Latest Swimming News

China's Sun wins 200 free via DQ, gets shunned on podium

Jul. 23, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Sun Yang was in the middle of controversy at the world swimming championships again. Only this time, it wasn't his doing. The Chinese star with a history of doping still got shunned on the medals podium. Sun won the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night after Danas Rapsys of...

No Horton vs Sun in 800 free after Aussie fails to qualify

Jul. 22, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — There won't be another podium protest by Mack Horton in the 800-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships. The Australian swimmer failed to qualify for the eight-man final after finishing finished 14th in Tuesday's preliminary heats with a time of 7 minutes, 52.65...

Ledecky withdraws from 2 events at worlds due to illness

Jul. 22, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky withdrew from the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries and the 1,500-meter final Tuesday at the world swimming championships because of illness. Her coach Greg Meehan said doctors were assessing Ledecky, but had no official diagnosis. "She woke up this morning and...

Peaty, Hosszu extend dominance at world swim championships

Jul. 22, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Adam Peaty became the first man to win a third 100-meter breaststroke title at the world swimming championships on Monday night. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary also added more gold to her collection. Peaty claimed the title in 57.14 seconds, a night after he became the first man to...

Horton applauded by fellow swimmers for stand against Sun

Jul. 22, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Mack Horton walked into the dining room at the athletes' village and the applause began. It swelled into a standing ovation for the Australian swimmer after his personal protest against China's Sun Yang at the world championships. Horton refused to step onto the podium or shake...

Ledecky stunned in 400 free at worlds; Sun wins record title

Jul. 21, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky is usually there in the end, her endurance powering her to the wall well ahead of the competition. Someone else got there first at the world championships on Sunday night. Ariarne Titmus of Australia chased down Ledecky over the last lap to win the 400-meter...

Britain's Peaty is 1st man to break 57 seconds in 100 breast

Jul. 21, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Adam Peaty of Britain has become the first man to go under 57 seconds in the 100-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships. He won his semifinal heat in 56.88 seconds on Sunday night, bettering his old world record of 57.10 set last August in Glasgow, Scotland....

Refugee swimmer feels for separated families at US border

Jul. 21, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago. Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border. "This is the most terrible thing...

Sun's doping case looms over start of world swimming meet

Jul. 20, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Nothing like a long-simmering feud to get the world swimming championships off to a bang-up start. The mere presence of Chinese star Sun Yang has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including his rival Mack Horton of Australia. Sun is the heavy favorite to win his fourth consecutive...

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will...