Kosuke Kitajima

Persistence pays off for Sprenger with unexpected silver

Michael Cowley Every day Christian Sprenger gives thanks that he decided against giving away swimming. On Sunday night, his persistence was rewarded with an Olympic silver medal when the stars aligned in the 100m...


Star's sudden death a mystery

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 25:  (FILE PHOTO) Alexander Dale Oen of Norway points towards his name on his cap after he won the Men's 100m Breaststroke final during Day Ten of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 25, 2011 in Shanghai, China. World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen has died, aged 26, after suffering a cardiac arrest while training in Flagstaff, Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos Alexander Dale Oen was found dead during a training camp in Arizona earlier this week.

Hansen crashes out at US swim trials

Rebecca Bryan Brendan Hansen's chance of regaining his 200m breaststroke world record from Kosuke Kitajima in Beijing died with his shock defeat at the US Olympic trials.

Japan lets swimmers wear Speedo

The Japan Swimming Federation has lifted a requirement on its swimmers to wear only domestic products, opening the way for Speedo's record-breaking swimsuit.

Hoogenband bows to hi-tech swimsuit

Top Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband has finally accepted he will have to use a new hi-tech swimsuit if he is to keep pace with his rivals.

Japanese swimsuit makers race Speedo

Shigemi Sato A Japanese fabric maker says it has the secret to make the fastest-ever swimsuit as the country races against time to catch Speedo's LZR Racer suit.