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Life after swimming: Enchong Dee motivated to keep fit

May 30, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Former national swimmer Enchong Dee makes sure that he stays strong and healthy after a life of training 12 times a week

REPRESENTING THE FLAG. Enchong Dee represents the Philippines once again in the 2019 Osaka Marathon last December. Photo from Enchong Dee's Instagram

Schooling seeks national service delay after Olympics moved

May 06, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Swimming star Joseph Schooling requests to defer national military service yet again following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics

epa05479169 Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates after winning in the men's 100m Butterfly Final race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming events at Olympic Aquatics Stadium at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12 August 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Sun Yang lawyer blasts 'lies' after 8-year drug ban

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

As Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang threatens legal action, his rivals celebrate the lengthy suspension

Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer/EPA-EFE

Sun Yang vows to appeal 'unfair' 8-year doping ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:02 PM

'I will fight to the end to defend my legitimate rights and interests,' says world swimming record-holder Sun Yang

Photo by Christian Bruna/EPA-EFE

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

Sjostrom pips Dressel for 1st ISL MVP crown

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:59 PM

'I'm not used to that tough racing that often so it was very good experience to race with that much pressure,' says MVP Sarah Sjostrom

MVP. Swedish Olympian Sarah Sjostrom takes home the MVP plum from the International Swim League finals. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Dressel, Seto clock world records in swim league final

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Caeleb Dressel and Daiya Seto splash to record-breaking performances in the International Swimming League finale

WORLD RECORD. Caeleb Dressel shatters the world record for the men's 50m freestyle. File photo by Ed JONES / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos smash records at SEA Games 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The stellar performance of Filipino athletes leads to multiple shattered records in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Kristina Knott bags the gold for the 200m womens. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jasmine Alkhaldi nails Olympic cut, sets PH swim records thrice

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'This one is a tough race because because all of us were so close, so to get a medal here, I’m very happy,' says Philippine swimming star Jasmine Alkhaldi

OLYMPIC QUEST. Jasmine Alkhaldi moves a step forward to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Rappler screenshot

'More sushi for us': Joseph Schooling makes Olympics cut in SEA Games 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:50 AM

A relieved Joseph Schooling gets the chance to defend his 100m butterfly gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

GOLDEN RETURN. Joseph Schooling looks back and sees that he eclipsed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cut in the 2019 SEA Games men's 100m butterfly.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Joseph Schooling targets Olympics return in SEA Games 2019

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Swimming star Joseph Schooling competes in the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with an Olympic berth on the line

ON THE LINE. Joseph Schooling races in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games for a chance to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

PH swimming relay salvages bronze as Luke Gebbie shatters record

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The women’s 4x200m freestyle team caps Day 2 of the 2019 SEA Games swimming action with a bronze

LONE BRONZE. The Philippine women's 4x200m freestyle relay team ends day 2 on a positive note. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

James Deiparine credits Filipino crowd for record-breaking swim

Dec 05, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'I could really hear the crowd really, really loud. I knew that I was out fast,' Fil-Am swimmer James Deiparine says of his 2019 SEA Games golden performance

GOLDEN BOY. James Deiparine tops the men's 100m breaststroke in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

PH swimmers smash national records in SEA Games opening romp

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:33 AM

National record holders James Deiparine, Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi eclipse their own swimming marks during the Philippines' stellar SEA Games start

POSITIVE NOTE. Remedy Rule sets the Philippine record in women's 200m butterfly. Rappler screenshot

PH swimmer James Deiparine shatters 10-year SEA Games record

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:42 PM

James Deiparine makes history right on the first day of swimming action in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Ateneo swimming overcomes 'roadblocks' to extend UAAP reign

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:16 PM

FAST Ateneo Swimming Team clinches a 6th straight men's title and 3-peat women's championship in UAAP Season 82

DEFYING ODDS. The Ateneo men's swimming team rallies back to edge La Salle for its sixth straight UAAP swimming title. Photo from release

LOOK: PH swimming tests 2019 SEA Games venue

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Pinoy tankers get a chance to swim in the New Clark City Aquatics Center and stay in the Athlete's Village

CAPTIVATING. New Clark City proves that it is able to host an official aquatics event. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Accused Hungarian swimmer allowed to leave South Korea

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Olympic medalist Tamas Kenderesi has been allowed to leave South Korea after paying a fine for 'thoughtlessly touching' a nightclub dancer

DENIAL. Tamas Kenderesi denies allegations of sexual harassment. Photo from Instagram/@tamaskenderesi

Swimming Australia denies cover-up of Jack failed drug test

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Shayna Jack pulled out of the world championship citing 'personal reasons,' but it has been revealed she failed an out-of-competition test and has been suspended

SUSPENDED. Shayna Jack has denied any wrongdoing, claiming she did not take the prohibited substance found in her system knowingly. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP


Dressel treble after nightclub deaths rock world swim championships

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:58 AM

American superstar Caeleb Dressel looks untouchable, but controversies continue to hit the world meet

RECORD-SMASHER. After shattering Michael Phelps’ decade-long record, Caeleb Dressel becomes the first swimmer to capture at least 6 gold medals at two world championships. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'I'm just protecting athletes,' insists China swim star Sun

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Amid the heated podium protests due to doping suspicions, Sun Yang says he has 'nothing to prove' and doesn't deserve the insults from fellow swimmers

Sun Yang. Photo from Twitter/@fina1908

2 dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim meet

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) A 38-year-old and a 27-year-old succumbed to grave injuries after an internal balcony gave away in a South Korea nightclub

Dressel smashes Phelps' 100m butterfly world record

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Another Michael Phelps world record goes down this week as American Caeleb Dressel pulls off an incredible semifinal swim

SMASHING. USA's Caeleb Dressel is on track of at least matching his personal record medal haul in the world championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Phelps hails 'incredible' Milak after losing world record

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Hungarian teen Kristof Milak shatters American legend Michael Phelps' long-standing 200m butterfly record

TEEN TITAN. Nineteen-year-old Kristof Milak celebrates his record-breaking romp in the world championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

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

Philippine Swimming League head Susan Papa dies

May 20, 2019 - 12:42 PM

She was 64

ADVOCATING UNITY. Philippine Swimming League president Susan Papa devotes her time to coaching budding Filipino tankers. Photo by First Tier Media

Davao swimmer Villanueva shatters own Palaro record

May 02, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Juliana Marien Villanueva defends her crown in the secondary girls 800m freestyle

Tankers push PH gold tally to 28 in 2019 Arafura Games Day 3

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:39 PM

All 6 gold medalists from the Philippine swimming team pull off record-breaking feats

SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS. Philippine swimming contributes the most gold medals in the 2019 Arafura Games. Photo from Team Phil Arafura Games 2019 Facebook

Why your tourist brain may try to drown you

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Tourist brain occurs when visual cues in unfamiliar places coax vacationers into taking risks

WRONG NOTION. Recent studies suggest that tourists believe that beach access points and resorts are located adjacent to safe swimming areas, but that isn’t always true. Image from Shutterstock

Former PH swimming head Mark Joseph dies

Mar 07, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Mark Joseph was an active figure in Philippine swimming since 1986

CONTROVERSIAL. Mark Joseph is known for his leadership in the national swimming federation. Photo from Mark Joseph's Facebook

Batang Pinoy: Amoguis sisters make waves in Mindanao leg

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Swimming sisters Liaa Margarette and Lora Micah Amoguis boost Davao City’s medal haul

GOLDEN HAUL. Davao City eyes swimming as a medal source as the Amoguis sisters vie for more mints in other events. Photo from PSC

2019 SEA Games swimming to serve as Olympic qualifier

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:51 PM

FINA approves the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila as an Olympic qualifying meet

OLYMPIAN. Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna hopes to represent the country anew in the world's biggest sporting event. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Philippine Swimming Inc warns member teams of 'other group'

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:02 AM

Only the FINA-recognized swimming body of the Philippines can conduct national tryouts for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Photo from Shutterstock.

Hong Kong domestic helpers get free swimming lessons

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:38 PM

British Simon Holliday sets up 'Splash Foundation,' which offers free swimming lessons for domestic helpers in Hong Kong, including OFWs

This picture taken on September 30, 2018 shows domestic helpers from the Philippines cheering with an instructor during a swimming class provided by the Splash Foundation at a swimming pool in Hong Kong. A charity called Splash offers free swimming lessons for marginalised communities in Hong Kong including refugees.  Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

PH para swim star Ernie Gawilan to get over P4 million bonus

Oct 19, 2018 - 6:33 PM

The Paralympic swimmer emerges as the most bemedalled Filipino in the 2018 Asian Para Games

HISTORIC. Ernie Gawilan sets an Asian Para Games swimming record. Photo by Janet Tenorio/PSC

PH swimmer Nicole Oliva bows out of Youth Olympics

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The 16-year-old fails to secure a medal but her sixth-place finish gives the Philippine swimming team hope for the future

PH caps Asian Para Games campaign with golden spree

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The country hikes its gold medal haul to 10 – a major turnaround from its zero-gold finish in previous editions

CHAMP. Arthus Bucay races his way to a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games. Photo by Janet Tenorio/Philippine Sports Commission


Ernie Gawilan cops 2nd gold in Asian Para Games

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The bemedalled para swimmer continues to make history for the Philippines

GOLDEN MAN. Paralympian Ernie Gawilan adds another gold to the country's medal tally. Photo courtesy of Para Team Philippines chef de mission Kiko Diaz

Ernie Gawilan clinches 1st PH gold in Asian Para Games history

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:45 PM

The Filipino para swimmer immediately opens the country's campaign with a historic gold

FIRST GOLD. Ernie Gawilan clinches the country's first ever gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games. Photo from Ernie Gawilan's Facebook

Cold weather hampers tanker Mojdeh from 4th gold

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Jasmine Mojdeh settles for a silver in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals 12-under 200m breaststroke, on top of her 3 preivous gold medals

PRODIGY. Jasmine Mojdeh claims silver in the girls 12-under 200m breaststroke, her fourth even in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals. File photo by First Tier Media

New target: Beef up athletics, aquatics for 2019 SEA Games

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:00 PM

After the centerpiece sports failed to produce a medal again in the Asian Games, POC president Ricky Vargas says it shouldn't be the case in next year's SEA Games

2019 COMEBACK. (from left to right) Filipino athletes swimmer Roxanne Yu, hurdler Eric Cray, long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang and pole vaulter EJ Obiena will better their Asiad performances in the Manila SEA Games. Photos by Adrian Portugal/Rappler and Asian Games media pool (Yu)

Beef, sushi on menu as Japan's Ikee scoops Asian Games MVP

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Teen swimming sensation Rikako Ikee of Japan becomes the first female athlete to win the Asiad Most Valuable Player award

HISTORIC. Japan’s Rikako Ikee highlights her incredible Asian Games campaign with several records, including becoming the first woman to win six golds at a single Games. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Japan's Ikee captures record 6th Asian Games swim gold

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Rikako Ikee becomes the first woman in any sport to scoop six gold medals at a single Asiad

TEEN TITAN. Japan’s teen star Rikako Ikee edges rival Liu Xiang of China by just a fingertip in the 50m freestyle. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Japan swimmer Ikee seeks Asian Games record haul

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Rikako Ikee continues to stamp her name all over the Asian Games while Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling pulls off a fingertip win

MEDAL CHASE. Japan's Rikako Ikee targets a record sixth Asian Games gold. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

2018 Asian Games: Japan goes from prostitutes to podium

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Japan bags gold medals in swimming after its campaign got rocked by the expulsion of basketball players caught paying for sex

GOLDEN. Japan's men's 4x200m freestyle relay swimmers celebrate their golden finish. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Phelps: Saving a life more important than a gold medal

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps opens up again on his ongoing battle with depression

STRUGGLES. US sports icon Michael Phelps admits he recently ‘went through a scary depression spell’ again. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

LOOK: Michael Phelps congratulates Pinoy Clark Kent

Aug 02, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) The world's most decorated Olympian praises 10-year-old Clark Kent 'Superman' Apuada for smashing his record

FUTURE GREAT. Filipino-American Clark Kent Apuada (left) gets noticed by swimming legend Michael Phelps. Photos from Facebook

Swimmer Ryan Lochte banned 14 months for anti-doping violation

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:18 AM

The 6-time Olympic gold medalist was suspended for 10 months two years ago for claiming he and 3 other US swimmers were robbed in the Rio Games

SIDELINED. Ryan Lochte will miss the US national championships, the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo in August and the 2019 world championships in South Korea. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP


PH tankers haul in best medal tally in 8 years

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The country finishes with 4 gold medals in the 42nd Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships 2018

DELEGATION LEADER. Xiandi Chua banners the Philippine delegation with two gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in all her 5 events. Photo by Roy Chua