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Oct 2 14

Ian Thorpe receives honorary doctorate of letters

by ZwemZa
 Olympian Ian Thorpe dons university robes to pick up an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University. Photograph: (AAP Image )

Olympian Ian Thorpe dons university robes to pick up an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University. Photograph: (AAP Image)

Ian Thorpe has become a doctor, adding another award to his adorned mantlepiece.

The Australian swimming great was presented with an honorary doctorate of letters from Macquarie University in Sydney.

It recognises the 31-year-old’s achievements in sport, philanthropy and Indigenous rights.

Thorpe was greeted with applause from university graduates where he once studied an arts degree as he accepted the doctorate.

He apologised for not being actor Cate Blanchett, who was recently presented the same honour.

“I know some of you may be tremendously disappointed,” he said on Wednesday.

“Cate Blanchett gave one of these addresses just a week ago and you’re stuck with me.”

Thorpe went on to congratulate the graduates on their achievement, adding the transition from student to working life would take a “steely determination”.

“You must be prepared to close this chapter of your life so you can progress to the next,” Thorpe said.

The five-time gold medallist is probably Australia’s greatest ever swimmer, breaking 22 world records in his career – his first at age 16.

He also started a foundation in 2000 supporting education and literacy programs for Indigenous children.

In his 2012 autobiography Thorpe admitted to battling depression and alcohol.

Earlier this year he ended years of speculation about his sexuality byconfirming publicly he is gay.

The swimming legend suggested he tried, unsuccessfully, to deal with his difficulties alone, and implored people not to be afraid to seek help.

“Recognise the need to ask for help,” he said.

“I have failed many times in this. It is one of the greatest virtues you can gain.”

Thorpe said he struggled with being complimented, finding it easier to be criticised.

But despite this, he said he chooses to celebrate excellence, giving insight into how he became such a champion swimmer.

“They say that once you’ve reached number one you should work like number two,” he said.

“I don’t see the point in this, because I don’t accept second best. And nor should you.”


Oct 2 14

Proud named in Great Britain’s squad for World Short Course Championships

by ZwemZa

G140028Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Ben Proud has been named in Great Britain’s squad for the World Short Course Championships in December.

Plymouth Leander star Proud is just one of 12 swimmers Britain have decided to take to the event in Doha.

British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss said: “It’s a small team but one which is full of some of our leading performers from what has been a successful year.

“Whereas these short course World Championships are not a key stage meet for us they are still very important in terms of the development of our athletes and their racing strategies.

“Short course swimming is all about starts, turns and finishes and we will be looking to use Doha to practice and improve these skills ahead of the long course season next year.”

The British Gas GBR Swimming team comprises:

Adam Barrett – British Gas GBR National Centre, Loughborough

James Guy – Millfield

Ross Murdoch – University of Stirling

Adam Peaty – City of Derby

Ben Proud – Plymouth Leander

Chris Walker-Hebborn – British Gas GBR National Centre, Bath

Jazz Carlin – Swansea Performance Centre

Georgia Davies – British Gas GBR National Centre, Loughborough

Fran Halsall – British Gas GBR National Centre, Loughborough

Hannah Miley – Garioch

Siobhan Marie O’Connor – British Gas GBR National Centre, Bath

Sophie Taylor – City of Leeds

The Herald

Oct 1 14

Phelps hit up casino before DUI

by ZwemZa


Michael Phelps (center) allegedly hit up a Baltimore casino for eight hours before getting pulled over for DUI.
Winning wasn’t in the cards this time for Michael Phelps.

Before getting arrested for drunk driving Tuesday, the superstar swimmer had gone on an 8-hour gambling binge at a Baltimore casino, TMZ reported.

The Olympic gold medalist hit the Horseshoe Casino around 5 p.m. Monday, enjoying the luxury of a private VIP gambling room until the early hours of the morning Tuesday.

He had been boozing in the casino right before he was pulled over by cops around 1:40 a.m., the gossip site reported.

Phelps, 29, is a regular at the casino, and enjoys playing poker there.

A JULY 31, 2014 PHOTO.
Patrick Semansky/AP Phelps issued an apology on Twitter after his DUI arrest.

He was booked for driving under the influence, speeding and double crossing lane lines, according to authorities.

He issued a three-tweet mea culpa Tuesday afternoon, saying he knows “these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

The serially troubled swimmer had another DUI rap in 2004, and was busted by swimming officials in 2009 after a photo surfaced of him puffing on a bong at a party.

NY Daily News

Oct 1 14

Joseph Schooling among swimming trio investigated for allegedly being drunk

by ZwemZa
Gold medallist Singapore's Joseph Isaac Schooling poses with his medal on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's 100m butterfly swimming event during the 17th Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre in Incheon on Sept 24, 2014.  (AFP)

Gold medallist Singapore’s Joseph Isaac Schooling poses with his medal on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event during the 17th Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre in Incheon on Sept 24, 2014. (AFP)

Joseph Schooling, Singapore’s only gold medallist of the Incheon Asian Games so far, is believed to be among three swimmers under investigation for allegedly returning to the athlete’s village intoxicated after a late night out with teammates.

It is believed that Teo Zhen Ren and Roanne Ho are the other two members of the 17-strong swim team who appeared drunk when they came back in the early hours of Saturday night. Schooling is 19, Ho is 21, and Teo is 20.

The Straits Times understands that at least two were heavily intoxicated and needed assistance from village security personnel to get back to the housing area for Singapore athletes.

It is believed that upon reaching the housing area, they bumped into a group of Team Singapore athletes and officials who were about to leave the village for a flight home.

The swimming competition ended last Friday night.

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) said late on Monday that it was aware of the incident and that investigations will be conducted after the Asiad, which ends on Oct 4. The incident was made known to the media by an email sent to various media agencies.

Said Team Singapore chef de mission Jessie Phua in an e-mail statement: “It has been brought to our attention that three athletes returned to the Athletes’ Village in the early hours on Sept 27.

“We will investigate further after the Games.

“We have reminded all remaining athletes and officials to be responsible for their actions and to keep the team managers updated of their movements.

“In the meantime, Team Singapore have five more days of competition to go at the Asian Games. We are focused on giving our best to support the athletes who are still competing, and wish them the very best for the competition.”

Reactions online were mixed. Some netizens felt it was only natural for teenagers to let off some steam after competing under high pressure.

“A slap on the wrist should do it. A moment of bad judgement by individuals who put in every ounce of effort honing their craft (and) must be under tremendous pressure. Give them a break,” said Philip Khoo on Facebook.

Some noted that it was not such a big deal as the swimming competition had ended and the swimmers were justified in celebrating a good Asiad outing.

But others noted that professional athletes had to maintain a certain level of discipline and abide by rules such as curfews.

“There are other forms of relaxation. Getting drunk is definitely not one of them,” commented Xiong Jian on the same platform.

The Singapore Swimming Association declined to comment on the matter.

However, it noted that its athletes are under the jurisdiction and care of SNOC at major games, and that all queries should be directed to the body.

Singapore’s swimmers won five medals at the Games, one gold, two silvers and two bronzes. The medals were won by Schooling and Tao Li. Schooling struck gold in the men’s 100 metre butterfly, the first time in 32 years that a Singapore male swimmer won gold at an Asian Games. He also won silver in the 50m fly and bronze in the 200m fly, making him the first Asiad athlete to win a hat-trick of medals in all three events of one discipline.

Chau Lee

Sep 30 14

Tim Noakes – is his ‘Banting’ diet missing a key ingredient?

by ZwemZa

If you don’t know what or who’s behind the Tim Noakes (aka Banting) diet, you must have just popped in from another planet.  Noakes, professor of sports science at the University of Cape Town, and an internationally renowned scientist, infuriated doctors, dietitians and academics with his spectacular about turn on carbohydrates for health a few years ago. He says humans don’t need them. He also no longer believes in a cardinal rule of cardiology: that saturated fat causes heart disease. Fans of Noakes and his diet are growing faster than waistlines are shrinking, and science backs him. Still, human brand specialist Rob Opie thinks Noakes may be missing  a key ingredient in his diet’s recipe. MS

Years back, when I was studying the University of Cape Town, we enjoyed our annual visits to the Knysna marathon immensely. For most of us, it was just one huge party. We were happy to tuck into a few ice cold beers on the Friday night before the race. For more serious athletes, it was all about carbo-loading and PB (personal best) times. Cape Town sports science Prof Tim Noakes helped to fill pasta and pizza joints, where the “real runners” congregated.  They followed his advice to the letter on carbo-loading.  They regarded his book, The Lore of Running, as law and lore indeed.

Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

Then he did a complete about turn a few years ago, saying  he got it all wrong about carbo-loading. It isn’t just the pasta and pizza restaurants that have been knocked off balance by Prof Noakes’s low-carb, high-fat (LCHF, aka “Banting”) diet. Doctors, dieticians, academics have come streaming out the woodwork to attack him for his views, saying he got everything wrong, and his diet is dangerous.

But has he got everything right second time round? Yes, and no, I say.

After UCT, my career was focused on food, with over two decades invested in feeding South Africans. The one thing we knew for sure was that South Africans – well most of the 53 million of us – were “carbohydrate switchers”, and still are. They switch according to which form of carbohydrate is best value and convenient at the time – to keep stomachs full through long working days – switching from pap, to rice, pasta, potatoes and the convenience of bread. In reality most South Africans therefore can’t afford any specialist low-carb diet that Prof Noakes’s advocates. He has said poor children should eat organ meats rather than pap and bread. That makes sense, since these meats are affordable, and nutritious.

Steak a better bet

But  back to running, where from my own experience, I know that pizza did not improve my running. In fact it got worse. So, I agree with you, Prof Noakes: a steak is always the better bet. Proteins are vital building blocks and saturated fab is fab for body (and mind).

Prof Noakes’s heart has always been in the right place in helping people to do life better, but as a scientist, is he not complicating things again? The  human body has simple, natural ways of telling us what it thrives on, and what it merely survives on. It sends messages all the time when things are not right: from indigestion to bloating, to allergic reactions, to excess weight, to fatigue, right through to life-threatening diseases. That’s just how it works. Our job is to take heed of these messages.

We now live in the most technologically advanced food world mankind has ever known, yet most of us remain steadfastly ignorant of most of the potent universal laws of life and health that govern our daily lives.

Universal law

When it comes to food, the most important universal law is balance. The body works much like a swimming pool – get the ph balance wrong and the pool goes green. In the same way, your body chemistry requires balance, and the food you eat affects that balance. Too much or too little of anything for too long creates an imbalance. That creates the groundwork for any state of “dis-ease” – from minor illness to major  life-threatening “dis-eases” – to develop. The trick is to get the acid /alkaline balance right, so that the body can do its job – and function optimally!        

Luckily for us, the human body is blessed with its own inbuilt sensors that constantly send out messages. Just one example: like most of us, you will at some time have experienced a certain message known as a “babbelas” (hangover).  It’s just your body talking to you as it does all the time, sending you a message that you’ve overdone things, and disturbed its balance. Too much acidity in this case.

If we all listened a little more attentively to what the body tells us daily – what it likes and what it doesn’t like, but most of all what it really needs – we would reap the rewards of improved vitality , called happiness and health. (and maybe a six-pack stomach with a little extra effort!)

So thank you, Prof Noakes for confirming what I always suspected about the benefits of a big, juicy, fat South African steak, and  for helping so many people lose weight, and manage serious medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease along the way.

But for me, diet will always remain a four-letter word, about “eating to live”, rather than “living to eat”. Keep it simple and balanced. And if food is really to be our medicine, and medicine our food, as the ancient Greek Hippocrates advocated, that requires balanced living and eating in the physical , chemical and emotional realms of life and health .

By Rob Opie*

* Robert Opie is a human brand specialist, speaker, and author of The Game Plan, a book about game-changing methodologies derived from the great champions of life and health. He  recently launched Project Cancer Champions, a global online resource centre, aimed at helping people prevent or conquer cancer.

Sep 30 14

Marshall named British Coach of the Year

by ZwemZa
Mel Marshall

Mel Marshall

Mel Marshall has been announced as the first woman to ever receive the British Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year award at the annual conference.

Marshall coached Adam Peaty to seven Commonwealth and European medals and two world records in 2014.

Peaty has been coached by Mel since he was 14-years old and this year saw him stood on top of the podium in the 100m Breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games and also pick up silver in the 50m Breaststroke.

At the European Championships, he won four gold medals with two individual titles in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.

“I just want to say huge thanks to the City of Derby Swimming club for all of their support,” Marshall said. “Dreams do come true. I am truly humbled and honoured to receive Coach of the Year.

“But it’s all the volunteers and positive people we have on board in the background that make the dream work. To all that support me I thank you and to all that have stood in my way I thank you too.

“I thank my Mum for bringing me up to have deep routed fearlessness and engrained messages of ‘make the best of what you have’. Enough celebrating now it’s time to keep trying to move forward.”

Rob Greenwood was awarded Para-Swimming Coach of the Year after the team exceeded their medal target at the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven.

Adam Baker won Youth Coach of the Year after coaching Daniel Jervis to bronze in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games.

Other awards were given to Sean Balmer (the Alan Hime Memorial Award) and seven Coaching Awards of Excellence were given to Kevin Renshaw, Patrick Miley, James Gibson, Ben Higson, Jon Rudd, Dave McNulty and Richard Denigan.

Terry Dennison was given the George Bole Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to Swimming Coaching in Great Britain for his dedication to the sport throughout his career.


Sep 30 14

Hosszu marches on in Hong Kong

by ZwemZa

Katinka Hosszu confirmed her place among swimming’s all-time elite with a two day performance that was the best ever at a FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong tonight.

After claiming five wins from six finals on day one of the third leg of world cup, Hungarian Hosszu repeated the dose with another five gold and a silver from six events.

There weren’t the world records of Doha and Dubai, but there was controlled power and almost total dominance. She has lost just six World Cup races this season, three each against Mireia Belmonte (ESP) and Inge Dekker (NED).

The medallists in the women’s 400m free
“I think that it’s ten (gold), but who’s counting? I’ve racked up some points here over the last couple of days,” she joked after the final medal presentation for the evening.

“I am really happy with my races here. The 100m was a European record. I’m really happy with that. And the 50m fly was a Hungarian national record”.

Adding more gloss to an outstanding achievement, Hosszu now has 96 total gold medals at the short course World Cup. This evening she passed Swede Therese Alshammar (93) and is now nine medals behind Martina Moravcova (SVK).

Strategy pays off
In the morning heats, coach Shane Tusup nursed her through. Motioning from the stands to his charge that some slower times were right on strategy. She has had a testing programme in Hong Kong, racing 12 of the 17 individual women’s events here.

But this evening, it was back to the typically scorching times.

In the women’s 400m individual medley, Hosszu turned in a sub-world record butterfly leg, and very quickly established a 10 metre lead over Evelyn Verraszto (HUN) and Belmonte.

At the 200m mark, Hosszu was just outside the record time she set in Doha just a few weeks earlier. She touched at 4:26.42, with Belmonte behind her with a 4:33.83, and Verraszto, 4.39.70.

Gold rush
Hosszu’s second gold for the night, came in typically blistering fashion in the women’s 100m backstroke. With a 55.34, she is closing on the 2009 record from Berlin. Zevina (UKR) was second in 57.74.

In the 200m butterfly (2:05.12) she was out by three body lengths at the midway point but tired in the final 100m against the challenge from Belmonte, who finished in 2:06.33.

Then to the 400m freestyle, where she, Belmonte and Evelyn Verraszto (HUN) left at a relatively sedate pace. At the 200m turn, world record holder Belmonte was on her shoulder and the two travelled the length together with Hosszu kicking away at the 350m mark, finishing in 4:01.02.

Belmonte took silver in 4:02.73, with Verraszto third in 4:16.51.

In the 100m IM, it was Hosszu from start to finish in 58.12. Atkinson was the second fastest qualifier but couldn’t shut down the Iron Lady.

In her final race of the programme, the 50m butterfly, Hosszu was again denied by Dekker. Dekker had Hosszu’s measure in the heats and again this evening, coming home in 25.24.

“It’s my first competitive swim at any level since Dubai and Doha. I have swum four races here and won four times. So I’m pretty happy with how I’ve swum here,” Dekker said before the medal presentation.

Dekker also claimed the women’s 100m freestyle from surprise-packet 16-year-old Siobhan Haughey (HKG). Dekker led from the start, but it was Haughey who surprised, keeping out Veronika Popova (RUS) for the silver.

The tussle between breaststrokers Alia Atkinson (JAM) and Rie Kaneto (JPN) was a highlight of the night. Atkinson (JAM) was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 50m breaststroke by more than 4 seconds, and she smashed the field in the final with a slick 29.35, ahead of Kaneto, 31.11. Atkinson was just .55 second outside a world record.

In qualifying for the 50m, Atkinson was fastest, but Kaneto easily the quickest over the 200m distance and she beat the Jamaican home in 2.19.55 tonight. Keep an eye on these two.

Chad Le Clos (RSA)

The duel in the pool
The glamour match-up of the evening in the men’s competition saw Chad Le Clos (RSA) 48.56 beat Tom Shields (USA), 49.02, in the 100m butterfly. Le Clos was desperately unlucky not to take the world record, touching less than a tenth of a second outside the mark set by Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS) back in 2009.

It was his sixth consecutive win in the event, and Le Clos had to beat a man who has been on fire here. Shields had claimed the 200 fly the evening before, taking a half-second off his US record, and the pair have shared honours in 100m fly over the past 12 months.

Le Clos’ second gold of the night was an extreme performance – he looked focused before and strong throughout the men’s 50m freestyle. Pumped with his 21.17, he thrashed at the water after checking the time.

Russian Oleg Tikhobaev was second in 21.74. Geoffrey Cheah (HKG) finished third.

“I’ve never done the event (50m freestyle) before. The first time I competed in the event was this morning and, obviously, tonight,” he said afterwards.

Le Clos became the first man to win 62 gold medals in World Cup competition on Monday, and he now has 11 medals in this edition of the World Cup – claiming four in Hong Kong. He is tied for golds with Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS).

An Aussie looms large
The Aussie claimed the 200m Individual Medley from lane 6. He led them out, leaving Kirill Prigoda (RUS) and David Verraszto (HUN) in his wake. The Australian has had a red hot meet here, and when he turned for home, only eventual silver medallist Hiromasa Fujimori (JPN) posed a threat. Marco Koch (GER) finished third in 1:55.10.

His other gold came in the 200m freestyle for men. Fraser-Holmes touched in at 1:43.59,  Stjepanovic took silver, 1:45.44, and third-placed was Hong Jinlong (CHN).

After pocketing US$5,000 and 42 competition points for his efforts on day one, Shields claimed his third gold of the meet in the 200m backstroke, beating Ashley Delaney (AUS) by a second with a 1:51.88.

Delaney has enjoyed a great meet, claiming a second gold medal tonight in the men’s 50m backstroke. “I came into this meet not expecting much. We were actually up here testing a new suit,” he said after tonight’s programme.

“I have just been going out there and having a bit of fun. I came into this after a couple of weeks of non-competition. I was just having a bit of a break. It hasn’t been a bad sort of a holiday.”

Earlier in the evening, the three fastest qualifiers for the 1500m freestyle, 60-lapper – Gergely Gyurta (HUN), Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB) and Verraszto – asserted their dominance over the field early.

Gyurta was two lengths in front by the 300m mark and went on to finish in a respectable 14:38.72, ahead of Verraszto, 14:51.36, and Li, with a 15:05.04, who beat Stjepanovic for third.

Another Gyurta, Daniel, continued in his rich vein of form, claiming gold in 57.35 in a blanket finish in the men’s 100m breaststroke from Koch, 57.47, and fastest qualifier Koseki, 57.95.

With Hong Kong wrapped, we’re now halfway through the second World Cup cluster and the focus now switches to Moscow. It’s a one-sided race for the US$50,000 bonus for the women, but two days of high-octane swimming in Russia will reveal a men’s champion worthy of the cash bonus. It looks like it’s down to three: Le Clos, Shields or Fraser-Holmes.


Sep 30 14

Phelps arrested for drunken driving

by ZwemZa
Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar at around 01:40 travelling 135km/h in a 72km/h zone, police said.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist was booked and released.Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, was “unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests,” police said.

Police said the officer followed Phelps’s 2014 Land Rover onto northbound Interstate 95, through the tunnel, and pulled him over just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.

The Baltimore native was cooperative “throughout the process,” police said in a statement.

Phelps was charged in Maryland in 2004 for drunken driving when he was 19 years old.

He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in exchange for 18 months’ probation.

Representatives for Phelps could not be immediately reached for comment.


Sep 30 14

Chad closes in on world mark in Hong Kong

by ZwemZa
South Africa's 2012 London Olympic Games champion Chad le Clos is expected to put in a powerful display at Victoria Park. (Xinhua)

South Africa’s 2012 London Olympic Games champion Chad le Clos put on a powerful display at Victoria Park. (Xinhua)

South Africa’s Chad le Clos buzzed the world-record tower in the men’s 100 fly with a blazing time of 48.56.  That swim cleared his world-leading effort of 48.59 from the Dubai stop, and nearly cleared the world record of 48.48 set by Evgeny Korotyshkin during the 2009 World Cup stop in Berlin.

USA’s Tom Shields finished second in 49.02, just off his second-ranked 49.00 from earlier in the series, to just miss his American record of 48.80 from last year.

Russia’s Viacheslav Prudnikov earned third place with a time of 51.50.

China’s Zheng Tong (53.23), Japan’s Masato Sakai (53.40), Hong Kong’s Derick Ng (53.43), China’s Jiang Huan (53.50) and Brazil’s Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira (53.53) wound up fourth through eighth.

Another near world-record performance went up on the board with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu winning her seventh gold medal of the meet with a European-record 55.34 in  the 100m backstroke.  That performance just missed Shiho Sakai’s world record of 55.23 from the Berlin stop of the 2009 World Cup, but bettered Hosszu’s world-leading 55.38 from the Dubai stop this year.

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina claimed second-place honors in 57.74 with Hong Kong’s Stephanie Au hitting the wall third in 58.27.

China’s Fan Yimeng (1:02.04), Macau’s Erica Vong (1:02.67), South Africa’s Kathrine Holicki (1:03.23), China’s Li Yuan (1:03.24) and South Africa’s Jamie Reynolds (1:03.63) picked up the rest of the finale finishes.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson crushed the field in the sprint breaststroke with a time of 29.35, not far off her world-leading 29.12 from earlier in the circuit. That’s her second win of the meet and third medal overall.

Japan’s Rie Kaneto took second place in 31.11 with Jamie Yeung touching third in 31.89.

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker (31.97), Macau’s On Kei Lei (32.15), South Africa’s Vidette Coetzee (32.40), Cheyenne Cheung (32.83) and South Africa’s Chelsea Meiring (33.59) also turned in times in the championship heat.

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu started her second night off strong with a winning 4:26.42 in the distance medley event.  That’s her sixth gold medal of the meet thus far as she finished the race with $135,000 in winnings already.  Spain’s Mireia Belmonte took second in 4:33.83 for her third silver, while Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto pocketed her fifth bronze of the meet with a 4:39.70.

Hong Kong’s Bridgitte Kwong (4:54.82), South Africa’s Samantha Randle (4:55.96), Pak Wai Yeung (5:02.28), USA’s Evan Chung (5:06.16), Portugal’s Demi Lopes (5:08.77) and USA’s Sarah Wang (5:11.74) all participated in the finale as well.

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu kept steamrolling her way to the FINA World Cup points victory with a ninth gold medal tonight as she dropped a 4:01.02 in the 400 free.  This was her toughest test of the night, however, as Spain’s Mireia Belmonte actually led at various points of the race before taking second in 4:02.73.  Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto collected an impressive sixth bronze of the meet with a third-place 4:16.51.

Hosszu’s win broke a record for the most gold medals at a FINA World Cup meet, a record she held multiple times in the past two years with eight golds.

South Africa’s Samantha Randle (4:24.15), Hoi Man Yau (4:27.31), Hoi Man Lok (4:27.56), Jemima Ridley (4:28.53) and USA’s Christina Chong (4:30.12) also participated in the finale.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos continued to extend his points lead over Daniel Gyurta with a surprising win in the 50 free.  Le Clos raced his way with a 21.17 for his fourth triumph of the meet.

Russia’s Oleg Tikhobaev snared second in 21.74 with Hong Kong’s Geoff Cheah hitting third in 21.86.

Russia’s Viacheslav Prudnikov (22.56), Hong Kong’s Raymond Mak (22.86), Hong Kong’s Chun Tak Kwok (23.06), China’s Zhang Yangxin (23.14) and Ka Chun Ko (23.14) finished fourth through eighth.

With just six swimmers in the finale, Japan’s Rie Kaneto put together a world-leading 2:19.55 for the win without much pressure.  Her time is faster than the 2:20.02 clocked by Breeja Larson at the Dubai stop.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, typically a sprinter, took advantage of the small field with a silver-winning 2:24.94, while South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker finished third in 2:26.51.

Jamie Yeung (2:32.87), South Africa’s Natalie Maritz (2:40.34) and USA’s Eva Chung (2:40.98) also swam tonight.

USA’s Tom Shields showed some versatility as the butterfly specialist turned in a 1:51.88 to win the 200 backstroke tonight.  That’s his third gold and sixth medal overall here in Hong Kong.  Shields had to throw down a scorching 27.92 in the final stretch to pull from third to first in the final 50 meters.

Australia’s Ashley Delaney (1:52.87) and Germany’s Christian Diener (1:53.13) also claimed podium cash by finishing second and third.

China’s Wang Fu (1:57.57), Hungary’s David Verraszto (1:58.42), Australia’s Lennard Bremer (1:59.47), South Africa’s Ruan Ras (2:02.47) and Yau Ming Cheung (2:05.52) comprised the rest of the championship field.

The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker won another sprint event, her fourth of the meet, with a 25.24 in the sprint fly.  Katinka Hosszu closed out her meet with her second silver by way of a 25.92, as she wound up with 10 golds and 2 silvers for 12 medals overall.  Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took third in 26.28 for her sixth medal overall this meet.

Hong Kong’s Hang Yu Sze (26.62), China’s Wu Yue (27.67), Hong Kong’s Kin Lok Chan (28.13), South Africa’s Jamie Reynolds (28.20) and Joan Tsang (28.45) also swam in the finale.

For the full story and more go to Swimming World Magazine


Sep 30 14

Japanese swimmer fined for stealing camera

by ZwemZa
Naoya Tomita (Reuters)

Naoya Tomita (Reuters)

Top Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita has been given the green light to leave South Korea after paying a one million won ($A1028) fine for stealing a journalist’s camera during the Asian Games.

Senior South Korean prosecutor Song In-Taek said Tomita, who had been barred from returning to Japan while his case was investigated, deposited the fine on Monday.

“Now he doesn’t need to stay in the country. He can return home,” Song said on Tuesday.

Japan expelled Tomita from the Asian Games and promised strict punishment after he admitted stealing the $A8220 camera, belonging to a journalist for a South Korean news agency.

Tomita was detained after police studied images from closed circuit TV cameras at the pool in Incheon.

The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) called the incident a “very serious violation” of its code of conduct and Japan Swimming Federation director Masafumi Izumi said Tomita would be “dealt with severely.”

Tomita finished fourth in the 100 metres breaststroke final on Wednesday. He won the 200m breaststroke title at both the Asian Games and the world short-course championships in 2010.


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