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SWIMMING Preview: Hosszu chasing Sjostrom in final FINA World Cup

We’re down to the final meet in the seven-leg FINA Swimming World Cup with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom trying to win her second straight seasonal title against five-time champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. After the computers got through the all the figuring, both scored 48 points at the Tokyo leg, so heading into this weekend’s racing: […]
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SWIMMING: World records for Morozov and Xu in Tokyo World Cup

The FINA Swimming World Cup is coming to a close, but with plenty of fireworks as one world record was set and another equaled at the sixth leg of the tour, in Tokyo (JPN). On Friday, Russia’s Vladimir Morozov wrapped up the seasonal title with four wins (three count for points) in the 50-100 m […]
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SWIMMING: Weertman clinches Marathon World Series title

Dutch open-water star Ferry Weertman didn’t win at the final leg of the eight-stop FINA/HOSA Marathon Swimming World Series in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Friday. In fact, he was seventh. But that was more than enough to clinch his first FINA Marathon World Series title, with 86 points, ahead of Britain’s Jack Burnell (64) and […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Weertman looks to clinch Marathon World Series title

The final leg of the eight-stop FINA/HOSA Marathon Swimming World Series is coming in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Friday, with the seasonal title still on the line in the men’s division. The current standings, after seven races: Men: 1. 78 Ferry Weertman (NED) 2. 62 Jack Burnell (GBR) 3. 55 Simone Ruffini (ITA) 4. 51 […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Hosszu’s quandary: Quantity or Quality?

Since FINA changed the rules in 2017 to limit the number of points that swimmers can compile by swimming in multiple events, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu saw her five-year grip on the World Cup ended by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in 2017. That looked to be the case once again in 2018, as Sjostrom started strong in […]
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WATER POLO: Anti-Semitism in Spain in women’s World Cup qualifier

The newest instance of anti-Semitism in sports came in Spain, in the Barcelona suburb of Molins de Rei, where a second-round game of the European preliminaries of the 2019 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League had Israel playing Spain. When the Israeli women arrived in Barcelona, they were informed that the town was refusing to […]
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SWIMMING: Four wins for Morozov and Hosszu in Beijing World Cup

The first meet of the final cluster of the FINA Swimming World Cup at Beijing’s famed Water Cube facility was a showcase for the 2016 winners of the seasonal World Cup for men and women: Vladimir Morozov of Russia and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. Morozov won four events – the 50-100 m Frees, the 50 […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Hosszu enters 14 events in Beijing World Cup!

The FINA Swimming World Cup enters its final phase at the famed Water Cube in Beijing (CHN), as the first of three meets in the last cluster will be held starting this weekend, to be followed by meets in Tokyo (9-11 November) and Singapore (15-17 November). All three of these events will be held in […]
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LANE ONE: Being no. 1 today isn’t good enough for USA Swimming, looking...

It’s hard to imagine much concern at USA Swimming over the performance of the world’s no. 1 swim team, as the U.S. has been for decades, and showed once again at the Pan-Pacific Championships earlier this year. But there is. What is there to worry about? In an off year for the U.S., with no […]
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SWIMMING: Santos, Wang & Atkinson set WRs at Budapest World Cup

The FINA Swimming World Cup exploded at the site of last year’s World Championships, as three World Short-Course Records were set, along with two American Records and a tie: ∙ As previously reported, China’s 16-year-old Jianjiahe Wang set a world mark for the women’s 400 m Freestyle on the first day of the meet on […]
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SWIMMING: Wang strikes for 400 m Free World Record in Budapest World Cup

She set the stage with two World Junior Records in the FINA Swimming World Cup short-course opener last week in Eindhoven (NED), but China’s 16-year-old Jianjiahe Wang etched her name deeper into the record books with a World Record for short-course (25 m) pools in the 400 m Freestyle in Budapest (HUN). Wang led the […]
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LANE ONE: Senate hearing asks four NGBs to turn control over to its...

Should athletes run the sports they participate in? The key exchanges of Wednesday’s fourth hearing on “Protecting U.S. Amateur Athletes: Examining Abuse Prevention Efforts Across the Olympic Movement” before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security came near the end of the session with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) asking […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Lucky 13 for Katinka Hosszu in Budapest World Cup?

The fourth of seven legs in the FINA Swimming World Cup comes this week in Budapest (HUN), a home meet for Katinka Hosszu, who has once again turned in a stunning performance of stamina and speed in the first three events. The Hungarian star has competed in 33 events in the first three meets, won […]
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SWIMMING: Morozov wins three, sets Short Course World Record in World Cup 3

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, who won the 2016 FINA World Cup men’s division thanks to a world record in the 200 m Individual Medley, broke his own mark on the way to three wins at the first short-course (25 m) World Cup, in Eindhoven (NED). Morozov blasted out quick in the 100 m Medley and just […]
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LANE ONE: More fireworks are not going to bring more spectators to swimming...

USA Swimming’s (fairly) new chief executive, Tim Hinchey, released a “State of the Sport” post on the organization’s Web site on 19 September and for incurable Olympic-sport junkies (like me), it made for fascinating reading. Hinchey, you may remember, made one of the best impressions at the multiple Congressional hearings earlier this year into the […]
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SWIMMING: U.S. strong in Open Water World Juniors in Israel

The 2018 Open Water World Junior Championships were held earlier in September at the exotic location of Eilat (ISR), with competition in three age groups: 14-15 year-olds, 16-17 year-olds and 18-19 year-olds. The 14-15 group swam 5 km, the 16-17s had a 7.5 km race and the junior swam the standard 10 km distance. The […]
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SWIMMING: FINA World Cup money list posted for Cluster 1

FINA posted the final standings for the first cluster of its 2018 Swimming World Cup, and the payouts for the top eight in the point standings after the first two meets: Men: 1. 90 Anton Chupkov (RUS) ($50,000) 2. 87 Michael Andrew (USA) ($35,000) 3. 84 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) ($30,000) 4. 72 Mitch Larkin (AUS) […]
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WATER POLO: Hungary beats Australia to win men’s World Cup

Surely Serbia was the favorite in the 16th men’s Water Polo World Cup, having won the last three and then co-leading Group B in the group phase of the tournament in Berlin (GER). But the decisive game came in the championship semifinals, as Hungary, second in Group A, managed a 12-11 win to advance to […]
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SWIMMING: Xin repeats in Open Water World Cup

China’s Xin Xin is making her case to be considered as one of the world’s top open-water swimmers with her second consecutive victory in the FINA Marathon Swim World Series, this time in home waters at Chun’An (CHN). Fourth in the 10 km Open Water event in Rio, but just 17th in the 10 km […]
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SWIMMING: Hosszu swims 15 events, wins seven, in World Cup II

She’s unbelievable. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu swam in 15 (!) events in the second World Cup, held in Doha (QAT) and won seven events and took home an astonishing 12 medals: 1st: 7: 400-800 m Free, 200-400 m Medley, 100-200 m Back, 200 m Fly 2nd: 1: Mixed 4×100 m Free 3rd: 4: 200 m Free, […]
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