Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the short course 50m and 100m breaststroke events at the London leg of the International Swimming League on the weekend.

Alia Atkinson won the 50m breaststroke and was second in the 100m on her debut in the International Swimming League on the weekend.

Four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson said having her family present made Friday’s induction into the Texas A&M Lettermen's Association's Hall of Fame Class of 2019 made the occasion even more special.

Sun Yang will receive the rare public hearing he requested when the World Anti-Doping Agency challenges a decision not to punish the Chinese swimmer for his behaviour towards drug testers.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday that the case involving Sun had been postponed beyond its anticipated September date, citing unexpected personal circumstances involving one of the parties.

Lausanne-based CAS said the hearing was now unlikely to begin until November at the earliest, with Sun granted his wish for the hearing to be held in the open, the first case at the court to take place under those circumstances for 20 years.

WADA has questioned a decision by swimming's global governing body FINA not to punish Sun over allegations stemming from a visit to his home by out-of-competition testers in September 2018.

The 27-year-old, who served a three-month ban for a doping offence in 2014, denies all wrongdoing relating to the 2018 claims.

CAS said on Tuesday: "At the parties' request, the hearing, which will likely take place in Switzerland, will be open to the public (including the media)."

Its statement added: "This will be the second time in the history of CAS that a hearing is held in public. The first public hearing, which took place in 1999, was also related to the sport of swimming, in the matter Michelle Smith De Bruin v FINA."

Rival swimmers Duncan Scott and Mack Horton refused to stand on a podium with Sun at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju in July, when Sun won gold in the 200 metres and 400m freestyle.

Horton and Scott were warned about their actions by FINA, which also rebuked Sun after he launched an angry tirade at Scott in which he appeared to call him "a loser".

With three gold medals already in the bag from the Japan and China legs of the 2019 FINA World Cup Tour, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson added a couple more at the Singapore leg this past weekend.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took the gold medal in her pet event, the 50m breaststroke at the opening leg of the FINA World Cup in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.

Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom’s silver medal in the 1-metre springboard event at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru may not have been a complete surprise, but the dive he used to get him on the podium was.

Knight-Wisdom, posted a video of a backward triple from the three-metre diving board, saying it was crazy to think this was his worst dive in the not-too-distant past.

“Can we just take a minute to appreciate that his used to be my worst dive on 3M,” said Knight-Wisdom.

The dive gave Knight-Wisdom 81.6 points on the 1-metre board, with one judge scoring it as a nine.

Those points went a long way to helping Knight-Wisdom, Jamaica’s first Olympic diver, to 429.90 overall points and a silver medal.

“Someone tell me how that’s possible please,” said Knight-Wisdom, who takes on the 3-metre event today.

Knight-Wisdom received congratulations from the Jamaica Olympic Association and minister of sport, Olivia Grange.

Grange said: Yona himself said his silver medal was a fitting gift for Jamaica on Emancipation Day and on behalf of the nation I wish to thank him for his historic performance.”

Knight-Wisdom is the first diver to ever win a medal at the Pan Am games for Jamaica.

Another medal came Jamaica’s way at the Pan Am games through an unlikely source, as super heavyweight boxer, one of the few from the island, Ricardo Brown, mined bronze.

This wasn’t the first-ever for Jamaica, but it is the first in 16 years.

The Jamaica Olympic Association and Jamaican trainer Dewith Frazer, were credited with helping to achieve the feat, as the two came together to put on a one-month training camp for Brown in the United States that went a long way to making him more prepared.

"At that gym, Ricardo was able to work with boxers in his weight class and this helped him a great deal because in Jamaica there is a scarcity of boxers in that weight category,” said Leroy Brown, Jamaica Boxing Board General Secretary.

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has vowed to clear her name after testing positive for a banned substance prior to the World Championships.

Jack, a 4x100 metres freestyle relay gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games last year, returned an adverse result for muscle growth agent Ligandrol on June 26, prompting Swimming Australia to provisionally suspend her and fly her home from South Korea.

The B sample also proved positive, meaning the 20-year-old could potentially face a four-year ban from the sport.

Jack has maintained her innocence throughout and says the adverse finding "just doesn't make any sense".

Speaking after a four-hour meeting with officials from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, she said it was a mystery how the substance got into her system.

"It's still an ongoing investigation so we can't clear that with anyone at the moment," she stated. "We're still looking into it but we're not going to leave any stone unturned.

"I'm really happy with how everything is going and I'm not going to stop until I prove my innocence.

"I will fight to get back into the pool because that's my dream and I'm never going to let that go."

In an Instagram post, Jack also discussed the impact the situation has had on her.

She wrote: "I feel a sense of emptiness. I think of what I have worked so hard for all being taken away from me, and I had done nothing wrong.

"Ever since I was 10 years old, I have wanted to be on the Australian swim team, to represent my country. I never swam for the medals; they were always an added bonus. I swam for the feeling you get when you stand behind the blocks in a gold cap. The feeling you get when you race in a relay with a group of amazing women and feel a sense of purpose and success.

"I pride myself on being the woman that young girls look up to and want to be like, not for the medals I win, but for the way I present myself day in, day out, around the pool and in everyday life.

"Now I feel like that can all be taken away because of some sort of contamination; no athlete is safe from the risks of contamination.

"Reminding myself of why I swim and why I want to be in the Australian team is what has kept me fighting. The day I found out was the day I began my fight to prove my innocence.

"Myself, along with my lawyer, management team, doctor and family have been working continuously to not only prove my innocence but to try to find out how this substance has come into contact with me, to ensure it doesn't happen to anyone else, as I wouldn't wish this experience on my worst enemy.

"Every day I wake up and have a rollercoaster of a day. Some days I am okay and others I am not.

"This will be an ongoing challenge, not only with trying to prove my innocence to ensure I can get back to training for the dream I have had since I was a little girl, but also the challenge of facing judgement from people who don't know me; people who will just assume the worst."

Jack also claimed two silver medals and two bronze in relay events at the 2017 World Championships.

Lilly King collected her third and fourth gold medals of the 2019 World Championships, the swimmer also helping the United States set a relay world record.

King had suffered disqualification in the 200metres breaststroke but somewhat made amends by defending her 50m world title on the final day of competition on Sunday.

The American held off a strong challenge from Benedetta Pilato - the 14-year-old Italian prodigy taking silver - to become only the second woman to win the event at successive world championships.

"I was planning to be racing every day this week so it kinda changed up training plans and things like that," King said of her 200m DQ. "But other than that I was just trying to move on and refocus my energy on the 50."

King then played a key role as Team USA claimed glory in the 4x100m medley relay, 200m champion Regan Smith getting them off to a flyer with her world-record split allowing Simone Manuel to ease home and knock a second off the race's world record.

Manuel also added 50m free gold to the 100m title she claimed earlier, beating defending champion Sarah Sjostrom into second with the bronze medal going to Cate Campbell.

Sjostrom was named the best female swimmer of the meet regardless with the male award going to Caeleb Dressel, whose USA team were beaten in the men's 4x100m medley relay.

Gold in that event went to Great Britain, for whom Duncan Scott and Adam Peaty starred with their rapid legs helping to set a new European record.

Daiya Seto became the 400m individual medley world champion with the Japanese now out to impress at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"I was very scared [of being caught]," said Seto, who also took 200m individual medley gold at the meet. "But I want to win - I want to be Olympic champion next year. The 400 is my main event. I enjoy it, but [it's] very hard."

Katinka Hosszu maintained her dominance in the 400m individual medley, becoming a five-time world champion of that race, while two-time 1500m freestyle winner Gregorio Paltrinieri was beaten by Germany's Florian Wellbrock.

Zane Waddell was a surprise gold medal winner in the 50m backstroke as world record holder Kliment Kolesnikov could only take bronze behind fellow Russian Evgeny Rylov.

Caeleb Dressel grabbed a hat-trick of gold medals and normal service was resumed for Katie Ledecky on a great day for American swimmers at the World Aquatic Championships.

Dressel took his medal tally for the competition to seven - all but one being gold - and also played his part in the USA setting a world record in the 4x100m mixed freestyle relay in Gwangju on Saturday.

The 22-year-old was crowned 50m freestyle champion with a championship-record time of 21.04 seconds, as Bruno Fratus of Brazil and Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece shared the silver medal.

Dressel was too quick for his rivals again in the 100m butterfly final, missing out on bettering the new world record he set on Friday, but taking gold in a time of 49.66.

Hungary's Kristof Milak could only finish fourth three days on from setting a new world record in the 200m fly, with Andrei Minakov taking silver for Russia and Chad le Clos of South Africa earning bronze.

Dressel, Simone Manuel, Mallory Comerford and Zach Apple then combined to put their names in the record books with a world-record relay victory, triumphing in 3:19.40 ahead of Australia and France. 

Ledecky withdrew from the 200m freestyle due to illness after having to settle for 400m freestyle silver, but the 22-year-old great retained her 800m freestyle crown on the penultimate day of competition in South Korea.

Regan Smith also did team USA proud, winning the 200m backstroke title on a day in which Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom was the only non-American gold-medal winner - touching the wall first in the 50m butterfly.

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack was pulled out of the World Aquatics Championships after testing positive for a banned substance, it has emerged.

The 20-year-old, who was a 4x100 metres freestyle relay gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games last year, returned an adverse result on June 26, Swimming Australia said.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) test took place out of competition and Swimming Australia imposed a provisional suspension of Jack.

She was flown home from a team training camp in Japan and cut from Australia's squad, announcing on July 14 she was withdrawing from the World Championships in Gwangju for "personal reasons".

Details of the substance in question have not been disclosed.

Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell said: "As you would expect we are bitterly disappointed with allegations a swimmer has a prohibited substance in her system although it is important to point out that the matter is yet to be determined. We will continue to provide appropriate support for Shayna."

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a picture can not describe the amount of pain and vulnerability I am feeling right now. It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system. I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career. Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body. I would appreciate if you respect my privacy as this is very hard for me to cope with

A post shared by Shayna Jack (@shayna_jack) on Jul 27, 2019 at 1:06am PDT

Jack, who won two silver medals and two bronze in relay events at the 2017 World Championships, posted a stern-faced picture of herself on Instagram, with the caption: "They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a picture can not describe the amount of pain and vulnerability I am feeling right now."

She said she felt "great sadness and heartache" and added: "I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career.

"Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body."

Athletes competing at the World Aquatics Championships were among those to suffer injuries after an internal balcony collapsed inside a nightclub in South Korea.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday in Gwangju at a venue close to the athletes' village, as confirmed by the local fire department.

Local reports said two people died in the collapse and that neither was an athlete.

USA Water Polo said in a statement on their website that a "handful" of their athletes suffered non-life-threatening injuries while out celebrating the women's team winning the gold medal.

Kaleigh Gilchrist underwent surgery after suffering what was described as a "deep laceration", while Paige Hauschild (right arm) and Johnny Hooper (left hand) required stitches for cuts. Ben Hallock, meanwhile, had "minor scrapes" to his legs.

New Zealand Water Polo announced all members of its squad, including management, were safe and accounted for, with two athletes suffering minor injuries.

Water Polo Australia said: "Water Polo Australia can confirm that members of the Australian women's water polo team were celebrating their world championship bronze medal win at an establishment in Gwangju, South Korea last night when part of the balcony collapsed. All Australian players are safe and uninjured."

FINA, the world aquatics governing body, said it would "activate all measures" to offer assistance to those involved.

"FINA has been informed that an unfortunate accident occurred in the early hours of July 27, 2019 in a facility next to the athletes' village of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju," a statement read.

"As some championships participants were present at the moment of the accident, FINA is carefully monitoring the situation and will activate all measures to ensure health care and assistance is provided whenever necessary.

"FINA deeply regrets the situation and sends its best wishes to any victims of this accident."

Gwangju is hosting the 18th edition of the championships, which feature swimming, water polo and diving. The final day of competition is on Sunday.

Three world records were broken in stunning fashion in the pool at the World Aquatics Championships on Friday as Anton Chupkov took the men's 200 metre breaststroke gold.

Chupkov, Regan Smith and Caeleb Dressel all set new marks, but it was the Russian who delivered in a final, denying holders of the previously shared world record Matthew Wilson and Ippei Watanabe.

Wilson and Watanabe looked set to battle out for the title until Chupkov emerged at the last, coming home in two minutes and 6.12 seconds.

That was the penultimate race of the night and there was more drama still to come, with Australia just edging the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Great Britain led at 700m but missed out on the podium altogether, with Russia second and United States third as five teams tussled all the way.

The semi-finals of the women's 200m backstroke and the men's 100m butterfly were far less evenly matched, however.

Smith touched in 2:03.35 to take the backstroke record, shattering Missy Franklin's best from the 2012 Olympics by almost 0.7 seconds.

Franklin only had praise for 17-year-old Smith, sending her a message on Twitter.

"Well dear friend, we had a great run," she wrote.

"Seven years and I couldn't be more honoured to have my 200 back world record broken by @reganesmith4, one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I've ever known.

"Keeping this world record with an American flag by it means everything. I was truly blown away watching Regan swim a 2:03.3 (yes, I typed that right) and absolutely smash it.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again. People will forget your times, they'll forget the colour of your medals, but they will never, ever forget how you made them feel.

"I truly couldn't be happier seeing my world record go to someone who I believe at the bottom of my heart is one of the greatest inspirations and kindest humans in the world.

"Congrats my dear @reganesmith4. Thank you. For sharing your gift with us. You're beyond a joy to watch."

Another USA great also lost their record to a compatriot as Michael Phelps saw a best topped, with Dressel going 49.50.

More American success came through Simone Manuel, who followed up victories at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 championships with another gold in the 100m freestyle.

Yuliya Efimova, in the women's 200m breaststroke, and Evgeny Rylov, in the men's 200m backstroke, similarly defended their titles.

Caeleb Dressel defended his 100 metres freestyle gold with a superb performance at the World Aquatics Championship on Thursday.

The American held off Australia's Kyle Chalmers to win in a time of 49.96 seconds - the fastest by a swimmer in a textile suit and just 0.05 off the world record.

The 22-year-old, who won seven gold medals at the championships in 2017, claimed the 50m freestyle earlier this week and was part of the United States' victorious 4x100m freestyle relay team.

"It's very exciting," he said. "I know I was just off the world record. Really the goal was just to swim the best race that I could.

"I am extremely happy with it and it took 100 per cent effort and I had someone right there on my tail for me to race, and kind of shut off thinking about the race and just think about racing.

"It helped a lot having Kyle right there. To see it pop up on the scoreboard was pretty special."

Thursday saw a return to action in Gwangju for Katie Ledecky, who withdrew from the 200m freestyle due to illness this week.

The five-time Olympic champion produced a strong swim but could not drive USA to victory in the 4x200m relay, as Emma McKeon's storming last leg saw Australia claim gold in a world-record time of 7:41.50. The US quartet took silver.

Daiya Seto, who came second in the 200m butterfly on Wednesday as Kristof Milak broke Michael Phelps' world record, won Japan's first gold in the men's 200m individual medley ahead of Jeremy Desplanches and defending champion Chase Kalisz.

American Olivia Smoliga sprang a surprise, winning the women's 50m backstroke final in 27.33, ahead of 2017 champion Etiene Medeiros.

The 24-year-old Smoliga is already preparing for a challenge at next year's Olympics after benefiting from some simple lifestyle changes.

"I'm just glad it's all coming together going into 2020," she said. "I'm just eating a little bit healthier, little things like that. Not eating fast food or staying up late."

Hungarian Boglarka Kapas produced the shock of the day, though, winning the women's 200m butterfly final in a race in which the top six were separated by just 0.9 seconds.

A frustrated Michael Phelps praised Kristof Milak for an "incredible" swim after the Hungarian smashed the American great's 200 metres butterfly world record on Wednesday.

Teenager Milak won the final at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju with a time of one minute and 50.73 seconds, breaking the record of 1:51.51 set by Phelps in 2009.

Milak described it as a "tremendous honour" to beat a time set by a man who amassed a record 23 Olympic gold medals and had held the world-leading time in the butterfly event for 18 years, having become the youngest male to break a swimming world record as a 15-year-old in March 2001.

Milak's time was all the more impressive as he trailed Chad le Clos at the 50m and 100m marks before storming through the second half of the race to beat the South African, who finished third, and silver medallist Daiya Seto.

"As frustrated as I am to see that record go down, I couldn't be happier to see how he did it," the now-retired Phelps told the New York Times. "That kid's last 100 [metres] was incredible. He put together a great 200 fly from start to finish.

"It happened because there was a kid who wanted to do it, who dreamed of doing it, who figured out what it would take to do it, who worked on his technique until it was beautiful and who put in the really, really hard work that it takes to do it. My hat's off to him."

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