Phelps wins 100m fly in Charlotte, hungry for more
There's something to be said for consistency after a long layoff. Michael Phelps, in the only final we'll see from him this week at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix, won the men's 100m butterfly in a 52.13. That ties his sixth-best-in-the-world time from the Mesa Grand Prix in April, as he's now gone identical times in both of his 100m fly finals swims since returning from retirement. This was Phelps' first win since his return to competition.
While the final time was the same, Phelps swam a very different race in Charlotte than he did in Mesa. With a fast-starting Belarusian Pavel Sankovich next to him, Phelps went after the first 50 to the tune of a 24.3 front-half split. That's a significant four-tenths better than he was in his first 50 in Mesa, where he was next to Ryan Lochte, who like Phelps is not known as a fast-starter in the 100m fly.
Lochte dampens Phelps comeback at USA Swimming Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona
Michael Phelps' second race since coming out of retirement was against a familiar rival, Ryan Lochte. Although Phelps was the top qualifier in the morning prelims, Lochte, representing his new team SwimMac, got the better of the world's greatest swimmer in the championship final of the 100m fly at the ARENA Grand Prix. Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medallist, touched in 51.93, the second fastest time of the year behind Takuro Fujii's 51.84 set at the Japanese Nationals in Tokyo. Phelps was out in 24.76 at the 50m mark but Lochte turned more than a tenth faster at 24.64 and had more in reserve for his finish.
Phelps' time of 52.13 signaled that his short training has paid dividends, tonight's time tying his with Germany's Steffen Deibler for the fifth fastest time of the year. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 22 career medals was competing for the first time since winning the last of his six medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London – a span of 628 days. Kenya’s Jason Dunford was third in 53.08.
Big day for Swimming as Olympic legend Phelps returns to competition
A record-setting 22-time Olympic Games medallist, American Michael Phelps will swim competitively for the first time since winning six medals, four of them gold, at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The 28-year-old will join a star-studded field, including Olympic gold medallists Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (USA) on April 24-26. Phelps will compete in the 50m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, an event in which he holds the world record.
At a press conference today, Phelps told the Associated Press: "I'm doing this for me. If I don't become as successful as you all think I would be or should be and you think it tarnishes my career, then that's your own opinion. I'm doing this because I want to come back and I enjoy being in the pool and I enjoy being in the sport of swimming."
Hosszu: "I always learn something new, even after 20 years of swimming!"
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu is attending the SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey this week. The current 200m and 400m IM World champion is on-hand both in and out the pool as she is to take part in a practice session with kids from the local swimming clubs today and the first-ever "Youth Club" discussion panel on Thursday April 10, together with other outstanding young athletes.
Always flashing a smile, the 24-year-old is creating the buzz at the FINA stand in the Susesi Convention Centre. The Iron Lady of swimming takes a moment to reflect on her career, goals and aspirations for the sport she loves so much.
FINA debates Aquatics nutrition in London
FINA gathered the best worldwide experts in sport nutrition for a three-day meeting in London (GBR), where a FINA Consensus Statement on Nutrition in the Aquatic Sports was established.
With the active support of Yakult, FINA Official Partner, 23 of the most well-known specialists in this area discussed from December 13-15, 2013 in the British capital the challenges and strategies concerning the nutritional aspects of the FINA athletes in the five disciplines – Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming.
2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)
FINA, in cooperation with the Russian Synchronised Swimming Federation, organised the 2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar for Coaches and Judges A from November 1-3, 2013 in St Peterbsurg, Russia.
Esther Williams (1921-2013): the sky has a new star
Former movie star Esther Williams (USA), also known as the pioneer and main inspiration for the development of synchronised swimming, passed away on June 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, during her sleep. She was 91. Away from public appearances in the latest years, she remained very active for over six decades, first as an athlete, then as a Hollywood star, and finally as a great promoter of swimming and physical activity throughout USA.
Her success story begins in 1940, when she was ready to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The celebration of this Olympiad never took place as World War II had just started the year before, and the swimming community never knew if the US champion in the 100m freestyle could also shine in Olympic waters. What was, perhaps, a missing champion, became in the same decade an icon for a FINA discipline that was making its debut and that was popularised worldwide through Williams’ performances.
Phelps (USA) receives Lifetime Achievement Award from FINA
On August 4, 2012, the last day of the Swimming competition at the Aquatics Centre during the London Olympic Games, legendary U.S. swimmer, Michael Phelps, received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" presented by FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in front of the many fans, his family and friends, cheering and clapping from the stands.
The American, who called time on a record-breaking, remarkable career at the end of the 2012 London Olympics, is the owner of a total 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, an feat never achieved before.
The Trophy is a highly polished sculpture in stainless steel by Nick Moran titled "Brindis". On the white marble base, the following inscription was graved: "To Michael Phelps, The greatest Olympic athlete of all time, From FINA."
FINA in Russia to discuss 2012 Aquatics Convention and 2015 World Championships
A FINA delegation was this week in Moscow (RUS) from February 13-15, 2012 to discuss with the local authorities the preparation of the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in the Russian capital and the 16th FINA World Championships, taking place in July 2015 in Kazan. The FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had meetings namely with Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and with Vladimir Salnikov, Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation.
10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar - Tokyo (JPN)
FINA organised the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar from April 12-14, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the 15th of April, a Special Session was held for the Officials selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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