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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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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: King sweeps Efimova, but Flickinger and Hosszu also claim world leaders in...

The final day of the final stop in the inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series in Indianapolis saw three world-leading swims, and further confirmation that Lilly King owns the women’s breaststroke events: ● King completed a sweep of the 50-100-200 m Breaststroke swims, beating Russian Yulia Efimova for the third straight time, winning the 100 m […]
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SWIMMING: King out-touches Efimova twice, plus two more wins for Sjostrom in Champions...

There aren’t a lot of well-known feuds in world-class swimming, but the Rio rivalry between breaststroke stars Lilly King of the U.S. and Russia’s Yulia Efimova is one that even fans outside of the sport know well. And they matched up twice on the first day of the final leg of the FINA Champions Swim […]
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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: 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: Two wins for Sjostrom and Efimova, two new world leaders in day...

The crowd at the Duna Arena in Budapest (HUN) was in a lather after the first two events of the FINA Champions Series went to home favorites Ajna Kesely in the women’s 400 m Freestyle and Kristof Milak in the 200 m Butterfly. Those were the last wins by Hungarians in the session, but there […]
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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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SWIMMING: Energy for Swim meet canceled under pressure from FINA

A nasty fight inside swimming has expanded outside as the second edition of the Energy for Swim meet scheduled for Turin (ITA) in December – following the FINA World Short-Course Championships – has been canceled. The meet, and a parallel project called the International Swimming League, have been developed to give elite swimmers an opportunity […]
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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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