Tag - swimming



Daiya Seto in action during the men's 400m medley final at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha on Feb. 18.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Apr 2, 2024
Japanese swimming veteran ready to make waves at Paris Olympics
Daiya Seto wants to be a voice for meaningful change in the domestic sport.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates after winning the men's 100m Butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016.
Apr 2, 2024
Singapore's only Olympic champion Schooling retires
The swimmer was mired in controversy in 2022 after confessing to taking cannabis overseas.
Japanese swimmers Yui Ohashi (right) and Shiho Matsumoto celebrate after qualifying for the Paris Olympics in the women's 200-meter individual medley at the selection trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Mar 25, 2024
Olympic swimming champion Ohashi qualifies for Paris in 200 IM
Ohashi won the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 9.17 seconds, well inside the qualifying time of 2:10.70.
Swimmers Rikako Ikee (left) and Mizuki Hirai celebrate after earning spots at the Paris Olympics in the women's 100-meter butterfly at the qualifying trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Monday.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Mar 19, 2024
Hirai and Ikee qualify for Olympics in 100-meter butterfly
Rikako Ikee, who will be 24 years old in early July, is set for her third Olympic appearance.
Daiya Seto swims butterfly in the men's 400-meter individual medley final at the world aquatics championships in Doha on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Feb 20, 2024
Seto gets medley bronze; Japan ends with two medals at worlds
Japan finished with just two medals from the swimming program contested by only 12 of its athletes in Doha.
Australia's Mack Horton celebrates after winning gold in the men's 400 freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 5, 2018.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jan 22, 2024
Australian swimming star Mack Horton retires ahead of Olympics
Horton, a fierce anti-doping campaigner, called time on his career on Sunday just months ahead of the Paris Olympics.
Canada's Summer McIntosh and Katie Ledecky of the U.S. celebrate medal wins with Leah Smith of the U.S. at the FINA World Championships in Budapest in June 2022.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Dec 1, 2023
McIntosh topples Ledecky in U.S. Open 400m free
Summer McIntosh, a four-time world champion, handed Katie Ledecky her first defeat in the event in a U.S. pool in 11 years.
Ukrainian Olympic artistic swimmers Vladyslava (left) and Maryna Aleksiiva on April 6. The sisters are training ahead of the Paris Games in the city of Kharkiv, despite regular bouts of shelling there.
Nov 6, 2023
Ukrainian artistic swimmers train for Paris Olympics near front
After Russia invaded, the team moved to Italy and then Kyiv, before returning to Ukraine's second largest city.
Artistic swimmer Yukiko Inui celebrates on the podium after winning the women's solo free final at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on July 19.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Oct 20, 2023
Olympic medalist Yukiko Inui to retire
Inui earned bronze in both the team and duet events at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A type of adenovirus that causes pool fever
Sep 27, 2023
'Pool fever' cases reach highest level in a decade in Japan
Local governments are calling for infection prevention measures such as washing hands and gargling.
Kurara Okuno first encountered mermaiding in 2020, not long before she jumped into the deep end of the aquatic subculture.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 19, 2023
Move over Ariel: Meet Japan’s professional merpeople
While mermaiding is still a niche activity in Japan, it is possible to slip on a tail and dive in.
The community pool is a great place for exercise and meeting your neighbors.
Jul 31, 2023
Figuring out the rules at a Japanese community pool can be an ongoing education
If you’re headed for the community pool, be prepared: Japanese pool rules are an ongoing education.
France's Leon Marchand poses with his gold medal after winning the men's 200-meter individual medley during the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on Thursday.
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 30, 2023
Bob Bowman says Leon Marchand can handle Paris Games pressure
With three gold medals and a world record, the French sensation has been one of the competition's stars at this week's world championships in Fukuoka.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 20, 2023
Yukiko Inui repeats two-gold performance at this year's world championships
Host Japan has won four artistic swimming golds so far in Fukuoka.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 18, 2023
Japan claims acrobatic routine bronze at worlds
Japan was 17.4166 points behind winner China and picked up its fourth artistic swimming medal of this meet, following three gold medals.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS / Swimming
Jul 15, 2023
Men make team artistic swimming debut at world championships in Fukuoka
In the preliminary round of the acrobatic routine, Yotaro Sato and seven women competed for host Japan at Marine Messe Fukuoka, as they placed fourth to qualify for Monday's final.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
Rikako Ikee targets strong performance at world championships
Rikako Ikee is determined to muscle up and impress at the world championships in July in Fukuoka as she pursues a path to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2023
Ukraine swimmers, vowing boycott, urge IOC to back 'peace'
Kyiv says Russian forces have damaged at least 343 sporting facilities during the year-long war in Ukraine.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2023
Paris to make Olympic history with men's artistic swimming debut
Only women have competed since the sport, formerly known as synchronized swimming, was added to the Olympic program in 1984 in Los Angeles.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2022
Daiya Seto makes history as three more records fall at short-course worlds
Daiya Seto became the first swimmer ever to claim six straight world titles in the same event at a short-course championships.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on