With the cancellation of the German Open this year, the French Open will be the first big international event to finally get the season started. This meet also serves as the first of the 2018 FINA World Series.
FINA held its annual World Aquatics Gala, the “Soirée des Etoiles,” on December 2 in Sanya, China, where it recognized top athletes in each aquatic event. For synchro, Russia’s Svetlana Kolesnichenko was awarded the 2017 FINA Best Female Artistic Swimmer title, while Aleksandr Maltsev (Russia) and Giorgio Minisini (Italy) shared the FINA Best Male Artistic Swimmer award.
Two-time world champion Aleksandr Maltsev announced via Instagram that Maya Gurbanberdieva would be his new partner for the mixed duet events for the 2018 season, representing the Russian Federation.
The 2018 FINA World Series will feature 10 competitions across the world, starting in France at the beginning of March and ending in late June in Uzbekistan.
The results of the first edition of the FINA World Series have been compiled following the last competition of the series last weekend in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Ukraine is the big winner of this inaugural event as the federation grabbed first place in the duet and team categories with 340 and 680 points, respectively. Spain’s Ona Carbonell won the solo category with 400 points, and Japan’s Atsushi Abe and Yumi Adachi came in first in the mixed duet with 380 points.