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ARTISTIC SWIMMING Preview: USA Synchro Nationals this weekend in San Antonio

The USA Synchro National Collegiate and National Championships will be held this weekend at the Palto Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, with the nationals offering competition in: ● Solo Technical ● Solo Free ● Duet Technical ● Duet Free ● Mixed Duet Free ● Team Technical ● Team Free ● Combo New champions […]
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WATER POLO: U.S. women looking for fifth straight Intercontinental Cup title in Australia

The United States women’s national team in water polo will try for its 13th title and fifth in a row at the FINA Intercontinental Cup in Perth (AUS) this week. Under head coach Adam Krikorian, the U.S. women have been a juggernaut, winning the FINA Water Polo World League women’s title in nine of the […]
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DIVING: Second straight sweep for China in Beijing World Series at the Water...

Ten up and ten golds, two weeks in a row. That’s the story of the first two meets in the FINA Diving World Series, both swept by Chinese divers. This week’s competition was in Beijing (CHN) at the famed Water Cube, home of the 2008 Olympic Games. Some of China’s medalists from the 2016 Games […]
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SWIMMING: Five wins for Andrew and 11 world-leading marks in excellent Tyr Pro...

The first Tyr Pro Swim Series meet held in Des Moines, Iowa probably shouldn’t be the last. Over four days in what is normally a heavy training period, eight U.S. swimmers and Anton Ipsen from Denmark produced 11 world-leading marks (including one equaled): ● Men’s 800 m Free: 7:54.28, Zane Grothe (USA) ● Men’s 1,500 […]
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SWIMMING: Andrew wins third; Baker and Flickinger win second races at Tyr Pro...

The third day of the Tyr Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, Iowa continued the hot swimming from the first two days, with another world-leading mark from Michael Andrew, who completed another amazing double. At 8:48 p.m., he swam second in the 50 m Breaststroke, losing by 0.04 to Brazil’s Felipe Lima, the 2013 Worlds […]
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SWIMMING: Two wins for Michael Andrew and four world leaders at Des Moines...

There are still two full days to go in the second Tyr Pro Swim Series meet, but the first visit to Des Moines, Iowa has already been a success. The meet has produced four world-leading marks so far, but it was 19-year-old Michael Andrew was the most impressive with two wins in 13 minutes! He […]
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DIVING Preview: China looking for second straight FINA World Series sweep in Beijing

The second of five FINA Diving World Series meets in 2019 comes to the famed Water Cube in Beijing (CHN), following a Chinese sweep of the season opener at Sagamihara (JPN). All 10 of the winning entries will be back and they were impressive. Six won by 10 or more points and two more won […]
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LANE ONE: FINA asks for dismissal of International Swimming League and athlete suits

Following the cancellation of a high-profile swimming meet scheduled for last December, the new International Swimming League (ISL) filed suit against the international governing body for swimming – the Federation Internationale de Natation or “FINA” – in U.S. Federal Court. ISL filed its own suit, and one in the names of U.S. stars Tom Shields […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Second leg of the Tyr Pro Swim Series bows in Des...

USA Swimming has made a substantial effort to liven up its Tyr Pro Swim Series in 2019, especially by bringing it to new places. The Wellmark YMCA in downtown Des Moines, Iowa is the site for this week’s festivities and is importantly connected to the city’s Skywalk system, since this weekend’s highs are forecast from […]
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ARTISTIC SWIMMING: Inui upsets Carbonell in World Series opener in Paris

Spain’s Ona Carbonell won two silver medals at the 2017 World Championships Solo events, but was upset by Japan’s Yukiko Inui in the first leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Paris (FRA). Inui, now 28, owns two Olympic bronze medals and six World Championships bronzes, all in Duet or Team events. But […]
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DIVING: China sweeps all 10 events at World Series opener in Sagamihara

Could anyone beat the Chinese? No. That was the main question at the opening event of the FINA Diving World Series event in Sagamihara (JPN) over the weekend, but the world’s no. 1 diving nation went 10-for-10 and swept the event. Chinese divers went 1-2 in both the men’s and women’s 3 m Springboard events, […]
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AQUATICS Preview: FINA World Series in Diving and Artistic Swimming start this week

FINA is best known for swimming, of course, but it supports its other disciplines with seasonal series, including a World Series for Diving and...

SWIMMING: Wellbrock and Cunha win Marathon World Series opener in Doha

A windy day and two large fields of swimmers made the water choppy for the first FINA Marathon World Series 10 km event in Doha (QAT), won by Germany’s Florian Wellbrock and Brazilian star Ana Marcela Cunha. Wellbrock had to deal with a field of 82 swimmers in the men’s event, contested in four 2.5 […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Marathon Swim World Series starts in Doha on Saturday

The nine-leg FINA Marathon Swim World Series starts this week in Qatar with the big stars of the open-water division ready to go for...

LANE ONE: To grow track & field, Sebastian Coe of 2019 needs to...

Britain’s Sebastian Coe was one of the finest middle-distance runners of all time. He was so good and so special that he sold thousands of tickets to meets all across Europe to watch him run and often challenge one or more of his own world records at 800 m, 1,000 m or the mile, in […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: Doping rumors about China’s Yang Sun, and a cancer challenge for...

Rough news this week for two of the finest swimmers in the world, both from the medical side: ● China’s Yang Sun, the triple Olympic gold medalist and nine-time World Champion in distance Freestyles, is in the news thanks to a sensational story in the Sunday Times (GBR) that “A clash with anti-doping testers ended […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 21 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Monday: Part two of our early-on look at what a Congressional commission reviewing the status of the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. National Governing Bodies might turn […]
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SWIMMING: FINA announces impressive details of $3.9 million Champion Swim Series

A three-meet series over three months will comprise the new FINA Champions Swim Series, to be held in three familiar venues: ● 1: 27-28 April in Guangzhou (CHN) ● 2: 11-12 May in Budapest (HUN) ● 3: 31 May-1 June in Indianapolis (USA) The format, according to FINA’s announcement, is essentially a finals-only swim-off for […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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SWIMMING: FINA confirms no suspensions, talks up Champions Swim Series to national federations

To the surprise of almost no one, the International Federation for aquatic sports, FINA, declared that no athletes would be suspended for participating in events hosted by organizers not affiliated with it, or with its national federations. From its statement: “FINA Legal Counsel François Carrard, present at the meeting, clarified FINA’s position: ‘FINA recognises the […]
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