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Phelps not worried about risking his legacy with return

Apr 24, 2014

Phelps not worried about risking his legacy with return

Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life. The 22-time Olympic medalist tried golf and high-stakes poker in a quest to satisfy his ...

Phelps poised for comeback

Apr 15, 2014

Phelps poised for comeback

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London ...

Hagino's grand ambition on display during nationals

Apr 14, 2014

Hagino's grand ambition on display during nationals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

While some veterans have shown signs of decline, several young Japanese swimmers have shown they have the potential to raise their level higher. Multi-event swimmer Kosuke Hagino is inarguably one of the youngsters who will lead the nation’s sport for years to come. At ...

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

Apr 12, 2014

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan’s latest rising swim star Kosuke Hagino dominated the pool as he set a pair of national records in the third day of the 90th national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Saturday. The 19-year-old Toyo University student, who registered in six ...

Apr 9, 2014

Olympic swim champ Rice retires

Australia’s triple Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 25 on Wednesday. Rice had a stunning Olympic debut at Beijing’s Water Cube in 2008, winning the 200 and 400 meters individual medley titles as well as ...

Mar 20, 2014

Kitajima preparing for nationals

Japan breaststroke legend Kosuke Kitajima revealed Thursday that he will enter both the 100 and 200 meters at the upcoming national championships. Kitajima, who won Olympic gold in each event at the 2004 Athens Games and repeated that feat four years later in Beijing, ...

Jan 31, 2014

Thorpe management deny claims

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe’s handlers on Friday denied he was in rehab for depression and alcohol abuse and said he instead entered hospital for shoulder surgery. It followed a front-page splash in The Sydney Daily Telegraph that the 31-year-old was injured in a ...

Swimmer Terakawa confirms retirement is official

Dec 4, 2013

Swimmer Terakawa confirms retirement is official

London Olympic double bronze medalist Aya Terakawa on Wednesday announced she has decided to call time on her career. “I have been able to continue competing on the front line longer than I thought I would,” the 29-year-old Terakawa told a news conference. “I ...

Dec 3, 2013

Veteran swimmer Terakawa to retire

Backstroke specialist and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Aya Terakawa will call it a career, sources have told Kyodo News. The 29-year-old Terakawa, who won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics in the 100-meter backstroke and 400 medley relay, is expected to hold a news ...