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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 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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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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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...

SWIMMING: She’s the King: Lilly King swims world-leading 50 m Breast at Tyr...

With her NCAA career at Indiana now completed, Olympic and World champ Lilly King has time for events like the Tyr Pro Swim Series in her home pool in Bloomington, Indiana. And she took advantage this week with her second world-leading mark on Saturday. She led from the start to post a 30.03 mark, easily […]
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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: Is the Tokyo swimming schedule better for Katie Ledecky or Caeleb...

/Updated: see Endnote/ Now that the Tokyo organizers have released much of the detail of the 2020 Olympic sports schedules, it’s finally possible to see what some of the projected stars of the Games might be able to accomplish. This is especially so in swimming, where the added events and relays create a dizzying set […]
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SWIMMING: Andrew stuns Kalisz in 200 m Medley on final day of Tyr...

“That hurt so bad; I have a massive headache. I didn’t expect that at all.” Neither did anyone else, as 19-year-old Michael Andrew dominated not the 50 m sprint races he’s famous for, but the 200 m Medley, defeating superstars Chase Kalisz and Caeleb Dressel on the final day of the third Tyr Pro Swim […]
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SWIMMING: Dressel back to dominant with four wins (so far) at Tyr Pro...

After seven gold medals at the 2017 FINA World Championships, there seemed like nothing Caeleb Dressel couldn’t do. Then came a motorcycle accident last June that almost caused him to miss the U.S. Nationals, the meet which principally selected the U.S. team for the 2019 World Championships. That contributed to what Dressel called “just a […]
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SWIMMING: World leader for Ledecky, PR for Smith in 800 m Free headlines...

The third leg of USA Swimming’s Tyr Pro Swim Series in Richmond, Virginia showcased some of the world’s best swimmers in the middle of a hard training time. And it showed. The marks were good, but not great compared to the world’s top marks as most of the other important swimming nations are in the […]
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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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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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