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‘FINA provides clear moral leadership’: How So, Ask All Who Ever Dipped A Toe In Water

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 13:28
The SwimVortex Safe Sport Series - Editorial: Take a deep breath. Pray be seated - and gather your thoughts and senses about you before you attempt to rise after recovering from the shock: “FINA provides a role of clear moral leadership". Those are the words of FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu, the Romanian in the hot seat at HQ since 1986, a man who in 2015, as the doping crisis in swimming reached a new zenith, uttered the immortal lines: "You can't condemn the stars for a minor doping offence" ... and “In swimming it [doping] is not a big problem”. Words, words, words... but what of deeds and the test of truth?
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Vinicius Lanza Leads Leo Coelho In Leap Below 2mins In 200IM Mash At Maria Lenk

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 10:26
A big sub-2-minute debut of 1:58.1 in the 200m medley from Vinicius Lanza topped the bill on the second day of action at the Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio de Janeiro. On a best of 2:00.3 last December, Lanza was pressed all the way by another about to make his sub-2-minute debut, Leonardo Coelho Santos,  on a 2:00.8 best last December and now sporting a 1:59.6 high. And Leonardo de Deus takes the 200 back in 1:59
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Tamas Gyarfas, FINA Exec & Aquatics Mag Boss, Arrested In Fenyo Murder Case

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 08:35
The number of FINA leadership figures running into trouble with the law - either leading to arrest, charges or though being cited as co-conspirators to massive fraud - grows by the season: Tamas Gyarfas, a member of the FINA executive, former long-term Hungarian swim president and the man who runs the international federation's lucrative Aquatics Magazine, has been arrested on suspicion of ordering the murder of media tycoon Janos Fenyo
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Ledecky Chasers Li & Wang Go 4:05/4:06 As China Champs End With Yan’s 27.1NR Dash

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 08:18
In their domestic tussle for supremacy of all and those 16-year-olds, Li Bingjie, Hebei, and Wang Jianjiahe, settled their last distance free argument in that order on 04:05.3 and 04:06.9 in the 400m freestyle on the last day of Chinese nationals in Shanxi. And Yan Zibei shaves back his Chinese 50m breaststroke record with a 27.1 victory as the meet comes to an end
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Ruta Meilutyte & Vinicius Lanza Top The Bill As Maria Lenk Trophy Gets Underway in Rio

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 06:50
A 51.4 win for Vinicius Lanza topped the bill on the first day of the Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio de Janeiro. Top rating among women went to Lithuanian visitor Ruta Meilutyte, on 1:07.3 at the helm of the 100m breaststroke
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Will Silence Kill Another Swimmer? Coach Question Poignant On Fran Crippen’s 34th

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 10:49
"We all know that silence during WW2 killed millions of people. We also know that corruption and greed in FINA killed Fran Crippen" - that's the reminder that USA Swimming received recently with a plea for the world's most powerful swim federation to hold FINA's feet to the fire on athlete safety. The statement is stark, one likely to set various folk wearing blazers bristling, scoffing and shaking their heads, just as the wider world of swimming shrugs with sadness as if to say 'this much we knew'. Silence, corruption and greed. Have they been at play in world swimming? There is plenty of evidence that would explain a communal nod with ripples and Mexican waves on washes back from far and wide in answer to the question: 'what do you think of FINA's leadership?' Today would have been the 34th birthday of Fran Crippen - and coach Dick Shoulberg wants an end to USA Swimming's silence as he urges the federation to hold FINA's feet to the fire over decisions and subsequent silence that puts athlete safety at risk
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Xu To World Rank No 1 On 1:55 In 200 Back; Wang 8:22 Takes Latest 800 Scrap With Li

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 09:57
World 100m backstroke champion Xu Jiayu took the helm of the 200m world rankings for 2018 with a 1:55.4 victory on the penultimate day of Chinese nationals in Shanxi; and Wang Jianjiahe takes latest 800m scrap with Li Bingjie in 8:22
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What’s Wrong With Anti-Doping in the World Today? Here It Is – & How To Help

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 16:48
A fault line has opened up between athletes, coaches on one side and federations on the other when it comes to holding FINA’s feet to the fire on anti-doping (not to mention other issues). Here is a thread of communication and appeal attached that speaks to the schism between clean sport and the lack of determination […]
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China 4×200 Builds, Five Teens In 2018 World 200m Top 10 – But Caution Finishes 8th

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 16:23
The devil, as always, is in the detail, when it comes to domestic results in Chinese waters. On day 4 of 6 at nationals in Shanxi, the 200m free final left five women from one nation in the best 10 in the world so far this year. At the helm of the five teenagers in a final in which all but two cracked 1:59 and all 2mins, Yang Junxuan, 16, took the title in 1:56.79. Caution came home 8th in the form of a swimmer on 1:56 at 14 and now, at 16, on 1:59. Plus, a round-up of highlights with two days of racing remaining ing Shanxi
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7 German Marks Must Go For Glasgow Euro Tickets, Inc Gross’ Großartig 1986 Standard

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 12:12
Those wishing to race for Deutschland at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships in August face the last-chance selection saloon of the German Open in Berlin this week.  Many a 2017-2018 warm-up event under the bridge, many still need to step up to the time standards required for a ticket to Scotland in summer. The deadline for beating the clock is April 29, the German Open due April 20-22. Much water under the bridge, too, since 1987, but the days when the GDR claimed 18 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze, back at the European Championships in Strasbourg remain linked intrinsically to the present, courtesy of a newly unified Germany and its DSV federation having adopted all GDR swim records as their own. In 2018, Philip Heintz added his name to a list of seven swimmers inside the cut so far when he clocked 1:56 over 200IM in Bergen, where the Swim Festival ended yesterday. Among seven records that would need to fall at the Open are two of the oldest on the books: the men's 200 'fly standard held by Michael "The Albatross" Gross since 1986 - and Anke Möhring's 800m free for the GDR in 1987
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After Debut Trials, Swim Ireland Names Its Shoals, Senior & Junior, For Intl Racing

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 11:22
Swim Ireland’s team for their premier benchmark meet of 2018, the LEN European Championships in Glasgow will be spearheaded by 2017 World University Games Champion Shane Ryan and 2017 World Junior Champion Mona McSharry - Swim Ireland announced today.
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Ranomi Kromowidjojo & Jesse Puts Make Eindhoven Dashes A Dutch Winners’ Affair

Sun, 15/04/2018 - 18:50
Double Dutch Olympic sprint champion of 2012 Ranomi Kromowidjojo rose to fifth on the fledgling 2018 world rankings with a 25.25 win in the 50m free as the Swim Cup Eindhoven came to close today. Jesse Puts made the freestyle dash finals a Dutch winners' affair. In 21.85, 0.01sec faster than his meet-record heats swim, Puts was 0.03sec up on the man thundering into the wall with him, Finland's Ari-Pekka Liukkonen; and The Danish Open and Mesa Pro Swim meets comes to a close, too
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Fabio Scozzoli Sets 26.7 Italian Dash Mark: A Ticket To 30th Birthday Party In Glasgow

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 19:12
Fabio Scozzoli's advantage was 0.97sec - not bad given that the race for the Italian crown in the last day of action in Riccione was just the one lap on breaststroke. Her didn't just beat the rest, he beat himself, so to speak: in 26.73, the champion once more took down the national record of 26.91 he set at world titles in Budapest last year and leapt up from 13th to 6th on the all-time global rankings. Elsewhere, Gregorio Paltrinieri kept the 1500 crown in 14:50; Simona Quadarella secured the distance sweep with a 4:06 in the 400m to add to her 800 and 1500m wins - and who's that 12-year-old taking bronze behind Arianna Castiglione and Martina Carraro in the 50m breaststroke?
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Racer In Federica Pellegrini Refuses To Rest After Panziera’s Pioneering 59 In 100 Back

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 20:10
Margherita Panziera had barely stopped smiling from becoming the first Italian woman ever to break the minute over 100m backstroke, with a 59.96 leading GS Fiamme Oro Roma's 4x100m medley quartet to victory yesterday at nationals in Riccione than she faced the superstar who had been trying to get there before her: Federica Pellegrini. The racer will out: 1:00.03, half a second off her best to get past Panziera for the solo crown.
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Kamminga & Toussaint Take Record-Setting Form From The Hague To Eindhoven

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 19:42
Arno Kamminga, NTC-De Dolfijn, took down the Dutch 200m breaststroke record for the third time in a week with a dominant 2:08.7 victory at the Swim Cup Eindhoven a week after setting the mark twice at The Hague round of the cup; and Kira Toussaint shaves the 100m back record she set a week ago back to 59.8
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