May 19, 2009, 7:49 AM
The 16th FINA World Masters Swimming Championship ended at the exciting city of Kazan, the Capital city of Tartartan, Russia.
With its new world records, it has set a big threshold for athletes to crackdown in Budapest 2017, comes the 17th FINA World Masters Swimming Championship 2017 in Hungary.
The Gambian FINA international referee (Mr Yorro Njie) has witnessed a lifetime experience with world-class officials during the championship that ended on 16 August 2015.
According to Mr Njie, this was his first experience in such a high profile international event. He was appointed in various capacities during the world swimming championship.
He was also identified as a starter, to start all the races during the 3km Open Water Swimming Championship opening events on 7 August 2015.
He kick-started all the 9 different categories at the Kazanka High Diving venue.
This experience, he believes, will positively transform the capacity of the Gambia Swimming Association Technical and Official committees and the athletes as a whole.
He said: “It is only exposure that could transform you to true knowledge of swimming.”
Mr Njie as well served in the following capacities during the championship:
Chief Inspector of Turns
The chief inspector of turns shall ensure that inspectors of turns fulfill; their duties during the competition.
The chief inspector of turns shall receive the reports from the inspectors of turns if any infringement occurs and shall present them to the referee immediately.
Each judge of stroke shall ensure that the rules related to the style of swimming designated for the event are being observed, and shall observe the turns and the finishes to assist the inspectors of turns.
Judges of stroke shall report any violation to the referee on signed cards detailing the event, lane number, and the infringement.
Inspector of Turns
Each inspector of turns shall ensure that swimmers comply with the relevant rules for turning, commencing from the beginning of the last arm stroke before touching and ending with the completion of the first arm stroke after turning.
The Inspector of Turns at the starting end of the pool shall ensure that the swimmers comply with the relevant rules from the start and ending with completion of the first arm stroke. The inspectors of turns at the finish end shall also ensure that the swimmers finish their race according to the current rules.
Each inspector at the starting end shall give a warning signal when the swimmer in his lane has two lengths plus five (5) metres to swim to finish in individual events of 800 and 1500 metres. The signal may be repeated after the turn until the swimmer has reached the five (5) metres mark on the lane rope. The warning signal may be by whistle or bell.
Following the series of world records set, the organizing committee attributes the success of the championship due to a good and experience work force. Some of the world force had developed experience during the previous international events like Universaide in 2013 and the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.
Australia’s Janette Jeffrey of the Malvern Marlins took down her own world record in the women’s 65-69 200-meter breast with a time of 3:21.27. That swim clipped her previous record of 3:21.61 from May.
Romania’s Ioan Stefan Gherghel of Gold Stars Baia Mare posted a world-record time of 58.86 in the men’s 35-39 100-meter backstroke.That swim lowered the previous record of 59.04 set by Germany’s Stev Theloke in 2013.
Brazil’s Marcus Mattioli of Minas Tenis Clube downed the world record in the men’s 55-59 200-meter fly with a time of 2:16.78.That effort cut two seconds off the previous record of 2:18.97 set by USA’s Brad Horner in 2009.
Hungary’s Bela Banki Horvath of Murena Szegedi Uszo clocked a meet-record time of 7:29.12 in the men’s 95-99 200-meter breaststroke.
Horvath was at it again in the men’s 95-99 100-meter back with a meet-record effort of 2:32.01.
Ukraine’s Georgiy Chizhevskiy of Gavrylych Swim Club set a meet record in the men’s 90-94 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 5:46.95.
Russia’s Vitalij Borisov of Sura turned in a meet-record time of 56.20 in the men’s 25-29 100-meter back.
Russia’s Larisa Nagovitskyna of Tsunami powered her way to a meet record in the women’s 55-59 200-meter fly with a time of 2:51.48.”