June 25, 2016 -
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) claimed Olympic gold in a Games record of 53.00 four years ago in London over 100m freesyle. This evening in Rome on the second day of three at the Sette Colli International in Rome, she raced faster than she has at any time since London 2012, her two-lapper covered in 53.14, right there with it the Italian record and fastest evenr by Federica Pellegrini, 53.18.
June 12, 2016 -
Oussama Mellouli (TUN) will defend the Olympic marathon crown after a fifth-place finish in the 10km last-chance-saloon qualification race off the Portuguese coast at Setúbal. A fifth Olympics ahoy
June 12, 2016 -
The first three finals of the last session of the Mare Nostrum Tour delivered a Britain sweep, Stephen Milne taking the 1500m freestyle and, at the opposite end of the distance spectrum, Georgia Davies claiming the 50m backstroke ahead of teammates Fran Halsall and Jessica Fullalove, in between then the crusher of a result: Adam Peaty 26.68 in the 50m breaststroke. There was no extending the British run to the fourt event, Swedish ace Sarah Sjostrom crushing all challenge with a 25.27 meet mark in the 50m butterfly
June 9, 2016 -
Britain’s Jazz Carlin cracked out her third unrested 4:04 of the year for victory in the 400m freestyle in a time a touch ahead of her pace on the way to silver at the European Championships in London last month. A 4:04.33 in the bag at Olympic trials in April, Carlin overhauled Katinka Hosszu (HUN) for a 4:04.67 to 4:05.40 win this evening, the winning time ahead of her London podium-pace 4:04.85. Solid wins for Hosszu on medley, Chad Le Clos in the 200 ‘fly and Kosuke Hagino in the 200m medley, while Anton Chupkov pips Marco Koch in the 200m breaststroke
June 8, 2016 -
Whether it will be enough to have him dream of an Olympic title retained is another matter but Frenchman Yannick Agnel got his hand to the wall first in a tight tusssle over 200m freestyle in the opening sessions of finals in Canet as the Mare Nostrum Tour reached its midway point. Agnel’s 1:47.28 compared to the 1:47.83 in which Britain’s Stephen Milne finished fifth. In between came two men who entered the fray with a 400m final in their arms at the start of the session and one who came back to back from the 200 back final and a 4:09 win in the 400IM: Myles Brown (RSA), 1:47.62, and James Guy (GBR), the World champion on 1:47.71, split by the backstroke-medley man, Kosuke Hagino and a 1:47.69 for Japan.
June 5, 2016 -
World champion Chad Le Clos (RSA) edged up the world rankings to No7 with a Mare Nostrum Tour opener of 51.58 to win the 100m butterfly at the Monaco curtain-closer today. The Rio 2016 Olympic podium will be fought in the 50sec zone but Le Clos, far from the peak he will seek in Brazil… […]
June 4, 2016 -
A 200m butterfly battle between Olympic champion Chad Le Clos and Tamas Kenderesi stole the show in the opening session of finals on Mare Nostrum Tour in Monaco: 1:54.80 for the Rio defender; 1:55.11 for the Hungarian chaser.
June 2, 2016 -
Message in a comeback: Kirsty Coventry sent word to a WADA Foundation Board meeting this month – “I have no confidence that I will be competing on a level playing field in Rio. We [WADA] market and portray ourselves as te ‘Organization for Clean Sport’ and ‘Protecting Clean Athletes’ but we are not. We either need to get full autonomy and independence to take actions, or we need to stop marketing ourselves as the organization that will get things done.”
June 1, 2016 -
The Zika virus, the risk of hastening its reach and spread as tourists flock to Rio for the Olympic Games, as well as the implications for the health and welfare of women athletes, is a story close to the heart of Canadian former world record holder Annamay Pierse. “Exhibit A: a living testimony to the perils of competing in a hazardous environment”, is how she is described in a report today that highlights the Hobson’s Choice faced by swimmers and others for whom the Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of their sporting days
May 19, 2016 -
The context of Sun Yang, Park Tae-hwan and Yuliya Efimova swilling through the sport of swimming, a positive test is clearly worth far less than a missed test there days. Where the “stars” listed above received respective penalties of three months (retrospective never served), 16 months (just over 12 served but no time out of training), and 18 months (served but training continued during at least some of the suspension period), Will Brothers has been slapped with a four-year ban.
April 18, 2016 -
Thiago Pereira and a 2:11.86 victory rose above others and the issue in the 200m breaststroke at the Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio, where the edginess between specialists and the men’s 100m freestyle showdown served to highlight the questions inherent in faster heats/slower finals.
April 11, 2016 -
Hilary Caldwell moved to No. 4 in the world in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 2:07.96 as the Canadian Olympic Trials came to a close.
April 10, 2016 -
Penny Oleksiak added another national record at the Canadian Olympic Trials on Saturday night, going 53.31 in the 100 freestyle.
April 8, 2016 -
Santo Condorelli checked in with a time of 48.16 in the 100 freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Trials to clinch a berth to Rio.
April 8, 2016 -
Femke Heemskerk and the Dutch 4x200m freestyle relay are building speed for Rio 2016: at the SwimCup Eindhoven, Heemskerk clocked 1:55.85 for victory in the 200m freestyle, the time lifting her up to 6h in the world so far this season. Out in 26.91 and 56.55 by half-way, the Montpellier-based international coached by Philippe Lucas,… […]
April 8, 2016 -
Brittany MacLean set her second national record at the Canadian Olympic Trials by winning the 200 freestyle in 1:56.94; Ryan Cochrane made the cut in the 400m free – and Ashton Baumann follows in his dad’s footsteps, the son of Alex Baumann, double Olympic medley champion of 1984, on the team for Rio with a 2:10 in the 200m breaststroke
April 7, 2016 -
While Kylie Masse took the Canadian record in the 100 backstroke down to 59.06, American Ryan Murphy took advantage of his status as an international racer in the B Final with a 52.57 outing in the 100 back.
April 6, 2016 -
Elizabeth Beisel, the 2011 World 400m medley champion who took silver behind Ye Shiwen, a controversial 58.6 last 100m and a 4:28 world record at London 2012, put in a 4:35.82 in the heats of the long medley on the second morning of action at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Toronto. After a fine first day for Canadians making progress, this morning witnessed a 59.17 Canadian record from 19-year-old Kylie Masse in the 100m backstroke
April 5, 2016 -
On a list of the top 100 performances ever by Canadian women over 100m butterfly, you had to sweep down to 53rd to find Penny Oleksiak’s first entry before today, a 58.44 from earlier this season in domestic waters a slither insider her 2015 best. A hint, from the realm of in-training speed, of what was brewing: a 56.99 Canadian record, a ticket to Rio, with Noemie Thomas on 57.02 and Commonwealth champion Katerina Savard locked out
April 5, 2016 -
Olympic year. Time for young guns to show their hand – and that’s what Penny Oleksiak, 15, did on the opening morning of action at is swimming like a veteran at Canada’s Olympic Trials at home in Toronto. Oleksiak wiped a second off her previous high (58.44) in a cracking 57.38 at the helm of three inside the Rio 2016 cut of 58.74
March 16, 2016 -
Georgia won the opening event of the NCAA Women’s Championships, the 800 freestyle relay, with Canadian Brittany MacLean anchoring the Bulldogs to victory.
March 10, 2016 -
Canadian Swimmers will feel at home while competing in Japan during the next quadrennial, Swimming Canada notes on news that it has set up a home from home in the 2020 Olympic host nation. And how young talent is opting to stick with the home program.
March 7, 2016 -
Craig Lord and John Lohn
Beyond the Pro Swim Meet in Orlando, the NSW Championships in Australia and the Golden Tour in Marseille, several meets over the weekend pumped new speed into the 2016 World Rankings. Below a wrap of some of the fastest action on the competition trail
March 3, 2016 -
In a speedy start to action at the Pro Swim Series in Orlando, Katie Ledecky rocked the 200m free heats with a 1:56.75 opener before clocking 4:41.28 to go through to the 400IM final adrift a 4;40.64 from Maya Dirado.
February 26, 2016 -
Jack Burnell takes to the waters off the Abu Dhabi coast today in the latest leg of the 10km world cup sure of two things: he’s already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; and last-minute hitches, the kinds of things that can knock a performance sideways, need be no barrier to excellence and even victory
February 12, 2016 -
News Round-Up: A pair of goggles that impair the vision of the swimmer to replicate open-water conditions is in the making, a patent application that made the public domain this week suggests – just as Chelsea Gubecka, Simon Huitenga & Co get set for action at the Australian Open Water Championships; Canadian record for Kylie Masse; and the golden girl from Bangladesh who sold her medals to raise funds for her dad’s heart treatment
February 11, 2016 -
Authorities Olympic and Health are coming under pressure to upgrade advice and reassurances – if those can legitimately be provided – over the Zika virus in the face of evidence from Brazil, the Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro included, that microcephaly, a birth defect characterised by an abnormally small head that can result in developmental problems poses a serious threat for women athletes
February 10, 2016 -
When the clock stopped at 47.56 for Australian Cameron McEvoy at the Super Series in Perth last week, questions of ‘size matters’ came back into focus. It was not the speed of the swim alone but the way in which McEvoy swam it that drew the eye: 23.14 out, 24.42 back. That poses a threat to giants – and a dilemma for those slight in their might
January 27, 2016 -
The 2015 Top 100 rankings compilation for gold members represents more than the thumb print of a single season: they are part of a thread of more than 40 years of rankings. Look to the 2015 rankings top 10 and there you will find the bulk of all medals in Rio. In about 85% of all Olympic solo events, the London 2012 podiums came from swimmers in the world top 10 in 2011, a pattern that mirrors closely that of the past 40 years heading into Olympic year