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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

Kyrgios reignites 'racist' feud with Dawn Fraser

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The pair of Australians had a row in 2015 following the tennis player's behavior in Wimbledon

BITTER FOES. Nick Kyrgios still accuses Dawn Fraser of being racist when she was recognized by the Queen. Photo from Facebook (Kyrgios) and William West/AFP (Fraser)

LOOK: Borja, Corpuz blow past field in 2018 IronKids

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Kids aged 6 to 14 endure the searing heat in the annual swim-run event

Olympian sues USA Swimming alleging sex abuse cover-up

May 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

It is written in the lawsuit that 'no one did anything to protect plaintiff as a minor from inappropriate grooming and ultimate molestation'

#TIMESUP. Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith takes further action after opening up about her sexual abuse story. Photo from Twitter (@ArianaKukors)

Ledecky smashes own 1,500m freestyle world record in pro debut

May 17, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The 21-year-old American swimmer now owns the 8 fastest times in history in the event

FAMILIAR FEELING. Olympian Katie Ledecky, who competed in the NCAA collegiate championships two months ago, says turning professional feels no different. File photo by AFP

Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

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

Record-smashers hit 17 as Palaro 2018 nears final stretch

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:10 PM

NCR swimmers lead pack, Kasandra Alcantara erases 26-year-old shot put mark

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

Swimming icon Michael Phelps overjoyed to announce new baby

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

The Phelps family welcomes Beckett Richard Phelps to the world

WELCOME. Michael Phelps posts a photo of his wife Nicole and first born Boomer holding the newest addition to the Phelps family, Beckett. Photo from Instagram (@m_phelps00)

Phelps opens up about battling anxiety, depression

Jan 20, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Phelps says that there is a need to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness

DEPRESSION. Michael Phelps tells the public that he had contemplated on suicide after the 2012 London Olympics. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

2017 dynasties in UAAP Sports

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Get to know the UAAP Sports teams who are establishing an era of excellence

Ateneo honors its UAAP Season 80 champions with bonfire party

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:18 PM

While the celebrations were for teams of all sports, the men’s basketball team was the focus of the annual party

ONE BIG FIGHT. The Ateneo community comes together to celebrate with their champion teams. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

WATCH: Ateneo UAAP S80 first sem champion teams light bonfire

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The Ateneo community celebrates the glory of their champion teams of the first half of UAAP Season 80

BONFIRE.The Ateneo de Manila University community holds a bonfire party to celebrate its UAAP teams' successes in the first semester of the league. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

UC, Unit 5 rule Cebu City Olympics 2017

Nov 26, 2017 - 1:01 PM

A total of 5 records are broken in the swimming events of the Cebu City Olympics

CELEBRATORY. Opening ceremonies of the Cebu City Olympics at the Cebu City Sports Cente. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Dressel, Ledecky scoop top U.S. swimming awards

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky are USA Swimming's top male and female athletes for 2017

GOLDEN GOGGLES. World championship swimmers Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel bag the highest honors of the Golden Goggles awards. Photo from Wikipedia commons and Twitter (@caelebdressel)

Rappler Talk Sports: UAAP Season 80 Swimming champs FAST Ateneo Swim Team

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Kirsten Chloe Daos, Jessie Lacuna, and Miguel Barlisan drop by the office to share the journey of FAST Ateneo Swimming Team this UAAP Season 80

Olympic champion Ervin kneels during U.S. anthem

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Veteran US national swimmer Anthony Ervin took a knee after anchoring the team in the mixed 200m medley relay

ANCHOR'S PROTEST. Mixed medly relay anchor Anthony Ervin is the first swimmer to kneel down during the U.S. national anthem. Photo from Facebook.

PH nabs golds in ASEAN Para Games swimming, cycling

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Philippine Swimming adds 2 golds and 1 bronze, while Cycling bags their first gold

SWIMMING GOLD. Ernie Gawilan defended his title in the 400 m freestyle S8 event after registering 4:57.49 on the board.

Deiparine and Alkhaldi close SEAG 2017 swimming with two more medals

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Philippine swimming ends their campaign in the 2017 SEA Games with a total of 7 medals

THE END. James Deiparine hauls in Philippine Swimming's last medal of the 2017 SEA Games. Screenshot from livestream.

Vietnam's 'Little Mermaid' splashes to 7 SEA Games golds

Aug 25, 2017 - 11:20 PM

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien clinches a swimming double winning the women s 200m individual medley by nearly 5 seconds

QUEEN OF THE POOL. Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, a shy 20-year-old, ruled the pool at the SEA Games. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Jasmine Alkhaldi splashes with 3 bronze medals in SEAG swimming

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Jasmine Alkhaldi beats her personal best in the Women s 100m freestyle with a time of 55 90

DEFENSE. Jasmine Alkhaldi defends her bronze medal finishes from the 2015 SEA Games in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly events. Screenshot from livestream

PH swimmer Roxanne Yu bags 200m backstroke bronze in SEA Games

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Yu ends her 2017 SEA Games campaign with one bronze medal in the Women s 200m Backstroke

FIRST BRONZE. Roxanne Yu (Right) defends her place from last 2015 SEA Games' podium finish in the Women's 200m Backstroke. Screenshot from livestream

Schooling banishes 'rough summer' with easy win at 2017 SEA Games

Aug 21, 2017 - 10:28 PM

Joseph Schooling breaks the 2015 SEA Games record with a time of 23 06 seconds in the 50m butterfly tourney

Swim star Schooling 'really sorry' for Malaysia jibe

Aug 19, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The Singaporean Olympic star s unguarded comments – he initially promised to teach the Malaysians a thing or two – has made him a target of Malaysian fans

Schooling downplays Malaysia comments after online furor

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Joseph Schooling s comment triggers anger online especially in Malaysia which has a historically prickly relationship with Singapore

Cobra Ironman 70.3 organizers to assist family of dead competitor

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Sunrise Events Inc will assist the family of Eric Nadal Mediavillo who died of cardiac arrest during the swim leg of this year s Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70 3 Philippines competition in Cebu

TRAGEDY. A triathlete in the 45-49 age category died tragically during the swim leg of the race. File photo from the Cobra Ironman Facebook

Ledecky wins 13th gold as USA rule world pool

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:06 AM

Team USA rules the pool at the world championships as Katie Ledecky wins her fourth gold in Budapest

POWERHOUSE. Katie Ledecky led the USA to the women's 4x200m freestyle title with a powerful anchor leg to win her fourth gold medal in the Hungarian capital and the 13th world title of her career. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

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 loses race against great white shark, sort of

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The filmmakers use special effects to make it look as though Michael Phelps is racing alongside the 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

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

PH swimmers take home 6 golds in Asean School Games

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Bhay Newberry bags two gold medals in the Asean School Games

GOLDEN GIRL. Bhay Newberry dominates in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events. Photo from Newberry's Facebook

Brazil court dismisses lying charges against swimmer Ryan Lochte

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:19 AM

Prosecutors can appeal the ruling and Lochte still faces other charges in Brazil

OLYMPIC EMBARRASSMENT. Ryan Lochte had been suspended for 10 months over a night of revelry gone wrong in Brazil. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Another promising roster for PH swimming at 2017 SEA Games

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Jessie Lacuna Jasmine Alkhaldi Roxanne Yu James Deiparine Nicole Oliva Maria Aresa Lipat Nicole Pamintuan and Rosalee Santa Ana will represent the Philippines

Photo courtesy of John Oranga/The GUIDON

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