in the beginning of March and ending in Uzbekistan in June.
This is the first time that Slovakia, Greece and Hungary join the competition and it is a great pleasure for all of us that Budapest is the 5th city where the series is going to continue between 18-20 May 2018, reports Mszusz.hu. The newly-constructed Duna Arena is going to be the venue of the event, and we really hope that it is going to meet up with the expectations as much as 2017 FINA Aquatics World Championships did.
French Open Paris results
Paris-Montreuil gave a home to the first meeting of the Artistic World Series 2018 between 9-11 March. China, Russia, Italy and Ukraine all performed outstandingly, going home with at least one gold medal. Varvara Subbotina and Svetlana Kolesnishenko from the Russian team proved to be invincible in the solo technical and solo free routines where Subbotina got 98.4445 points for her routine while Kolesnishenko received 95.5000 points.
As far as the team free competition is concerned, Ukraine became the 1st with 91.6667 points while France became the 2nd (86.033) followed by the Republic of Belarus (83.4000). If you are interested in the final results of the other categories as well, you can check them out here.
On behalf of the Hungarian Synchronised Swimming Federation, Szofi Kiss and Luca Rényi travelled to the competition organised near Paris to perform their free and technical routines. The ladies performed outstandingly, which is shown by the fact that Kiss ended in the 12th place with 76.2837 total points while Rényi became 19th with 67.7086 points in the Women Solo Technical category.
As far as their free routines are concerned, Kiss became 16th while Rényi ended in the 20th position.
If the name of Szofi Kiss seems to be familiar to you, it is not a coincidence. One of the most memorable moments for every Hungarian during the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships was when Szofi Kiss jumped into the pool in the City Park and performed her unique routine to the Hungarian song called Most múlik pontosan (lit.transl. It is passing by right now). After that, as Vizesvb2017.24.hu reports, she said:
“I think this was the best routine of my life. I really like this music and it was our aim to choose one that is well-known for every Hungarian. Honestly, I did not hear the applause at the end, but I remember the reaction of people when the music started.”
She chose the same song for her free solo performance in Montreuil, and it seems to be working for her.
The free solo performances of both women are available here. Check them out!
The series is going to continue in China between 21-23 April, then in Tokyo between 28-30 April before it goes to Slovakia at the beginning of May.
The competitions are going to take place in Budapest between 18-20 May and the Hungarian Synchronised Swimming Federation is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would like to help in the organisation of the event.
We are impatient to see the Hungarian team performing in Budapest, and we wish the best for them for the rest of the series! 🙂
Featured image: facebook/Budapest 2017 FINA Vizes Világbajnokság
Source: fina.org; mszusz.hu; vizesvb2017.24.hu