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Watanabe ready to lead after worlds success

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A rising star a couple of years ago, Kanako Watanabe has since grown rapidly and become a core presence on the Japanese national swimming team at the age of 18. The “Tobiuo Japan” team captured four medals, including three golds, at the FINA world championships, which wrapped up in Kazan, ...

Phelps re-establishes himself as world's dominant swimmer

Aug 11, 2015

Phelps re-establishes himself as world's dominant swimmer

Michael Phelps already has far more medals than any Olympic athlete. There is no longer any reason to doubt he’ll have another massive haul in Rio. Not after an astounding weekend in sweltering San Antonio, where Phelps turned in a performance at the U.S. ...

Phelps lays down marker in Texas

Aug 10, 2015

Phelps lays down marker in Texas

Having established himself as the shadow world champion in three events, Michael Phelps pondered the last time he felt this good. He quickly pointed to the year leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he broke one of the greatest records in sports. ...

Seto takes gold in 400-meter individual medley

Aug 10, 2015

Seto takes gold in 400-meter individual medley

Daiya Seto retained his men’s 400-meter individual medley title on the final day of the world swimming championships on Sunday. Seto led all the way and touched in 4 minutes, 8.50 seconds — 0.19 seconds faster than he swam two years ago in Barcelona. ...

Ledecky grabs fifth gold at worlds

Aug 9, 2015

Ledecky grabs fifth gold at worlds

There’s no stopping Katie Ledecky. The 18-year-old American virtually raced herself at the world swimming championships, and she was unbeatable. Ledecky ended her meet in spectacular style Saturday night, lowering her own world record by 3.61 seconds in the 800-meter freestyle for her fifth ...

Watanabe wins gold in thriller

Aug 8, 2015

Watanabe wins gold in thriller

Teenager Kanako Watanabe won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke gold at the world championships on Friday to claim her second medal here. In a thrilling finish, the 18-year-old Watanabe overtook Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen to capture the gold. Watanabe clocked 2 minutes, 21.15 seconds, with Micah ...

Hoshi golden in 200 butterfly

Aug 7, 2015

Hoshi golden in 200 butterfly

Natsumi Hoshi won the women’s 200-meter butterfly gold medal at the world championships on Thursday. Hoshi’s winning time was 2 minutes, 5.56 seconds with Cammile Adams of the United States taking silver 0.84 back, while 17-year-old Chinese Zhang Yufei swam a new world junior ...

Ledecky wins 200-meter freestyle at world championships

Aug 6, 2015

Ledecky wins 200-meter freestyle at world championships

Katie Ledecky is unbeatable in the distance races. Turns out she’s awfully good going shorter, too. The 18-year-old American rallied to win the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships Wednesday night, beating a stellar field that included defending champion Missy Franklin of the ...

Aug 5, 2015

Spain's underwater search for free diver Molchanova ends

Spain’s rescue services called off their underwater search for missing free-diving great Natalia Molchanova on Wednesday after spending more than two days looking for her off the Balearic Islands. The county’s maritime rescue service and the police specialist underwater team both said they were ...

Australia dominates podium at swimming worlds

Aug 5, 2015

Australia dominates podium at swimming worlds

Australia dominated the 100-meter backstroke events at the world swimming championships Tuesday, winning the men’s title and going 1-2 in the women’s final. Two more world records fell on the third night of swimming at Kazan Arena, where a cool breeze swept through the ...

Sjostrom, Hosszu set world marks in victory

Aug 4, 2015

Sjostrom, Hosszu set world marks in victory

The women are getting it done at the World Swimming Championships. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden lowered her own world record in the 100-meter butterfly to win gold Monday night, and then Katinka Hosszu of Hungary erased a world mark from the high-tech suit era ...

Ledecky rewrites 1,500-meter world record

Aug 3, 2015

Ledecky rewrites 1,500-meter world record

Katie Ledecky touched the wall, turned around, spit out some water, curled her mouth into a big smile and began waving her finger. For a swimmer who is getting accustomed to breaking world records, this one was a bit of a surprise. The American ...