The Olympic 400IM silver medallist Thiago Pereira has announced his retirement. The 31-year-old was due to make his announcement during the Prêmio Brasil Olímpico, in the Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, the event that will celebrate the achievements of Brazil's best athletes in 2016, the year of a home Olympic Games.
A deal designed to continue to support the Potsdam swimming excellence performance centre has fallen through. The German swimming federation (DSV) failed to reach a deal with the Brandenburg swim authorities over "personnel decisions" for the centre, the DSV's choice of 1991 world 1500m freestyle champion-turns coach, Jörg Hoffmann, rejected by the local powers that be.
So busy was Katie Ledecky in the pool on her way to a Rio 2016 four-gold-medal follow-up to the first Olympic title she claimed at London 2012 at 15 years of age that she forgot how to ride a bike.
News Round-Up: The U.S. Olympic Committee has apologised to sex abuse victims for shortcomings in child protection policies and cultural problems it has acknowledged have contributed to a series of abuse scandals in Olympic sports organisations, inclduing USA Swimming; Joe Schooling to go home in May in support of a fighter's bid to keep world title; Aussie camp for Tokyo 2020 a done deal; and... faster than Thorpe at 11
This was the day 10 years ago at the World Championships in Melbourne when Michael Phelps became the first man inside 1:55 over 200m medley, was joined on the list of USA world-record setters by his nation's women's 4x200m free quartet - Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer, Lacey Nymeyer and Katie Hoff - and Leila Vaziri matching her own best pace for 50m backstroke gold. History stretched, too, to an historic shared gold in the men's 100m freestyle, Italy's Filippo Magnini retaining the crown in a match with Canadian Brent Hayden. And Jessica Schipper provided Australia's fifth gold medal of the championships with an all-the way win in the women's 200 butterfly
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Dinsdag 28 maart speelde de Nederlandse waterpolodames hun laatste World League wedstrijd tegen Rusland. Na het nemen van strafworpen wonnen de dames met 13-15.
For a long time, the women's 200m freestyle had been an event in which potential had proved elusive, many a pace disaster in the mix of big occasions when the favourite stumbled and surprise accompanied the winner to the end wall. The surprising was there, too, this day 10 years ago at the Melbourne 2007 world titles. The 200m dam had been waiting to burst for a while, Franziska Van Almsick having held the world record at 1:56.78 since 1994, with a slight upgrade to 1:56.64 in 2002. In the semi-final, Federica Pellegrini made it 1:56.47 for the world and world-championship records and by the close of the championships, Van Almsick's standard would be No5 on the all-time ranking
It remains the greatest 200m butterfly swim ever seen: Michael Phelps, 1:52.09, for the world title and a world record surpassed only by the buoy of shiny suits since. Phelps set the Rod Laver Arena alight in the first final of the evening of March 28, 2007. By the 150m mark he was almost 2sec inside world record pace, and stopped the clock 1.63sec inside the 1:53.71 record he had established just a month before. In the midst of it all, Phelps put on a display of dolphin drive off block and wall that set a new world standard of its own.
Melbourne 2007 Memories: What a day this was for the United States at 2007 World titles in Melbourne. Michael Phelps, at the start of a stunning campaign - 1:43.86 200 free; Natalie Coughlin goes 59.44 in the 100m back; Kate Ziegler falls just shy of Janet Evans's world mark over 1,500m free; Aaron Peirsol goes 0.02sec under 53sec over 100 back. Three world records and a near miss. And then there was the 200m freestyle Federica Pellegrini, the first Italian woman to hold a swimming world record since Novella Calligaris in 1973 - 1:56.47sec, 0.17sec inside Franziska Van Almsick's standard to end the German's 13-year reign at the helm of four-lap speed. And that was just the semi, Laure Manaudou waiting in the wings to have a big say in what would happen 24 hours later.
Stellar, News Corp's Sunday Down Under brings us some tips in an exclusive that marks the first article in which Australian sprinter Cate Campbell (subscription required) speaks in depth about the events of Rio 2016 and the moment she choked to fall from one of the surest shots of gold at the Games to a sixth-place finish in a time that ranked 39th on her career list of best efforts.
Zaterdag 25 maart werden in Roosendaal de Nederlandse junioren kampioenschappen 2017 gehouden. Wat een mooie dag met dank aan een goede organisatie in handen van ZPV-Hieronymus en uiteraard ook door de prestaties van de zwemmers in het water.
tussen uitstapje naar de Efteling of meedoen aan een Materclass van Inge Dekker en Bastiaan Lijesen.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of what was described as "the greatest performance ever" in the pool. Seven golds, four solo world records and a championship record at world titles in Melbourne 2007. Michael Phelp's tally was the precursor to the eight golds he would claim at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games the following year. To mark the 10th anniversary of a special week, we dip into the archive and recall a moment when the job was done and media met Phelps and coaches Bob Bowman and Mark Schubert
Olympic 1500m freestyle champion Gregorio Paltrinieri emerged from a 10km battle at sea in fourth at the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup in Eliat, Israel, today. He clocked 1 hour 50mins and was just shy of the best pace of open water specialists in his first-ever 10km international battle at sea. In germs of the distance, all in a day's training for the defence of his world crown over 30 laps in the pool come Budapest in July
If there was a moment of pioneering pace in yards that mattered more than most in the realm of colleges measuring themselves against each other in short-course yards as the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship came to a close, then Florida Gator Caeleb Dressel surely had the edge. 40.00, four laps freestyle. The day of the 39sec 100-yard swim is nigh. If there was one team that mashed the rest into submission, then it was Texas. For the third straight year, coach Eddie Reese and his Longhorn crew of staff and soldiers marched to the title for a record 14th time. The final scores: Texas, 542; Cal, 349; Florida, 294.5; NC State, 272.5; Stanford, 242
This day ten years ago in Melbourne, the heat was about to be turned up on swimming speed without a hint of material advantage. It was the eve of competition at a World Championships and the United States had been practising the art of dolphin-kicking out of starts and turns like it had never been used before. Then at the helm of Britain, Bill Sweetenham coined the phrase 'the fifth stroke' in an interview for The Times with this author. He said at the time: "The dolphin kick we're seeing here has to be considered the fifth stroke now. I think swimming has moved to a new era, a new level.
Gary Hurring, the former Commonwealth Games and World Championship medallist who has lately served as New Zealand's high performance athlete development coach, has a bright and challenging message as age nationals came to a close in Wellington today: New Zealand's talent pool is in great shape - no reason why this should not go well. No denying the politics either, nor the fallout from it all
It was the first and most dominant win of the third day of action at the D1 men’s swimming and diving championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis: Olympic silver medallist Chase Kalisz, of Georgia, cracked out an American and NCAA record of 3:33.42 in the 400y medley almost three secinds clear of next home […]
Editorial: Vladimir Salnikov comes under scrutiny in a long feature at the sovsport.ru website in which the main arguments for forcing his out of the top seat at the Russian Swimming Federation is "loss of trust" in connection with a "failure to produce results". The conclusion and the copious words that flow before it, some praising Yuliya Efimova* and others who elsewhere in the world are seen as a definite part of Russia's problems in sport, point to a mood to have Salnikov removed from office. The issues raised are fascinating; but they really ought to stretch to doping ... and citing Efimova as the word of wisdom is not exactly helpful