October 23, 2017 -
Xue Yinxian, a former China Olympic team doctor, has alleged what will come as no surprise to any observer of Chinese sport from the late 1980s onwards: a State-operated programme resulted in the doping of 10,000 athletes, including Olympic squads in swimming and many other sports – and children as young as 11.
October 19, 2017 -
New Round-Up: Cody Miller, the Olympic bronze medallist over 100m breaststroke when Britain’s Adam Peaty produced the 57.13sec performance in the pool at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has started a YouTube Channel in pursuit of his love of film; Carlos Nuzman, the head of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and running a criminal organisation; After four weeks of a six-week Kickstarter-campaign, the Danish swim goggle company THEMAGIC5 has reached its crowdfunding target and is ready to launch the world’s first custom fitted goggles; and The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) has crowned multiple Olympic and World champion Katie Ledecky its 2017 Sportswoman of the Year in the individual sport category in her first year at college.
October 16, 2017 -
Editorial: There’s a place for flags and anthems in sport, including using them as a peaceful way of protesting against the unacceptable, as Anthony Ervin just did when taking the knee as a member of the large club of sportsmen and women looking for a better day in their country
October 2, 2017 -
Today – as we do with each passing year – we remember Nick Thierry. It is the fifth anniversary of his death. The Father of Rankings and publisher of Swim Magazine has been much missed since his passing this day in 2012. SwimVortex has picked up the baton with constant dedication to world rankings, our work now supported by Speedo on the way to Rio 2016.
September 22, 2017 -
Adam Peaty leads a team ofd 19 selected for Britain’s Podium program in 2018, while 37 others have made the national Podium Potential squad, British Swimming announced today
September 10, 2017 -
It is only September and the year may yet throw some more high scores into the pot but as SwimVortex takes a break from the visible coalface, we invite readers to send in their choices for the best of 2017 in our Readers’ Choices categories. The award results will be published in December as part of our end-year package of reflections, the deadline for entries December 15.
August 29, 2017 -
High on the list of ‘champion qualities’ is the ability to roll with the punches and, when finding yourself floored, to get back up, dust down and not only fight on but find a way to be better than you’ve ever been just at a moment when lesser mortals might crumple and call it a… […]
August 28, 2017 -
Canada flew south for a summer relays mission at World Junior titles in Indianapolis and this evening celebrated its finest outing at world juniors with seven gold medals, Taylor Ruck playing a part in six of those victories to emerge the hauler of the meet after she followed 200m freestyle victory and a title retained in championship-record time with a World Junior Record with medley teammates.
Ruck gathered golds (six – and one silver for seven in all – and four world junior records in that relay count) like a manic gardener of Maple leaves on a blustery day in autumn. The teenager helped Canada to gold in all women’s relays – the 4×100 and 4x200m free in the bag before today in the bag before the medley today – and both mixed relays, the 4x100m free and medley. She also set a world junior record in the semis of the 100m backstroke before claiming silver in the final inside the old mark but just shy of American Regan Smith. There were also championship records for Ruck over 100 as well as 200m freestyle.
August 26, 2017 -
Mona McSharry became the toast of Ireland, Hungary celebrated a brace of victories and five more global youth standards were set, three of them by American Michael Andrew in dash events, on the fourth day of World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. The performance of the day came from Japan’s Rikako Ikee, her 25.46 world junior mark for gold in the 50m butterfly the fourth fastest in the world all ages in 2017 and just outside the Budapest world titles podium pace.
August 25, 2017 -
Romain Barnier, the French coach and manager of Marseille, the club that has fed the biggest number of swimmers on to the France national team in recent years, has lost his appeal against a six-month suspension for hampering the work of anti-doping officials.
August 16, 2017 -
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”. So said author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. The inference is that to exist is to survive, treading a path with tight boundaries imposed by our own and society’s expectations. It is an approach that runs counter to the world of elite sport, where such a mindset does not exist, where boundaries are there to be broken, where uncharted waters are there for the charting. And then there’s the transition from fast lane to the rest of life. Here’s Rebecca Adlington on all of that
August 14, 2017 -
Puppet-president of FINA Julio Maglione emerged from a pyrrhic victory with a response that has built a funeral pyre for FINA. Maglione and mates have overlooked a significant aspect of the domain they govern as they hastily chopped European heads out of governance at global level: the aquatic firepower of Europe Vs the almost totally absence of aquatic sports quality in the Middle East and Africa, two of FINA’s power bases built on shifting sand
August 3, 2017 -
No stopping Sarah Sjostrom this year. A day after a 23.10 world short-course record in the 50m freestyle, the Swedish sprinter scorched a 50.77 global standard over 100m freestyle at the World Cup in Moscow.
July 21, 2017 -
USA Swimming sank Ryan Lochte’s hopes of defending his world medley crown at Budapest 2017 by imposing a ban on one of its star turns in the wake of poor behaviour on dry land at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Now, two days out from the start of racing here at world titles in Hungary, FINA has sunk the Ryan Lochte turn with one rule and banned ‘fly swimmers dolphin kicking on their sides.
July 19, 2017 -
Husain Al Musallam, the FINA first vice-president and director of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) steeped in controversy in worlds FIFA, Olympic and FINA this year, appears to have used Olympic resources to arrange payments to the Guam football official awaiting sentencing in a bribery case brought by the U.S. Justice Department.
July 19, 2017 -
FINA, the international swimming federation, has been rocked by fresh controversy just a few days before presidential elections in Budapest. Husain Al Musallam, standing unopposed for the heir-apparent role of FINA “first Vice-President” in elections this week, has been caught up in a controversy surrounding an apparent demand for commissions potentially worth millions of dollars for sponsorship deals. A tape recording of a meeting between Al Musallam and a Chinese marketing agent is highlighted in an exclusive report from The Times in London and Spiegel Online in Germany today (reports by Martyn Ziegler, chief sports reporter for The Times, Jens Weinreich, the Olympic writer reporting for Spiegel Online, and Craig Lord, swimming correspondent for The Times and editor of SwimVortex).
July 14, 2017 -
A week out from a critical presidential election that could determine the survival and shape of FINA, the leadership of the troubled international swimming federation will be found in the VIP stands at the opening ceremony of the World Championships that got underway in Budapest. By July 31, it will all be done. On September 1 in Washington, the World Swimming Association will press ahead with its Constitutional Convention on the way to mounting a challenge to FINA’s status as the global governor of world swimming
July 3, 2017 -
The world’s leading swimming nations are done with trials. The teams are named, the battlelines drawn: the World Championships loom and Budapest makes its final preparations to host the aquatic community from July 14 to 30, pool racing over eight days from July 23. The end of U.S. trials in Indianapolis at the weekend sealed the form guide, the rune and reason to believe in the possibilities of outcome A, B and C. Today: Men’s Sprint Freestyle
June 23, 2017 -
David Sparkes will leave paid employment as the Chief Executive of British Swimming this month in readiness for a life as an “executive volunteer” at FINA’s top table at a time of turmoil and challenge for the international federation. In an interview with SwimVortex as the 2017 World Championships and Congress (Budapest, July 22) loom, Sparkes, under pressure to consider governance issues by masters upset with how they are represented internationally, reveals that he will be pressing FINA to listen to the voices of coaches, swimmers and others with a view to review and reform of the international federation; and will “encourage good governance and transparency”; would like to see “more women engaged in the FINA leadership team”. Further, when asked whether it was time to end the days of per diems and ‘executive volunteers’ and replace international governance with a model of professional, paid, management in which those employed to run the show are answerable to stakeholders and can be removed from their posts if they are not doing their job, Sparkes replied: “This is an interesting idea which needs a lot more thought and discussion.”
June 22, 2017 -
British Swimming’s leadership have been accused of pursuing “bullyboy tactics” and an “autocratic” style of governance in a dispute with Masters that was settled and then reignited in a row who represents the swimmers at FINA and LEN. Masters claim that a request from swimmers for British Swimming’s choice of representative for them in international forums to be dropped has been ignored. The masters feel that former board member Simon Rothwell represents the interests of politicians not athletes. The issue unfolds as governance of sport comes under increasing scrutiny at home and abroad
June 21, 2017 -
Roll-up, roll-up. The Pro-Swim Classic is born. Some have dubbed it Swimbledon: swimming’s attempt to create a race-for-wages series that doesn’t clash with the sport’s premium showcases at the Olympic Games and World Championships and hands swimmers control of their own destinies at the start of a new professional era in the pool. The following is an editorial and fictional account of where swimmers might dream about swimming to
June 8, 2017 -
The day of bathers rolled up in towel wrapped in a pair of goggles as standard kit for the swimmer will never be done. The bundle just grows. Add flippers, boards, buoys, bottles and of late the gadget that can not only track you but work with you to guide you to your goal.
May 30, 2017 -
FINA is bidding to have the International Olympic Committee extend the swimming program for the Games to nine days so that it can shoe-horn an extra 10 events in and make the ultimate showcase for the sport mirror a bloated world-titles schedule. The logic of those running FINA is clear: more is more and more creates more stars. The logic of critics is just as clear: more is less and will dilute the offer, while leaving swimming open to further attack from those who say the sport already has too many events. A Twist of Dickens ahead for all concerned.
May 25, 2017 -
FINA is in constitutional crisis after European federations refused to cooperate with a plan by the executive of the crisis-swamped international federation to impose emergency “Election Regulations” to be overseen by an adhoc ‘Electoral Commission’. The plan, described as “unconstitutional and a desperate attempt to block a challenge to a failing status quo”, could lead to calls for “the resignation of the entire FINA Bureau from the floor of Congress” in July, sources tell SwimVortex. Meanwhile, the signature of Paolo Barelli, the Italian challenging for the FINA presidency on a ticket of fundamental reform, has been used on a document sent to the FINA Bureau without his approval nor, indeed, his actual signature
May 23, 2017 -
One month from today, tickets will go on sale for the post world-titles party: Energy for Swim – Champions For Charity – celebration will feature a Foro Italico full of swim stars in Rome, including Italy’s aquatic top assets, Federica Pellegrini and Gregorio Paltrinieri – and … roll up, roll up, the international return of 6-times Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte.
May 13, 2017 -
The paperwork for Case 1:17-cr-00224-PKC lodged at the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, makes fascinating reading beyond its headline “United States of America – against – Richard Lai”. In swimming, the term “case No 1:17-cr-00224-PKC” may one day trip off the tongue of swimming readers like “State Plan 14:25” does, so significant could it become. The future shape of FINA hangs on it. Case 1:17-cr-00224-PKC raises many questions for swimming. Some of those will be doing the rounds at the annual Congress of the European Swimming League (LEN) in Marseilles today as the old continent contemplates its chances and campaigns ahead in a bid to lead FINA for the first time in 33 years.
May 12, 2017 -
Behold the Taj Mahal of British swimming! So starts the chapter on Victoria Baths, Manchester, in the terrific tome called Great Lengths, by Dr Ian Gordon and Simon Inglis with English Heritage. For one day only, this Sunday, May 14, Victoria Baths will come alive again, the echoes of the past reverberating around the Victorian baths that opened on September 7, 1906 and closed in 1993.
May 11, 2017 -
Editorial: The life of Chuck Wielgus was celebrated by USA Swimming today. At 67, after a long battle with cancer, he passed away last month while still the Chief Executive officer of the American swim federation. Here we look back at some of the highs and lows on the rollercoaster as one of the most successful leaders in the Olympic realm
April 21, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
James Guy, freestyle ace. And British 100 and 200m butterfly champion. He added the two-lap crown to his treasury with a 51.52 victory today after his 1:55.9 four-lap win earlier in the meet; victory in a career best returns him to the medley relay for world titles a year after Britain lifted silver at Rio 2016; Sheffield’s Rosie Rudin takes the 200m backstroke with maiden voyage inside 2:10