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July 20, 2009
Diving and swimming championships in Rome
The FINA World Championships in Rome begain on July 17 and continue through Aug. 2. The championships feature events in all five aquatic disciplines: swimming, open-water swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. The events include participation of more than 190 Nations, 2500 athletes and 2000 volunteers. On Sunday, the swimming began, all except for the open-water swimming which was postponed until Tuesday. (17 images)

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Jenna Randall of Great Britain trains for the Individual Womens Solo Synchronised Swimming on July 17, in Rome, Italy. Getty Images / Clive Rose


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Laura Sanchez of Mexico competes in the Womens 10m Diving Platform Semi Final at the Stadio del Nuoto on July 18, in Rome, Italy. Getty Images / Clive Rose



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Paola Espinosa of Mexico competes in the Womens 10m Diving Platform Final at the Stadio del Nuoto on July 18, in Rome, Italy. Getty Images / Clive Rose



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Mary Beth Dunnichay and Haley Hishimatsu of the United States perform during the women's 10-meter synchronized diving event, at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Rome, Sunday, July 19. AP / Michael Sohn



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An unidentified diver practices at the swimming pool of the Foro Italico, on the eve of the 2009 World Swimming Championships, in Rome,Thursday, July 16. The championships will run until Aug. 2. AP / Alessandra Tarantino



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Chinese diver Wang Han competes during the women's diving 1m springboard final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Pakhalina won gold while Chinese pair Wu Minxia and Wang Han finished second and third. AFP / Getty Images / Filippo Monteforte



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Australian divers Briony Cole and Melissa Wu compete during the women's 10m synchronised platform diving final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. AFP / Getty Images / Christophe Simon



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US diver Christina Loukas competes during the women's diving 1m springboard final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Russian Julia Pakhalina won gold while Chinese pair Wu Minxia and Wang Han finished second and third. AFP / Getty Images / Martin Bureau



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Chinese diver Wang Han competes during the women's diving 1m springboard final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Russian Julia Pakhalina won gold while Chinese pair Wu Minxia and Wang Han finished second and third. AFP / Getty Images / Christophe Simon



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Chinese diver Wang Han competes during the women's diving 1m springboard final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Russian Julia Pakhalina won gold while Chinese pair Wu Minxia and Wang Han finished second and third. AFP / Getty Images / Filippo Monteforte



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Chinese diver Wu Minxia competes during the women's diving 1m springboard final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Pakhalina won gold while Chinese pair Wu Minxia and Wang Han finished second and third. AFP / Getty Images / Filippo Monteforte



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Italian divers Valentina Marocchi and Brenda Spaziani compete during the women's 10m synchronised platform diving final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Chinese pair Chen Ruolin and Wang Xin retained their title while US Mary Beth Dunnichay and Haley Ishimatsu took silver and Leong Mun Yee and Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia claimed bronze. AFP / Getty Images / Martin Bureau



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The Japanese synchronised swimming team takes part in the team technical routine preliminaries of the 13th FINA Swimming World Championships on July 18, in Rome. AFP / Getty Images / Christophe Simon



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The Canadian team competes during the synchronised technical final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Team Russia finished with 98.833 points to beat Spain by just one point with China in third. AFP / Getty Images / Martin Bureau



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The Japanese team competes during the synchronised technical final on July 19, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Team Russia finished with 98.833 points to beat Spain by just one point with China in third. AFP / Getty Images / Martin Bureau



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Canada's Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon competes to win bronze during the synchronised technical solo final on July 20, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Russia's Natalia Ishchenko won gold while Spanish Gemma Mengual took silver and Canadian Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon got bronze. AFP / Getty Images / Christophe Simon



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Japan's Adachi Yumi competes during the synchronised technical solo final on July 20, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Russia's Natalia Ishchenko won gold while Spanish Gemma Mengual took silver and Canadian Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon got bronze. AFP / Getty Images / Martin Bureau



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