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Apr 11, 2015

Veteran Hackett makes worlds team

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett qualified for his sixth world championship team when he was among 38 Australian swimmers named for the July event in Kazan, Russia. James Magnussen, Cate Campbell and Christian Sprenger will have the opportunity to defend their world titles ...

Watanabe breaks own national record in women's 200 IM

Apr 10, 2015

Watanabe breaks own national record in women's 200 IM

Kanako Watanabe rewrote her Japanese record in the women’s 200-meter individual medley on Friday, the fourth day of the National Swimming Championships. Winner of the 50 and 100 breaststroke titles here, Watanabe shaved 0.77 second off her previous mark to win the 200 medley ...

14-year-old swimmer Ikee qualifies for worlds

Apr 9, 2015

14-year-old swimmer Ikee qualifies for worlds

Rikako Ikee on Thursday became the first Japanese middle school student to qualify for the FINA World Aquatics Championships since 2001. By finishing third in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 58.77 seconds on the third day of the National Swimming Championships — ...

Kitajima fails to qualify for worlds in 100

Apr 8, 2015

Kitajima fails to qualify for worlds in 100

Japan’s two-time double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima failed to qualify for this summer’s world championships in the 100-meter breaststroke after finishing third at the national championships on Wednesday. Yasuhiro Koseki defended his title in the event in a time of 59.73 seconds. Ryo Tateishi ...

Hagino claims third straight 400-meter freestyle title at nationals

Apr 7, 2015

Hagino claims third straight 400-meter freestyle title at nationals

Swimmer Kosuke Hagino booked his berth in this summer’s FINA World Aquatics Championships after winning his third consecutive men’s 400-meter freestyle title at the national championships in Tokyo on Tuesday. Hagino clocked a time of 3 minutes, 45.19 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming ...

Apr 3, 2015

Swimmer Hackett makes comeback

Grant Hackett on Thursday said making the Australian team for the world championships would be like winning Olympic gold as he prepares to make his competitive return after seven years out of the pool. The 34-year-old walked away from the sport in 2008 after ...

Mar 28, 2015

Banned swimmer Park apologizes

A tearful former Olympic swimming champion, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, offered an impassioned public apology Friday, four days after receiving an 18-month ban for failing a doping test. Park, who won South Korea’s only ever swimming gold in the 400-meter freestyle at the ...

Mar 11, 2015

Budapest named replacement host for 2017 FINA World Championships

Budapest will replace Guadalajara, Mexico, as the host of the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships, governing body FINA said on Wednesday. Guadalajara pulled out last month citing financial problems. Budapest was originally designated to host the 2021 edition, which includes swimming, water polo, diving ...

Swimmer Tomita denies stealing camera in Korean court

Jan 12, 2015

Swimmer Tomita denies stealing camera in Korean court

Swimmer Naoya Tomita, who was summarily indicted last September for allegedly stealing a camera at the Incheon Asian Games before later claiming his innocence, strongly denied the crime as the trial opened in court in the South Korean port city on Monday. “There is ...

Phelps enters guilty plea for DUI

Dec 20, 2014

Phelps enters guilty plea for DUI

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino. Phelps, 29, was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show he was stopped for speeding and crossing the double yellow ...

Dec 8, 2014

Le Clos shines as records fall in Doha

Chad Le Clos took his fourth gold medal in Doha on Sunday and became the first male swimmer to win all three butterfly distances in a single world short-course swimming championships. On a day when three world records tumbled, South African Le Clos won ...

Dec 6, 2014

Hagino wins 200m ahead of Lochte

Kosuke Hagino won the men’s 200-meter individual medley in a Japan record and compatriot Daiya Seto, winner of the 400 IM a day earlier, placed third at the short-course world swimming championships on Friday. Hagino touched the wall in 1 minute, 50.47 seconds, 0.84 ...