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The man who walked underwater

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:09 PM

'The sad reality in the Philippines is that we never really take care of our sports legends'

Olympic swimming star Sun Yang banned for 8 years for doping offense

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Chinese superstar Sun Yang has been accused of smashing a vial of his own blood sample during a drug testing session

Sun Yang. Photo from Twitter/@fina1908

Chinese swim idol Sun Yang fights prospect of lengthy ban

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Sun Yang faces a ban of up to 8 years after being accused of using a hammer to smash a vial containing his own blood sample

CAREER ON THE LINE. Should the 27-year-old Sun Yang be banned for 8 years, the career of China's most successful ever swimmer would effectively be over. Photo from Twitter/@fina1908

PH tankers make Tokyo 2020 Olympics B cut

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule are the first Filipino swimmers to make the Olympic Selection Time B for Tokyo 2020

STAR SWIMMERS. Remedy Rule (left) and Luke Gebbie moves a step into qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photos courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

Drug-tainted swimmer Jack defiant after meeting anti-doping chiefs

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'I won't stop until I clear my name,' says Shayna Jack, the embattled member of Australia's 4x100m freestyle team that set a world record last year

DENIAL. Shayna Jack says she’s unaware how the banned substance got in her system. Photo from Instagram/@shayna_jack

PH tankers shatter 5 national records in 2019 FINA World Championships

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Fil-Am swimmer Remedy Rule leads the pack in being on track for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth

WORLD STAGE. (from left to right) Remedy Rule, Luke Gebbie, Nicole Oliva, James Deiparine and coach Sherwyn Santiago participate in the 2019 FINA World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

2019 SEA Age Group: PH swimming records best haul in 9 years

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The Philippine swimming team doubles its gold medal haul in the 2019 edition of the regional age group contest

DOUBLE THE GOLD. The Philippine national junior swimming team bags 8 gold medals in the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships. Photo courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

PH swimming targets podium finish in 2019 SEA Age group

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:37 PM

The Philippine junior swimming team hopes to surpass its 13-gold medal haul in 2010

PROMISING. Philippines sends 70 junior tankers to the 43rd SEA Age group swimming championships. Photo from Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

PH swimming anchors 8-gold haul in 2019 Arafura Games Day 2

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Joshua Del Rio and John Paul Elises shatter Arafura Games records in the swimming competition

MULTIPLE MEDALISTS. Philippine swimming gives the delegation 5 gold medals in Day 2 of the 2019 Arafura Games. Photo from Team Philippines Arafura Games 2019 Facebook

Fil-Australian teen swimmer breaks Akiko Thomson's record

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Georgia Peregrina smashes the national women's senior 200m backstroke record Olympian Akiko Thomson held for 26 years

NEW ERA. Georgia Peregrina breaks the last of Olympian Akiko Thomson's records. Photo from Georgia Peregrina's Facebook

Japan’s swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Eighteen-year-old Rikako Ikee hopes to overcome her battle with leukemia before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

SWIM QUEEN. Rikako Ikee makes a name for Japan as the 2018 Asian Games Most Valuable Player. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Pinoy junior tankers smash long-standing records in U.S.

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Nicole Oliva sets a new Philippine record in girls butterfly as 10-year-old Clark Kent Apuada shatters Michael Phelps' 23-year-old mark

FUTURE STARS. Clark Kent Apuada (left) and Nicole Oliva banners US competitions with their record-smashing performances. Photos from Facebook

Swimmer faces sharks, massive garbage patch on record Pacific crossing

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Part adventure, part scientific research, Ben Lecomte and his 8-person support team will conduct a host of marine experiments as they seek to raise awareness of ocean pollution and plastic contamination

PACIFIC SWIMMER. In this picture taken on June 3, 2018, French swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte poses during an interview with AFP in Choshi, Chiba prefecture. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Accident that amputated swimmer’s leg led to his Palaro 2018 journey

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Mark Salazar, 12-year-old ortho-amputee swimmer at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 Special Games, hopes his story will inspire others like him to keep on dreaming

THE SWIMMER. Mark Salazar of the Central Luzon delegation walks with his crutches after his breaststroke competition on April 18, 2018. All screenshots by Rappler

[Gameplan] Filipino swimmer powers through physical disabilities

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:42 PM

It takes more than just a few strokes to become a great swimmer. Paralympic swimmer Ernie Gawilan shares how he gets through their rigorous trainings despite his disability.

U.S. swimmer Ledecky wins historic 12th worlds gold as records tumble

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Katie Ledecky proves she is peerless in the women s 1500m freestyle as she wins the final by a massive 19 07 seconds ahead of her nearest rival Mireia Belmonte

GOLD MEDALIST. US Katie Ledecky reacts after competing in the women's 1500m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 25, 2017. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Michael Phelps to race against a great white in 'Shark Week' challenge

Jun 18, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Humans have been no match for the 23 time Olympic gold medalist So now he s taking on a great white shark

PHELPS VS SHARK. Michael Phelps will race a great white shark in a Discovery Channel 'Shark Week' challenge. Photo of Phelps from AFP

Lochte says he thought about suicide after Rio Olympics fiasco

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There were a couple of points where I was crying thinking If I go to bed and never wake up fine

SUICIDE. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte says he contemplated suicide after last year's Rio Olympics controversy. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

Mar 29, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A 25 year old coach s story epitomizes the struggle to swim in a conservative landlocked conflict plagued country that largely opposes women taking part in sports

OLYMPIC DREAMS. In this photograph taken on March 18, 2017, Afghan swimmer and coach Elena Saboori, 25, head of the newly created Women's Swimming Committee, gestures as she speaks during an interview with AFP in a house in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Hong Kong harbor race under review after swimmer's death

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The man died when he was rushed to hospital after being pulled unconscious from the water by a rescue boat

CROSS-HARBOR SWIM. Competitors take part in the annual cross-harbor swim in Hong Kong on October 16, 2016. A swimmer drowned in this year's event and another was left in critical condition. Photo from AFP

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte charged over Rio robbery lie

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The American gold medalist risks a jail sentence of up to 6 months and could be tried in absentia in Brazil

DEEP WATER. Ryan Lochte has apologized for fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint, but it's too little too late for Brazilian authorities. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

US swimmer James Feigen apologizes for role in Rio embarrassment

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:45 PM

We did make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building

RIO SHAME. James Feigen, one of the 4 US swimmers involved in a fabricated robbery story, apologized for his involvement. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

IOC launches inquiry into Ryan Lochte mugging scandal

Aug 20, 2016 - 6:02 AM

4 Olympic swimmers face a disciplinary inquiry after fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up a drunken incident at a gas station

RETRACTED. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is one of 4 US athletes involved in a controversy which caused a distraction at the Rio Games. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Japan schoolgirl swimmer set to melt hearts in Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Rikako Ikee won legions of admirers for sobbing uncontrollably at the national trials lifting Japanese fans after swim king Kosuke Kitajima had failed to qualify

ON TO RIO. Rikako Ikee of Japan, seen here after winning the women's 50m butterfly final during the FINA Swimming World Cup 2015, will swim the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle along with the 100m butterfly and all 3 relays in Brazil. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Mimaropa swimmer juggles student-athlete-breadwinner roles

Apr 17, 2016 - 9:14 PM

This Mimaropa athlete with mild intellectual disability works a variety of jobs to help support his family

BREADWINNER. Aside from being a student-athlete, Arnold B. Asis (R), seen here with his coach, also works to support his family. Photo by Mary Joy Gelit/Rappler

Cagayan Valley tankers defy lack of training facilities

May 06, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Our province only has one swimming pool Most of the time we train in rivers and seas says high school swimmer Roselle Raquiño

Photo by Christine Cudis/ Rappler

Ilocos Region swimmer inspired by her father

May 05, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Eleven year old Alison Noble looks to the guidance of her father as she attempts to win her fourth competition

Young swimmer Alison Noble, driven by her supportive father, wants to make it to the Olympics. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Calabarzon swimmer an example to student-athletes

May 02, 2015 - 2:07 PM

More than an athlete Calabarzon swimmer Suzanne Himor says her studies are her priorities over her swimming stint

STUDENT FIRST. Calabarzon Swimmer Suzanne Himor says she's a student first before she is an athlete. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Just keep swimming

Aug 30, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At 5 Sun Hongsheng lost his arms Today he is one of China s prized swimmers and will represent China in the 2016 Paralympic Games

Hungarian swim coach: Nothing beats hard work

Aug 17, 2013 - 4:45 PM

Practice is everything say Ivan Petrov and Olympic swimmer Zsuzsanna Jakabos

Swimmer with no legs guns for gold

Apr 20, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Born with no legs Jomar Maalam becomes the first amputee swimmer from Western Mindanao to compete in Palarong Pambansa

Amputee swimmer competes in Palaro 2013

Apr 20, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Jomar Maalam is a 16 year old swimmer from Zamboanga del Sur who was born without legs He competes in Palarong Pambansa 2013

Phelps-Lochte, Bolt-Blake: Showdowns to watch

Aug 02, 2012 - 2:24 PM

Michael Phelps faces off with Ryan Lochte for a final time in London for the 200m individual medley while Usain Bolt is determined to prove he is the fastest man in the world

Olympics Day 4: Image of the day

Aug 01, 2012 - 12:16 PM

In this photo Michael Phelps celebrates after he becomes the most decorated athlete of all time

Day 4: Ye ignores doping rumors, wins gold as China leads tallies

Aug 01, 2012 - 9:56 AM

China s 16 year old phenom Ye Shiwen sets another Olympic record in the 100m individual medley while her teammates continue to bag gold in other sports

Lithuanian is first 15-year-old Olympic swim champ in 40 years

Jul 31, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Lithuania s Ruta Meilutyte made history by being the first gold medal swimmer in four decades also the first to win a swim gold for her country

China's Ye denies doping after questions from media, US coach

Jul 31, 2012 - 10:08 AM

China s 16 year old Olympic gold medalist Ye Shiwen is in the middle of doping accusations after breaking the world record for the 200m medley

China's Ye hits back at doping accusations

Jul 30, 2012 - 11:50 AM

China s 16 year old Olympic gold medalist Ye Shiwen is in the middle of doping accusations after breaking the world record for the 200m medley

Former Filipino Olympian: 'It was worth it'

Jul 26, 2012 - 5:54 PM

A 2004 Filipino Olympian recalls the grueling journey to the Athens Games and the experience of competing in the world s biggest sports stage

Meet the Philippines' Olympic swimmers

Jul 23, 2012 - 6:34 AM

Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuña the country s two young swimmers representing the Philippines could not believe at first that they were going to London

A Tausug girl's swim dreams

May 11, 2012 - 8:28 AM

A Tausug girl and daughter of a former Olympian swimmer tries to make her own mark through Palarong Pambansa

Shermalyn Jalmaani, member of the Zamboanga Peninsula-Elementary Girl Swimming Team

Susan Papa promotes Palarong Pambansa

Apr 16, 2012 - 5:13 PM

Filipino champion swimmer Susan Papa recalls her Palaro experience

Palarong Pambansa 2012: Where the future begins

Apr 04, 2012 - 8:51 PM

Palarong Pambansa 2012 breeds the country s best athletes the future of the Philippines