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Freya Anderson: ‘I hated swimming lessons. I was screaming and crying’

A spinal injury cemented the 18-year-old’s love for the pool, and after this week’s British trials she looks forward to testing herself among the best at July’s world championshipsFreya Anderson was never destined to stay buried in the crowd. Tall and …

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Ariarne Titmus sets Commonwealth record and sets sights on Olympic glory

18-year-old wins 200m freestyle at nationalsTargets US star Katie Ledecky at Tokyo GamesAriarne Titmus knows what she needs to do to live up to her billing as Australia’s next big swimming star: keep quiet and think strategically. The 18-year-old is no…

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Kyle Chalmers turns hand to butterfly and duly wins Australian national title

Chalmers ‘hardly done any’ butterfly since juniorsCate Campbell collects the 100m freestyle crownFreestyler Kyle Chalmers entered a butterfly race for the first time at the Australian swimming championships as “a bit of fun”. Now, he is an national cha…

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Kenneth To, Commonwealth Games medal winner, dies aged 26

• Former Australia swimmer fell ill during a training session in US• To was preparing to represent Hong Kong at Tokyo OlympicsThe former Australia swimmer Kenneth To has died while training at a camp in the United States, aged 26.To, who won medals for…

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Five-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian diagnosed with cancer

Five-time Olympic champion diagnosed with testicular cancerAdrian, 30, won gold in 100m free at 2012 London OlympicsFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but he plans to continue training for the 20…

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Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin retires from swimming at 23

American won four golds at London 2012 as a 17-year-oldInjuries took toll on athlete predicted to match Michael PhelpsMissy Franklin, whose four gold medals at the age of 17 made her one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics, has announced her retirement f…

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Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin retires from swimming at 23

American won four golds at London 2012 as a 17-year-oldInjuries took toll on athlete predicted to match Michael PhelpsMissy Franklin, whose four gold medals at the age of 17 made her one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics, has announced her retirement f…

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Ariarne Titmus breaks records with world short-course swimming gold

Australian teenager wins 200m freestyle in HangzhouSets new Commonwealth, Oceania and national recordTeenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freesty…

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Ariarne Titmus breaks records with world short-course swimming gold

Australian teenager wins 200m freestyle in HangzhouSets new Commonwealth, Oceania and national recordTeenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freesty…

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William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize shared for first time

• Paul D. Gibson and Tom Gregory win joint prize• Award has never been shared before in 30-year historyFor the first time in 30 years joint winners of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award have been announced, with Paul D. Gibson’s The Lost So…

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Swim England in deep water over women’s swimwear advice

National sports body removes web advice on ‘flabby stomachs’ and ‘too long torsos’ after student’s criticismSwim England’s guidance on choosing swimwear has been criticised for focusing too much on the shape of women’s bodies.The national governing bod…

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Ryan Lochte seeks treatment for ‘destructive pattern’ of alcohol addiction

Six-time Olympic champion already serving ban from swimmingLawyer says his client hopes to compete at 2020 OlympicsRyan Lochte’s lawyer has confirmed his client is seeking treatment for alcohol addiction.Lochte, a six-time Olympic swimming champion, wa…

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Sports quiz of the week: 30 WhatsApp groups, 4,000 shirts and 98,000 calories

Who coaches 13-year-olds? Who did nothing? And who texts a lot?Clapton CFC, a non-league club based in London who have not yet played a competitive match, have sold more that 4,000 replica shirts in a week. Why are so many Spaniards buying their away …

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Tiaras, grimaces and splashes: the best pictures from the European Championships 2018

As we bid farewell to the first multi-sport European Championships, it wasn’t just the athletes and competitors showcasing their talents in Glasgow and Berlin, the sports photographers present also used the event to demonstrate their own skills and tec…

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Russia trump GB in final tally as European organisers look to 2022

• Men’s 4x100m gold lifts GB to total haul of 74 medals• Russia secure trophy for top spot with 31 gold medalsGreat Britain and Northern Ireland took second place in the overall medal standings as the multi-sport European Championships concluded in Ber…

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Russia trump GB in final tally as European organisers look to 2022

• Men’s 4x100m gold lifts GB to total haul of 74 medals• Russia secure trophy for top spot with 31 gold medalsGreat Britain and Northern Ireland took second place in the overall medal standings as the multi-sport European Championships concluded in Ber…

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Grace Reid channels influence of Tom Daley to snatch 3m springboard gold

• Scot wins European Championships gold with last dive• Reid and Daley won mixed synchro gold together in 2016Tom Daley’s aquatic adventures of late have been restricted to his brave new world of baby bathtime and the paternal enrapture it can bring. E…

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Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel bounce back with wins at Pan Pacs

Ledecky wins 400m freestyle with sixth fastest time in historyDressel wins 100m butterfly after falling in Friday’s 100m freeFor Americans Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, Saturday was a better day at the Pan Pacific Championships after unexpected los…

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Maddie Groves holds off Katie Ledecky and US freestyle sprinters at Pan Pacs

Cate Campbell, Kyle Chalmers won the 100m frees at Pan Pacs USA lose women’s 4x200m free at first major meet since 2009Cate Campbell has exorcised her Rio demons.She says she’ll no longer be haunted by the “little nightmares” that lingered from 2016 af…

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Adam Peaty spooks rivals to win fourth gold at European Championships

• Peaty leads off GB team in 4x100m medley relay• Britain’s Ben Proud takes gold in 50m freestyleA hat-trick of quadruples or a fourpeat times three. Whichever terminology, it illustrates the mutual affection between Adam Peaty and the European Champio…