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By Igor Rasula
 
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 The European Youth Olympic Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, July 21-28, 2007 - The Swimming Sport Review
 
On Line from Belgrade, Serbia  - dedicated  to the swim audience of the countries - participants of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2007...
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July 28 , 2007 .
New European Swim Stars are BORN... 
 
In spite of the unexpected temperatures in the first two days of the swimming competition at the EYOF 2007, amazing results were set at the Tasmajdan pool. Just a day after the EYOF concluded, the best athletes have to be mentioned. So, if we were to go back to compare results with those in the previous EYOF, in women's 50-m freestyle all eight finalists in Belgrade swam out better then the gold one in Lignano - Silvia Di Pietro (ITA)-26.23; Silke Lippok (GER) -25.52; Eva Dobar (HUN)- 25.83... In another discipline for instance, in the women's 400 Ind.Medley, the gold medal was earned with 5:08.08 in Lignano 2005, while here in Belgrade, Aimee Willmott (GB) swam out with the time of 4:56.69; Anna Yevchak (UKR) - 4:57.57; Thomsen Emma (DEN) - 4:59.42, etc. 
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Having in mind the fact that almost all medalists at the EYOF 2007 could have been the finalists at the recent European Junior Champs - Antwerp 2007 and knowing their years of birth, it is expected that the next 2008 European Junior Champs, being held in Belgrade, may host again all those swim stars.
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The most valuable results at the EYOF 2007 were set by Danila Izotov (RUS) in men's 200m Free 1:51.03 (869 pts) and Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) in women's 100  free 56.46 (875 pts). In total, 58 swimmers swam better then the 800 FINA points in 28 events (both in men and women concurrences). All these facts are really  unbelievable and fantastic.
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The most exciting race the  men's 50 free final: 1/ Gimondi (ITA) 23.46; 2/Agnel (FRA) 23.76 and 3/ Barthel (GER) 24.09   (Prepared by Igor Rasula)
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July 27, 2007 .
EYOF 2007 - Closing Ceremony...
 
Belgrade's Arena
The closing ceremony of the EYOF was held tonight at the Belgrade's Arena where the Olympic flame has been shining for last six days. Almost all EYOF 2007 athletes and participants, officials, volunteers, sponsors, parents and media came to see the last episode of the European Youth Olympic Festival and to say goodbye to each other. 
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Medals received the fastest, the strongest and the smartest ones but everybody will leave Belgrade and Serbia with wonderful experience and new friendships. More then 3,000 athletes competed in last five days in 11 different sports. As for swimming, the European scene is safe with the future generations of these young swimmers led by Russian Danila Izotov (1991) and Swedish girl Sarah Sjostrom (1993). Also, national teams of Italy, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia confirmed strong top four positions among the European swimming nations. 
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The closing ceremony ended with putting down the Olympic flame and consigning the Olympic flag to the organizers of the 10th EYOF being held in Tampere, Finland. In his greetings, Dr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee said: "Hvala Serbia" - Thanks Serbia, for the marvelous organization of this event.
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The greetings to the Europe from the Serbian EYOF team... (Photo by Igor Rasula)
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Photo Gallery from the Closing Ceremony             (Photo by M.Markovic & I.Rasula)
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July 27, 2007 .
EYOF 2007 - Swimming Day-5...
 
Tasmajdan Center
On the final day of the competition, more new national standards are set by several participantants from Italy, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland and Russia as well as many worth results by the swimmers from Ukraine, Israel and Spain. The best EYOF 2007 swimmers are Danila Izotov (1991) from Russia and Sarah Sjostrom (1993) - Sweden. 
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Day-5 Finals
800 m Freestyle Women 400 m Ind.Medley Men
1) Thielmann Jessica 93 GB 8:53.48 1) Pavoni Roberto 91 GB 4:28.19
2) Kapas Boglarka 93 Hungary 8:54.55 2) Rossa Stefano 91 Italy  4:29.72
3) Radicke Melanie 93 Germany 8:55.99 3) Strelnikov Sergey 91 Russia 4:31.45
200 m Butterfly Women 100 m Backstroke Men
1) Ward Sophie 94 GB 2:17.43 1) Fanti Rovetta Marco 91 Italy  57.66
2) Polieri Alessia 94 Italy 2:17.91 2) Kawecki Radoslaw 91 Poland  58.39
3) Ignacio Judith 94 Spain  2:18.10 3) Szilagyi Adam 91 Hungary  58.60
100 m Breaststroke Women 200 m Freestyle Men
1) Gabrieli Pamela 94 Italy 1:12.75 1) Izotov Danila 91 Russia 1:51.03
2) Lougher Sara 94 Great Britain 1:13.47 2) Kozma Dominik 91 Hungary 1:52.47
3) Czifra Cecilia 93 Hungary 1:14.21 3) Donin Francesco 91 Italy 1:53.77
4x100 m Medley Relay Women 4x100 m Medley Relay Men
1) Italy   4:19.59 1) Russia   3:50.52
2) Hungary  4:21.22 2) Germany   3:51.60
3) Germany  4:22.85 3) Great Britain   3:51.66
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Tasmajdan - marvelous conditions for all set achievements.  (Photo by Igor Rasula)
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The Complete Results of the Day-5 Finals /finalized on July 28, 2007/
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The Complete Results of the Day-5 Prelims
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Photo Gallery from the Day-5 Finals                   (Photo by M.Markovic & I.Rasula)
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July 26, 2007 .
EYOF 2007 - Swimming Day-4...
 
EYOF Day-4
On the fourth day of the competition, new European swim stars are born. In the women's 400 IM, Aimee Willmott from Great Britain swam out with the worth time of 4:50.32 and picked up her second gold. Due to the FINA scales, great advances and the EYOF gold medals were earned also by Sergey Ivanov from Russia in men's 200 Fly  (2:01.97), Radicke Melanie from Germany in women's 200 Free (2:04.23) and Krzysztof Pielowski from Poland in men's 1,500 Free (15:43.55)... 
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Day-4 Finals
50 m Freestyle Women 1500 m Freestyle Men
1) Di Pietro Silvia 93 Italy 26.23 1) Pielowski K. 91 Poland 15:43.55
2) Lippok Silke 94 Germany 26.62 2) Strelnikov Sergey 91 Russia 15:49.45
3) Dobar Eva 93 Hungary 26.83 3) Gyurta Gergely 91 Hungary 15:49.76
400 m Ind. Medley Women 200 m Butterfly Men
1) Willmott Aimee 93 G. Britain 4:50.32 1) Ivanov Sergey 91 Russia 2:01.97
2) Yevchak Anna 93 Ukraine 4:57.57 2) Luczak Piotr 92 Poland 2:03.33
3) Thomsen Emma 94 Denmark 4:59.42 3) Szana Zsombor 92 Hungary 2:04.82
100 m Backstroke Women 100 m Breaststroke Men
1) Orlova Alevtina 93 Russia 1:04.24 1) Toniato Andrea 91 Italy 1:04.06
2) Nazieblo Klaudia 93 Poland 1:05.73 2) Arnicke Troy 91 Germany 1:04.64
3) Jugnet Marie 93 France 1:05.74 3) Johansson Johan 91 Sweden 1:04.87
200 m Freestyle Women 50 m Freestyle Men
1) Radicke Melanie 93 Germany 2:04.23 1) Gimondi Fabio 91 Italy 23.46
2) Bezan Ursa 94 Slovenia 2:06.45 2) Agnel Yannick 92 France 23.76
3) Ellis Lucy 93 G. Britain 2:06.55 3) Barthel Soren 91 Germany 24.09
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New European women's star  Aimee Willmott (1993) from UK. (Photo by Igor Rasula)
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The Complete Results of the Day-4 Finals
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The Complete Results of the Day-4 Prelims
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Photo Gallery from the Day-4 Finals                 (Photo by M.Kulundzic & I.Rasula)
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July 25 , 2007 .
EYOF Day - 3 - pause in the swimming competition...
 
The third day of the swimming competition at the EYOF 2007 festival was intended for rest and practice. Almost all national teams used their chance to have a cool down practice before the last two days of the competition. Also, a few teams went to the downtown of Belgrade for sightseeing. The SWIM STAR WEB PORTAL team visited today the famous swim complex of the Tasmajdan and had a chance to talk to coaches, to interview swimmers and managers of the national teams of Russia, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Croatia, and Serbia. Luckily, after eight days of the abnormal tropical heat in Belgrade (with the temp. above 45 C), today it was much comfortable and "easier to breath" on 28-30 C. It was very surprising to see swimmers' times unbelievably fast regardless of the air temperature at the pool. As always, a few swimmers got bigger attention of the media than the rest of the competitors: Danila Izotov (Russia), Aimee Willmott  (Great Britain), Sjostrom Sarah from Sweeden...
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We were introduced with the British athletes and squad by the pool deck and asked Mr. Paul du Feu, the manager of the British national team, for his  impressions of how well did his swimmers performed in the first part and what he expects in next two days of the competition. 
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It has to be mentioned that the British Swimming sent to Belgrade an elite squad of 16 young swimmers future candidates for the London 2012. The EYOF event was, for instance, the first step where the great British swimmers such as David Davies and Liam Tancock first came to prominence years ago.
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Macromedia video clip - the interview with Paul du Feu, manager of the British swimming delegation.                           (Prepared by Igor Rasula)
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Sparkles from the training at the Tas pool...
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Danila Izotov the best Russian men's youth swimmer
Italian swim team at the pool ready for today's practice...
Srdjan Filipovic, SRB coach and Sandro Tomas, Coach of Croatia
Jovana Nikolovski and Coach Matije Koprivica (Serbia)
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Mladen Tepavcevic, the Serbian actual national record hodler in all men's breastroke events  (50-m 0:28.10; 100-m 1:02.60 and 200-m 2:22.54) and the Olympian (part of the former SCG national team at Athens 2004, and one of the already four confirmed Serbian participants for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China ), at the present EYOF 2007 manifestation took a serious role to support and help in the EYOF organization regarding the swimming competition and other things required by the participants of all teams. 
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As the third day of the EYOF 2007  was no competition day, at today's training by the pool deck of the marvelous Tasmajdan swim complex, we have found Mladen Tepavcevic making sure that the swimmers, coaches, and the officials of Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Serbia and other national teams have all the best conditions for the quality prectice. 
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SWIM STAR WEB PORTAL asked Mladen Tepavcevic for a short inteview, exclusively for this EYOF-Special regarding the actualities at this multi-sport event and future similar one that will be organized in Belgrade (in 2008 - the European Junior Swim Championships and the Universiade in 2009)...
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The interview with Mladen Tepavcevic, member of the Organizing Board of the EYOF 2007 (in swimming)                   (Prepared by Igor Rasula)
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July 24, 2007 .
EYOF 2007 - Swimming Day-2...
 
EYOF Day-2
The second day of the competition brought more interesting duels in the pool then the day before. Few races were finished with a score of 800 Fina points and above. That is fantastic considering the years of birth of those talented swimmers. Two athletes from Sweden have to be mentioned: Lagerqvist Anton (91) and Sjostrom Sarah (93)... 
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Day-2 Finals
400 m Freestyle Men 100 m Freestyle Women
1) Izotov Danila 91 Russia 3:58.70 1) Sjostrom Sarah 93 Sweden 56.46
2) Pielowski Krzysztof 91 Poland 4:00.26 2) Lippok Silke 94 Germany 57.87
3) Bernek Peter 92 Hungary 4:01.19 3) Villani Nicole 93 Italy 58.82
100 m Butterfly Men 200 Backstroke Women
1) Chibisov Kirill 91 Russia 55.53 1) Jugnet Marie 93 France 2:16.32
2) Herrmann Melvin 92 Germany 56.45 2) Nazieblo Klaudia 93 Poland  2:18.72
3) Botha Karl 91 Great Britain 56.50 3) Willmott Aimee 93 G. Britain 2:18.92
200 Breaststroke Men 200 m Ind. Medley Women
1) Arnicke Troy 91 Germany 2:18.31 1) Willmott Aimee 93 G.Britain 2:19.37
2) Lagerqvist Anton 91 Sweden 2:19.25 2) Listopadova Katarina 93 SVK 2:21.51
3) Kozma Dominik 91 Hungary  2:20.14 3) Jokay Orsolya 93 Hungary 2:23.11
4x200 m Free Relay Mixed
1) Russia   8:12.97  
2) Italy   8:13.62  
3) Poland   8:16.88  
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The Russian mixed relay at the podium on the Day-2 finals.  (Photo by Igor Rasula)
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The Complete Results of the Day-2 Finals
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The Complete Results of the Day-2 Prelims
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Photo Gallery from the Day-2 Finals               (Photo by M.Kulundzic & I.Rasula)
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July 23, 2007 .
EYOF 2007 - Swimming Day-1...
 
The EYOF swimming competition has started today by the Tasmajdan swim center (50 m outdoor Olympic pool). Here, at this web page, (day by day), all our visitors will have the opportunity to follow the results, intersting photos from the competition pool as well as the galleries of all the EYOF 2007 medalsts...
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Day-1 Finals
400 m Freestyle Women 100 m Freestyle Men
1) Radicke Melanie 93 Germany 4:21.11 1) Izotov Danila 91 Russia  51.23
2) Willmott Aimee 93 G.Britain  4:21.40 2) Donin Francesco 91 Italy  51.49
3) Murphy Grainne 93 Ireland  4:21.89 3) Pelagie Nosy 91 France 51.88
100 m Butterfly Women 200 Backstroke Men
1) Di Pietro Silvia 93 Italy 1:00.60 1) Kawecki Radoslaw 91 Poland 2:05.36 
2) Sjostrom Sarah 93 Sweden  1:00.69 2) Zambo Balazs 92 Hungary 2:06.32
3) Ward Sophie 94 Great Britain 1:02.56 3) Junefelt Linus 92 Sweden 2:07.13
200 Breaststroke Women 200 m Ind. Medley Men
1) Gabrieli Pamela 94 Italy 2:34.58 1) Pavoni Roberto 91 G. Britain  2:06.96
2) Laukkanen Noora 93 Finland  2:36.31 2) Kozma Dominik 91 Hungary  2:07.03
3) Temesszentandrasi E.93 HUN 2:37.73 3) Cieslak Marcin 92 Poland 2:08.30
4x100 m Free Relay Women 4x100 m Free Relay Men
1) Germany  3:54.64 1) Italy  3:28.48
2) Great Britain  3:55.89 2) Germany  3:29.78
3) Sweden  3:57.01 3) Belgium 3:32.41
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The sparkles from the Day-1 Finals at the Tasmajdan Pool.  .(Photo by Igor Rasula)
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The Complete Results of the Day-1 Finals
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The Complete Results of the Day-1 Prelims
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Photo Gallery from the Day-1 Finals     (Photo by M.Markovic, M.Kulundzic & I.Rasula)
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July 22 , 2007 .
Marvelous pictures from Belgrade - EYOF 2007 is opened...
 
The EYOF 2007 opening ceremony was held at the largest basketball arena in the capital of Serbia - the Belgrade's Arena... More then 10.000 visitors at the tribunes this evening had a great opportunity to enjoy in the top show that involved the traditional musical, cultural and sports signs from the host country, as well as the modern stylized performance all arranged by Sonja Lapatanov, her group from the the "Lujo Davico" Ballet School, Belgrade and Sanja Ilic, composer and music arranger. Choose a link bellow and click on to see the special photo gallery of each segment of the event .
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The last bearer of the Olympic torch and the person who had the honor to lit the Olympic flame at the Belgrade's Arena was Jasna Sekaric, one of the most titled athletes of Serbia ever - three times consecutive participant and the medalist at the Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004), many times winner of the medals at the World, European, the Balkan sport competitions and various international events in last 15 years (shooting - air pistol)...
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Among 3,400 athletes and national delegates - the participants of the EYOF 2007, many guests and the EOC officials, the Presidency of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, the EYOF 2007 Organizing Board and members of the Government of Serbia, the IX European Youth Olympic Festival was declared open by Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, Minister of Youth and Sport of Serbia
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Macromedia video clip from the Belgrade's Arena - the  final bearing of the EYOF Olympic torch.                                  (Prepared by Igor Rasula)
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The EYOF Opening Ceremony - Photo Galleries...(Click over the images-titles bellow...)
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(Belgrade, July 22) - Recorded and arranged by Igor Rasula, Milos Markovic and Milos Kuludzic, exclusively for the Swim Star 2000 Agency...
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July 21, 2007 
Prior to Opening ceremony, domestic Team presented...
 
SRB EYOF 2007 team
The EYOF domestic delegation - the complete mission (in all 11 sports) entered the Olympic Village today, where the athletes were presented to the media. 143 members (111 athletes and 22 coaches) will represent the country of Serbia.
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The chief of the Serbian delegation Nebojsa Ilic (former Serbian Olympian in Rowing) said at the small ceremony: "Taking part in this valuable event will enable every athlete to reach one step ahead on the way to the Olympic Games, which are the crown of every athlete's engagement. In front of all us, as a host country, is a great honor and the obligation to represent our sports potential as well as the organizing ability."
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The EYOF 2007 team of the Republic of Serbia.     .(Photo by Igor Rasula)
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July 20, 2007 .
First national teams were accommodated in Belgrade...
 
EYOF Village
Belgrade opened up all its doors to the EYOF 2007 athletes. The airport "Nikola Tesla", highways, railways, and the roads to the Serbian capital are full of competitors, coaches and the officials from all over the Europe. 49 countries already confirmed their participation... More then 250 domestic and international journalists, photo and TV reporters and technicians are already accredited for this event... 
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Last several days, people from all over the Europe tried to reach the information via this Swim Star Web Portal regarding the swimming start list and practice schedule. We are sorry to inform our visitors  that we still do not have the required documents for the EYOF 2007 Swimming program. However, we received the information from the Serbian Swimming Association (certified for the competition activities),  that the  meeting of the delegates will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m.  in the EYOF Village where the final start list will be given to the officials of the national selections. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Sunday July 22 at 8 p.m (Belgrade's Arena).
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Unbelievable air temperature in Belgrade last five days reached almost 43 C which caused some individual problems with the accommodation in the Olympic Village... 
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July 19, 2007 .
EYOF Press Information Center opening...
 
The first EYOF press conference in the new media center at the Olympic village was held today where the accredited journalists had the opportunity to be introduced in the conditions and facilities for their working next several days. At the media center, Radmila Hrustanovic, co-Mayor of the city of Belgrade, Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, the Minister for Youth and Sport in the Serbian government and Djordje Visacki, Executive Director of the EYOF 2007 festival held a brief summary conference regarding all the work that has been done in last few months considering the organization of the largest International sport event ever held in Serbia..
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Snezana Samardzic-Markovic said that this sport festival has a greater value for the country of Serbia than just an athletic one. Considering the efforts inlayed from the Belgrade's government, companies and different  institutions, Radmila Hrustanovic said that the serious funds investments from the city's budget have been inlaid for past three months, especially in arranging sport arenas and the Olympic village to have a "world class look". Djordje Visacki, chief person of this event, highlighted the fact that the EYOF is the biggest sport manifestation that has ever took place in Serbia and promised that wonderful pictures will be sent throughout the Europe and the world from the capital of Serbia - Belgrade. 
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Short interview with Djordje Visacki, Director of the EYOF 2007 is arranged in the cooperation with the "Swim Star 200 Video"    (Prepared by Igor Rasula)
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Press Conference in the EYOF Olympic Village...
The Press Center is opened today by Radmila Hrustanovic, Co-Mayor of Belgrade and Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, Minister of Sport
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July 18, 2007 .
Latest preparations at the Tasmajdan pool...
 
Tas Center
Like in all other sports, everything is ready also for the swimming competitions. The marvelous in-door Olympic pool of the Tasmajdan Swim Center will host 453 swimmers from 47 countries (of 49 countries - participants of the EYOF 2007). Only two European countries did not enter their athletes - Monaco and San Marino.
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The biggest swim delegations will arrive from Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, Russia, Poland, France, Finland, Great Britain, Italy and  Spain, bringing 16 swimmers each. The Serbian delegation will be consisted of 12 competitors, all presented at this web site on July 14. In this moment, it looks like the tribune with the 2,000 seating places at the Tas pool will be tight considering the huge interest for this great sport. People from Belgrade are fond of the swimming sport, so, many domestic fans will be glad to support  young Europeans in their "struggle" for medals and new records.
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Calm water with the temperature of 26 C and the great conditions for the highest achievements at the Tasmajdan Swim Center are waiting for the athletes...
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July 16, 2007 .
Let the Euro Youth Olympics start...
 
Belgrade
Everything is ready... Just five days left until the beginning of the EYOF 2007 the largest international sports event organized in Serbia ever. According to the latest information from the organizing board, the 9th European Youth Olympic Festival will gather the athletes from 49 European countries. Among the eleven sports, the swimming will be one of the most interesting. More then 460 competitors from 47 countries are already entered.
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Mr. Djordje Visacki, Executive Director of the EYOF 2007 said: "We are sending out the message of peace and friendships to all our European guests. We are keeping our arms wide opened as sports rivals, but also as brothers to each and every one of 3000 athletes, members of their delegations and all European Olympic committees officials that are going to be guests of our city from 21 to 28 of July". 
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The Belgrade chives of the EYOF 2007 - Mr.Goran Kreclovic, Secretary of Sport of the Belgrade's Assembly (first from the left), Mr.Predrag Manojlovic, Secretary General of the Serbian Olympic Committee, and Mr.Djordje Visacki, Executive Director of EYOF 2007 - at the latest press conference organized by the Assembly of Belgrade.
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July 14, 2007 .
The Serbian EYOF National Team...
 
National Team of Serbia
On July 06, the Serbian Swimming Federation has announced the final roster of the national selection for the EYOF 2007 - swim competition. Eight male and six female swimmers will represent domestic swimming at the Tasmajdan pool. Last two years the development of this team is in hands of Aleksandar Rosic, Dragan Jocic and Marko Djordjevic, coaches. The Serbian swim hopes will show their best.. Good luck to all !!
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Male
 - Sorak Stefan,92 (SC Banat Kikinda)
 - Spasov Marko,92 (SC Dinamo,Pancevo) 
 - Bozinovic Marko,92 (SC Sveti Nikola,Nis)
 - Petronijevic Vanja,91 (SC Valis, Valjevo)
 - Bratic Marko,91 (SC Vojvodina, Novi Sad)
 - Andonovic Stefan,92 (Partizan, Beograd)
 - Vulesevic Igor,92 (SC Proleter, Zrenjanin)
 - Paskas Vladislav,92 (Proleter, Zrenjanin)
Female
 - Joksimovic Marija,93 (Partizan, Beograd) 
 - Basaraba Andrea,93 (Partizan, Beograd)
 - Draganov C. Stefanija,94 (Proleter, ZR)
 - Ivanacevic Milica,94 (Vojvodina, N. Sad) 
 - Devaja Tijana,93 (Vojvodina, Novi Sad) 
 - Mioc Anja,93  (SC Dinamo, Pancevo) 
Coaches
 - A.Rosic, D.Jocic, M.Djordjevic
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Serbian EYOF team (with part of junior team) at the recent meeting in Kosice (SVK).
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July 12, 2007 .
The EYOF Olympic Village in Belgrade...
 
All EYOF 2007 participants (more then 3,000 in 11 sports, 460 in the swimming) will be accomodated at the well known "Studentski Grad" (the Student Town) in New Belgrade - now the EYOF Olympic Village... During the school year, more then 7,000 students live there, mostly from the country, but also from abroad. This is also the center of all student's, cultural and sport events. It is situated on a very attractive location in the city. The Student Town has a good connection to all parts of Belgrade, sports facilities and the downtown that should enable really pleasant staying for many tourists and especially youth visitors of the Capital of Serbia.
Few distances from the EYOF Olympic Village
 - Belgrade center – 5 km (bus 71, 72, 75, 77)
 - Tasmajdan Swim Center – 6,5 km (bus 71, 72, 16)
 - Belgrade rail and bus station – 4,5 km (bus 601)
 - Belgrade airport “Nikola Tesla” – 8 km (bus 72)
 - City of Novi Sad ("Exit Festival") – 72 km
Facilities in the room
 - Tea-kitchen, fridge
 - Bathroom 
 - Direct phone line
 - Internet speed: 100 Mbps
 - Voltage: 220 V
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All rooms at the EYOF Olympic Village are the first category, double or three-bed, or suites. Room area ranges from 13 – 39 sqm with a terrace (in double-bed rooms only). Beside the main Village restaurant, the self-service will be also located. Each meal will include a continental choice of various food and fruit or dessert. Packed lunches and meals for accredited persons will also be available. So, every athlete will enjoy...
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Gallery of the "Studentski Grad" - the EYOF Olympic Village in Belgrade...
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July 10, 2007 .
The Official Schedule of the Swimming Events...
 
The Swimming program and the schedule of all events, training and other information on this segment of the EYOF 2007 are now available at this web presentation... Since Sunday July 22, the entrances to the swimming facilities by the Tasmajdan swim center will be precisely shown to all participants and delegates upon exact schedule, which would be delivered by the organizer.
 
More info on that, as well as about the transfer and other things might be reached via the official EYOF web site...
 
The program of all swim events (disciplines) in the EYOF 2007 competition's segment can be seen here bellow...
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Program

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Wednesday, 25 July is the day for rest (without competitions).
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July 08, 2007 .
The Tasmajdan Swimming Complex in Belgrade... 
 
The Tasmajdan Sports and Recreation Center is situated in the downtown of Belgrade, opened  in 1958. It includes two Olympic pools, open-air stadium that has the stands for 5,000 spectators, separate Recreation Center with the programs of aerobics, fitness, massage, bodybuilding, and therapeutic gymnastics.. Within the Tasmajdan's organizational umbrella there is also the "Pioneer Hall" with 7,000 seats, utilized for all kinds of indoor sports and cultural events. Added to this complex there is also the Ice Hall for all sports on ice, with the tribune capacity of 2.000 seats.
There are no many sports centers that can be proud of hosting two European championships for women, four championships for men, five world championships for women and another five for men, and a wide range of unforgettable international shows (Water Polo World and European Cups), the six editions of the LEN Belgrade Victor Swim Competition, 15 Memorials of Ante Lambasa and others...
The outdoor swimming pool was built in 1959-1961 (renovated in 2005). Its sizes are 50x20m; its depth varies between 2.2 and 5.0 m; the tribune  capacity is 2,500 seats. It is equipped for all international day-and-night competitions in swimming, water polo, diving and synchro swimming...
The indoor swimming pool was built in 1964-1968 and is opened for the first FINA World Championships 1972. Its dimensions are 50x20m; its depth varies  between 2.2 and 5.4 m; tribune capacity of 2,500 seats. The swimming pool is surrounded with four diving boards - 1m, 3m, 5m and 10m. It is fully equipped for submersible recordings.
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The Tasmajdan Water Polo & Swim Complex, Belgrade...(Photo by Igor Rasula)
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July 07, 2007 .
The European Youth Olympic Festival... 
 
The EYOF events arose from the Small States of Europe Games. Upon the initiative of the National Olympic Committee of Malta, the European Olympic Committee launched the first edition of the Small States of Europe Games in 1985. The Games were organized in San Marino (the smallest European country). Since then, this multi sports event, reserved for the athletes from eight European countries only, with less than one million inhabitants, was held regularly every two years. After being organized in Monaco (1987), Cyprus (1989), Andorra (1991), Malta (1993), Luxembourg (1995), Iceland (1997), Liechtenstein (1999) and San Marino (2001), the second round started then again in Malta in 2003, Andorra, 2005. Next event will take place in Monte Carlo in 2007. 
Considering those experiences, in 1990, on the initiative of Dr. Jacques Rogge, the EOC launched the new event named the "European Youth Olympic Days" (EYOD) now called European Youth Olympic Festival, the only multi sports event in Europe. This Festival is organized every other year, and has a summer and a winter edition.
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Since they were launched, the EYOF editions were staged successively in: 
* 1991 in Brussels (BEL);  * 2001 in Vuokatti (FIN) and Murcia (ESP);
* 1993 in Aosta (ITA) and in Valkenswaard (NED); * 2003 in Bled (SLO) and Paris (FRA);
* 1995 in Andorra-la Vella (AND) and in Bath (GBR);  * 2005 in Monthey (SUI) and Lignano Sabbiadoro (ITA);
* 1997 in Sundsvall (SWE) and in Lisbon (POR);  * 2007 in Jaca (ESP) is finished and the Belgrade's (in July); 
* 1999 in Poprad Tatry (SVK), Esbjerg (DEN); * 2009, Slask Beskidy (POL) and Tampere (FIN).
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EOC Olympic Flag received in Lignano 2005, ITA...
Mayor of the City of Belgrade Mr.Bogdanovic receives the Olympic Flag from the organizers of the previous EYOF 2005 - Lignano, Italy
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July 06, 2007 .
The Olympic flame in Belgrade...
 
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(Belgrade, SRB) - Upon the patronage of the City Assembly of Belgrade, the marvelous ceremony has been organized  bellow the Belgrade Victor Statue at the Park of the Kalemegdan, welcoming the Olympic flame arriving to Belgrade, Serbia for the upcoming EYOF Belgrade 2007, European Youth Olympic Festival... (Beograd, SRB) - Pod pokroviteljstvom Skupstine grada Beograda, veceras je organizovana sjajna kulturno-sportska ceremonija doceka Olimpijske baklje, na Kalemegdanu, podno spomenika Beogradskom pobedniku, a u povodu skorasnjeg pocetka EYOF-a Evropskog omladinskog festivala.
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Mrs. Radmila Hrustanovic, co-Mayor of the Belgrade Assembly, expressed the special gratitude to the Greek Secretary of the Foreign affairs and the people of Athens who traditionally lit the Olympic flame this morning, sending the best wishes to more then 3,000 youth athletes from all over the Europe. G-dja Radmila Hrustanovic, zamenik gradonacelnika Beograda u svom obracanju, zahvalila se grckim vlastima, posebno ministru inostranih poslova i svim Atinjanima, koji su paleci vatru, poslali najbolje zelje za preko 3,000 prijavljenih  sportista iz svih evropskih zemalja - ucesnika EYOF-a. 
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The last athlete who was honored to carry out the Olympic flame to the postament at the Belgrade's tower is Ms.Ivana Spanovic, the member of the national selection in the athletics and the junior record holder. Poslednji sportista koji je pocastvovan da iznese Olimpijski plamen do specijalnog postamenta na Beogradskoj tvrdjavi bila je Ivana Spanovic, na.bolja mlada atleticarka Srbije i clan reprezentacije
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The Olympic Flame ceremony at the Belgrade's Tower ...(Photo by Igor Rasula)
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July 05, 2007 .
About the EOC and its history... 
 
Encouraged by Giulio Onesti (Italy), Raoul Mollet (Belgium) and Raymond Gafner (Switzerland), sport enthusiasts and officials, the idea to regroup the European National Olympic Committees (NOCs), decanted into the resolution to establish a new organisation that was later known as ANOC (Association of the National Olympic Committees). The creation of the Continental Association of the European NOCs (AENOC) goes back to the Assembly of Versailles in 1968, under the leadership of its first President, Count Jean de Beaumont, but it was not until 1975 in Lisbon, that the Association had written statutes and a final name "The Association of European NOCs". 
In the 1989, the Presidency was entrusted to Dr. Jacques Rogge (Belgium) and the office  was opened in Rome, Italy. The activities of the European NOCs expanded under their leadership. Starting in the 1991, due to the political changes in Europe, 15 more NOCs joined the Association and today total number of countries is 48. 
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In 1995, for practical reasons, AENOC changed its name to become the European Olympic Committees. Its legal seat that had been itinerant until then was established in Lausanne, Switzerland close to the International Olympic Committee, while the operational headquarters settled in Rome, close to the Italian Olympic Committee. 
In July 2001 during the 112th IOC Session (International Olympic Committee) in Moscow, Dr. Jacques Rogge became IOC President. Four months later in Monte-Carlo, the 30th EOC General Assembly elected Mario Pescante as President of the EOC (European Olympic Committees) while the General Secretariat was entrusted to Patrick Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. 
In December 2005 in Dublin (IRL), the General Assembly elected the Executive Committee for the period 2005-2009. Mario Pescante (ITA), President, Alexander Kozlovsky (RUS), Vice-President and Patrick Hickey (IRL), Secretary General were re-elected.
Further to Mario Pescante (ITA) resignation, on July 29th 2006 an Extraordinary General Assembly held in Rome, elected Patrick Hickey (IRL) President and Raffaele Pagnozzi (ITA), Secretary General.
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(Igor Rasula, Belgrade, July 2007)
Direct contact to Igor Rasula may be made via the next e-mail: igorrasula@yahoo.com
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