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Monday, July 22, 2013

Samuel De Bona In Pursuit Of A Medal

Samuel Menegon De Bona enjoyed his highest place ever at a FINA World Championship competition.

The young man from Brazil with a perennial wide, warm smile was ecstatic about his 6th place finish and he understood of the mistakes he made in the 5 km race this weekend.

"The race was pretty hard. There were many contours in the course and much physical contact between everyone. In the end, I got used to the pace and I was able to stick with the lead group of athletes. I was hanging with Thomas [Lurz] and almost got a medal, but I choose the wrong side towards the end of the race.

I had a different plan and preparation. I had a strong strategy and it worked. I'll swim the [Team Pursuit] relay in the quest for a medal. Poliana [Okimoto] is a great athlete and she will be able to keep the pace of Luis Rogerio Arapiraca and me in pursuit of a medal!

The 22 Team Pursuit teams entered at the FINA World Championships for Thursday, July 25th race include:

1. ARGENTINA (shown above): Guillermo Vittorio Bertola, Martin Miguel Carrizo Yunges, Florencia Belen Mazzei Villegas
2. AUSTRALIA: Jarrod Poort, Simon Huitenga, Melissa Gorman
3. BRAZIL: Luis Rogerio Arapiraca, Samuel De Bona, Poliana Cintra Okimoto
4. CANADA: Zsofia Balazs, Eric Hedlin, Philippe Guertin
5. CHINA: Shinye Cao, Wenchao Xu, Han Lidu
6. ECUADOR: Katia Paola Barros Esquivel Ivan Alejandro Enderica Ochoa, Santiago Paul Enderica Salgado
7. EGYPT: Youssef Hossameldeen, Adel Ragab, Laila El Basiouny
8. FRANCE: Damien Cattin-Vidal, Aurelie Muller, Bertrand Venturi
9. GERMANY: Isabelle Franziska Härle, Thomas Lurz, Christian Reichert
10. GREECE: Kalliopi Araouzou, Antonios Fokaidis, Spyridon Gianniotis
11. HONG KONG: Fiona On Yi Chan, Hong Li Chun, Leung Sunny Poon Ching
12. HUNGARY: Éva Risztov, Anna Olasz, Mark Papp
13. ITALY: Rachele Bruni, Simone Ercoli, Luca Ferretti
14. JAPAN: Yasunari Hirai, Yumi Kida, Yuto Kobayashi
15. KAZAKHSTAN: Vitaliy Khudyakov, Vladimir Tolikin, Xeniya Romanchuk
16. MEXICO: Ivan Lopez, Lizeth Rueda Santos, Miguel Alejandro Hernandez Martinez
17. SOUTH AFRICA: Chad Ho, Daniel Marais, Kyna Pereira
18. RUSSIA: Sergey Bolshakov, Evgenii Drattcev, Elizaveta Gorshkova
19. NEW ZEALAND: Phillip Ryan, Kane Radford, Cara Baker
20. TUNISIA: Badr Chebchoub, Maroua Mathlouthi, Seifeddine Sghaier
21. UNITED STATES: Haley Anderson, Andrew Gemmell, Sean Ryan
22. VENEZUELA: Johndry Segovia, Luis Bolanos, Florencia Melo

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