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STORM POSTPONES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OPEN WATER EVENTS

18 Jul 2009
Storm damage has forced FINA to postpone the World Championship Open Water events in Rome where athletes on the British Gas Swimming Team were set to compete tomorrow.

At a meeting held today in Rome the FINA Bureau decided to postpone the events due to the weather conditions in Ostia, the location for the competitions.

The Open Water Swimming races will now take place on July 21st - 5km Women (09:00) and 5km Men (11:00); July 22nd - 10km Women (09:00) and 10km Men (13:00); July 25th - 25km Men (09:00) and 25km Women (09:10).

Today in Rome, FINA also announced that Dubai (UAE) will host the 15th FINA World Championships in 2013. The 14th World Championships will take place in Shanghai (China) in 2011.

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The FINA World Championships take place in Rome from 17th July to 2nd August. Britain is  represented in diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and the swimming events.

For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 0778 992 6136 or email dave.richards@swimming.org

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