Le Clos one step closer to butterfly hat-trick
Olympic champion Chad Le Clos did it again at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
The South African won his head-to-head with Brazilian Nicholas Santos in the men's 50m butterfly by improving his championship record to 21.95 from the semis and now needs only the 200m to write history as the first man to win three butterfly event in short course.
Doha 2014, Day 4: Inspired stars raise the WR tally to 17
Alia Atkinson, from Jamaica, knew she was close to the victory and for some seconds looked at the scoreboard, perhaps waiting to see her name next to number 2. When she realised that in fact she was aligned with number 1, she couldn’t almost believe: her expression after getting the gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke says everything about the surprising outcome of the race. Swimming next to her, Ruta Meilutyte, from Lithuania, the World Record (WR) holder in 1:02.36 and fastest of the semis in a Championships Record (CR) of 1:02.43, seemed to have the race under control, but gliding in excess in the last stroke, she allowed the triumph of the Jamaican star.
In an equalled WR of 1:02.36, Atkinson won the first gold medal ever in the history of three Championships for her country, while Meilutyte got the silver in 1:02.46. On Day 2, the 50m breaststroke had finished in the reverse order, with the Lithuanian earning gold and Atkinson finishing second.
Nepalese teenager has training mountain to climb
At a time when the temperature takes a dip in mountainous Nepal, a teenaged swimmer makes her way to Thailand to maintain her training regime through the winter. Sofia Gadegaard Shah trains in Nepal during the warm season and then in Thanyapura in Phuket in winter.
“I do train in Nepal until the time the season allows it, as during the winters it becomes impossible to continue with the training regime because of the absence of heated pools.
How FINA fights the good fight against dope cheats
The 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) are as 'clean' as organisers “could possibly” have made them.
Andrew Pipe, chairman of the federation's doping control review board, explained exclusively to AIPS how the anti-doping process is undertaken at the competition.
Small country is no hurdle to big feat, says Moravcova
Martina Moravcova came a long way from small town Piestany in her native Slovakia to making her mark on the international swimming stage for no less than 16 years.
Addressing a 380-strong audience at the Aspire Zone's swimming pool on December 4, 2014 where the FINA / Doha 2014 Youth programme is taking place, the FINA Athletes Commission member delivered an important message to the young swimmers and their coaches, representing more than 130 countries.
Doha 2014, Day 3: Five WR in glorious evening for Hungary
After skipping the heats of the 400m free in the morning, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the protagonist of the third day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha (QAT). The FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014 strategically decided to be in top shape for her two evening finals, the 200m backstroke and the 100m IM and the choice paid off: in both events, the Magyar great established new World Records! In the backstroke race, she clocked 1:59.23 (improving Missy Franklin’s WR of 2:00.03 from 2011) and became the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark; in the medley event, she touched home in 56.70, bettering her own best time of 56.86 from the Swimming World Cup action last September. After setting also a global best mark in the 100m backstroke on Day 2, Hosszu has now three gold medals and three WR, plus two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m IM.
But the Hungarian saga in this third night continued with her compatriots Daniel Gyurta and Peter Bernek. In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Gyurta controlled the race and got the gold in 2:01.49, while Bernek dominated the men’s 400m free, with a victory in 3:34.32, a new Championships record (CR), the oldest one in the charts (the best previous mark of the competition had been established by Australia’s Grant Hackett in 1999, in a time of 3:35.01).
Greg Louganis . . . on the childhood skillset which turned him into an Olympic icon
Greg Louganis remains an icon of aquatics even though he dived to win his last Olympic gold medal back in 1988, despite famously hitting his head on the springboard in the preliminaries. Now 54, Louganis won his first Olympic medal at 16 in Montreal then, eight years later in Los Angeles, became the first man in 56 years to win two diving golds at the same Games.
Winning two more golds in Seoul secured his status in the sport in which he remains involved as a diving referee and a mentor for young competitors. Louganis was invited to attend the FINA World Aquatics Convention but could not be present in Doha. He reviewed both his career and remarkable life for AIPS Young Reporters via a Skype interview.
Kenya's young sensation sets her sights on Kazan
At just 16, Emily Muteti is the latest Kenyan swimming sensation, after the famous Dunford brothers, David and Jason.
Muteti, a student at the Visa Oshwal Academy in Mombasa in the Kenyan coastal strip, is targeting at least one final when the world gathers for the long course swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, next summer. Voted the most promising personality at the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards last December, Muteti believes she has what it takes to put the East African country on the swimming map.
Doha 2014, Day 2: Brazil rejoices, Hosszu gets WR consolation
The satisfaction of Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and of her coach at the end of the women’s 100m backstroke is the image of Day 2 at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha (QAT) until December 7. After an initial day where she lost two races (200m butterfly and 400m IM) to Mireia Belmonte (ESP), the Magyar swam with all her energy for the gold in the backstroke event, highlighting her effort with a new World Record of 55.03 – Hosszu swam 0.20 faster than Shiho Sakai (JPN, 55.23) in 2009. When looking at the scoreboard, the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014, strongly beat the water, and screamed her joy, meaning to whoever doubted on her shape that she is one of the swimmers to beat in the Qatari capital.
But this consolation was not enough to win the third direct duel with Mireia Belmonte, this time in the 800m free. The Magyar champion looked tired throughout the final, and Belmonte, WR holder since 2013 in 7:59.34 easily managed to control operations: she got her third gold in Doha, winning in a new Championships record of 8:03.41 (almost five seconds faster than the 8:08.25 clocked in 2008 by Rebecca Adlington, from Great Britain). Hosszu was fifth (8:20.71) of the fastest heat and ninth in the overall ranking of the event.
Korotyshkin already resigned to a record farewell
Russia's swimming veteran Evgeny Korotyshkin will be the least surprised rival if Chad Le Clos of South Africa not only beats him in Doha but deprives him of his world record in the men's 100m butterfly as well.
In the semi-finals at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Olympic champion Le Clos won his semi-finalin 49.25 ahead of Australia's Tommaso D'Orsogna (49.69) and third American Tom Shields (49.91).
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