As the 15th FINA World Championships, of which Speedo is an official partner, approaches, Speedo is proud to announce its world class sponsored athletes who will battle it out in the pool. From 19th July – 4th August, Barcelona will play host to over 190 national teams and more than 2,000 individual athletes as the world’s best aquatics athletes converge at the sport’s most prestigious event.
Representing the Philippines are Speedo sponsored elite athletes Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Both swimmers have competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Jessie is the Philippine record holder in 200m freestyle while Jasmine holds the national record for 50m and 100m butterfly.
Completing the Philippine team is Josh Hall, a Filipino-American swimmer based in Wisconsin who represented the country last year at the 14th FINA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Two-time (2010 and 2011) FINA Swimmer of the Year, Ryan Lochte (USA) returns to the championships this year to defend his five titles won at the 14th FINA World Championships in 2011.
Joining Lochte on the USA team is Speedo sponsored athletes Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer, Scott Tyler Clary, Nathan Adrian and Conor Dwyer who will all be keen to add to their impressive medal haul from previous FINA World Championships.
Regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in sprint swimming, France will be supporting Speedo sponsored Olympic Champion Florent Manaudou. Whilst many British eyes will be on Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Michael Jamieson and two-time World Champion Kerri-Ann Payne.
Flying the flag for Australia is Alicia Coutts who will be building on two Silvers and Bronze from the FINA World Championships in 2011. Bronte Barratt, Cameron McEvoy, Brittany Elmslie and Christian Sprenger will compete alongside Alicia in Speedo for Team Australia.
As well as individual athletes, Speedo also sponsor many world class national federations, including Spain, Australia, Canada, China (swimming only) and Great Britain, many of whom will be wearing the latest LZR Racer® Elite 2 swimsuit.
David Robinson, President of Speedo International, said:
“We are delighted to again be an official partner of the FINA World Championships, the most important event in the swimming calendar. The quality of Speedo’s sponsored athletes is extremely high and I would like to wish all of them and their teams the very best of luck as they take to the water.”
The event will take place in a number of central locations including Palau Saint Jordi, Piscines Bernat Picornell, Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc and Moll de la Fusta. It will be broadcast to an estimated global television audience of 3.5 billion people. Athletes will compete in over 66 events across the 15 days of competition.
As the official partner of FINA, Speedo will have unique access to the 15th FINA World Championships, including event branding opportunities and, alongside the Speedo sponsored teams and individual athletes, FINA officials, volunteers and the local organising committee will also wear Speedo product.
In addition, Speedo will hold activities throughout the Championships to further highlight the brand’s involvement and excite and inspire participants and spectators alike.
These will include the launch of a series of films starring Michael Phelps informing viewers of the physical benefits of swimming for any age or body type, encouraging people to get in the pool to feel the benefits for themselves and ‘Get Speedo Fit’.
Additionally, Michael Phelps will be signing autographs as part of a meet-n-greet session at the Speedo on-site store where spectators can also purchase Speedo exclusive event merchandise and swimwear.
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