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Swimming

Cate Campbell, relay fire as girls close out golden Pan Pacs

PHIL LUTTON Cate Campbell has taken a giant step towards the elusive 50m freestyle world record, equalling the fastest non-supersuit time as she raced to gold on the final night of the Pan Pacs Championships on the Gold Coast.

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World at Katie Ledecky's feet as new US superstar emerges

 Ledecky celebrates after the 400-metre freestyle final on the Gold Coast.

PHIL LUTTON It didn't take long for Katie Ledecky to outgrow the 25-yard indoor pool at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, in Bethesda, Maryland. It was never a fair contest, really. She started swimming at the age of six and by the time she was 15, had become an Olympic champion.

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Aussie Sharks beat South Africa

The Australian men's water polo team, the Aussie Sharks, have scored a strong 13-2 victory over South Africa in a minor playoff on day five of the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Relays reloaded: Australians unseat Americans at Pan Pacs

Dream team: (left to right) Matthew Abood, Cameron McEvoy, James Magnussen and Tommaso D'Orsogna.

PHIL LUTTON Australia's mens 4 x 100m freestyle relay team, that famously misfired in London, has rebounded to form with a stirring victory over the United States at the Pan Pacs championships on the Gold Coast.

Michael Phelps returns in golden touch after emphatic Pan Pacs victory

Michael Phelps holds up his men's 100m butterfly gold medal.

PHIL LUTTON There are attempted comebacks in swimming, where the old magic that used to rocket champions through the water has gone for good. And then there is the extraordinary Michael Phelps, whose greatness can take an 18-month holiday, punch the clock on the way back through the door and continue on its merry way.

Melanie Schlanger typifies Olympic reaction to Sharks bans

PHIL LUTTON Melanie Schlanger says punishments handed down had seemingly made it clear that there was one rule for athletes competing in cashed-up sports like league and one rule for everybody else.

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Cameron McEvoy stuns big guns with Pan Pacs sprint gold

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PHIL LUTTON Gold Coast underdog Cameron McEvoy produced the breakthrough swim of his career to stun the superstars of world sprinting with gold in the men's 100m freestyle final of the Pan Pacs.

Olympic athletes slam Sharks' ASADA deal

Melanie Schlanger

CHRIS BARRETT Australian Olympians have slammed the deal struck between the Australian Anti-Doping Authority and more than a dozen Cronulla players from the Sharks' 2011 squad.

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Missy Franklin backs herself at Pan Pacs

All smiles: Missy Franklin may have been beaten by Emily Seebohm but after overcoming back spasms there was plenty to be happy about.

To say Missy Franklin is upbeat at the Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast is an understatement.

Cate Campbell flies as superstars assemble for Pan Pacs sprint showdown

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PHIL LUTTON In the midst of the return of Michael Phelps to international competition and the showdown between Nathan Adrian and James Magnussen, it was Australia's Cate Campbell that lit up the pool on a stacked morning of sprinting heats at the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast.

Emily Seebohm finally sinks Missy Franklin

Home quinella: Belinda Hocking and Emily Seebohm.

PHIL LUTTON If ever Emily Seebohm was going to put a stake through the demons of London, this was the night. The Olympic silver medallist has taken a giant step towards mending the mental scars of 2012 by defeating arch-rival Missy Franklin at the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast.

Schlanger swim at Pan Pacs raises more questions

Melanie Schlanger.

PHIL LUTTON Melanie Schlanger has raised further questions over the controversial decision to leave her out of the 4 x 200m relay in Glasgow with a commanding swim at the Pan Pacs to secure a spot in Thursday night's final.

US Olympic champion Nathan Adrian ready for James Magnussen

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.

STATHI PAXINOS Olympic champion Nathan Adrian says he has respect but no fear of dual world champion James Magnussen.

Michael Phelps says retiring was the easy part, returning to the water has been hard

Michael Phelps.

PHIL LUTTON On the final night of competition in the London Olympic pool, the incomparable Michael Phelps was taking his victory lap, waving his giant hands to the crowd and bathing in the deserved adulation as he wrapped up his brilliant swimming career.

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Michael Phelps goes back to basics at Pan Pacs

Winning doesn't come so easily to Olympic great Michael Phelps these days.

Missy Franklin in doubt for Pan Pacs swimming

Injury blow: Missy Franklin.

PHIL LUTTON American superstar Missy Franklin remains in doubt for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships after succumbing to back spasms during training on the Gold Coast.

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Grant Hackett visit boosts Australian swimmers on eve of Pan Pacific championships

Grant Hackett. Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Gala Dinner. PHOTO: Adam Hollingworth

Grant Hackett has been officially welcomed back from the swimming wilderness after making a surprise Australian team visit before week's Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast.

James Magnussen battles dodgy back ahead of Pan Pacs

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19:  James Magnussen looks on in the pool before an Australian Pan Pacs Squad press conference at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on August 19, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Dual world champion James Magnussen admits a "pretty dodgy" back has continued to hamper his preparation for this week's Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.

Stingers fall at final hurdle to USA at women's water polo World Cup

Sweet 16: Australia's Rowena Webster was named player of the tournament.

Australia's women's water polo team have claimed silver at the FINA World Cup, going down 10-6 to the USA in the final in Russia.

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Slow build as Michael Phelps chases killer instinct

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Almost two years of retirement has meant Michael Phelps needs to listen to his body and take it slower than in the past but it has not dulled his competitive fire as he sent an ominous warning to his fellow swimmers at next week's Pan Pacific championships in Australia.

Michael Phelps to bring star quality to Gold Coast

Michael Phelps during the 200-metre individual medley at the US National Championships in California.

Ed Jackson Australian sprint queen Cate Campbell says the return of Michael Phelps is only adding to the excitement ahead of this month's Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

James Magnussen's back injury may force Olympic village rethink

James Magnussen embraces Cameron McEvoy after winning the 100m freestyle.

MICHAEL CARAYANNIS James Magnussen will consider skipping the athletes’ village at the 2016 Olympics as he battles with a degenerative back.

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Michael Phelps flops in 100 metre freestyle

Michael Phelps looks on after taking seventh in men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals.

Philip Hersh Losing all momentum when he barely touched the wall at 50 meters, he finished a distant seventh.

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Swimmer James Magnussen cleared of serious back injury

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MICHAEL CARAYANNIS James Magnussen will battle on with a degenerative back for the rest of his career after scans revealed damage to the injury which plagued his Commonwealth Games.

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Australian Olympic boss John Coates says swim team culture is back as eyes turn to Rio

Dark days: James Magnussen (centre) with Cameron McEvoy and Eamon Sullivan face the music after the infamous Stilnox scandal in 2012.

Adrian Warren An emphasis on improving unity in the Australian Olympic team and developing a Team Australia culture is already paying off, with the swimming team among the early beneficiaries.

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Improving Australian swim team's 2020 vision

Daniel Tranter competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final.

STATHI PAXINOS Australian swim team head coach Jacco Verhaeren declares the team's best ever Commonwealth Games haul a good result, but says the job is far from done.

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