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Larkin named FINA's best men's swimmer

Swimmer of the year: Mitch Larkin.

Mitch Larkin's sensational 2015 season has been rewarded, with the backstroker crowned the International Swimming Federation's men's swimmer of the year at a gala event in Budapest.

Larkin still coming to terms with rise to the top

Golden double: not to be outdone, Mitch Larkin also claimed gold in the men's 100m backstroke event.

Phil Lutton   The world champion backstroker will be at the heart of Australia's push to rebound in the Olympic pool when Rio arrives later this year.

Christian Sprenger had a sinking feeling before he retired from swimming

Shoulder injury plagued swimmers mental health: Christian Sprenger.

Phil Lutton   When Christian Sprenger started losing his 'feel' for the water, the former world champion swimmer knew his time as an athete was starting to run out.

Retiring Christian Sprenger holds no grudges after near-miss in London Games

Christian Sprenger.

Phil Lutton   The Australian breaststroker, who has retired before Rio, remains all class despite opponent's illegal underwater kick.

US swim star Ledecky could square off with Campbell sisters in sprint

New challenge: Katie Ledecky could next appear as a 100m sprinter.

Phil Lutton   The 18-year-old trashed her own 800m world record but could add the 100m free to her Rio schedule, putting her on course to face off with Australian guns Bronte and Cate Campbell.

'The last breath I was ever going to take': Shark attack survivor back in the water

Shark attack survivor Damon Kendrick is ready to tackle the Cole Classic ocean swim in February.

Sarah Muller   Losing half a leg in a shark attack at the age of 14 has not stopped Damon Kendrick from going back in the water.

Palmer welcomes WADA call

Relieved: Kylie Palmer.

Olympic champion Kylie Palmer can officially set her sights on the 2016 Rio Games after the World Anti-Doping Authority opted not to appeal a reprimand from swimming's governing body.

Swimmers need support in gold rush: AOC

Tipped for gold: Bronte and Cate Campbell.

David Sygall   A top-five finish for Australia at the Rio Olympic Games – reversing a downward trend that has lasted more than a decade – will rely on traditional powerhouse swimming maintaining its resurgence but must be supported by athletes in other sports.

Cameron McEvoy breaks Thorpe's 15-year record

Record breaker: Cameron McEvoy.

Matt Encarnacion   Cameron McEvoy has cracked Ian Thorpe's 15-year national record in the 200m freestyle final at the Australian Short Course Championships on Friday night.


Treffers chases down Larkin for Olympic Games spot

Ben Treffers will chase gold in the 50m backstroke final.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra backstroker Ben Treffers is hunting down world champion Mitch Larkin on his way to forcing his way in to the Australian team for next year's Olympic Games.

How horse and pole dancing has Seebohm focused on Rio Games

KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 03:  Emily Seebohm of Australia hugs Missy Franklin of the United States after competing in the ...

Daniel Lane   A showjumping horse named Platinum - allied with a pole dancing exercise routine -  are playing important roles in helping prime backstroker Emily Seebohm to slice through the water at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Aquatics Stadium next year.

Swimming officials on watch as Russian doping scandal threatens to spread

Enraged: Dick Pound, chairman of WADA's independent commission.

Phil Lutton   Australian swimming officials are watching the Russian doping scandal as a former coach says Rio 2016 could be the dirtiest Games ever.

Aussie backstrokers dominate again

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, Emily Seebohm of Australia and Natalie Coughlin of the USA stand on the podium after the ...

Australians Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm have asserted their dominance in the backstroke at the FINA World Cup in Doha, winning all six finals.

Six swimming golds to Australia

Emily Seebohm.

World champions Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell have led Australia to a stunning haul of six gold and 16 World Cup medals overall in Hong Kong.


Right altitude gets swimmers on track for Rio

Australian open-water swimmer Chelsea Gubecka.

Kyle Mackey-Laws   Movies, PlayStations, chilling out and even colouring in - Australia's best long distance swimmers will do anything to pass the time inside the AIS altitude house.

Virus scare leads to FINA calls for water testing

Emily Seebohm.

Swimming's governing body FINA has called for virus testing in water which will be used at next year's Olympics - including the world famous Copacabana beach - following fears for athletes' health.

Swimmer can go to Rio after reprimand

Palmer (2nd left) with Bronte Barratt, Linda Mackenzie and Stephanie Rice in Beijing.

Olympic champion Kylie Palmer has received only a reprimand and a warning from swimming's world governing body for a doping test saga which has dragged on for more than two years.


Grant Hackett senses glory days return as ''fragmented'' swim team unites

Swimming camp for athletes at the AIS. 

15 September 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Jon Tuxworth   Grant Hackett believes the "fragmentation" within the Australian swimming team during the 2012 Olympics meant it was always doomed to fail. 


Late night training sessions to give swimmers edge at Rio

Swimming camp for athletes at the AIS. 

Bronte Campbell

15 September 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Jon Tuxworth   At midnight most swimmers are staring at the back of their eyelids, not the bottom of a pool. 

Swim star on verge of homelessness

Olympian Tracey Wickham has had numerous setbacks since retiring from the pool.

Tracey Wickham says she's a month away from being kicked out of her Gold Coast home.