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Ahead of Olympic Summer, Swimming World’s Latest World Male Rankings
May 8, 2021 — With months to go until the Olympic Games, Caeleb Dressel, Adam Peaty and Kristof Milak top the list of the world's best male swimmers.

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Why Adam Peaty Is Such A Good Closer In The 100 BR
April 18, 2021 — After his recent performance at British Trials, Peaty now owns six of the 10 fastest back-halfs in history in the men's 100 breaststroke.

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Duncan Scott Holds Off Dean For Third Win: Dawson Gets Backstroke Hat-Trick In Manchester
Kathleen Dawson sets 3 new backstroke Scottish national records...
March 14, 2021 — Duncan Scott finished the British Swimming Invitation Meet with three titles as he touched out Tom Dean in the 200 freestyle by 0.05secs.

2021 British Swimming Invite
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Ikee Rikako takes another step forward on the comeback trail with first podium finish since returning to competition
phenomenal comeback story...
second in the 50-metre freestyle...

2021 Japan Open
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Rikako Ikee Entered In Fly Events For February's Tokyo Open
Jan. 26, 2021 — A string of high-profile domestic meets is taking place in Japan over the next several weeks, with the Tokyo Open slated for February 20th & 21st.

2021 Japan Open
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19-year-old Sato Shoma becomes fourth in world to swim under 2:07 in men's 200-metre breaststroke
Jan. 25, 2021 — Sato joined some exclusive swimming company on Sunday (24 January), becoming one of only four in the sport's history to break the 2:07 barrier in the men's 200-metre breaststroke.

2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup
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Swim of the Week: Matsumoto's 1:45.1 JPN Record in 200 Free
Matsumoto's 1:45.1
Jan. 22, 2021 — The men’s 200 free might be one of the most wide-open races in the Olympic year. China’s Sun Yang won the 2016 Olympic gold medal and both the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. But with Sun’s status in doubt amid an ongoing doping case, the battle for Tokyo Olympic gold could go in any direction. Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto is making a name for himself in that gold medal hunt. The 23-year-old shaved a tenth off his own national record this week, going 1:45.13 to win the Kosuke Kitajima Cup in Tokyo. That’s the best time in the world this season, supplanting former leader Alexander G ...

2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup
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Rikako Ikee To Race 100 Free For First Time Since Competitive Return
Will swim 100m free for the first time upon her racing return...
Not an Olympic-qualifying meet...
Jan. 21, 2021 — Although we’re waiting on the official start lists for the 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup, we know that 20-year-old leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee has added a new event to her comeback lineup. Slated to begin tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd in Tokyo, this Kosuke Kitajima Cup will mark Ikee’s first competition of 2021, after the free and fly ace opted out of an earlier New Year’s Meet due to coronavirus concerns. We know that she will be contesting not only the 50m free, as she had raced several times late last year, but she will also be taking on the 100m free for the first time upon her rac ...
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Rika Omoto Hits Career-Best 200 IM To Close Out Tokyo New Year Meet
Career best 200 IM at Tokyo New Year Meet ...
Jan. 10, 2021 — Day 2 of the 2021 Tokyo Metro New Year Meet brought a few notable performances, although the action overall was on the subdued side to start off this calendar year of racing. As we’ve indicated, the Kosuke Kitajima Cup later this month is the true target of most elite’s return to racing, while February brings the Japan Open. The men’s 100m fly brought a 2-man battle between Nao Horomura and Takaya Yasue , with the pair representing the only swimmers under the 52-second threshold in the race. Opening in 23.77, Yasue took the lead early but saw Horomura ultimately surge to the wall fir ...
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How Difficult Is It To Win Multiple Olympic Gold Medals In Individual Events?
May 3, 2021 — Katie Ledecky "only" needs to win two individual events in Tokyo to move to #2 all-time in individual golds.

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Tomoru Honda Out Touches Seto by .
April 5, 2021 — Olympic medalist Daiya Seto took out the first 50 meters of the 200 fly in 25.50, .32 ahead of Honda. But, the 19-year-old ended up out touching Seto by .01.
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2021 Japan Open: Sato Tops Watanabe In 100 Breaststroke Battle
Feb. 4, 2021 — The 2021 Japan Open kicked off today with some solid swimming from some of the nation's brightest Olympic hopefuls, including 19-year-old Shoma Sato.

2021 Japan Open
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Honda, Irie & Sato Get 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup Off To Golden Start
Jan. 22, 2021 — The 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup kicks off a packed season of domestic racing within Japan, as the top talent to the tune of Kosuke Hagino , Katsuhiro Matsumoto, Suzuka Hasegawa , Ryosuke Irie , Shoma Sato gear up for a home-based Olympic Games. Rikako Ikee is also making her 2021 calendar year debut at this Kosuke Kitajima Cup in Tokyo after bypassing her originally-planned first competition of the New Year’s Meet due to coronavirus concerns. She’ll be in the water tomorrow. On day 1 of this 3-day affair, we reported how Matsumoto wasted no time making his presence known in the men’s 20 ...

2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup
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Tokyo 2020 CEO Muto: There Are No Guarantees The Games Will Go Ahead In July 2021
April 10, 2020 — Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto admits there are no guarantees that the rescheduled Olympic Games will go ahead as planned next year as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world. The International Olympic Committee postponed the Games for the first time in their history last month as the death toll rose daily. Olympic trials worldwide and sports events were cancelled and lockdown in many countries meant there was no access to training facilities and postponement was inevitable. The IOC then announced the Games would take place from 23 July-8 August, a ...
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Kosuke Kitajima: Swimmers Need To Start Writing The Next Chapter Following Tokyo 2020 Postponement
March 26, 2020 — Four-time Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima – the only man in history to have won back-to-back breaststroke titles – believes athletes must prepare for every eventuality and overcome every hurdle in the light of the postponement of Tokyo 2020. The Japanese – known as the ‘Frog King’ – won the 100 and 200m breaststroke at Athens 2004 before a successful defence four years later in Beijing saw him write his own entry in the record books. That record of being the only male breaststroker to have retained an Olympic title – and the sole swimmer, man or woman, to have defended the 100m gold ...
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Adam Peaty: “This Is A Matter Of Life Or Death” And Welcomes Clarity Of Tokyo 2020 Postponement
March 24, 2020 — Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty has described the postponement of Tokyo 2020 by a year as the right decision as “this is a matter of life and death” with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wreaking havoc across the world. Peaty was seeking to become only the second man along with Kosuke Kitajima to successfully defend an Olympic breaststroke title, with the Japanese great having won the 100m and 200m at both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Those ambitions were put on hold on Tuesday though when a joint statement by the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 confi ...
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International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Postponed Until Fall of 2020
March 20, 2020 — The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Weekend has been postponed to the fall of this year (2020) due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. A tentative date of October 2nd and 3rd has been selected pending the availability of honorees, award winners, and successful negotiations with Marriott and sponsors. At this point, our Masters of Ceremonies – Rowdy Gaines and Debbie Meyer – have reaffirmed their intent to remain co-emcees for the event. Brenden Hansen has won a total of 25 medals in major international competition; 18 gold, four silver, and three bronze – spanning the ...
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Chalmers Clocks 1:57 200 Fly/48.2 100 Free, McKeown 2:06 200 Back At NSW
March 13, 2020 — In the midst of swimming meets both small and large being cancelled or postponed around the world, the New South Wales State Open Championships are indeed taking place at Syndey Olympic Park Aquatic Center. As we reported, special instructions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) were published prior to the meet, including advising against competitor handshakes during medal ceremonies, as well as keeping an eye out for unwell spectators in the stands. Also, this meet is being held against the backdrop that both the Australian Senior and Austra ...
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Aussie breaststroke boys pushing each other to the limit…”There’s gold in the air….you can smell it..”
Feb. 25, 2020 — Australia’s 200m breaststrokers Matt Wilson and Zac Stubblety-Cook are searching for gold in Tokyo this year in what is developing into one of the real showdowns of the 2020 Olympic men’s swimming program. Many keen judges believe the 200m breaststroke could well come down to host country Japan v Australia, with Russian world champion and world record holder Anton Chupkov (2:06.12) sure to throw a spanner in the works.
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@SwimXps  Aussies will be hunting gold at the Tokyo #Olympics in the 200m breaststroke
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SwimSwam's Top 15 World Swimming Moments of the 2010s
Dec. 31, 2019 — With the 2010-2019 decade officially ending, we're looking back at the world's top 10 swimming moments of the past ten years.
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