Youth Olympians get first taste at racing heavyweights of swimming

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Ahn Vien NguyenIn Nanjing, China last August, 400 swimmers lined-up in the 36 swimming events at the second edition of the summer Youth Olympics. From the up-and-coming field in Nanjing, a dozen made the trip to Doha, Qatar to compete in their first World Championships. Fresh impressions.

Brianna Throssell of Australia, a three-time YOG bronze medallist (100m and 200m fly, 200m free) achieved her best result in the women's 200m fly, taking sixth (2:06.40) in a top-level field led by Spain's Mireia Belmonte and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu on Day 1.

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'Le beast' triumphs in unfamiliar waters

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Florent Manaudou (FRA)His coach describes him as a huge man, a world beater and one who has good natural attributes of a good swimmer. His physique and strength sets him apart from other swimmers.

‘Le beast’ Florent Manaudou set a world record in a race to which he is not well accustomed, tapping the wall in 22.22 to lower Peter Marshall’s five-year-old 22.61 world record picking his fourth gold medal of the short course championships in the 50m backstroke.

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Le Clos one step closer to butterfly hat-trick

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Chad Le Clos (RSA)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.


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Doha 2014, Day 4: Inspired stars raise the WR tally to 17

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Chad 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.

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Nepalese teenager has training mountain to climb

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Sofia Gadegaard ShahAt 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.

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