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Budding superstar Ikee set to melt hearts in Rio

Schoolgirl swimmer Rikako Ikee, who melted the hearts of a nation when she burst into tears after qualifying for the Olympics, is set to make a big splash in Rio. Having just turned 16, the butterfly and freestyle specialist will compete in seven events at next month’s Olympics after bursting ...

Franklin misses out again in 100m freestyle

Jul 1, 2016

Franklin misses out again in 100m freestyle

For Missy Franklin, another miss at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. The star of the London Games struggled to an 11th-place showing in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night, failing to even make it to the final. That leaves Franklin with only ...

Phelps wins 200m butterfly, makes fifth Olympic team

Jun 30, 2016

Phelps wins 200m butterfly, makes fifth Olympic team

Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time. That number wasn’t really important. The only thing that mattered was No. 5. Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter ...

Franklin, Lochte struggle at trials

Jun 29, 2016

Franklin, Lochte struggle at trials

One by one, some of America’s biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials. First, Ryan Lochte. Then, Missy Franklin. Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in ...

Ledecky clinches spot for Rio with 400 free win

Jun 28, 2016

Ledecky clinches spot for Rio with 400 free win

Katie Ledecky has set the bar so high, it’s a bit of a disappointment when she doesn’t set a world record. The 19-year-old has no complaints. She’s heading back to the Olympics. Getting that formality out of the way in her first event of ...

Lochte misses out on Rio in 400 IM

Jun 27, 2016

Lochte misses out on Rio in 400 IM

The first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Sunday night produced a huge stunner: Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the team in an event he won at the 2012 London Games. Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, raced out to a big ...

Jun 10, 2016

Hagino making big splash in Europe

Rio Olympic gold medal hopeful Kosuke Hagino collected his third title in two days on Europe’s Mare Nostrum tour with victory in the men’s 200 meters individual medley on Thursday. Hagino, winner of the 400 IM and 200 backstroke on Wednesday, clocked 1 minute, ...

Hagino nabs two titles in Mare Nostrum meet

Jun 9, 2016

Hagino nabs two titles in Mare Nostrum meet

Kosuke Hagino won the men’s 400-meter individual medley and 200 backstroke on Wednesday in the second of three meets in Europe’s Mare Nostrum tour. Hagino logged 4 minutes, 9.52 seconds in the 400 IM, his best event. Hoping to swim 4:10 or better, he ...

Jun 4, 2016

Phelps posts mixed results at Longhorn

Michael Phelps edged Jack Conger to win the 100-meter freestyle Friday, but was beaten by Singapore’s Joseph Schooling in the 100 butterfly at the Longhorn Elite Invitational in Austin, Texas. Phelps finished second to Schooling in the 100 fly, where the 18-time Olympic gold ...

May 18, 2016

Peaty sets 2016 breaststroke standard

Rio-bound world champion Adam Peaty gave Britain its first swimming gold of the European aquatics championships on Tuesday with the fastest time of the year in the 100 meters breaststroke. The 21-year-old world record holder, still in hard training and unshaven, then went back ...

Apr 15, 2016

Ledecky, Dwyer win at Arena meet

Katie Ledecky and Conor Dwyer won the 200-meter freestyle races at the Arena Pro Swim meet Thursday night, with Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps winning their consolation finals in the event. Ledecky led all the way to touch in 1 minute, 55.71 seconds in ...

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

Apr 15, 2016

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

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Japan’s Olympic poster boy Kosuke Hagino insists he can handle the pressure of the nation’s expectations as he bids for swimming glory at this summer’s Rio Games. “The most important thing about the Olympics is to enjoy the atmosphere,” Hagino told reporters at the ...