Latest FINA Aquatics World Championships News

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...

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...

China wins first 3 diving golds at worlds; Bacon gets silver

Jul. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan won the men's 3-meter springboard synchro on Saturday to complete a Chinese sweep of all three diving events on the opening day of the world championships. Xie and Cao finished with 439.74 points, well ahead of the second-place pair of Jack Laugher of...

Ultra-competitive Hooper key attacker for US water polo

Jul. 11, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

Long before Johnny Hooper starred at California and starting playing water polo against the world, his biggest competition was his father, Gary. They played a couple different sports, and Johnny lost all the time at first. Gary Hooper was an elite athlete himself, a Hall of Famer in beach volleyball. While Johnny...