MACEDONIANS AT THE FINA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MELBOURNE
Macedonia is being represented by 7 swimmers at the 12th World Aquatics Championships which is being held currently in Melbourne, Australia.
Marathon swimmer, Mihajlo Ristovski was the first to begin the championships tuesday at the open water swimming and is placed 40th on the rankings. He will also compete in the 1.500 m race at the Olympic pool.
The other participants who will compete later on in the tournament are; Zoran Stamenov (50 and 100 M. freestyle), Miro Krstevski (50, 100 and 200 M. Dolphin), Mirjana Stojanova(50 and 100M. Back, 100 M. Dolphin and 200 M. freestyle), Elena Popovska (50 and 100 M. freestyle, 50 M. Dolphin) and Monika Spasova (50,100 and 200 M. Dolphin).
And for the first time Macedonia has a contestant in diving as well, Lauren Karatanevski (yeah, -ski not -ska), a Macedonian from Canada has chosen to represent Macedonia. She allready participated in the 1 M. springboard today, and she finished 32nd with a score of 179.25 points of total 37 divers. First she was only planning to compete in 1 discipline, now she also will compete in the 3 M. springboard on Saturday as anounced by the chef of the Macedonian delegation. Lauren is one of the best female divers in the American University league where she swims for North Carolina
"We had alot of problems for preparing and training, because the swimming pools in Skopje were closed for a long time. But we managed to keep the swimmers in form also by training in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Under these circumstances the only thing we want is our swimmers to swim their best times!, said the Macedonian coach, Metodija Angelovski.
MD: Macedonia has not even got one proper swimming pool, so it must be very hard for them, but we wish the swimmers all the best and let's hope they can be very succesfull! If you are from Melbourne you should grab your scarves, flags and head to the pools to support our swimmers a bit!