Swimming

  • Katie Ledecky breaks 1500m world record at Pan Pacific 4 days ago

    American teenager Katie Ledecky broke a second world record in less than 24 hours when she bettered her own mark for the women's 1,500 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships in Australia on Sunday. The 17-year-old hacked almost six seconds off the previous world record, which she set in Texas...
  • Katie Ledecky breaks 400m world record 5 days ago

    American teenager Katie Ledecky broke her own world record for the women's 400 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships on Saturday. The 17-year-old won the final at Australia's Gold Coast in three minutes, 58.37 seconds, slashing almost half a second off the previous world record she set in California earlier...
  • Michael Phelps impresses in first international comeback race 6 days ago

    Michael Phelps made an ominous return to international competition on Friday, qualifying for the final of the 100 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships at Australia's Gold Coast. Taking on the world's best sprinters in an event he rarely competed in even at his peak, Phelps won his heat and...
  • Michael Phelps confident of getting back to his best August 20, 2014

    Singapore: Michael Phelps' comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing. A series of rare defeats have illuminated the enormous challenge he faces getting back to the top. For a man who re-wrote the Olympic record books, those losses could have been enough to persuade him to pack up...
  • Michael Phelps makes USA squad as Olympic hopes gather steam August 11, 2014

    Michael Phelps overcame the first hurdle to a potential return to Olympic competition in 2016 when he was named along with exciting teenagers Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin on the US team for the Pan Pacific Championships on Sunday. Phelps' qualification for the Aug 21-24 championships on Australia's Gold Coast has...
  • Ryan Lochte holds off Michael Phelps in thrilling 200 IM duel August 11, 2014

    Ryan Lochte held off a fast-finishing Michael Phelps to win the 200 meters individual medley at the US National Championships in Irvine, California on Sunday. Trailing by almost a second and a half at one point, Phelps displayed his famous finishing kick and nearly made up the deficit in the final...
  • Michael Phelps pipped in 100m butterfly August 9, 2014

    Michael Phelps continued his return to competition with second place in the 100 meters butterfly at the US National Championships in Irvine, California on Friday after Tom Shields pipped the 18-times Olympic gold medalist by 0.01 seconds. Phelps, who came out of retirement in May, touched just after Shields, who clocked...
  • Photos: A swim on the 21st floor balcony, rooftop or inside a bedroom? These photos of 40 of the world's biggest, deepest and most amazing swimming pools will blow your mind August 4, 2014

    All pools are equal. Some pools are just more equal than others. Once you build a swimming pool on a balcony on a highrise, how do you ever get any work done? Or keep the pigeons away?There's a pool built inside a cave in Santorini, Greece. The Glass Bottom Swimming...
  • CWG 2014: Australia women break freestyle relay world record July 26, 2014

    Glasgow: Australia's women set a world record in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay on the first day of competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday. The Campbell sisters Bronte and Cate along with Emma McKeon and Melanie Schlanger clocked 3 minutes, 30.98 seconds to surpass the 3:31.72 recorded five years...
  • CWG 2014: Sandeep Sejwal finishes 6th in the 100m breaststroke semis July 26, 2014

    Glasgow: India's Sandeep Sejwal finished a poor sixth in the first semi-final of the 100m breastroke as Indian swimmers continued their disappointing show in the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. Sejwal, finished fourth in the preliminary heat-3 with a timing of 1:02.97 secs to qualify for the semi-final. However the Arjuna Award winner's...
  • CWG 2014: Sandeep Sejwal qualifies for men's 100m breaststroke July 25, 2014

    Glasgow: Sandeep Sejwal became the first Indian swimmer in the ongoing Commonwealth Games to clear the qualification round and make it to the semi-finals of the men's 100m breaststroke event on day two of the competition, on Friday. Sejwal finished 12th overall after clocking 1:02.97 seconds in the heat to advance...
  • Phelps beaten by Agnel in slow 100m freestyle July 14, 2014

    Michael Phelps was edged by Frenchman Yannick Agnel in the 100 metres freestyle final in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday. Agnel, the Olympic 200m freestyle champion, touched in 49.37 seconds, with his North Baltimore training partner Phelps second in 49.42. Ryan Lochte was third in 49.63, but the American fared better in the...
  • Olympic champion Ian Thorpe to come out - reports July 13, 2014

    Sydney: After years of speculation about his sexuality, five-times Olympic champion Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a tell-all interview on Australian television later on Sunday, local media reported. The 31-year-old will make the admission to British interviewer Michael Parkinson on Australia's Channel 10, the Sunday Telegraph reported. A 25-second...
  • Phelps wins 100m backstroke as comeback continues July 13, 2014

    Michael Phelps notched another impressive performance in his comeback when he won the 100 metres backstroke and beat American rival Ryan Lochte for the second successive night in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday. Phelps clocked 53.88 seconds, less than a second outside his personal best, while Lochte was a distant runnerup in...
  • Michael Phelps comeback marches on with butterfly win July 12, 2014

    The comeback of Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion on Friday as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 metres butterfly and notched up the second fastest time of the year in Athens, Georgia. Phelps posted a 51.67, his first swim under 52 seconds...
  • Watch: A swimwear that doesn't get wet, even in the pool June 12, 2014

    Toronto: Wandering from one beach to another and having lunch in between without changing the swimwear all along is now a possibility. A Toronto-based entrepreneur has come up with a range of swim trunks made from hydrophobic material - a fabric that repels water. "We were tired of having to change shorts...
  • Photos: This amazing underground swimming pool is everything that you'll want in your dream house June 2, 2014

    A treehouse, a waterslide from your bedroom to the pool, a hidden library - add another awesome feature to the list of cool things to have in your dream house - the underground swimming pool. A patch of lawn hides the actual pool. The lawn cover retracts to reveal the...
  • Snapshot: A bare-chested Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru goes for a swim dressed only in swimming trunks but wearing his topi May 29, 2014

    Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor tweeted this terrific picture of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a pair of swimming trunks, ready to take a dip in the pool. "Probably the most unusual picture of Nehruji I've seen -- out for a swim with his topi still on!" Tharoor...
  • Michael Phelps chalks up first win in comeback May 17, 2014

    Michael Phelps was back in familiar waters and on top of the winner's podium in his comeback to competitive swimming at the US Grand Prix in Charlotte on Friday. Competing for just the second time since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps ticked off all the important boxes he needed...
  • Phelps set for second meet of his comeback May 16, 2014

    Michael Phelps will take another small step in his comeback to competitive swimming when he competes in two races on Friday but this time he will do it without the presence of his friend and greatest rival. The 28-year-old Phelps competed for the first time since retiring after the London Olympics...
  • A device that alerts when someone pees in a swimming pool May 8, 2014

    New York: Those who have a habit of peeing in a swimming pool, beware. Here comes a device that glows green the moment it detects traces of human waste in water. Developed by researchers at Texas A&M University, the container adds zinc ions to water that glow if urine or faeces...
  • Ian Thorpe released from hospital after battling infection April 30, 2014

    Sydney: Five-times Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has been released from a Sydney hospital after successfully battling a serious infection, his manager said on Wednesday. Australia's most decorated swimmer, Thorpe retired after the Athens Olympics before making an unsuccessful comeback bid for London in 2012. He contracted the infection after undergoing shoulder...
  • Michael Phelps beaten in first comeback final April 25, 2014

    Michael Phelps suffered a narrow loss to old rival Ryan Lochte in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, but still showed enough to suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with. Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London...
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps to come out of retirement April 14, 2014

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Arizona, on April 24-26. USA Swimming said on Monday that Phelps is expected...
  • Swimming great Ian Thorpe may not compete again, says manager April 8, 2014

    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in a Sydney hospital fighting a "serious" infection and is unlikely to swim competitively again, his manager told Australian media late on Tuesday. The five-times Olympic champion had contracted "two bugs" after undertaking a series of shoulder surgeries, manager James Erskine told Australian Associated Press. "It's...
  • Swimming great Ian Thorpe in intensive care battling infection: reports April 8, 2014

    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm, Australian media reported on Tuesday. The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where...
  • The Veer campaign: Sharath Gayakwad, boy with deformed left hand and great swimming abilities February 7, 2014

    Sharath Gayakwad a native from Bangalore was born with a deformed left hand. He went to school, but his parents were apprehensive of sending him to mandatory swimming classes because of his disability. Sharad, however, never feared of getting inside the pool and took up swimming at the age of...