Aussies 'unprepared' for pressure

Emily Seebohm


Back on home soil after a whirlwind Olympic campaign, Australia's swimmers admit they did underestimated the pressure.

Swimming faces financial dive

Daniel Bell

LIAM NAPIER - Fairfax Media

Daniel Bell is resigned to losing a significant portion of funding, to the point where he is considering cafe work to subsidise his career.

Coutts turns focus to world record

Alicia Coutts


Alicia Coutts may have five Olympic medals around her neck, but the Australian swimmer has already set herself a new challenge: breaking a world record.

Dunlop-Barrett keen for Rio

Dylan Dunlop-Barrett

MURRAY HILLS - Taranaki Daily News

Dylan Dunlop-Barrett is desperate to make his mark at Rio 2016, and his journey starts now . . . well, in a few weeks, anyway.

Swim NZ need to do convincing

Lauren Boyle


No-one is saying it but Swimming New Zealand's sales patter for future funding may have to exceed their results at the Olympics.

Rice and Bryant 'just friends'

Stephanie Rice

It was the "are they, or aren't they" Olympic friendship that put Twitter in a spin.

Not as easy as it looks

Britain's team are seen underwater as they perform in the synchronised swimming teams technical routine competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Imagine yourself dancing the tango, for four minutes, in a three-metre deep pool, in full make-up and in perfect time with seven others. Upside down, without ever touching the bottom.

Gold medallist defends cheating

Cameron van der Burgh

South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh says he's a ''victim'' of attacks in the Australian media.

Phelps pees in the pool

Michael Phelps

It's a practice most people grow out of as a child, but it seems for Olympic swimmers when you've got to go, you've got to go.

Aussies order swimming review

James Magnussen

Australian swimming officials have ordered an independent review into the team's poor showing at the London Olympics.

Records tumble in pool

Ye Shiwen

So much for all those dire predictions of it taking many years, even decades, to break the swimming records set in high-tech bodysuits.

Retiring Phelps goes out on top

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps ended his record-breaking career the only way he knew how, by winning another Olympic gold medal.

Phelps adds another gold

Michael Phelps

What a way for Michael Phelps to go out in the final individual race of his career.

Boyle fourth in 800m final

Lauren Boyle

Swimmer Lauren Boyle has come within two and a half seconds of ending 16 years of New Zealand Olympic hurt.

Swimmers struggle to progress

Gareth Kean

Hayley Palmer and the men's 4x100m freestyle relay team have failed to progress in the penultimate day of swimming at London 2012.

Ye slams doping suggestions

Ye Shiwen

Olympic sensation Ye Shiwen has hit back at a top American coach who suggested the Chinese swimmer could be using banned substances.

Lack of racing showed – Kean

A disappointed Kiwi Gareth Kean after swimming the 100m backstroke semifinal at the London Olympics.

Wellington swimmer Gareth Kean is looking to develop his career overseas after a disappointing Olympic Games.

Teen star the 'new Phelps'

Missy Franklin

America's newest swimming star is choosing education over big dollars.

NZ Swimming in the deep end

Melissa Ingram

OPINION: New Zealand Swimming faces a grim post-mortem as the curtain begins to fall on week one of the London Olympics.

Phelps wins record 16th gold

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps wins the 200 individual medley for a record 16th Olympic gold, 20th overall.

Gyurta handed finishing fright

Daniel Gyurta

Daniel Gyurta is renowned for his fast finishing but as he entered the closing stages of the 200 metres breaststroke final at the London Games he was suddenly worried his Olympic dream would be cut to shreds.

Mr Phelps? Please hold for the President

Michael Phelps

US President Barack Obama is proving to be a swimming fan.

Boyle into 800m freestyle final

Lauren Boyle

Swimmer Lauren Boyle has made her second Olympic final of London 2012.

Fourth world swim mark set

Hungary's Daniel Gyurta reacts after winning the men's 200m breaststroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games in a new world record time of 2 minutes 7.28 seconds.

Nathan Adrian took out the Missile by a fingertip. Daniel Gyurta and Rebecca Soni took down two more world records at the pool.

Is Phelps the greatest Olympian?

Michael Phelps

Who has been the greatest Olympic athlete since ancient Olympia's multi-sports festival was revived in Athens 116 years ago?

Coe: Phelps not greatest

Sebastian Coe

American swimmer Michael Phelps is "probably not" the greatest Olympic champion of all time, says London 2012 Games chief Sebastian Coe.

Relay team miss out on final

Lauren Boyle


Lauren Boyle will not compete in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay at the Olympic Games tonight.

Hush-hush over relay team

Lauren Boyle

Swimming New Zealand refuses to confirm whether Lauren Boyle will compete in the Olympic Games tonight.

Phelps breaks record

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps wins relay gold to become the all-time winner of Olympic medals with 19.

Snyders misses final place

Glenn Snyders

Glenn Snyders has missed out on the Olympic 200m breaststroke final.

Kiwis failing to measure up

Lauren Boyle


New Zealand's 2012 Olympic swimming programme is staring down the barrel of failure.

'Missile Missy' winning famous fans

Missy Franklin

Life just keeps on getting bigger and better for Missy Franklin, the teenage swimming sensation whose fame is quickly spreading.

Disappointment for Dunlop-Barrett

Dylan Dunlop-Barrett


Taranaki swimmer Dylan Dunlop-Barrett was shattered after the New Zealand men's 4x200m freestyle relay team faded to last in their Olympic heat.

Seebohm blames social media

Emily Seebohm

Emily Seebohm has set a new precedent for explaining underachievement at the Olympics by blaming her social media addiction.

China hits back at doping claims

Michael Phelps

China's former Olympic doctor says he has long suspected Michael Phelps of using performance-enhacing drugs.

Agnel a swimmer and a scholar

Yannick Agnel

Who is Yannick Agnel, and how did he come to be called "incredible" by the US's most accomplished swimmer Michael Phelps?

Ervin's Olympic comeback saga

Anthony Ervin

American swimmer Anthony Ervin has revealed how he spiralled into a life of alcohol, drugs and sex addiction after he won gold in Sydney.

Controversial Aussie swimmer dips out

Nick D'Arcy

Someone finally knocked Nick D'Arcy out. The controversial swimmer's Olympic games is over barely 12 hours after it began.

Record swim doesn't equal cheat

Ye Shiwen

Ye Shiwen has astounded and confounded in the London pool, but gold plus (potential) gold doesn't neccesarily add up to a drug cheat.

Doping expert applauds record swim

Chinese 16-year-old Ye Shiwen with her gold medal after winning the women's 400m individual medley in world record time at the London Olympics.

The IOC's chief doping expert says he has no reason not to "applaud" the achievements of Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen.

Phelps into butterfly final

Michael Phelps


Michael Phelps has eased his way into the final of the men's 200 metres butterfly to remain on course to cap his incredible Olympic career with more record milestones.

Agnel upstages stellar rivals

Yannick Agnel is French and clearly has a feel for de ja vu.

Wiegersma's Games over

Natalie Wiegersma

New Zealand swimmer Natalie Wigersma's Olympics are over after failing to qualify for the semifinals of the 200m individual medley.

Aussies lash out after relay failure

James Magnussen

The tide turned dramatically and there was blood in the water around Australia as the sun rose on anything but a golden moment.

Boyle could withdraw from relays

Lauren Boyle

Lauren Boyle could withdraw from NewZealand's 4x200m freestyle relay team. | Injury hinders Bell

Shoulder injury hinders Bell

Daniel Bell

The Olympic campaign of New Zealand's Daniel Bell is struggling against injury.

Teen's triumph questioned

Chinese 16-year-old Ye Shiwen with her gold medal after winning the women's 400m individual medley in world record time at the London Olympics.

Pundits are asking how, for 50 metres, a Chinese teen swam faster than her men's counterpart.

Long-awaited debut for D'Arcy

Nick D'Arcy

Nick D'Arcy was 20 when he was first selected in the Australian Olympic swimming team. Today, at 25, he will finally make his debut.

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