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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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SWIMMING: Four wins for Morozov and Hosszu in Beijing World Cup

The first meet of the final cluster of the FINA Swimming World Cup at Beijing’s famed Water Cube facility was a showcase for the 2016 winners of the seasonal World Cup for men and women: Vladimir Morozov of Russia and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. Morozov won four events – the 50-100 m Frees, the 50 […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Hosszu enters 14 events in Beijing World Cup!

The FINA Swimming World Cup enters its final phase at the famed Water Cube in Beijing (CHN), as the first of three meets in the last cluster will be held starting this weekend, to be followed by meets in Tokyo (9-11 November) and Singapore (15-17 November). All three of these events will be held in […]
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SWIMMING: Santos, Wang & Atkinson set WRs at Budapest World Cup

The FINA Swimming World Cup exploded at the site of last year’s World Championships, as three World Short-Course Records were set, along with two American Records and a tie: ∙ As previously reported, China’s 16-year-old Jianjiahe Wang set a world mark for the women’s 400 m Freestyle on the first day of the meet on […]
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SWIMMING: Wang strikes for 400 m Free World Record in Budapest World Cup

She set the stage with two World Junior Records in the FINA Swimming World Cup short-course opener last week in Eindhoven (NED), but China’s 16-year-old Jianjiahe Wang etched her name deeper into the record books with a World Record for short-course (25 m) pools in the 400 m Freestyle in Budapest (HUN). Wang led the […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Lucky 13 for Katinka Hosszu in Budapest World Cup?

The fourth of seven legs in the FINA Swimming World Cup comes this week in Budapest (HUN), a home meet for Katinka Hosszu, who has once again turned in a stunning performance of stamina and speed in the first three events. The Hungarian star has competed in 33 events in the first three meets, won […]
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SWIMMING: Morozov wins three, sets Short Course World Record in World Cup 3

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, who won the 2016 FINA World Cup men’s division thanks to a world record in the 200 m Individual Medley, broke his own mark on the way to three wins at the first short-course (25 m) World Cup, in Eindhoven (NED). Morozov blasted out quick in the 100 m Medley and just […]
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SWIMMING Preview: FINA World Cup moves to Eindhoven

The third meet – and start of the second cluster – of the FINA Swimming World Cup starts in Eindhoven (NED) with the events now being held in 25 m (Short Course) instead of the Olympic-sized 50 m tanks. A full program is set for Friday through Sunday, with the swimmers starting over on points, […]
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SWIMMING: FINA World Cup money list posted for Cluster 1

FINA posted the final standings for the first cluster of its 2018 Swimming World Cup, and the payouts for the top eight in the point standings after the first two meets: Men: 1. 90 Anton Chupkov (RUS) ($50,000) 2. 87 Michael Andrew (USA) ($35,000) 3. 84 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) ($30,000) 4. 72 Mitch Larkin (AUS) […]
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SWIMMING: Hosszu swims 15 events, wins seven, in World Cup II

She’s unbelievable. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu swam in 15 (!) events in the second World Cup, held in Doha (QAT) and won seven events and took home an astonishing 12 medals: 1st: 7: 400-800 m Free, 200-400 m Medley, 100-200 m Back, 200 m Fly 2nd: 1: Mixed 4×100 m Free 3rd: 4: 200 m Free, […]
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SWIMMING: Hosszu swims five, wins two to open World Cup II

The 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha (QAT) opened on Thursday with 10 events, half of which were for women. And The Iron Lady was in all five. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 400 m Freestyle and 200 m Butterfly and picked up a third in the 50 m Backstroke, a sixth in the […]
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SWIMMING Preview: Cast remains the same for World Cup II

The FINA Swimming World Cup will finish its first meet “cluster” this week in Doha (QAT) at the Hamad Aquatic Center, also the last of the seven meets to be held in an Olympic-sized, 50 m pool. The entries show that essentially the same cast of characters seen at the opener in Kazan (RUS) will […]
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