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Big day for Swimming as Olympic legend Phelps returns to competition

Big day for Swimming as Olympic legend Phelps returns to competition

A record-setting 22-time Olympic Games medallist, American Michael Phelps will swim competitively for the first time since winning six medals, four of them gold, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The 28-year-old will join a star-studded field, including Olympic gold medallists Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (USA) on April 24-26. Phelps will compete in the 50m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, an event in which he holds the world record. At a press conference today, Phelps told the Associated Press: "I'm doing this for me. If I don't become as successful as you all think I would be or should be and you think it tarnishes my career, then that's your own opinion. I'm doing this because I want to come back and I enjoy being in the pool and I enjoy being in the sport of swimming."

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Morning Swim Show: Debbie Hesse Excited To Start Make-A-Splash National Tour

Morning Swim Show: Debbie Hesse Excited To Start Make-A-Splash National Tour

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 24. THE next Make-A-Splash national tour begins in about two weeks, and on today's edition of The Morning Swim Show USA Swimming Foundation executive director Debbie Hesse talk...

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Armitstead claims second to maintain her World Cup lead

Armitstead claims second to maintain her World Cup lead

Lizzie Armitstead admitted it would be tough but she still claimed another podium finish at women's Flèche Wallone race in Belgium.
The Olympic road race silver medallist won the opening World Cup round, the Ronde van Drenthe, then placed second in the two subsequent events, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Tour of Flanders.
And another second place finish, a couple of bike lengths behind France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, maintained her lead of the overall World Cup standings with five races remaining. Sweden's Emma Johansson remains her nearest rival.

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Official EJU Newsfeed : Favorites advance to final stage, but Olympic Champion Galstyan loses in quarter-final

Official EJU Newsfeed : Favorites advance to final stage, but Olympic Champion Galstyan loses in quarter-final

Most favorites advanced to the final stage as the European Judo Championships 2014 opened Thursday in Montpellier, France, with the women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg as well as the men’s -60kg and -66kg. In the biggest upset of the day, Olympic Champion Arsen Galstyan (RUS) lost in the quarter-final of the men’s -60kg.



His teammate and 2012 European Champion Beslan Mudranov easily cruised into the semi-finals where he will meet Orkhan Safarov (AZE). Mudranov looked determined to regain the title. Defending champion Amiran Papinashvili (GEO) had a slow start, but got into the semis. Here he has to face Ilgar Mushkiyev (AZE), who overcame Galstyan in the quarter-final. Galstyan suffered a foot injury in the match.



In the men’s -66kg, Mikhail Pulyaev (FRA) looked strong in his initial matches and is up against David Larose (FRA) in the semis. Larose overcame a painful hit to his right leg in his first match against Elio Verde (ITA). He seemed somewhat handicapped after that, but he has the home crowd on his side.

France has another medal hope in the race with Loic Korval, who fought his way to the semis where he will meet Sugoi Uriarte Marcos (ESP).



Defending champion Eva Csernoviczki (HUN) had not much trouble on her way to the semi-final in the women’s -48kg. Kristina Rumyantseva (RUS) will wait for her and showed convincing performances in the preliminaries. Young Amadnine Buchard (FRA) and Maryna Cherniak (UKR) are the other two semi-finalists.



World Champion and top favorite Majlinda Kelmendi (IJF) secured her spot in the semi-final in the -52kg with strong performances. Her next opponent, Mareen Kräh (GER), will be tougher to beat. The German World bronze medalist easily advanced to the semis as well. Defending European Champion Natalia Kuziutina will face teammate Yulia Ryzhova in the all-Russian second semi-final.



The semi-final in the women’s -57kg features top all top contenders. Top seed Miryam Roper (GER) made short work of her opponents in the preliminaries and has to fight Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) next. The 2013 European silver medalist looked very confident as well. Last year, the Austrian broke her arm in the final against Automne Pavia (FRA). Pavia was not challenged much in her first two rounds. The defending champion will face Corina Oana Caprioriu (ROU) in her semi-final.

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Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman Talk to the Press (Video With Warmup Footage)

Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman Talk to the Press (Video With Warmup Footage)

Arena Grand Prix - Mesa editorial coverage is proudly sponsored by Arena USA. Visit ArenaUSA.com for more information on our sponsor. For all the latest coverage, check out our event coverage page.

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19 hours ago | www.SwimmingWorldMagazine.com

Cesar Cielo Posts Stunning 50 Free at Maria Lenk Trophy Meet (With Race Video Footage)

Cesar Cielo Posts Stunning 50 Free at Maria Lenk Trophy Meet (With Race Video Footage)

SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 23. ANOTHER blazing fast night at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet came to a close as Cesar Cielo and a host of other swimmers put up some sizzling swims in Sao Paulo.

Brazil c...

23 hours ago | www.SwimmingWorldMagazine.com

Michael Phelps Scratches 100 Free at Arena Grand Prix in Mesa

Michael Phelps Scratches 100 Free at Arena Grand Prix in Mesa

Arena Grand Prix - Mesa editorial coverage is proudly sponsored by Arena USA. Visit ArenaUSA.com for more information on our sponsor. For all the latest coverage, check out our event coverage page.

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FGCU Sprint Gets Stronger With Indian River Transfer Rebecca Derogatis

FGCU Sprint Gets Stronger With Indian River Transfer Rebecca Derogatis

FORT MYERS, Florida, April 23. LOOKING to build upon the success of the 2013-14 season, the FGCU women's swimming and diving team along with head coach Neal Studd will welcome NJCAA record holder Rebe...

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