Memorable moment! That is what it was for kids from a local school here in Budapest early this week when they were treated to behind-thescenes tour of the Duna Arena, courtesy of Nikon. Nikon is one of the official partners of world swimming governing body, FINA. The kids were drawn from Gyermekek Háza, a local school for children with special needs and learning difficulties. The tour took place ahead of the final night of swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships Budapest 2022. The young visitors and their families had the opportunity to have their photo taken on the podium in their very own personalised photographer’s bib, before visiting the Nikon service depot. The visit to the Nikon service depot allowed the young visitors to learn more about photography and ask questions to members of staff about Nikon’s products. As an Official Partner of FINA, Nikon has supported the FINA World Championships and the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) since 2007. The Nikon service booth at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest provides support and services for all professional photographers on-site, including equipment inspections, cleaning, minor repairs, and the loan of equipment.
Budapest miracle: American swimmer, Ress wins gold after initial disqualification
Call it the miracle of Budapest and you will be damn right! After being disqualified, American swimmer Justin Ress in a rare decision got re-instated and won gold in the process. Justin Ress was initially disqualified for being submerged at the finish. “An official told me that was the first time that ever happened,” Ress said of being reinstated as World champion. “That was my first individual gold so anything would have been a first for me. They have ‘Make History’ signs everywhere and I guess I made history!” Ress told FINA media. Ress swam a 24.12, ahead of American Hunter Armstrong who was visibly not happy when Ress’ disqualification appeared on the board. Armstrong, although the world record holder, was gracious in giving his gold medal to Ress after the medal ceremony. “Hunter has stunned me with his maturity today and his constant support. All the way through from right after the race, he said, ‘you need to do the interview with me.’ I was too mad to do it of course, but it was non-stop support the whole time. It was unreal.” Armstrong finished second at 24.14, adding to his bronze in the 100 on Monday night. Ress, who nearly retired in December, moved across the United States to train with coach Jeff Julian in Mission Viejo. “It puts the whole offseason into a nice little bow-tie,” Ress said. “I grew as a person so much more than I ever have and that just translated to being an athlete and to see it come together like that is incredible.” Poland’s Ksawery Masiuk won the silver medal by virtue of his 24.49 at just 17-years-old. Masiuk was a two-time European Juniors champion last year in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and wins his first senior medal before his 18th birthday in December. “It is amazing, I wasn’t really expecting this, I hoped I could do a personal best in the final and it happened. I’m just very happy and can’t really describe my feelings.”