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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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DIVING: China dominates, but wins “only” eight events at Montreal World Series

Well, it had to end eventually. China’s 20-event win streak in the FINA Diving World Series came to an end at the third stop of the circuit, in Montreal (CAN), but that didn’t mean that it didn’t dominate the event. After winning all 10 events at the first two World Series stops in Japan and […]
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SWIMMING: Sjostrom stars with four wins and $51,000 at Champions Swim Series opener

The debut of the FINA Champions Swim Series will be remembered for its unique concept and seeing a lot of Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Michael Andrew (USA). Sjostrom was the star of the show in Guangzhou (CHN), winning four of her five individual events and swimming in one relay to top the […]
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SWIMMING: Seven wins for China, two for Sjostrom, $29,000 for Hosszu in Champs...

The debut of the FINA Champions Swim Series, a new concept designed as a showcase for the top swimmers in the world – and a $1 million-plus payday – was a demonstration of Chinese dominance in Guangzhou (CHN). The home crowd had a lot to be happy about, as Chinese swimmers won seven of the […]
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LANE ONE: Planning your time off for 2020 yet? How about U.S. Trials...

With the announcement of St. Louis, Missouri as the site for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for men and women, the United States Olympic Committee – and its television partner, NBC – have assembled two weeks of continuous Olympic Trials action for next June. Over the course of almost a year, four U.S. Trials events […]
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SWIMMING Preview: New, $1.03 million FINA Champions Series debuts Saturday in Guangzhou

Well, it’s here. While the International Swimming League promises to revolutionize professional swimming with its team-based meet series that is supposed to start in October, a tangible result of its efforts is the new FINA Champions Series, a sort-of “All-Star Game” program for swimmers with good paydays attached to each event. There are three meets, […]
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DIVING Preview: World Series continues in Montreal with China on a 20-event win...

The question for the third leg of the Diving World Series in Montreal (CHN) is simple: can anyone beat China? For the first two stages, in Sagamihara (JPN) and Beijing (CHN) in March, the answer was no. China won all 10 events in both, and went 1-2 in four of the six individual events between […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING: First look at 2020 Olympic champs at World Cup Kazan? Probably...

Russia rarely competes in the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, but with the third leg in Kazan, it was obligatory. And the hosts showed that they will be contenders for every honor available at this year’s World Championships and beyond. Rio gold medalist Svetlana Kolesnichenko won the Solo Technical by more than seven points on […]
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LANE ONE: Is the Tokyo swimming schedule better for Katie Ledecky or Caeleb...

/Updated: see Endnote/ Now that the Tokyo organizers have released much of the detail of the 2020 Olympic sports schedules, it’s finally possible to see what some of the projected stars of the Games might be able to accomplish. This is especially so in swimming, where the added events and relays create a dizzying set […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING Preview: Superstar Kolesnichenko to headline World Series in Kazan

The FINA Artistic Swimming World Series has been missing the no.1 star in the sport … until this week. The circuit comes to the Kazan (RUS) Aquatics Palace and so the reigning Solo Technical and Solo Free World Champion, and the winner of 13 World Championships gold medals, Svetlana Kolesnichenko is entered in at least […]
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LANE ONE: Morning swimming and track finals in Tokyo are the price of...

“Having finals in the morning, as requested by the International Olympic Committee, will enhance the visibility of athletics across all time zones.” That comment from IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy sums up the news from the release of the session-by-session schedule by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizing committee, with all of the swimming finals in […]
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SWIMMING: Andrew stuns Kalisz in 200 m Medley on final day of Tyr...

“That hurt so bad; I have a massive headache. I didn’t expect that at all.” Neither did anyone else, as 19-year-old Michael Andrew dominated not the 50 m sprint races he’s famous for, but the 200 m Medley, defeating superstars Chase Kalisz and Caeleb Dressel on the final day of the third Tyr Pro Swim […]
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SWIMMING: Dressel back to dominant with four wins (so far) at Tyr Pro...

After seven gold medals at the 2017 FINA World Championships, there seemed like nothing Caeleb Dressel couldn’t do. Then came a motorcycle accident last June that almost caused him to miss the U.S. Nationals, the meet which principally selected the U.S. team for the 2019 World Championships. That contributed to what Dressel called “just a […]
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SWIMMING: World leader for Ledecky, PR for Smith in 800 m Free headlines...

The third leg of USA Swimming’s Tyr Pro Swim Series in Richmond, Virginia showcased some of the world’s best swimmers in the middle of a hard training time. And it showed. The marks were good, but not great compared to the world’s top marks as most of the other important swimming nations are in the […]
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SWIMMING Preview: World leaders Ledecky and Flickinger headline Tyr Pro Swim Series 3

The third leg of the Tyr Pro Swim Series comes this week in Richmond, Virginia and the Collegiate School Aquatic Center, beginning on Wednesday (10th) with the 800 m Freestyles and following with full programs from Thursday through Saturday. When we last left the Tyr Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, Iowa in early March, […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING: Five wins for Ukraine and seven medals for Canada’s Simoneau

The second leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Greece was a showcase for the Ukraine, but the big individual winner was Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau. Simoneau, the 2015 Pan American PAG Duet and Team gold medalist, won the Solo Technical competition and then took home six other medals. She won bronze in the […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING: Synchrogators and Homoelle dominate San Antonio Nationals

The USA Synchro National Championships were a showcase for the Cincinnati Synchrogators and especially Rose Homoelle, a member of the national junior team in 2018-19. Performing at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, the Gators won the Team Technical, Team Free and Combo Finals, and Homoelle teamed with Paisley McCudden for a […]
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WATER POLO: U.S. women outlast Australia in shoot-out for Intercontinental Cup victory

The United States women’s water polo team got a scare from Australia, but still managed to win its 13th Intercontinental Cup title. “We are not in the best shape and we stopped attacking after halftime, but a great team like Australia, you can’t hold them down forever,” said coach Adam Krikorian. “They were bound to […]
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