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Cate Campbell to undergo shoulder surgery before preparing for Rio Olympics

Týs, 26/08/2014 - 15:47
Moments after confirming she is the world’s fastest woman in water Australia’s Cate Campbell revealed she is willing to risk losing that title in 2015 if it means overcoming a shoulder complaint by the Rio Olympics. Campbell already had rivals shaking in their boots after capping a stunning Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast [...]

Chad le Clos reflects on beating Michael Phelps

Týs, 26/08/2014 - 15:43
A total of 23 athletes at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 went on win Olympic medals in 2012. Perhaps the most memorable was South African swimmer Chad le Clos, who beat Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly. Le Clos, now 22, was far more successful at the Youth Olympics, where he won [...]

SWC 2014: Many stars at the kick-off of the series in Doha (QAT)

Týs, 26/08/2014 - 13:49
The 2014 edition of the FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup will kick-off in Doha (QAT) on August 27-28 with the presence of many stars aiming at shining in this prestigious 25m-pool circuit. Among them, the 2013 winners of the series, Chad Le Clos (RSA) in the men’s field and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in the women’s category. [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 12

Mán, 25/08/2014 - 22:00
Britain secure top spot on the medal table With three more titles on the last day Great Britain secured the first place both in the swimming medal table and in the overall. The Team Trophy went to Italy. The Danish women’s medley relay set a new European Record – that was also a new Championship [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 11

Ley, 23/08/2014 - 21:55
Medal hunt: three top the overall with 8 gold apiece Two more gold medals in the dash events kept the Brits atop of the swimming medal table and rocketed them to the first place in the overall. The competitions in the pools are really exciting but rarely was the hunt for the medals so balanced [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 10

Ley, 23/08/2014 - 09:56
Peaty breaks WR, Italy and Denmark clinch two titles apiece Adam Peaty’s new World record in the 50m breast was the highlight of the evening session at the 32nd European Championships in Berlin. Since 2008 the Brit is the first to bring down an individual WR at the long-course Europeans. Italy and Denmark earned two [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 9

Frí, 22/08/2014 - 07:28
Hosszu and Hausding complete hat-trick – so far Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and Germany’s Patrick Hausding were the heroes of the day in the respective pools as they both won a third gold medal here in Berlin – and they have more events ahead. The Hungarians had a fine day with five medals, the British also [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 8

Hós, 21/08/2014 - 19:15
Paltrinieri cracks ER, Cseh wins 12th career title Two great individual efforts highlighted the third day of swimming action at the 32nd European Championships in Berlin. Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri crashed the European record in the 1500m free, while veteran Laszlo Cseh earned his 12th gold medal at the Europeans while winning his 5th straight crown [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 7

Hós, 21/08/2014 - 19:10
Very Great Britain: 7 medals in one day! The British swimmers enjoyed a perfect day in Berlin: they earned seven medals including three gold at the European Championships and their mixed medley relay even set a new World Record. The Germans and the Russians clinched one gold and a silver apiece in the diving pool. [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 6

Týs, 19/08/2014 - 06:46
Seven Championships Records bettered in swimming’s opening day The swimming competition has got under way at the European Championships in Berlin. The first day saw seven Championship Records falling and Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB) clinching the first swimming gold medal in the men’s 400m free, then Katinka Hosszu (HUN) defended her title in the 400m IM. [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 5

Mán, 18/08/2014 - 14:23
Golden day for Reymond, Grimaldi, Romashina and Ukraine The final day of the open water and synchronised swimming events brought some fantastic performances of different types. While Axel Reymond (FRA) and Martina Grimaldi (ITA) were crowned the respective king and queen of endurance, Svetlana Romashina thrilled the spectators again with her magical routine in the [...]

BLN2014 Travel Journal Day 5: Velodrome

Mán, 18/08/2014 - 07:17
So Saturday I visited the competition venue for the first time, and then attended the team leader’s meeting as representative of the Faroe Islands.

Dark side of dolphins: Mammal ‘aggressively’ tried to push swimmer underwater

Sun, 17/08/2014 - 09:30
With their friendly faces and playful natures, it may seem that wild dolphins are always friendly. But a bottlenose dolphin has been reported to have deliberately pushed a man underwater while he was swimming in the sea off County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. The animal is said to have ‘lashed out’ at the [...]

Lewis Pugh starts his swim of the world’s Seven Seas

Sun, 17/08/2014 - 09:19
Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh has completed the first of seven swims in the Seven Seas to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world. The Devon-based swimmer will be the first to undertake a long-distance swim in each of the classical Seven Seas: the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black Sea, Red Sea, Arabian [...]

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 4

Ley, 16/08/2014 - 22:01
The Dutch made it three, the Russians earned the first two The Dutch swimmers proved they were the ruling nation of the open water events at this year’s European Championships in Berlin by winning the team competition. The Russians also started to collect their gold medals in synchro: they got the respective titles in duet [...]

BLN2014 Travel Journal Day 4: Walkabout

Ley, 16/08/2014 - 09:40
So I went to town, needing a thing or two for my camera. Jumped off the tram at Alexander Platz and walked to Potsdamer Platz via the Reichstag, and then back partly along the traces of the former Wall to the hotel at Landsberger Allé. It was a long walk.

Crocodile chases swimmer in Mexico

Ley, 16/08/2014 - 06:49
The tourist was splashing around off the coast of Mexico’s Playa del Carmen when the deadly beast gave chase. Heart-stopping footage shows the man frantically trying to reach the shore as the predator moves in. [...] Manuel Carrera captured the astonishing incident on camera and uploaded it to Facebook. See for instance NY Daily News

Berlin 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships – Summary, Day 3

Frí, 15/08/2014 - 23:05
Ukraine nearing first ever synchro gold The only calmer day of the European Championships with no medals awarded, still,beautiful synchro events were held in the famous Schwimm- und Sprunghalle in Berlin. With a rest day held at the open water events, the eyes turned to the synchro competitions where some magnificent performances entertained the crowd [...]

Michael Phelps on winless run: ‘I’m swimming for myself’

Frí, 15/08/2014 - 08:06
The most decorated Olympian of all time reflects on his winless run since coming out of retirement in April. Michael Phelps says his lacklustre performance at the US national championships served as a good learning experience. ‘I am doing it for myself, and I am going to have to work because I want to,’ he [...]

Uh oh, shark gets close to swimmer off Manhattan Beach

Frí, 15/08/2014 - 06:38
A shark sighting was confirmed in the water off Manhattan Beach pier on Thursday, about a month after a man swimming in the same area was left injured when a shark bit him. [...] A Baywatch Redondo personal watercraft investigated and confirmed the sighting to be a juvenile white shark that was 7 feet long, [...]