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2005-07-26 11:10:35

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Grant Hackett, who is chasing an unprecedented sweep of four freestyle titles at the world championships, kept alive his dream Tuesday by booking a spot in his third final. The Australian set the fastest time in the 800m heats to qualify for Wednesday's 16-length final, where he will start as an overwhelming favorite to defend the title he won in Barcelona two years ago. The 25-year-old law student has already won the 400m gold medal in Montreal and...

2005-07-26 07:19:14

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps is on course to capture his second gold medal of the world championships after setting the fastest qualifying time for Tuesday's 200 meters freestyle final. The American enjoyed an opening day of contrasting fortunes Sunday, crashing out of the 400m freestyle heats before bouncing back to win a relay gold that night. He followed up that success by cruising into the 200m final with a slick time of one minute 46.33 seconds Monday. That...

2005-07-25 20:50:08

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Roland Schoeman broke his second world record in 24 hours to win the 50 meters butterfly final on Monday and become the first South African to capture a world swimming championship. The 25-year-old thrashed his way down the Montreal pool in a slick 22.96 seconds to shave 0.05 off the world record he set in Sunday's semi-finals and add a world title to his Olympic gold from Athens last year. "I really didn't expect that," Schoeman said. "To get under...

2005-07-25 13:10:37

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps recovered from his shock failure at the world championships to advance to the semi-finals of the 200 meters freestyle on Monday. The American crashed out of the 400m on Sunday after a lacklustre effort in the heats but there was no repeat when he returned to the pool for the second day of competition. Phelps, who had already made amends for his early exit in the 400m by winning a relay gold on the opening night of the finals, won his...

2005-07-24 22:27:46

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps resurfaced from a rare failure to capture his first gold medal at the world championships on Sunday after his bid to win a record eight titles was sunk in his very first event. Phelps struck gold with his American team mates in the 4x100 meters freestyle relay after he had flopped out of the individual 400m freestyle, failing to make it past the heats. Phelps had been one of the favorites in the 400m but faded so badly at the end of his...

2005-07-24 22:16:11

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Grant Hackett emerged from the long shadow of Ian Thorpe to win the 400 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships on Sunday and enhance his own legendary status. Despite being the second fastest man in history over the distance, Hackett had never won a major international title in the event because of the presence of his Australian team mate. Hackett had finished runner-up to Thorpe at the past three world championships and at last year's...

2005-07-24 23:14:57

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps rebounded from a rare failure to capture his first gold medal at the world championships Sunday after his bid to win a record eight titles had been sunk in his very first event. The American struck gold in the 4x100 meters freestyle relay after he flopped out of the individual 400m freestyle, won by Australian Grant Hackett, who created his own legacy by becoming the first swimmer to win gold medals at four world championships....

2005-07-24 19:11:37

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Grant Hackett led an Australian golden double as the bubble burst for Michael Phelps on a dramatic opening day at the world swimming championships on Sunday. Hackett cruised to victory in the 400 meters freestyle to become the first swimmer to win gold medals at four world championships, as well as drawing first blood in his personal duel with Phelps. The American did strike gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay but his failure to qualify for the...

2005-07-24 02:03:26

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps faces the biggest hurdle in his bid to win a record eight gold medals at the 11th world championships when he lines up against Grant Hackett in the 400 meters freestyle Sunday. Their clash in the opening event of the eight-day swimming program looms as the highlight of the competition and the stakes could not be higher. While American Phelps is striving to better absent Australian Ian Thorpe's record haul of six golds from the 2001...

2005-07-20 20:09:17

By Steve Keating MONTREAL (Reuters) - Diver Laura Ann Wilkinson and long-distance swimmer Chip Peterson claimed gold medals on Wednesday as the United States finally surfaced at the world swimming championships. As the championships entered the fourth day, it looked as if the Americans might have to wait until Michael Phelps and the all-conquering swim team arrived for the start of their events this weekend before the Star Spangled Banner would be heard. However, 17-year-old Peterson got...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.