Olympics-Swimming-Evergreen Alshammer competes in sixth Games

By Alan Baldwin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 12 : Therese Alshammar told herself at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when she made her debut in the pool as a teenager, that it would probably be a one-off. The Swede, who will be 40 next year, was back today — competing in her sixth Games and racing […]

Olympics-Swimming-Britain fastest through to relay final, Phelps’ last race

By Mark Trevelyan RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 12 : Britain qualified fastest today in the men’s 4×100 metres medley relay, threatening to spoil the party for Michael Phelps when he swims the last race of his epic Olympic career on Saturday. The British team of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott won […]

Olympics-Swimming-Ledecky leads the way in 800m freestyle heats

By Alan Baldwin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 11 : Katie Ledecky put another golden, and late, night behind her today and focused on winning a fourth title at the Rio Games in her favourite 800 metres freestyle event. The 19-year-old did not push too hard in the heats after anchoring the US to victory in […]

Olympics-Swimming-Schooling makes life harder for Phelps

By Alan Baldwin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 11 : Singapore’s Joseph Schooling made life harder for Michael Phelps after beating the master in their 100 metres butterfly heats today and going through to the semi-finals with the fastest time. The Texas-based swimmer, a 100m butterfly bronze medallist at last year’s world championships, set a time […]

Olympics-Swimming-Balandin wins 200m breaststroke on golden night for Kazakhstan

By Mark Trevelyan RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 11 : Dmitry Balandin of Kazakhstan snatched a shock victory in the men’s 200 metres breaststroke as the Central Asian country grabbed two Olympic gold medals in the space of an hour. Balandin, swimming in an outside lane after qualifying as the slowest of the eight finallists, touched […]

Olympics-Swimming-King and Efimova advance for possible rematch

By Mark Trevelyan RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 10 : Two days after their tense clash in the final of the 100 metre breaststroke, Lilly King of the United States and Russia’s Yulia Efimova both came through their morning heats in the 200m, but well behind leader Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark. King, gold medallist in […]