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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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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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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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LANE ONE: International Paralympic Committee to Malaysia: no Israel, no World Championships

It has not been lost on observers of the Olympic Movement that if you want to find an organization with a disciplinary backbone, look no further than the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). When the Russian doping scandal popped up prior to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee equivocated and left eligibility […]
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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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THE BIG PICTURE: Malaysia signals anti-Semitism is alive and well, even for Paralympic...

According to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the two Israeli swimmers who have applied for visas for the World Paralympic Swimming Championships cannot compete there. “We will not allow them to enter. If they come, then it is an offense.” Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with Israel and Malaysian passports reportedly carry a notation that […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 14 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 (this time, with links!): LANE ONE/Sunday: The news that the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under serious investigation by a French judge concerning potential bribes paid to […]
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SWIMMING: Ledecky wins four at Tyr Pro Swim Series opener

To the surprise of absolutely no one, American superstar Katie Ledecky dominated the season opener of the Tyr Pro Swim Series, winning four events at the Jones Aquatics Center at the University of Tennessee. Ledecky won the 200 m Freestyle on Thursday night in an excellent 1:55.78, a mark bettered by only four other swimmers […]
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SWIMMING: Ledecky posts 200 m Free and 400 m Medley wins at Tyr...

The first significant U.S. competition of 2019 opened with a strong performance by superstar Katie Ledecky, who won two events and then said she had no intention of swimming one of them seriously in the future. She was the only double winner on the first full night of the Tyr Pro Swim Series opened before […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Tyr Pro Swim Series opens in Knoxville; what will Katie do?

USA Swimming is placing significant emphasis on raising the importance, profile and showmanship of its Tyr Pro Swim Series, starting with the first leg this week in a new venue, the Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee. The fields are excellent, especially for a meet in January and especially on the women’s […]
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LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how about on the field? Actually, this should be a pretty interesting year. Looking ahead, here are five athletes, events or match-ups to look forward to as the year progresses: 5. Athletics: […]
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