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Montreal - Chelsea Davis of the United States was taken to hospital after cracking her head on the diving board during the preliminary round of three-metre springboard event at the world swimming championships on Friday.

Davis was taken to the on-site medical centre and immediately transferred to a Montreal hospital.

Jacob Gamache, a diving communications assistant, said Davis was conscious when she was taken from the pool.

It was the first major international competition for the promising teenager whose best result to date is a fourth in the three-metre synchronised event at the FINA grand prix.

Here's a picture - it's nasty http://za.today.reuters.com/genImag....ze=full

:( so sad

The 17-year-old struck the board and then tumbled into the pool. She lay motionless face down in water with blood streaming from her nose as coaches jumped in to her assistance.

The story makes the incident sound more serious than it was.  She wasn't really ever "motionless" or "face down."  Her coach had her out of the water within seconds.  It did not appear that she was knocked out.

It was reported on CBC tonight that she had three stitches and should be out of hospital by tomorrow.

I was nasty looking though...she's pretty lucky.

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Phelps stumbles, Canadians shine at aquatic worlds

American swimming star Michael Phelps suffered a shocking defeat and two Canadian records fell during the opening day of swimming at the world aquatic championships Sunday in Montreal.

Phelps, who captured six gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, remarkably failed to advance past the preliminary stage in the men's 400-metre freestyle Sunday.

The surprising result ended Phelps's quest to win eight world championship medals in Montreal.

"Not the way I wanted to start off," Phelps told the Associated Press. "It's pretty disappointing. I felt good in the warmup, but then in the race, it wasn't there."

The disappointment experienced by Phelps was a stark contrast to the buzz generated by the Canadian swimmers.

Brittany Reimer, 17, of Surrey, B.C., set a national record in the women's 400 freestyle and was the top qualifier for Sunday evening's final.

Reimer's time of four minutes 8.28 seconds slashed 1.06 seconds off her own mark set at the 2003 world championships in Barcelona.

"I'm so happy I'm almost in tears," said Reimer. "I touched the wall and I was shocked to see I was that fast. I haven't been that fast in two years."

The Canadian men's 4x100 relay team of Yannick Lupien, Rick Say, Mike Mintenko and Brent Hayden also advanced to a final later Sunday in record time. Canada finished in 3:16.80, beating the old record set by the same foursome at the 2003 world championships.

The Canadian squad posted the second-fastest qualifying time behind the U.S.

http://www.cbc.ca/story....24.html

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2 gold and 1 bronze to the Aussie swim team on day one, with Grant Hackett taking the 400metres freestyle, the women's 4x100metres relay team scoring gold and the men's 4x100metres relay team picking up a bronze. Even without the Thorpedo and retired butterfil champ Petria Thomas the Dolphins are swimming fantastically:

Aussie Swim News

By the way, aside from Michale Phelps coming a gutzer in the 400 metres, what's the story with bronze medallist Oussama Mellouli? Is this the first time a North African has won a medal in any world swimming champs? Somehow I wouldn't expect Tunisia to be a powerhouse of Olympic/World Champ swimmings...

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eusebius65 the field is generally weak, how can you explain Canada beating Australia in the rely any other way. The new swimmers are not going to surface until probably next season with the Commonwealth games for the Aussies and Brits, and the normal races for the other people

I think i have seen a Tunisian winner before, but again weak field if i remember correctly

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More final results:

Men's 400m Freestyle Swimming

1. Grant Hackett (Australia) - 3:42.91

2. Yuri Prilukov (Russia) - 3:44.44

3. Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) - 3:46.08

Women's 400m Freestyle Swimming

1. Laure Manaudou (France) - 4:06.44

2. Ai Shibata (Japan) - 4:06.74

3. Caitlin McClatchey (Great Britain) - 4:07.25

Men's 4X100m Freestyle Swimming

1. USA - 3:13.77 (Championship Record)

2. CANADA - 3:16.44

3. Australia - 3:17.56

Women's 4X100m Freestyle Swimming

1. Australia - 3:37.32 (Championship Record)

2. Germany - 3:38.24

3. USA - 3:38.31

Men's 10m Platform Diving

1. HU Jia (China)

2. Jose Antonio Guerra Oliva (Cuba)

3. Gleb Galperin (Russia)

Women's 3m Springboard Synchro Diving

1. LI Ting/Guo Jingjing (China)

2. Ditte Kotzian/Conny Schmalfuss (Germany)

3. Kristina Ishchenko/Olena Fedorova (Ukraine)

Men's 10m Platform Synchro Diving

1. Dmitry Dobroskok/Gleb Galperin (Russia)

2. YANG Jinghui/HU Jia (China)

3. Peter Waterfield/Leon Taylor (Great Britain)

Team Synchronized Swimming

1. Russia

2. Japan

3. Spain

Men's 25km Open Water Swimming

1. David Meca (Spain)

2. Brendan Capell (Australia)

3. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)

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Montreal - Chelsea Davis of the United States was taken to hospital after cracking her head on the diving board during the preliminary round of three-metre springboard event at the world swimming championships on Friday.

The 17-year-old struck the board and then tumbled into the pool. She lay motionless face down in water with blood streaming from her nose as coaches jumped in to her assistance.

Davis was taken to the on-site medical centre and immediately transferred to a Montreal hospital.

Jacob Gamache, a diving communications assistant, said Davis was conscious when she was taken from the pool.

It was the first major international competition for the promising teenager whose best result to date is a fourth in the three-metre synchronised event at the FINA grand prix.

Here's a picture - it's nasty http://za.today.reuters.com/genImag....ze=full

:( so sad

I saw the footage of that.  Worse than Greg Louganis' hitting the back of his head in Seoul.  Let's hope Ms. Davis does not have any AIDs and will recover soon.

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American Chelsea Davis is expected to be released from hospital later and could return to the diving competition at the world swimming championships despite a spectacular accident during the preliminary round of three-meter springboard.

The tests showed no major injuries and the swimmer was expected to be released later. “She’s moving all her extremities,” said US diving team leader Robert Rudze.

Despite the dramatic incident that shocked spectators and left several near tears Davis has not been ruled out from competing in the three-meter synchronized event on Sunday.

She was scheduled to partner veteran Laura Ann Wilkinson, gold medallist in the 10m platform.

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If blood is spilled in the pool the chlorine will do its job and disinfect it all. So no chances for AIDS or HIV.

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More final results:

Men's 50m Butterfly Swimming

1. Roland Schoeman (South Africa) - 22.96s (WORLD RECORD)

2. Ian Crocker (USA) - 23.12s

3. Sergiy Breus (Ukraine) - 23.38s

Women's 100m Backstroke Swimming

1. Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) - 1:00.24

2. Antje Buschschulte (Germany) - 1:00.84

3. Natalie Coughlin (USA) - 1:00.88

Men's 100m Breaststroke Swimming

1. Brendan Hansen (USA) - 59.37s (Championship Record)

2. Kosuke Kitajima (Japan) - 59.53s

3. Hugues Duboscq (France) - 1:00.20

Women's 100m Breaststroke Swimming

1. Leisel Jones (Australia) - 1:06.25

2. Jessica Hardy (USA) - 1:06.62

3. Tara Kirk (USA) - 1:07.43

Women's 100m Butterfly Swimming

1. Jessicah Schipper (Australia) - 57.23s (Championship Record)

2. Lisbeth Lenton (Australia) - 57.37s

3. Otylia Jedrzejczak (Poland) - 58.57s

Women's 200m Individual Medley Swimming

1. Katie Hoff (USA) - 2:10.41 (Championship Record)

2. Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) - 2:11.13

3. Lara Carroll (Australia) - 2:13.32

Women's 1500m Freestyle Swimming

1. Kate Ziegler (USA) - 16:00.41

2. Flavia Rigamonti (Switzerland) - 16:04.34

3. Brittany Reimer (CANADA) - 16:07.73

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Canada's performing well at these world championships. I wonder if it's just because of the home pool advantage. I really hope this improvement continues on into Beijing 2008. We didn't even win 1 medal in the pool at Sydney or Athens.

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Nah Canada is doing better because we got a new CEO for Swimming Canada. After Athens they fired the other CEO because of bad results.

Pierre Lafontaine is the new guy and is proving to be a great pick for the CEO. He helped Australia at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

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THis article from TVNZ in NEW Zealand:

McLean, Kent reach finals

Jul 28, 2005

North Shore swimmers Hannah McLean and Dean Kent ignited another record-breaking night for Kiwis at the world swimming championships in Montreal on Thursday.

McLean, after finishing fifth in the final of the 100m backstroke, tonight qualified for the final of the 50m backstroke, breaking the New Zealand record that clubmate Liz Coster broke in the morning heats.

Kent will join McLean in Friday's finals session after qualifying in the semifinals of the 200m individual medley.

This brings the New Zealand tally of finalists to four for these championships, already the most successful in this regard of any Kiwi team at world championships, and it has only reached the half way point.

McLean and Coster both qualified for the semifinals, with Coster breaking McLean's New Zealand record clocking 29.05. McLean won the record back to become the first Kiwi to go under the 29 second barrier, clocking 28.99s in her semifinal. While sixth in her semi, it was enough to grab the eight spot for the final.

Coster was not quite able to repeat her morning swim, recording 29.15s in the slower first semifinal, to be 11th fastest overall. This represents a significant breakthrough for Coster, who was selected as a butterfly exponent in this team.

Kent started slowly in his semifinal in seventh through the first 50m before working his way through the field to finish fourth behind Olympic champion Michael Phelps in 2:01.55, just outside his New Zealand record set at the Athens Olympics.

It was enough for Kent to also qualify in eighth place for Friday's final.

"It's been another wonderful night for New Zealand swimmers,'' coach Jan Cameron said. "I am absolutely thrilled.

"Hannah continues to grow. Her confidence and experience really showed tonight and to go under 29 seconds is a wonderful achievement.''

Cameron was also full of praise for Coster.

"It is a big breakthrough for Liz. She is an extremely talented swimmer. Her morning swim was terrific and a huge jump in her times. She got caught in a slower heat but her effort was tremendous.

"Dean Kent is a premier swimmer. He is our most experienced swimmer and he knows how to produce on the big occasion. I think he can go faster on Friday night and break his own New Zealand record.

"We've exceeded our expectations already and there's a tremendous buzz in our camp. We believe there's more to come yet.''

Coster and McLean went under the previous New Zealand record in qualifying in the 50m backstroke while Kent was impressive in qualifying in the 200m individual medley.

The 23-year-old Coster was the star turn on Thursday, winning her sixth heat in the 50m backstroke to establish a New Zealand record of 29.04 which was a massive jump from her previous best of 29.88. Her time also took a sizeable chunk of 24/100th of a second off the previous record set by McLean in the 2004 New Zealand championships.

Coster, the butterfly specialist in the New Zealand medley relay team, qualified sixth fastest and only 34/100ths sec behind top qualifier Chang Gao (China).

McLean followed suit in the penultimate heat clocking 29.05, also under her old New Zealand record, but just 1/100th sec behind Coster. The fifth placegetter in yesterday's 100m final finished second in her heat behind Australia's Giann Rooney.

Kent, one of the stars of the Kiwi swim squad, clocked 2:02.35 to qualify ninth fastest in the heats for the evening semifinals of the 200m individual medley. He was second in his heat, swimming beside top qualifier and Athens medley medallist Laszlo Cseh (Hungary). Athens double medley gold medallist Michael Phelps cruised through as the third fastest qualifier.

The fifth day will feature the final of the women's 50m backstroke and men's 200m medley.

New Zealand results, Day 4:

Heats:

Women 50m backstroke: Liz Coster (North Shore) 29.04, 6th fastest, 1st in heat (NZ Record), Hannah McLean (North Shore) 29.05, 7th fastest, 2nd in heat.

Men 100m freestyle: Cameron Gibson (North Shore) 51.06 (40th)

Men 200m individual medley: Dean Kent (North Shore) 2:02.35, 9th fastest, 2nd in heat.

Semifinals:

Women 50m backstroke: McLean 28.99, 8th (NZ record); Coster 29.15, 11th

Men 200m medley: Kent 2:01.55, 8th.

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Canada's performing well at these world championships. I wonder if it's just because of the home pool advantage. I really hope this improvement continues on into Beijing 2008. We didn't even win 1 medal in the pool at Sydney or Athens.

Correction: Canada DID win a swimming medal at Sydney. Did you forget about Curtis' bronze?

As for Athens 2004, it was the first time in 40 years that Canada came up "dry" at the pool. It lead to the expulsion of the former national coach big time. Besides, he was not liked overall by almost everyone concerned.

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Nah Canada is doing better because we got a new CEO for Swimming Canada. After Athens they fired the other CEO because of bad results.

Pierre Lafontaine is the new guy and is proving to be a great pick for the CEO. He helped Australia at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Let's hope he can continue this streak towards Beijing 2008.

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THis article from TVNZ in NEW Zealand:

McLean, Kent reach finals

Jul 28, 2005

North Shore swimmers Hannah McLean and Dean Kent ignited another record-breaking night for Kiwis at the world swimming championships in Montreal on Thursday.

McLean, after finishing fifth in the final of the 100m backstroke, tonight qualified for the final of the 50m backstroke, breaking the New Zealand record that clubmate Liz Coster broke in the morning heats.

Kent will join McLean in Friday's finals session after qualifying in the semifinals of the 200m individual medley.

This brings the New Zealand tally of finalists to four for these championships, already the most successful in this regard of any Kiwi team at world championships, and it has only reached the half way point.

McLean and Coster both qualified for the semifinals, with Coster breaking McLean's New Zealand record clocking 29.05. McLean won the record back to become the first Kiwi to go under the 29 second barrier, clocking 28.99s in her semifinal. While sixth in her semi, it was enough to grab the eight spot for the final.

Coster was not quite able to repeat her morning swim, recording 29.15s in the slower first semifinal, to be 11th fastest overall. This represents a significant breakthrough for Coster, who was selected as a butterfly exponent in this team.

Kent started slowly in his semifinal in seventh through the first 50m before working his way through the field to finish fourth behind Olympic champion Michael Phelps in 2:01.55, just outside his New Zealand record set at the Athens Olympics.

It was enough for Kent to also qualify in eighth place for Friday's final.

"It's been another wonderful night for New Zealand swimmers,'' coach Jan Cameron said. "I am absolutely thrilled.

"Hannah continues to grow. Her confidence and experience really showed tonight and to go under 29 seconds is a wonderful achievement.''

Cameron was also full of praise for Coster.

"It is a big breakthrough for Liz. She is an extremely talented swimmer. Her morning swim was terrific and a huge jump in her times. She got caught in a slower heat but her effort was tremendous.

"Dean Kent is a premier swimmer. He is our most experienced swimmer and he knows how to produce on the big occasion. I think he can go faster on Friday night and break his own New Zealand record.

"We've exceeded our expectations already and there's a tremendous buzz in our camp. We believe there's more to come yet.''

Coster and McLean went under the previous New Zealand record in qualifying in the 50m backstroke while Kent was impressive in qualifying in the 200m individual medley.

The 23-year-old Coster was the star turn on Thursday, winning her sixth heat in the 50m backstroke to establish a New Zealand record of 29.04 which was a massive jump from her previous best of 29.88. Her time also took a sizeable chunk of 24/100th of a second off the previous record set by McLean in the 2004 New Zealand championships.

Coster, the butterfly specialist in the New Zealand medley relay team, qualified sixth fastest and only 34/100ths sec behind top qualifier Chang Gao (China).

McLean followed suit in the penultimate heat clocking 29.05, also under her old New Zealand record, but just 1/100th sec behind Coster. The fifth placegetter in yesterday's 100m final finished second in her heat behind Australia's Giann Rooney.

Kent, one of the stars of the Kiwi swim squad, clocked 2:02.35 to qualify ninth fastest in the heats for the evening semifinals of the 200m individual medley. He was second in his heat, swimming beside top qualifier and Athens medley medallist Laszlo Cseh (Hungary). Athens double medley gold medallist Michael Phelps cruised through as the third fastest qualifier.

The fifth day will feature the final of the women's 50m backstroke and men's 200m medley.

New Zealand results, Day 4:

Heats:

Women 50m backstroke: Liz Coster (North Shore) 29.04, 6th fastest, 1st in heat (NZ Record), Hannah McLean (North Shore) 29.05, 7th fastest, 2nd in heat.

Men 100m freestyle: Cameron Gibson (North Shore) 51.06 (40th)

Men 200m individual medley: Dean Kent (North Shore) 2:02.35, 9th fastest, 2nd in heat.

Semifinals:

Women 50m backstroke: McLean 28.99, 8th (NZ record); Coster 29.15, 11th

Men 200m medley: Kent 2:01.55, 8th.

These world championships have been great, NZ didn’t even qualify for any finals at the last 2 world champs and we have been in 5 so far I think. Hannah Mclean is outstanding, 5th in 100m backstroke finals, #1 in the Commonwealth, this is great heading into Melbourne next year. You can really see the results from the NZ Academy of Sport and SPARC. Cant wait for Melbourne and Beijing.

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Yea definately New Zealand swimming is on the up, melborne and beijing should see new zealand achieve even better results than these world champs, i cant wait. SPARCS $5 million dollar investment is certinly paying off :)

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i have no idea how Canada can win only two medals at the Olympic Games in aquatics and win 7 medals at the world championships a year later, not to mention there is a possible three more medalsm so if all goes well, Canada's medal table should be 4-2-4, than minus the two non-olympic sports and the two relays and you got 6 medals, half of our bloody total in Athens, how can a year make that much difference?

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Simple....new CEO for Swimming Canada. The previous CEO was fired because of bad results in Athens.

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its nice to seee Canada has some really good swimming talent, well three really good swimming talents, Hayden, Reimer and Brown

also the new CEO's domain does not included diving, synchro or water polo, and Canada saw 4 medals in diving, none in synchro, but really good results, and a bronze in water polo, so its not just the new CEO

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Another three new zealanders have quailified for the semi finals today, so more good news for new zealand.!

Three Kiwis into semis

Jul 30, 2005

Three New Zealand swimmers will contest Saturday's semifinals after qualifying in the latest round of heats at the world champs in Montreal.

Liz Coster has broken her second New Zealand record at the event, this time claiming the 50m butterfly record after qualifying fifth.

She'll be joined by fellow North Shore swimmers Hannah McLean and Moss Burmester.

McLean has a chance of making her fourth final in Montreal after qualifying in the 200m backstroke while Burmester produced a personal best to qualify in the 100m butterfly.

However the disappointment continues for Corney Swanepoel, who failed to get past the first round in the 100m butterfuly as he did in the 50m event.

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i have no idea how Canada can win only two medals at the Olympic Games in aquatics and win 7 medals at the world championships a year later, not to mention there is a possible three more medalsm so if all goes well, Canada's medal table should be 4-2-4, than minus the two non-olympic sports and the two relays and you got 6 medals, half of our bloody total in Athens, how can a year make that much difference?

Simple.  Stronger drugs and BALCO steroids.

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i have no idea how Canada can win only two medals at the Olympic Games in aquatics and win 7 medals at the world championships a year later, not to mention there is a possible three more medalsm so if all goes well, Canada's medal table should be 4-2-4, than minus the two non-olympic sports and the two relays and you got 6 medals, half of our bloody total in Athens, how can a year make that much difference?

Stronger drugs and less detectable steroids.  That's all.

shut up baron

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i have no idea how Canada can win only two medals at the Olympic Games in aquatics and win 7 medals at the world championships a year later, not to mention there is a possible three more medalsm so if all goes well, Canada's medal table should be 4-2-4, than minus the two non-olympic sports and the two relays and you got 6 medals, half of our bloody total in Athens, how can a year make that much difference?

Despatie is constantly improves eversince he made his debut in Barcelona 1992 (bronze medal in diving at just the age of 15 years old) and the mens team gained experience.

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Despatie was I think around 7 - 8 years old during Barcelona 1992.  He made his international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur 1998 when I believe he was 13.

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Despatie was I think around 7 - 8 years old during Barcelona 1992.  He made his international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur 1998 when I believe he was 13.

You're right. Kuala Lumpur 1998 with a bronze, and it was actually Barcelona 2003, not 1992.

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