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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 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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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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SWIMMING Preview: Sjostrom looking for second straight five-sprint sweep in final FINA Champions Swim...

The third and final leg of the inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series comes to the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday and Saturday...

HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: More weightlifting doping positives, new T&F world leaders and the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● Although weightlifting has been fully reinstated into the Olympic sports program for 2024 and beyond, the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a reminder of what imperiled it: doping. The Court’s new Anti-Doping Division issued its first decision on Monday, […]
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SWIMMING: Sjostrom wins 5, Hosszu and Efimova win 3 in Budapest FINA Champs...

One of the goals of the FINA Champions Series was to showcase the world’s finest swimmers. It has created a focus on one swimmer as the one to beat later this summer at the World Championships: Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. She won four of five events at the first stop in Guangzhou (CHN) and returned […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Sjostrom is back, but will Hosszu be the star of the...

FINA’s new Champions Series had an entertaining debut in front of an interested crowd in Guangzhou (CHN) in late April and is now ready for its second leg, at the famed Duna Arena in Budapest (HUN), with a capacity of about 5,000. The program order has been changed around a little, but the components are […]
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SWIMMING: Sjostrom stars with four wins and $51,000 at Champions Swim Series opener

The debut of the FINA Champions Swim Series will be remembered for its unique concept and seeing a lot of Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Michael Andrew (USA). Sjostrom was the star of the show in Guangzhou (CHN), winning four of her five individual events and swimming in one relay to top the […]
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SWIMMING: Seven wins for China, two for Sjostrom, $29,000 for Hosszu in Champs...

The debut of the FINA Champions Swim Series, a new concept designed as a showcase for the top swimmers in the world – and a $1 million-plus payday – was a demonstration of Chinese dominance in Guangzhou (CHN). The home crowd had a lot to be happy about, as Chinese swimmers won seven of the […]
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SWIMMING Preview: New, $1.03 million FINA Champions Series debuts Saturday in Guangzhou

Well, it’s here. While the International Swimming League promises to revolutionize professional swimming with its team-based meet series that is supposed to start in October, a tangible result of its efforts is the new FINA Champions Series, a sort-of “All-Star Game” program for swimmers with good paydays attached to each event. There are three meets, […]
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LANE ONE: Echoes of the failed Int’l Track Association in the new Int’l...

Being old does have some benefits. One of them – for as long as it lasts – is memory. When the International Swimming League (ISL) held an athlete’s conference in London (GBR) last week, followed by a self-congratulatory Web posting, there was an echo from long ago. Yes, 46 years ago. In London, ISL founder […]
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LANE ONE: Why is FINA trying to keep swimmers from making money at...

If you listen to the leaders of the Olympic Movement, and especially International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach of Germany, you will hear – over and over again – “it’s all about the athletes.” Except when it’s not. That’s what makes the current face-off between the international federation for aquatic sports – known by its […]
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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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SWIMMING: Two anti-trust suits filed against FINA

The decision by FINA to implode the Energy for Swim meet in Turin, which had the interest and support of many top athletes in the sport has now led to two lawsuits filed on Friday in U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. One filing is a class action suit against FINA […]
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SWIMMING: Sjostrom wins five, takes seasonal World Cup title

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (pictured) won her second consecutive FINA Swimming World Cup title with a dominating performance in the final meet in Singapore. Leading Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu by only 15 points entering the meet, Sjostrom won five events – the 50-100 m Frees, 50-100 m Flys and the 100 m Medley, the latter over Hosszu […]
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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 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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