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Kitajima closes in on Olympic berth; Hagino punches ticket

Apr 4, 2016

Kitajima closes in on Olympic berth; Hagino punches ticket

Kosuke Kitajima turned back the clock at the national swimming championships on Monday with a devastating display of power to close in on a fifth successive Olympic appearance. The 33-year-old, who captured double gold in the men’s 100 and 200 meters breaststroke at the ...

Mar 31, 2016

Swimmer Agnel could miss Olympics after timing controversy

French swimmer Yannick Agnel is unlikely to defend his 200-meter freestyle Olympic title after a timing controversy ruled him out of contention. Agnel posted the third-best time at the French championships on Wednesday behind Jeremy Stravius and Jordan Pothain, although TV images appeared to ...

WADA to investigate claims against Russian swimmers

Mar 24, 2016

WADA to investigate claims against Russian swimmers

The World Anti-Doping Agency will study allegations by British daily The Times of widespread doping in Russian swimming to decide if it needs to open a similar inquiry to one which shattered the reputation of Russian athletics. The newspaper alleged in Wednesday’s edition that ...

Ikee, Shimizu break national records

Feb 20, 2016

Ikee, Shimizu break national records

Fifteen-year-old Rikako Ikee broke the national women’s 50-meter freestyle record on Saturday on the first day of the Konami Open, while Sakiko Shimizu also set a national mark in the women’s 400-meter individual medley. Ikee clocked 24.74 seconds at Tatsumi International Swimming Center, shaving ...

Feb 18, 2016

Dutch swimmer Dekker reveals cancer diagnosis

Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the women’s 100-meter freestyle relay at the last three Olympic Games, has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. In a statement posted Wednesday on the Dutch swimming union’s website, Dekker, 30, said she ...

Thorpe reveals mental health issues since a teen

Feb 18, 2016

Thorpe reveals mental health issues since a teen

Swimming great Ian Thorpe Thursday revealed he has battled mental health issues since his teenage years as he opened up about his struggle with depression. Australia’s most decorated Olympian, with five gold medals at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games, was admitted to ...

Feb 6, 2016

Kaneto breaks own national record in women's 200m breaststroke

Rie Kaneto improved her Japan record in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday. Racing at the Aquatic Super Series competition in Perth, Australia, between Japan, Australia and China, Kaneto won her final in 2 minutes, 20.04 seconds. The 27-year-old Kaneto set the previous record ...

Feb 5, 2016

Phelps set to swim in Atlanta meet

Michael Phelps is coming to Atlanta for one of his final tuneups heading into the Rio Olympics. The 18-time gold medalist is scheduled to take part in the Atlanta Classic swim meet May 13-15 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, site of the 1996 ...

Jan 31, 2016

Fukuoka to host 2021 swimming world championships

FINA, the international swimming federation, announced Sunday that Fukuoka will host the world championships in 2021, with Doha hosting the 2023 event. It will be the second world championships for Japan, with Fukuoka staging the 2001 worlds. Nanjing had also bid to be one ...

Jan 21, 2016

World swimming champion Sprenger retires

Australia’s Olympic silver medalist and world champion Christian Sprenger on Thursday retired from competitive swimming after struggling with a lingering shoulder injury. Sprenger, who won the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2013 world championships and silver for the same event at the 2012 London Olympics, ...