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SPORT & LEISURE - SWIMMING

Nada Al Bedwawi gets golden reception on touchdown in UAE

Posted on 16/08/2016

Nada Al Bedwawi is back from the Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old Emirati swimmer was given a heart-felt and warm reception by friends and family who all showed up to cheer the first Emirati woman to compete in swimming at the Olympic Games. Nada took part in the 50-metre freestyle at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nada told ‘Emarat Al Youm': "This is a big surprise and an extraordinary reception from family, friends and the swimming federation.” "I learned a lot from my experience, ...  >>MORE

UAE’s Nada ‘breaks barrier’, shooters miss out on semis

Posted on 14/08/2016

It was always going to be tough for UAE's lone female swimmer Nada Al Bedwawi competing in the 50m freestyle and she couldn't make much of an impact. She finished the heats on 78th spot clocking 33.42sec but was quick to reveal that her aim has been achieved. "My main goal is to break down these barriers; these gender barriers, and pave the way for other female swimmers,” said Al Bedwawi adding, "Especially in our country, people are reluctant to start something new. So when they see there is ...  >>MORE

Exciting showdown in men’s breaststroke

Posted on 07/11/2015

World class international swimming returned to Dubai on Friday morning with the first day's heats of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup kicking off at the Hamdan Sports Complex. And with so many world champions in action, tonight's finals session promises to be one of the most exciting ever seen in Dubai. The showdown in the men's 50m breaststroke promises to be thrilling, with all three medallists from the 2015 World Championships — Adam Peaty, Cameron Van Der Burgh and Kevin Cordes — in ...  >>MORE

Swimming superstars return to UAE for final round of World Cup

Posted on 05/10/2015

World class swimming competition returns to Dubai next month as an impressive line-up of world and Olympic champions heads to the UAE for the final round of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup. South Africa's Chad Le Clos and Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu head the list of big names who will compete for glory in the 50m pool at the Hamdan Sports Complex on 6th and 7th November. It is the first time that Dubai will host the final deciding leg of the eight-stage event, which will also see ...  >>MORE

UAE Swim Team wins 15 GCC Championship medals

Posted on 04/09/2015

DOHA: The UAE swimming team has been awarded 15 medals, including eight gold, four silver and three bronze, at the 25th GCC Swimming Championship, currently being held in Qatar. This makes the UAE team runner-up to Qatar with a difference of 5 golds, and thus the closest it has ever been to obtaining the GCC title in the championship's history. Yaaqub Al Saadi from Al Ain Swimming Club succeeded in achieving a new international and personal best in the 200 metres backstroke with a time of ...  >>MORE

Emirati female swimmers set eyes on Rio Olympics after Kazan experience

Posted on 17/08/2015

Nada Al Bedwawi and Alia Al Shamsi made history this month when they became the first Emirati women to represent their country at swimming's World Championships. The results may not have been spectacular but their participation in Kazan transcended what took place in the pool. Whether they realise it or not, the two young swimmers have become the latest pioneers for women's sports in the Emirates. The experience has left them elated and humbled in equal measures. "My experience in Kazan was ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi wins bid to host 2020 World Swimming Championships

Posted on 23/07/2015

In another achievement for the UAE and thanks to the leadership's support, Abu Dhabi has won the rights to host the World Swimming Championships for 2020. The announcement was made yesterday in Kazan, Russia in the presence of a UAE delegation headed by Ahmed Al Falasi, Chairman of the UAE Swimming Association. Abu Dhabi beat competition from Peruvian capital Lima and Almaty in Kazakhstan. The World Swimming Championships feature 44 races,¬ 22 for men and 22 for women. The 2016 championships ...  >>MORE

Fina Hosa Marathon Swimming Wold Cup top talent to make a splash

Posted on 13/03/2015

Over 70 of the world's fastest swimmers representing 22 countries are set to dive into the FINA Hosa 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup today on Abu Dhabi's Corniche, its organisers have said. The UAE capital marks round two on the World Cup calendar and is the richest race of the season. Host organisers, the UAE Swimming Federation and Abu Dhabi Sports Council, have welcomed the world's greatest swimmers this week who have all now landed in Abu Dhabi. The sport's legends have flown in this ...  >>MORE

China’s diving stars spin into Dubai

Posted on 12/03/2015

The world's best divers will begin arriving in Dubai early next week for the second round of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, after round one is held this weekend in Beijing. With the 2015 World Championships only a few months away, this year's Diving World Series will be vital preparation for all the divers and an opportunity to fine tune their performances. The 2015 FINA/NVC Diving World Series event consists of six legs and kicks off in Beijing on 13th-15th March, then travels to Dubai, ...  >>MORE

Hosszu, Gyurta set world records

Posted on 01/09/2014

Hungarian swimmers Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta ruled the pool smashing world records on the first day of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup held at the Hamdan Sports Complex Dubai on Sunday. Gyurta set a new world record in the men's 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:00:48 while Marco Koch of Germany claimed the silver clocking 2:01:28 and Yukihiro Takahashi bagged the bronze with a time of 2:05:00. Reigning World Cup champion Hosszu of Hungary lived up to her ‘Iron Lady' image setting ...  >>MORE

Al Jasmi brothers make U.A.E. proud

Posted on 31/08/2014

The Al Jasmi brothers Saeed, Obaid, Bakheet and Faisal were presented the Guinness World Record certificate at a grand ceremony held at the Hamdan Sports Complex on Saturday. The Guinness World Record certificate was to acknowledge the Emirati brothers achievement of being the first team of brothers to compete in the 4x100-metre relay at the Swimming World Championships in 2010. The Al Jasmi brothers represented the U.A.E. in the 4x100m freestyle relay on the opening day of the Fina World ...  >>MORE

World's best swimmers arrive in Dubai for Swimming World Cup

Posted on 30/08/2014

Some of the world's best swimmers arrived in Dubai yesterday, ahead of the second round of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup which will be held on Sunday 31 August and Monday 1 September. Among the arrivals was Hungary's Katinka Hosszu who collected a swag of medals and set three new world records in the first round in Doha this week. Hosszu, who is blitzing the field in almost every event she enters, collected ten medals in Doha, seven of them gold. Wearing her trademark ‘Iron Lady' shirt, ...  >>MORE

World Champions to compete in Swimming World Cup in Dubai

Posted on 13/08/2014

With entries still coming in organisers are delighted to announce that an impressive line-up of champions will compete in the second round of the FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup in Dubai later this month. Along with current World Cup champions Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the entry list features multiple world and Olympic champions and world record holders, including Spain's Mireia Belmonte, Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, Robert Hurley of Australia and Daryna Zevina ...  >>MORE

Commonwealth Games gold medallists heading to Dubai

Posted on 08/08/2014

Fresh from their gold medal winning performances at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, South Africa's swimming stars Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh will be among an impressive line up of champions heading to Dubai later this month for the second round of the FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup. Dubai will host the second round of the seven-leg highly competitive World Cup series, from August 31st until September 1st, and while the final entry list is yet to be confirmed, many Olympic, ...  >>MORE

Swimming superstars return to Dubai

Posted on 22/07/2014

Organiser are expecting another thrilling event at the Hamdan Sports Complex here between August 31stand September 1st, with crowd favourites and overall winners of the 2013 Swimming World Cup, Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, expected to head the list of stars competing for World Cup glory. Golden boy Le Clos, who is one of the most popular swimmers in the world, is in scintillating form. He was crowned world champion in the 100m and 200m butterfly at the Fina World ...  >>MORE

Burj Al Arab charity swim-around raises Dh200,000

Posted on 22/02/2014

A charity swim around Dubai's "seven-star” Burj Al Arab island-hotel raised around Dh200,000 for the Medecins Sans Frontieres, an emergency medical aid group, on Friday, organisers said. The final amount could be higher as proceeds were still being tallied after the event early in the day. Some 714 people took part in the swim, which included a 1.6-kilometre competitive route and a "relaxed social” 800-metre course circling the sail-shaped white hotel. It marked the highest turnout in the ...  >>MORE

Action continues at FINA Swimming World Cup on final day in Dubai

Posted on 19/10/2013

The action continued this morning on the final day of the FINA Swimming World Cup at the Hamdan Sports Complex, with Hungarian Katinka Hosszu again showing her versatility qualifying for the finals of another five events, taking her total number of events contested for the two days to 12. Hosszu only missed the podium in one of her six events last night, the 800m freestyle, where she finished fifth. After that disappointment she lifted to take gold in the 200m freestyle and 200m IM, silver in ...  >>MORE

FINA Swimming World Cup begins today

Posted on 17/10/2013

UAE World class international swimming returns to Dubai today with the start of the FINA Swimming World Cup, and organisers are delighted with both the calibre and number of entries received. This is the third time Dubai has hosted a leg of the prestigious FINA Swimming World Cup, and over 200 swimmers from 41 countries will hit the pool tomorrow for the first day of exciting competition at the Hamdan Sports Complex. The entry list for the FINA Swimming World Cup features some of the biggest ...  >>MORE

Dubai children to have their own Swimming World Cup

Posted on 04/10/2013

Children in Dubai are to have a unique opportunity to meet two of the hottest stars in international swimming, as well as participating in their own special Children's Swimming World Cup during the FINA Swimming World Cup on 17th-18th October, organisers announced yesterday. London Olympian and Dubai crowd favourite, South African Chad Le Clos, and the Tunisian distance superstar, Oussama Mellouli, will be on hand to meet children and sign autographs after the Children's World Cup races on ...  >>MORE

USA named best overall team as swimming championships finish on a high

Posted on 02/09/2013

Team USA took the honours last night, taking the awards for the women's team, men's team and overall winning team as the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships came to a close. In an exciting climax to the six day event which saw the best juniors in the world battle it out for glory, another nine Championship records fell on the final night. Thirty four new times now stand as Championship records. The action was breathtaking from the outset, with the much anticipated duel between the ...  >>MORE

Day 6 heats session sets up exciting final night of 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Posted on 01/09/2013

The last heats session of the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships set the scene for some scintillating finals action tonight. In the first heat, the boys 200m Backstroke, Luca Mancarini of Italy qualified fastest in 1:59.62, just edging out Connor Green of the US who finished in 1:59.75. Mancarini finished sixth in the 100m backstroke final, just one place ahead of Green. Danas Rapsys of Lithuania who took silver in the 100m backstroke qualified in fifth, setting up an exciting final ...  >>MORE

Russia dominates in Day 3 of 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, qualifies fastest in 4 of 6 events

Posted on 29/08/2013

The Russian team has emerged as the one to beat as the action and excitement continued in the Hamdan Sports Complex in the Day 3 heats of the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships yesterday. Russia qualified fastest in four of the six events this morning, as Championship records continued to fall. The first to claim a record was Svetlana Chimrova of Russia in the girls 50m butterfly. Chimrova had a convincing win in her heat, and qualified first for the final with 26.62 seconds. ...  >>MORE

Championship records continue to fall in Day 2 World Junior Swimming Heats

Posted on 28/08/2013

The second heats session of the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships saw another championship record fall this morning in the first event on the program, the boys 200m Individual Medley. Nearly 800 swimmers from 91 nations have gathered in Dubai to contest the Championships which is for the top juniors in the world, girls aged 14-17 and boys aged 15-18, making this the largest World Junior Swimming Championships since its inception in 2006. USA's Andrew Seliskar continued his team's ...  >>MORE

Saeed eyes national record

Posted on 27/08/2013

Young UAE swimming ace Ali Ahmed Saeed and his Egyptian coach Ashraf Saleh will be competing against the very best of talent on the world junior swimming stage and they are not promising anything out of turn to the home supporters. However, they are sure the experience of competing against the best swimmers, some of whom have timings close to the best in the senior men's and women's categories, at the fourth Fina World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai from August 26 to 31 is going to be ...  >>MORE

Teams from 91 nations arrive in Dubai ahead of World Junior Championships

Posted on 25/08/2013

Over 1000 swimmers, officials and supporting families have touched down in Dubai ahead of the 4th FINA World Junior Championships which start on Monday. 753 of the best young swimmers in the world representing 91 nations will compete for glory. On Thursday, the 28-strong Australian team jetted in from a pre-event training camp in Doha. Team Manager Michael Scott said the swimmers have already demonstrated great potential and will gain valuable race experience from this international meet ...  >>MORE

UAE Swim Team Aiming High at World Juniors Championship

Posted on 22/08/2013

Eleven promising young Emirati swimmers will be hoping for a home crowd advantage next week when the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships kicks off at the Hamdan Sports Complex. Fresh from his appearance at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona as a member of the two man senior UAE team, all eyes will be on 17 year old Yaaqoub Youssef Al Saadi. Al Saadi currently holds the UAE open record for the 200m backstroke, and is expected to produce some good times in his home pool next ...  >>MORE

4th FINA World Championships open to all with free transport

Posted on 20/08/2013

The 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships kicks off in Dubai in just a week and with 859 athletes from 93 countries from around the world making their way here, there will be a home team for nearly every Dubai resident to support. Organisers of the event announced yesterday that free transport to and from the Hamdan Sports Complex would be provided for the duration of the event to allow all sports fans the chance to see their countries in action in the pool. The competition is for the ...  >>MORE

Dubai all set for Fina event

Posted on 15/08/2013

Following a thrilling Fina World Championships in Barcelona last month, it's now Dubai's turn to experience gold fever as the fourth World Junior Swimming Championships kick off at the Hamdan Sports Complex in just a fortnight. After watching the world's best battle it out in Barcelona, 883 juniors from around the world will be itching to emulate their heroes in the emirate and establish themselves as swimming stars of the future. For many of the competitors, this will be their first taste of ...  >>MORE

Family touch to spice up World Junior Swimming Championships

Posted on 29/07/2013

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex will be hosting over 900 competitors from 93 countries between August 26 and 31, with hundreds more flying in to town to cheer on family members taking part in the championships. Families from as far afield as Brazil and Botswana will add to the atmosphere of the international event, and they are all hoping the support they will be giving their sons, daughters, brothers or sisters, will inspire them to achieve personal bests while boosting the ...  >>MORE

Dubai set for Fina milestone

Posted on 29/05/2013

The emirate shall set yet another new sporting milestone when it stages the fourth Fina World Junior Swimming Championships at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex this August. In the brief history of the competition from its inaugural edition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, seven years ago, all three previous events have attracted swimmers from a maximum of 58 countries. However, Dubai has already surpassed that prior benchmark as a record-breaking 85 nations have confirmed their ...  >>MORE

Top divers arrive for FINA event

Posted on 20/03/2013

The world's best divers arrived in Dubai on Monday ahead of the second leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013, which is being held at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex on March 21-23. The FINA/Midea Diving World Series event runs over three days, starting with the 10m platform synchron finals on Thursday from 10am-12pm, followed by the opening ceremony at 5pm and 3m springboard synchro finals from 6pm-8pm. Friday's 3m individual springboard semi finals session runs ...  >>MORE

Phelps' coach outlines plan to develop UAE swimmers

Posted on 20/02/2013

Bob Bowman, the man who coached the legendary Michael Phelps to an unprecedented 22 Olympic medals, has heaped praise on Dubai's Hamdan Sports Complex aquatic centre, saying it was "beyond belief” and "best in the world”. The 48-year-old American, who trained Phelps from when he was an 11-year-old to the moment he retired after the London Olympics last year, met with the Dubai Sports Council on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of starting a centre of excellence in association with the Phelps ...  >>MORE

FINA World Cup ready to make a splash in Dubai

Posted on 02/10/2012

Some of the biggest names in swimming will renew rivalries for the first time since the London Olympics when they dive into the pool for the inaugural leg of the 2012 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. The two-day event at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai marks the second time the city will host the opening round of the prestigious World Cup series and organisers are delighted with the quality of the field assembled. A total of 130 swimmers from 32 ...  >>MORE

UAE swimmer Al Besher disappointed with Olympic debut

Posted on 29/07/2012

UAE's Mubarak Salem Al Besher clocked 1:05.26 in his 100m breaststroke heat on Saturday morning and was unable to advance to the semi-finals. The 24-year-old Emirati was making his Olympics debut and was looking to record a personal best but his timing was a mere 0.05s off his previous mark. "I had set myself a goal to clock a new national record but unfortunately I was not able to do that, which is why I'm very disappointed,” said Al Besher told Sport360°. "I was very nervous today because ...  >>MORE

Besher ready to make a splash

Posted on 28/07/2012

UAE swimmer Mubarak Salem Al Besher is all set to lead the UAE charge in the 100m breaststroke at the Olympic Park's Aquatics Centre on Saturday on the opening day of the swimming competition. Al Besher is looking forward to make his presence felt and set a new personal record. Al Besher completed preparations under the supervision of his American coach Jay Benner and looking forward to show the best of him in the tough competition against the world's top athletes. – Khaleej Times ...  >>MORE

London 2012: UAE swimmer realistic ahead of Olympic bid

Posted on 26/07/2012

Dubai swimmer Mubarak Salem Al Besher is ready to push his limits when he takes to the pool at the Olympic Park's Aquatics Centre on Saturday. Al Besher hopes to set a new personal best and clock a time that makes him stand out as an Emirati and an Arab. Both Al Besher and his American coach Jay Benner have realistic goals for the 24-year-old, who will make his Olympic debut in the 100m breaststroke event. But Al Besher admits he is often burdened by unrealistic expectations from people in ...  >>MORE

Ready to make a splash for the Arab world

Posted on 20/06/2012

I had made the trip down to the massive structure that is the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex to catch the UAE swim team practice, and more specifically, the man who is preparing to represent the Emirates at the London 2012 Olympics – Mubarak Salem Al Besher. The swimmers had been doing two-a-day sessions, two hours each, and despite the time approaching 8pm, Al Besher was still doing his laps with unrelenting focus as one breaststroke followed the other. The 24-year-old has ...  >>MORE

UAE swimmer Obaid Al Jesmi fit and ready for Olympics

Posted on 30/04/2012

UAE veteran swimmer Obaid Al Jesmi says the ‘huge' margin by which he won his races at the National Winter Swimming Championships last weekend shows he is fit and ready to go the Olympics. Al Jesmi, who represented the UAE at the Athens and Beijing Olympic as well as six World Championships, recently underwent surgery but still managed to set a new national record in the 400IM race on Saturday. Al Jesmi is facing a battle though to claim the expected one wildcard entry the UAE will get for ...  >>MORE

South African swimmer claims triple gold at Swimming World Cup

Posted on 09/10/2011

It was triple celebration for South African Chad le Clos at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex as the 19-year-old from Durban collected three gold medals on the first day of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup. Le Clos first powered his way to victory in the 400m individual medley - holding back at first but then catching second-placed Dinko Jukic of Austria towards the latter part of the race to finish in 4:04.58. His second gold of the night came in the 200m butterfly, where ...  >>MORE

Swimmers from 28 countries have arrived in Dubai ready for the FINA?ARENA Swimming World Cup

Posted on 06/10/2011

International swimming returns to Dubai in just two days with the start of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup. Swimmers from 28 countries have arrived in Dubai ready for the competition which takes place at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex this Friday and Saturday. President of the UAE Swimming Federation, Ahmed Al Falasi, said: "Hosting these major international events is an important part of the growth of swimming, not only in Dubai and the UAE but the whole region. "It ...  >>MORE

FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup could inspire next great Emirati swimmer, UAE coach believes

Posted on 04/10/2011

UAE swimming coach Jay Benner believes this weekend's FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup has the potential to inspire the next great Emirati swimmer. Benner and his team are looking forward to welcoming the top swimmers from around the world to the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex for the October 7-8 event. Benner said: "Any time you have the chance to come and see world class swimmers, you should do it. Many of these swimmers will be competing at the Olympics in London next year, ...  >>MORE

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Nada Al Bedwawi gets golden reception on touchdown in UAE


UAE’s Nada ‘breaks barrier’, shooters miss out on semis


Exciting showdown in men’s breaststroke


Swimming superstars return to UAE for final round of World Cup


UAE Swim Team wins 15 GCC Championship medals


Emirati female swimmers set eyes on Rio Olympics after Kazan experience


Abu Dhabi wins bid to host 2020 World Swimming Championships


Fina Hosa Marathon Swimming Wold Cup top talent to make a splash


China’s diving stars spin into Dubai


Hosszu, Gyurta set world records


Al Jasmi brothers make U.A.E. proud


World's best swimmers arrive in Dubai for Swimming World Cup


World Champions to compete in Swimming World Cup in Dubai


Commonwealth Games gold medallists heading to Dubai


Swimming superstars return to Dubai


Burj Al Arab charity swim-around raises Dh200,000


Action continues at FINA Swimming World Cup on final day in Dubai


FINA Swimming World Cup begins today


Dubai children to have their own Swimming World Cup


USA named best overall team as swimming championships finish on a high


Day 6 heats session sets up exciting final night of 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships


Russia dominates in Day 3 of 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, qualifies fastest in 4 of 6 events


Championship records continue to fall in Day 2 World Junior Swimming Heats


Saeed eyes national record


Teams from 91 nations arrive in Dubai ahead of World Junior Championships


UAE Swim Team Aiming High at World Juniors Championship


4th FINA World Championships open to all with free transport


Dubai all set for Fina event


Family touch to spice up World Junior Swimming Championships


Dubai set for Fina milestone


Top divers arrive for FINA event


Phelps' coach outlines plan to develop UAE swimmers


FINA World Cup ready to make a splash in Dubai


UAE swimmer Al Besher disappointed with Olympic debut


Besher ready to make a splash


London 2012: UAE swimmer realistic ahead of Olympic bid


Ready to make a splash for the Arab world


UAE swimmer Obaid Al Jesmi fit and ready for Olympics


South African swimmer claims triple gold at Swimming World Cup


Swimmers from 28 countries have arrived in Dubai ready for the FINA?ARENA Swimming World Cup


FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup could inspire next great Emirati swimmer, UAE coach believes