- UK Anti-Doping says drug use in sport is "fast becoming a crisis" in response to a poll for BBC Sport into doping in amateur sport.
- Exclusive: The Olympic swimming champion tells how she discovered she had the disease and why she’s decided to talk about it nowIt was before the Rio Olympics that I finally realised there was something wrong with me – that the cramps, back pain, stomach ache, irregular menstrual cycles, cravings and fatigue weren’t just the result of my gruelling training regime. My gynaecologist suggested I could have endometriosis but the only way to diagnose that is through surgery and, in
- Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry’s latest protagonist is Yusra Mardini, who fled conflict in Syria and became Olympic swimmerStephen Daldry’s films have chronicled the lives and struggles of Brazilian street children, the madness and melancholy of Virginia Woolf, and, most famously of all, the trials and triumphs of a young boy from County Durham who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer.
Few of his characters, however, have had to show quite as much resilience and determination as
- Stirling University's Duncan Scott is fully focused on making the British team for the World Championships in Budapest in July.
- British swimmer Jack Burnell wins gold in the Abu Dhabi leg of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup.
- The Amateur Swimming Association announces new guidance enabling more people, including Muslim swimmers, to compete.
- Many public pools are less sanitary than we might have hoped. But if you can’t take a bit of dirt, and a lot of human foibles, maybe they were never really for youLook. If you are of a delicate disposition, best not take up swimming. Don’t venture down to your local pool, strip off your clothes, wade through a slightly wet and dirty changing room and immerse yourself into what is, effectively, a communal bath full of the hoi polloi and all their bodily fluids. Just don’t do it.
- The older, wiser Olympic champion is finally addressing the doping epidemic that he’d always avoided, but will it be enough to prompt real change?Michael Phelps sat before a congressional panel on Tuesday, no longer a silent superstar whistling past the Olympics doping problem. For years, the most-decorated Olympian ever seemed content to pretend the controversy swirling in sports was not his problem. Best to duck his head, mumble nothings and dive into the pool.
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- Former swimmer Michael Phelps - the most decorated Olympian ever - believes he never raced against a clean international field.
- His history with mental health has been well-documented, but now the former Olympic champion has turned his attention to a new issue: bullying
Ian Thorpe is on the eighth floor of ABC headquarters in Ultimo, Sydney, seated in an empty boardroom. Behind him is a floor-to-ceiling window facing west, looking out onto the city. The famous Frank Gehry-designed “crumpled paper bag” building at the University of Technology Sydney rises from the earth like a giant alien root, consuming much
- European Championship silver medallist and London 2012 Olympian Roberto Pavoni retires from swimming, aged 25.
- London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson reveals depression struggles on announcing retirement from swimming.
- Love swimming but bored with ploughing up and down the lanes? Olympian Jazz Carlin has some tips to make your time in the water more profitableWe all have to start somewhere, even if you are a total beginner, so whatever you feel capable of is the first step. Build up your swimming with each session. Each time, you should start to feel a bit stronger in the pool and be able to build up how much you swim.Remember to start on land – before your training sessions you should activate muscles,
- The motivating force behind the remarkable rise of Adam Peaty has a new job at British Swimming and Mel Marshall is relishing it.
- It’s requires a particular brand of mental constitution to thrive in a sport where the world only sits up and takes notice once every four yearsAfter each Olympics, golfers, tennis players and footballers return to their usual schedules, performing in front of vast and adoring crowds and often earning handsome sums. Swimmers, meanwhile, return to relative, or actual, obscurity after a few weeks among the world’s most scrutinised athletes – unless their personal problems or indi
- Father said his son was "disturbed" and needed help after his arrest for an incident at family home.
- Wales' former European champion and Team GB team member Jemma Lowe retires from swimming.
- Seven-time Paralympic swimming champion Sascha Kindred announces his retirement after a 23-year international career.
- Master breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl with this guide. Plus get fit in the water with a challenging pool workout• ‘It’s a watery adrenaline rush’: 10 things cold-water swimmers should know
There’s a lot to love about swimming – but churning up and down on your own can be monotonous. That’s why Peigh and I started the Swim Dem Crew, a group of swimmers who meet at the pool for training every week and social swims followed by breakfast together at
- You need cake, a flask, more warm clothes than you can imagine – and don’t even think about a hot showerFancy a swim? Master your form and try this pool workout
1 All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.2 You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off a
- Two-time world champion Keri-anne Payne retires from swimming after representing Great Britain for 12 years.
- The Middlesbrough striker hasn’t won in the Premier League since August 2015 – while things are even worse for Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell. Who else has had similar runs to forget? Middlesbrough’s new signing, Rudy Gestede, may have only played one match for his new team, but he has already set an unwanted record in the Premier League. The Benin forward now has the league’s longest winless streak – managing 32 games without victory. (He last won when Aston Villa
- • Swimmer has won medals at world, European and Commonwealth level
• The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at RioThree-time Olympian Fran Halsall has announced her retirement from swimming.The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at the Rio Games as an Olympic medal proved elusive once more. Related: Fran Halsall: I’ll get an Olympic rings tattoo if I win gold in RioContinue reading...
- British swimmer Fran Halsall, a three-time Olympian, announces her retirement after a 10-year international career.
- The champion swimmer, 22, on winning two gold medals at 13, finally meeting Michael Phelps and crying happy tearsMy life changed at the Beijing Olympics. I was only 13, but I came away with two gold medals. I was so shocked and surprised to win. Later I won the Young Sports Personality of the Year and became the youngest person ever to get an MBE. To think that was only eight years ago… It feels like a lifetime.I’ve never been bullied. I’m just small. I can do everything every
- After the success of Running Like a Girl, the Brighton author turns her pen to swimming – with buoyant resultsIf reading can be likened to swimming, one glides through this memoir as if in a single length. But it must have been effortful to write – and, at the beginning, to live. I had approached Leap In cautiously – had not leapt in at all – assuming it to be a publisher’s initiative, a calculated sequel to Heminsley’s recent bestseller Running Like a Girl. T
- The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and recalls how each one was createdAndy Murray wins Wimbledon again – 10 July135mm lens 1/1600 f4 ISO 1000Championship-winning point at Wimbledon is always a bit nervy for me even though I have done many of them over the years. There are some pretty big decisions to be made – what lens do you go on as you don’t know where on the court they will celebrate? Do you go upright or landsc
- Who won the the Todd Carney cup for bad publicity? How about the Mile Jedinak golden microphone for unfortunate gaffes? And then there’s Warnie … Your host Russell Jackson hands out the prizesIt was a bumper year of on-field and off-field misbehaviour in the NRL, with incidents including but not limited to a player being knocked out with a fire poker at a charity party (admit it, nobody had that on their NRL player behaviour bingo card), a positive cocaine test, fraud squad raids, m
- From Usain Bolt’s golden triumphs to a green pool and Michael Phelps’s herculean achievements, the Games were swept along by a crazy rhythm in RioOn the seventh day of the Games, it seemed, for a brief, bewildering moment, as though a bomb had gone off in the Olympic Park. A thunderclap sounded around the aquatics stadium and echoed across the food court. No one fled. Instead everyone sped towards the scene. It turned out that Brazilian police had detonated a discarded rucksack &ndas
- Record breaker and gold medallist Adam Peaty stopped on the red carpet at BBC Sports Personality of the Year to thank this surprised Rio volunteer.
- Swimming Australia has announced it won’t renew its sponsorship deal with Speedo. The swimwear company – founded in Sydney in 1914 but now based in Nottingham in the UK – has had a long partnership with the national team, beginning at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, where Dawn Fraser and Murray Rose were among Australia’s gold-medal winners. The team will wear a different brand at the world championships next year in Budapest. Speedo’s partnership with the Austral
- This is what it looks like when a sports volunteer gets a video call from one of the stars at Sports Personality of the Year.
- • Additional investment for four sports that lost Tokyo 2020 Olympic funding
• It comes as part of £88m package for grassroots sportSport England is planning to soften the blow for four sports that had their elite funding axed last week by providing additional investment to help them bring young talent through. Related: UK Sport funding axe ‘catastrophic’ for badminton, says chief executiveContinue reading...
- Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson is crowned 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, saying it's the "icing on the cake".
- Swimmer Ellie Robinson wins the 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award after claiming gold at the Rio Paralympics aged 15.
- This weekend saw two events which involved racing in and on two of water’s three states. In Windsor, Canada 1,000 of the world’s best swimmers competed at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) whilst Heerenveen in the Netherlands played host to the fourth event in the ISU Speed Skating World Cup. We bring you our pick of the best images from both events Continue reading...
- Max Litchfield sets a new British record to win 400m individual medley silver at the World Short Course Championships in Canada
- Andrew Willis wins Great Britain's second medal of the World Short Course Championships in Canada with silver in the 200m breaststroke.
- Welsh swimmer Georgia Davies wins GB's first medal of the World Short Course Championships in Windsor with backstroke bronze.
- Capturing every drop of water around Japan’s Daiya Seto during the men’s 200m individual medley final, as he wins bronze in the World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Ontario, Canada Continue reading...
- Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Robbie Renwick announces his retirement from swimming.
- Britain's Adam Peaty wins Fina's Olympic Performance of the Year award for his 100m breaststroke final win at Rio 2016.
- David Finney, 83-year-old coach at the Bridge Swimming Club in Redditch, wins the BBC Unsung Hero award for the West Midlands.
- Two-time British coach of the year Jon Rudd is to take over as the National Performance Director of Swim Ireland.
- Rio gold medallists Sascha Kindred, Susie Rodgers and Stephanie Millward are omitted from the British Para-swimming 2017 squads.
- Former British policeman, Ben Hooper, begins his world-record attempt to swim across the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday. Speaking at the start point of Hann Bay, east of Dakar in Senegal, Hooper says he intends to raise £1m for charity on his journey to Brazil, more than 1,900 miles (3,000km) away
Briton Ben Hooper begins world-record attempt to swim across Atlantic OceanContinue reading...
- Gloucestershire man, 38, sets off on five-month journey from Senegal to Brazil that will see him strive to swim a total of 1,900 miles for up to 10 hours a day After a delayed start, a former British policeman aiming to swim across the Atlantic finally set off Sunday from Senegal, bound for Brazil more than 1,900 miles (3,000km) away.“Here we go,” said 38-year-old Ben Hooper, as he tugged on his goggles and said goodbye to loved ones and supporters on the beach of a hotel in Hann Bay
- Britain's two-time world and Commonwealth champion swimmer Liam Tancock retires from the sport, aged 31.
- British swimmer Ben Hooper is hoping to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean.
- The swim stage of an Ironman triathlon always generates some striking images, as hundreds of competitors charge into the water like a herd of migrating wildebeest. This shot gives things a slightly different tone, with the water droplets and lens flare giving things a decidedly dreamlike quality Continue reading...
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