Exhausted Sun opts out of 1500 freestyle race

By Rod Gilmour BUDAPEST, July 28 : Sun Yang of China was a notable absentee at the world championships today after he failed to start his men’s 1500 metres freestyle heat at the Duna Arena. Although the 25-year-old trained in the pool this morning and is expected to compete in the men’s 4x100m medley tomorrow, […]

Russians take triple gold in Budapest; Manuel beats Sjostrom

By Rod Gilmour BUDAPEST, Jul 28 : Russia took triple gold across the 200-metre events at the FINA world championships today, thanks to Anton Chupkov and Yuliya Efimova in a breaststroke double and Evgeny Rylov in the backstroke. They upstaged Simone Manuel, who claimed the top podium for the United States in the women’s 100m […]

Bahrain’s Amin, 13, enjoys “mind-blowing” experience

By Rod Gilmour BUDAPEST, Jul 28 : Two years after 10-year-old Bahraini swimmer Alzain Tareq caused a media frenzy as the youngest ever competitor at a world championships, up stepped her best friend to continue the trend in the Hungarian capital. Ritaj Amin finished 58th of 59 competitors in the women’s 50 metres butterfly heats […]

King, Peaty, Masse smash world records

By Rod Gilmour BUDAPEST, Jul 25 : The world championships came alive today as Lilly King of the United States won the women’s 100 metres breaststroke title in one of three world- record swims at the end of a breath-taking evening session. Adam Peaty of Britain continued his breaststroke trail-blazing with his second world mark […]