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Sakai outperforms Seto in 200-meter butterfly showdown

Masato Sakai held off fellow Rio Olympic medalist Daiya Seto to win the men’s 200-meter butterfly at the Asian swimming championships on Saturday. Sakai, who won silver in the event in Rio this summer, touched the wall in 1 minute, 54.53 seconds ahead of Seto (1:55.45), the 400 individual medley ...

Ikee triumphs twice at Asian championships

Nov 18, 2016

Ikee triumphs twice at Asian championships

Sixteen-year-old Rio Olympian Rikako Ikee won the women’s 50-meter butterfly and 50m freestyle on Friday at the Asian swimming championships. Ikee held on to her lead in the butterfly and touched the wall in 25.74 seconds, while she came from behind in the following ...

Nov 12, 2016

Melnikov receives 8-year doping ban

Russian swimmer Vitaly Melnikov has been banned for eight years for a second positive doping test, during training for Olympic qualifying races. On Friday, FINA said Melnikov tested positive for a growth hormone in a sample taken in Moscow in March. Aquatic sports’ global ...

Oct 23, 2016

Seto wins again at World Cup meet in Singapore

Daiya Seto won the 200-meter individual medley on Saturday at a short-course World Cup meet in Singapore, touching in 1 minute, 52.80 seconds. Seto, who won the bronze medal at the Rio Games in August, won the 400 IM on Friday as well as ...

Oct 22, 2016

Seto victorious in 400-meter IM

Daiya Seto won the men’s 400-meter individual medley and also the 200 butterfly at a short-course World Cup meet on Friday in Singapore. Seto, who won the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in the 400 IM, logged 4 minutes, 4.60 seconds to top ...

Oct 1, 2016

Hoshi poised to retire: source

Swimmer Natsumi Hoshi, who won bronze medals in the women’s 200-meter butterfly at both the 2012 London Olympics and this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Games, is set to retire, a source said Friday. The 26-year-old Hoshi, who competed in the 2008 Beijing Games as ...

Sep 30, 2016

Swimming star Hagino has elbow surgery

Rio gold medalist Kosuke Hagino has had successful surgery on his right elbow, his coach, Norimasa Hirai, said Friday. The 22-year-old Hagino, who won his first Olympic gold medal last month in the men’s 400-meter individual medley in Rio de Janeiro, had a bone ...

Sep 22, 2016

Hagino to have surgery on elbow

Rio Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Hagino indicated Wednesday he plans to undergo surgery on his right elbow next week and expects to sit out all swimming competitions for the rest of this year, including December’s world short course swimming championships in Canada. Hagino, who ...

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

Sep 12, 2016

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

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Swimmer Takeshi Matsuda competed with his ultimate goal to beat the world’s elite like Michael Phelps and win an Olympic gold medal. He wasn’t able to achieve that, but it didn’t leave a bad taste in his mouth. Looking back, he treasures every moment ...

Sep 8, 2016

Disgraced swimmer Lochte to receive 10-month ban: reports

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension following his bogus gunpoint robbery story during a drunken night out at the Olympics, two separate media reports said Wednesday. Lochte, 32, has been suspended until mid-2017 USA Today reported citing a person ...

Sep 1, 2016

Breaststroker Kaneto wins at World Cup meet

Rio Olympic champion Rie Kaneto won the women’s 200 meters breaststroke on the final day of a short-course World Cup meet in Berlin on Wednesday. Kaneto rewrote her Japanese short-course record to win in 2 minutes, 16.27 seconds ahead of Russia’s Yuliya Efimova and ...