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."
Patrick Murphy to make a splash at Youth Olympic Games
Two-time Olympic swimmer Patrick Murphy (AUS) has been appointed an Athlete Role Model (ARM) for the upcoming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, joining the impressive line-up of 38 fellow sporting legends who will offer support, mentoring and advice to the 3,800 young participating athletes.
Representing all 28 sports on the Olympic programme, the ARMs will also take part in workshops and educational activities with the young athletes, covering topics such as anti-doping, nutrition, environmental protection, injury prevention, and irregular and illegal betting, to name a few.
100 days to go!
April 18th will mark “100 days” before the opening of the Championships. There will be 44 days left for the registration of individual events. Preparations are going very well to welcome the 15th FINA World Masters Championships. On April 7th began the work for the site of the 2nd pool, the Village is also beginning to take shape and our Artistic Director is putting the final details to the Opening Ceremony featuring World renown impersonator André-Philippe Gagnon, la Bottine souriante and a sound and light show presented by Laser Quantum. The Organizing Committee and Montrealers are excited to welcome these Championships. We are expecting a large number of athletes and we want to make these Championships, the most successful Masters Championships ever held.
It is our pleasure to welcome you at your championships!
DV GP 2014: Australian rising talent Keeney is among those to watch
Teenage Australian diver Maddison Keeney has delivered a stunning performance on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games trials in Melbourne.
17-year-old Keeney won the 1m springboard gold with a score of 339.90 – a score which would have won gold at the last three World Championships and the last two Commonwealth Games.
Le Clos to spearhead South African team in Glasgow
Chad Le Clos, golden boy of South African swimming, finished the trials for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with seven gold and one silver medal, qualifying in five events for the Games. Karin Prinsloo was the top woman swimmer bagging five gold medals and qualifying for four events.
It was a week of up and downs as some events delivered disappointing results but in all nine swimmers qualified for the Games in 17 events. Graham Hill, national coach of Swimming South Africa (SSA), was disappointed after he expected at least 12 swimmers to qualify at the trials in the Kings Park pool in Durban.
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.
Australia looks to future with Games squad
James Magnusson may be the World 100m freestyle champion and the public face of Australian Swimming, but he still walked away from the country’s National Championships yesterday without a single title.
Despite the result Australian Swimming officials, and indeed Magnusson himself, are upbeat about the team’s performance ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs.
MSWC 2014: Grimaldi (ITA) and Lurz (GER) set the pace in Cancun
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Thomas Lurz (GER) dominated the second stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in Cancun (MEX), where a total 75 swimmers, 34 women and 41 men from 20 countries, took the plunge.
In the women's race, Martina Grimaldi of Italy, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, emerged victorious in 2h12m37s. Brazilians Poliana Okimoto, reigning World champion and winner of Race 1 in Viedma, and Ana Marcela Cunha placed second and third, respectively in 2h12m38s and in 2h12m39s.
Fourth successful FINA visit to Doha
A FINA delegation concluded in the first days of April the fourth official site visit to Doha (QAT), host city of the 12th World Swimming Championships 2014 (25m) and the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention. During the two-day visit, matters related to all the organisation aspects of the events were discussed, including areas of accommodation, transportation, accreditation, marketing, competition venue, event presentation, broadcasting and others.
Heading the FINA Delegation, its Executive Director Cornel Marculescu stated: “All preparations are progressing well. Doha is an attractive destination and we have in our hands all the elements for a very successful championships”.
"The Doha 2014 Organising Committee is working hard, looking after all the details of the these two major FINA events, achieving a considerable progress in line with the set milestones. We are confident that in December, Doha 2014 will present an exciting event to the Aquatics family” said Qatar Swimming Association President and Doha 2014 CEO Mr. Khaleel Al Jabir.
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