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LANE ONE: Why does FINA have an accused murderer as a Technical Delegate...

It’s amazing what you can find out if you make an effort to read even the most boring documents. The international federation for aquatics sports, known as “FINA” by its French acronym, is staging its biennial World Championships, which will take place in Changwon (KOR) from 12-28 July of this year. It’s a massive event […]
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SWIMMING: Lazor lights up King, moves to no. 2 all-time U.S. in Tyr...

The story of the second and third days of the Tyr Pro Swim Series in Bloomington, Indiana has been Indiana star Lilly King, who set world-leading marks in the 50 and 100 m Breaststroke events. But on day four, she got Lazored. The gold medalist in the 2018 FINA World Short-Course Championships in the 200 […]
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DIVING: China wins five, Keeney wins three in final World Series meet, in...

Truth be told, the Chinese made the final stop in the 2019 FINA Diving World Series a lot more interesting by keeping their top performers at home. Still, Chinese entries won five of the 10 events in London (GBR), with Hao Yang (men) and Yuxi Chen (women) winning the 10 m events, and Chen winning […]
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SWIMMING: She’s the King: Lilly King swims world-leading 50 m Breast at Tyr...

With her NCAA career at Indiana now completed, Olympic and World champ Lilly King has time for events like the Tyr Pro Swim Series in her home pool in Bloomington, Indiana. And she took advantage this week with her second world-leading mark on Saturday. She led from the start to post a 30.03 mark, easily […]
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SWIMMING: Indiana’s King posts world leader in Bloomington, while Adrian returns for fourth...

While the focus heading into the Tyr Pro Swim Series meet in Bloomington was the return to competition of Nathan Adrian, an Indiana star actually stole the headlines. In her professional debut, ex-Indiana star Lilly King – swimming in her home pool – won the 100 m Breaststroke in a world-leading 1:05.68, the only best-in-the-world […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Nathan Adrian returns to the pool in Tyr Pro Swim Series...

The feel-good story of the 2019 swimming season will come this week at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatics Center at Indiana University with the return of five-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian for the fourth leg of the Tyr Pro Swim Series. Adrian, now 30, disclosed in January that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: South Africa confirms it will appeal Court of Arbitration holding...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Despite its agreement in June with the IAAF that it would abide by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its filing against the federation’s Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification, Athletics South Africa confirmed that it would […]
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SWIMMING: Bridi outlasts Cunha again in Seychelles Marathon World Series

A strong turnout of 75 swimmers from 19 countries came to the exotic location of The Seychelles off the African coast for the second of nine stages of the 2019 FINA Marathon World Series. While the men’s race had plenty of twists and turns, the women’s race was a re-run of 2018. The six-lap race […]
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DIVING: China’s second team wins five of 10 events at Kazan World Series

The FINA World Series is designed to be the highest level of “regular-season” competition in diving, but China’s domination of the sport was demonstrated in the meet in Kazan (RUS). The Chinese sent a second-line team, which still managed to win five of the 10 events and won 11 medals overall, by far the most […]
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SWIMMING: Sjostrom wins 5, Hosszu and Efimova win 3 in Budapest FINA Champs...

One of the goals of the FINA Champions Series was to showcase the world’s finest swimmers. It has created a focus on one swimmer as the one to beat later this summer at the World Championships: Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. She won four of five events at the first stop in Guangzhou (CHN) and returned […]
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SWIMMING: Two wins for Sjostrom and Efimova, two new world leaders in day...

The crowd at the Duna Arena in Budapest (HUN) was in a lather after the first two events of the FINA Champions Series went to home favorites Ajna Kesely in the women’s 400 m Freestyle and Kristof Milak in the 200 m Butterfly. Those were the last wins by Hungarians in the session, but there […]
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SWIMMING Preview: World champions Weertman and Muller headline second World Series race in...

The second of nine 10 km Marathon World Series events is getting ready at Beau Vallon Beach in the Seychelles. The fields are good, including the world champs from 2017: Men: ● Allan Do Carmo (BRA) ~ 2014 World Series winner ● Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) ~ 2016 Olympic bronze; 2017 Worlds bronze ● Christian Reichert […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Sjostrom is back, but will Hosszu be the star of the...

FINA’s new Champions Series had an entertaining debut in front of an interested crowd in Guangzhou (CHN) in late April and is now ready for its second leg, at the famed Duna Arena in Budapest (HUN), with a capacity of about 5,000. The program order has been changed around a little, but the components are […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: WADA chief Reedie says he is “unsure” of winning against...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● Britain’s Craig Reedie is the elected head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the lead actor in the world’s fight against doping in sport. In an interview with the SportAccord conference newsletter, The Daily, he noted: “I am unsure whether sport […]
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DIVING Preview: Wide-open competitions at World Series Kazan, as China sends its second...

The fourth of five events in the FINA Diving World Series – its highest-level diving series – is in Kazan (RUS) and will have a significantly different outcome than the prior three chapters. That’s because China is entering only a partial team and without many of the dominant divers who have combined to win 28 […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING: Six wins for Canada in fifth World Series stop in Beijing

The fifth stage of the FINA World Series for Artistic Swimming as a showcase for Canada and especially reigning Pan American Duet gold medalist Jacqueline Simoneau. She won the Solo Technical and Solo Free events easily and teamed with Claudia Holzner to take the Duet Technical and Duet Free events in tighter competitions with France’s […]
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SWIMMING: Paltrinieri and Twichell shine brightest at U.S. Open Water Nationals

Of the four senior races at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Miami, Florida, American swimmers won only one. But that was hardly the point as the meet served to select the U.S. swimmers for the Open Water events at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Korea in July. And it showed that […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Hot distance running at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Sure, the Diamond League opener in Doha was spectacular, but that wasn’t the only fast running on Friday. The annual American distance spectacular – the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford – once again delivered in style: The expected star of […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Pan American team spots on the line at Open Water Nationals...

USA Swimming’s Open Water Nationals are on for this weekend at the Miami Marine Stadium, with racing on three days: ● 3 May: 10 km National Championships ● 4 May: 5 km National Junior Champions (16 and under) ● 5 May: 5 km National Championships The U.S. Pan American Team will be selected from the […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING: Five Russian wins, but Inui also stars in Tokyo World Series

The FINA Artistic Swimming World Series has had a lot of trouble attracting deep fields for its competitions, usually combining the event with an existing national competition. But with the Olympic Games on the horizon in Tokyo in 2020, there was much more interest than usual in the Tokyo leg of the 2019 schedule. Heading […]
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