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SWIMMING: U.S. dominates FINA World Short-Course Champs

In another demonstration of how dominant the United States in swimming, a powerful American team overran the rest of the world in the 14th FINA World Short-Course Championships in Hangzhou (CHN). The American team, which did not include a number of stars, won 36 total medals, more than the combined total of runner-up Russia (14 […]
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SWIMMING: Six World Records set so far in FINA World Short-Course Champs

World records are not usually set with this much frequency, but the truth is that high-level competition in short-course (25 m) pools doesn’t come around that often. So there is surprise – but not too much – for the tsunami of new world marks at the 14th FINA World Short-Course Championships in Hangzhou (CHN). So […]
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SWIMMING: World records start FINA World Short-Course Champs

The 14th FINA World Short-Course Championships have exploded out of the blocks in Hangzhou (CHN), with two first-day world records and American Records in three events: ∙ Japan’s Daiya Seto, the 2013-15 World (Long-Course) Champion in the 400 m Medley, pulverized the world Short-Course mark, winning in 1:48.24, ahead of the prior record holder, Chad […]
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LANE ONE: Tokyo 2020 swimming schedule will allow six medals each for Ledecky...

What will become one of the most hyped-up attractions of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was perhaps decided very quietly on Wednesday. The Tokyo organizers released the day-by-day schedule for the swimming events for the 2020 Games and with it, the medals ceilings for American superstars Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel. For Ledecky, the […]
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SWIMMING: Why Caeleb Dressel wasn’t up to par this season

It made no sense that Caeleb Dressel didn’t dominate the U.S. National Championships this season after winning seven gold medals at the 2017 World Championships and looking so strong in early-season meets. Now, more information is coming out. During the NBC telecast of the Pan-Pacific Championships, announcer Dan Hicks mentioned that Dressel had suffered a […]
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Did you see that a Swedish teenager set an American record in the...

TSX HEADLINES – for August 17, 2018: One of the greatest pole vaulting competitions of all time came at the European Championships, with three men vaulting at the magical 6-meter mark and two clearing it. Then an 18-year-old competing for Sweden won the event at 6.05 m (or 19-10 1/4), not only setting his third […]
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Did you see that a Swedish teenager set an American record in the...

TSX HEADLINES – for August 17, 2018: One of the greatest pole vaulting competitions of all time came at the European Championships, with three men vaulting at the magical 6-meter mark and two clearing it. Then an 18-year-old competing for Sweden won the event at 6.05 m (or 19-10 1/4), not only setting his third […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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U.S. Senate hearing outcome: 50% of USOC revenue directly to athletes?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 6, 2018: The headlines from Tuesday’s U.S. Senate sub-committee hearing are all about ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny invoking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to answer any questions at all. That was not the critical outcome. In fact, the key testimony came before Penny even took his seat at the […]
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U.S. Senate hearing outcome: 50% of USOC revenue directly to athletes?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 6, 2018: The headlines from Tuesday’s U.S. Senate sub-committee hearing are all about ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny invoking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to answer any questions at all. That was not the critical outcome. In fact, the key testimony came before Penny even took his seat at the […]
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Show me the money: Skiing’s rewards are for just a few

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 26, 2018: The competitive skiing season has been completed and so it’s time to tote up the millions won by the brightest stars on the World Cup tour. Except there weren’t any. Sure, Alpine World Cup winners Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. and Marcel Hirscher of Austria made a lot […]
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Show me the money: Skiing’s rewards are for just a few

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 26, 2018: The competitive skiing season has been completed and so it’s time to tote up the millions won by the brightest stars on the World Cup tour. Except there weren’t any. Sure, Alpine World Cup winners Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. and Marcel Hirscher of Austria made a lot […]
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The top stories of 2017 – part 2: Glory, greed, drugs and surprises

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 28, 2017: This was the year that Usain Bolt retired, but not the way he envisioned. Mo Farah won one and lost one at the World Championships, but no one saw the stunner of the women’s Steeplechase coming. American Caeleb Dressel equaled Michael Phelps’s record of seven gold medals in […]
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The top stories of 2017 – part 2: Glory, greed, drugs and surprises

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 28, 2017: This was the year that Usain Bolt retired, but not the way he envisioned. Mo Farah won one and lost one at the World Championships, but no one saw the stunner of the women’s Steeplechase coming. American Caeleb Dressel equaled Michael Phelps’s record of seven gold medals in […]
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Swimming’s new dilemma: What if you have two Michael Phelps?

PALM DESERT, July 31, 2017 – A marvelous World Championships in the aquatic sports closed on Sunday with a historic performance by the United States swim team, which won more medals – 38 – than any team in history. The next World Championships isn’t until 2019, but FINA and the Olympic organizers in Tokyo for […]
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EXTRA/FINA World Champs Day 8: Will the U.S. set a medals record?

PALM DESERT, July 30, 2017 – After the U.S. Nationals, it was clear that the U.S. would send a formidable swim team to the World Championships in Budapest. But a team that would win the most medals in the history of the event? After a brilliant, six-medal performance on Saturday, it’s possible, as the U.S. […]
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EXTRA/FINA World Champs day 7: 3 Caeleb Dressel golds in 98 minutes?

PALM DESERT, July 29, 2017 – Caeleb Dressel is using the 2017 FINA World Championships to announce that he will be a force in the swimming world for years to come. He’s already won two golds in the 100 m Free and the 4×100 m Free Relay, but could win three gold medals on Saturday in […]
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TSX’s Weekend Fab Five: A Jamaican you know and one you don’t

The Sports Examiner’s best Olympic-sport performances of the weekend … includes two fine Jamaican performances, but also a powerful start by the formidable U.S. swimmers: => No. 5: Usain Bolt, Evan Jager and Ajee Wilson At the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco, Jamaican icon Usain Bolt showed that he is quite capable of winning […]
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The unbearable sadness of watching the world’s greatest swim team

PALM DESERT, July 3, 2017 – USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis was the swim meet of the year, producing 48 top-five marks in the world, eight world-leading times and two American Records. But it was also depressing, because the stands were only half-full at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Who is to […]
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