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Lasting champions

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Michael PhelpsFrench Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat caused a stir when she announced her retirement from swimming at 24 last July.

Like her, a dozen Olympic medallists from the 2012 London Games, including Leisel Jones, Alain Bernard, Rebecca Soni, Brent Hayden and Rebecca Adlington, have deserted the training pools since then. With less than two years to go to the next summer Olympics in Rio, is this wave of retirements in swimming merely post-Games blues-related or is there something underneath the surface?

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FINA President meets Hungarian Prime Minister, ahead of Budapest 2021

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FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu spent two days in Budapest and met with the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban to discuss the preparations for the 2021 FINA World Championships.

Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary received FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in the company of FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, 2021 LOC President Lajos Kosa and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas in the Parliament to overview the preparation process for the 2021 FINA World Championships and for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. The meeting took place almost exactly a year after the FINA Bureau voted for Budapest as the host of these events.

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FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar ends on a high

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A total 110 swimming officials, representing 62 countries, gathered for the eleventh edition of the FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar taking place in Miami (USA) on June 20-21, 2014.

FINA Vice President & Technical Swimming Committee Bureau Liaison Dale Neuburger, FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Soren Korbo all spoke at the two-day conference.

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Conor Dwyer clinches title with 200m IM win in Santa Clara

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Olympic medallist Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) closed strong over the final 50 meters to earn the win in the men's 200m individual medley and lock up the men's Arena Grand Prix Series overall title Sunday June 22, 2014 at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at the Georg F. Hains International Swim Center.

Swimming side by side with North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammates Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.), Dwyer inched ahead over the freestyle leg of the 200m IM to touch first in 1 minute, 59.49 seconds.

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Gergely Kiss trains Sri Lankan water polo players

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Three-time Olympic champion Gergely Kiss (HUN) is taking an exotic tour: he’s currently in Sri Lanka to hold a three-week series of training sessions for the local water polo players.

The Hungarian left-hander, aged 37 but still playing at club level, was busy with the national team during the summers between 1996 and 2012, but afterwards he was keen to play in summer leagues.

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Hungary's Hosszu claims six victories in Charlotte Grand Prix

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Hungary's Katinka Hosszu was a double winner for the third straight night, picking up victories in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke, and U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) earned his third win of the meet in the men's 1500m freestyle.

Six-time Olympic medallist Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) sprinted to victory in the 100m freestyle and fellow gold medallist Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) earned a tie in the same event to lead the USA Swimming National Team members in action Sunday at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

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Phelps wins 100m fly in Charlotte, hungry for more

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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.

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Lochte dampens Phelps comeback at USA Swimming Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona

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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.

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Big day for Swimming as Olympic legend Phelps returns to competition

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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."


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Hosszu: "I always learn something new, even after 20 years of swimming!"

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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.

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