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AQUATICS: China wins eighth straight Diving gold; Russia 4-for-4 in Artistic and Wellbrock...

“There was no strategy or ‘key’ to today’s race for me.” Maybe not, but Germany’s Florian Wellbrock was determined not to let the 10 km open-water World Championships race in Gwangju (KOR) get away from him and he stayed near the front, or at the front almost the entire way, and when the time for […]
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AQUATICS: China 5-of-5 in diving, Russia 2-for-2 in Artistic and surprise Chinese open-water...

The 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships have opened just as expected … with one surprise. China was expected to dominate the diving events and has won all five. Russia was expected to dominate Artistic Swimming and is doing just that. But China’s Xin Xin pulled off the first upset of the Worlds with a victory […]
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WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Japan finishes atop the Universiade medal table in Naples; U.S. wins...

Almost 6,000 athletes from 118 countries attended the 30th World University Games, held in Naples (ITA). Some 222 events were held in 18 sports...

AQUATICS: 18th World Aquatics Championships start Friday in Gwangju with Diving, Artistic and...

Once every two years, the entire competitive aquatics community comes together for the World Aquatics Championships, including Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming, Open Water, High Diving and Water Polo. FINA’s 18th edition of the Worlds is getting set to start in Gwangju (KOR), beginning on Friday and running for two weeks through the 28th. The overall […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Diack indictment shows corruption on a grand scale; USA Synchro...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The German ARD network managed to obtain a copy of the indictment brought by the French authorities against former IAAF President Lamine Diack, his son Papa Massata Diack and four others associated with them, including the IAAF’s own anti-doping chief, […]
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LANE ONE: If you’re an athlete and want to get sponsored, be on Instagram,...

“We think about people you would just want to root for. People who are in interesting sports, people who look like they are engaging,...

SWIMMING: Rasovszky finally wins at Lake Balaton; so does Cunha, again!

Local fans who came out to see Hungary’s open-water star Kristof Rasovszky finally got to see him realize a long-held goal: to win a FINA Marathon World Series race on his home course at Lake Balaton. He went out hard on the 2,500 m loop course, then eased back to among the leaders before unleashing […]
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SWIMMING: Urlando closes Tyr Pro Swim Clovis with third win, but Pickrem wins...

The final day of the final leg of the 2019 Tyr Pro Swim Series saw 17-year-old star Luca Urlando score a dominant win in the 200 m Medley to finish with three wins and four medals, the best among the men. But Canada’s Sydney Pickrem finished with four wins, also taking the 200 m Medley […]
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SWIMMING: Urlando, 17, erases a Michael Phelps 200 m Fly record in Tyr...

He’s only 17, but it’s worth remembering this name: Luca Urlando. The teen from Sacramento, California confirmed his world-class status by winning his second event of the Tyr Pro Swim Series meet in Clovis, California, posting a lifetime best in the 200 m Butterfly in 1:53.84. That improves on his 1:54.35 win at the Mel […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: Australian trials finish with three world leaders and a powerful Worlds...

The Australian Trials for the 2019 FINA World Championships finished on Friday, with more excellent marks: ● Women/100 m Free: Cate Campbell continued her rampage with a win in 22.05, ahead of sister Bronte (24.17) and Emma McKeon (24.25). Cate has been faster in 2019 (22.00), but her winning time in Brisbane would rank second […]
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SWIMMING: Smith and Pickrem win two each in Tyr Pro Swim at Clovis

The final leg of the Tyr Pro Swim Series has started well for American distance star Leah Smith and Canada’s Sydney Pickrem, each of whom won two events on Thursday evening at the Clovis North Aquatic Center. Smith won the 800 m Free easily on Wednesday and came back on Thursday at take the 200 […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: World-leading 52.12 for Cate Campbell in Australian 100 m Free Trials

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom dominated the sprint events at the FINA Champions Swim Series, but she did lose one race, the 50 m Free in Guangzhou, to Australia’s Cate Campbell. Campbell wants to keep it that way, screaming to a 52.12 world-leading win on the fifth night of the Australian World Championships Swim Trials in Brisbane […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: World leaders for Chalmers and Larkin in Aussie Worlds Trials

More hot swimming from Brisbane at the Australian World Championships Trials with two new world-leading marks: ● Men/100 m Freestyle Rio Olympic champ Kyle Chalmers blistered the field with a win in 47.35, taking the world lead away from Russia’s Vladislav Grinev (47.48). Chalmers had been second at 47.48 from the Australian Nationals back in […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: Strong marks at Australian Trials and Mare Nostrum in France

With the FINA World Championships coming quickly, swimmers are ramping up to top form, both at the Australian World Championships Trials and at the second of the three legs of the Mare Nostrum series, this time in France: ● Australian World Championships Trials More outstanding freestyle swimming in Brisbane as the women’s 200 m Free […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Final Tyr Pro Swim Series stop in Clovis has modest entry...

The final leg of the five-stop Tyr Pro Swim Series will be held at the Clovis North Aquatic Center – near Fresno – with only a few of the top U.S. stars entered. The 800 m Freestyles are on Thursday, with the rest of the events spread across the following three days. The headline swimmers: […]
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SWIMMING Panorama: Ledecky sends a message with world-leading 3:59.28; Titmus sends back a...

They were swimming half a world apart, in Santa Clara, California and Brisbane, Australia, but it’s as if stars Kathie Ledecky (USA) and Ariarne Titmus (AUS) were swimming in consecutive heats in the same pool. With Titmus leading the 2019 world list at 3:59.66, Ledecky won the 400 m Freestyle at the Santa Clara Invitational […]
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SWIMMING: Unstoppable Cunha out-touches Bruni to win Marathon World Series in Portugal

If there are any people on the planet more fit right now than Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha and Italy’s Rachele Bruni, they need to prove it. Swimming against a small field in the third FINA Marathon Swim Series race in Setubal (POR), the two stars raced 10,000 meters in 19 C (66 F) water – […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Smaller fields at Setubal Marathon World Series just a month before Worlds

With just over a month to go before the World Aquatics Championships in Korea, the FINA Marathon World Series has two more events before...

HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IAAF’s women’s regs suspended by Swiss Court, so Semenya can...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● South Africa’s Caster Semenya won a round against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and its regulations for women in the 400 m-Mile events on Monday. The Swiss Federal Tribunal, acting on a request from Semenya’s attorneys, suspended the […]
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LANE ONE: Is the FINA Champions Swim Series the way forward, or a...

The first edition of the FINA Champions Swim Series has now been completed, with three meets and more than $2 million in prize money distributed to the competing athletes. Was it worthwhile, or a waste of time (and money)? It seems to me they were both, but that there is a major flaw in the […]
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