Phelps is the only swimmer that has been faster than Sates, a rising star in South Africa, in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 100 fly among 17-18 year-olds.
Yusra Mardini, a native of Syria, has been named to the Refugee Olympic Team for the second time. She will be joined by 28 other athletes in Tokyo.
It has been a roller coaster ride for the Greeks as their qualification status for Tokyo has changed over the past few days.
Ireland has qualified relays for the Olympics for the first time in 49 years. Greece, who put up qualifying times last week, is not on the list of qualfiers.
Teams have been jockeying for the four Wildcard relay qualification places to secure a place at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
The meet, originally scheduled for late August in Kazan, Russia, will be moved to August of 2022 instead, the Russian Federation says.
18-year-old Rebecca Meder hit a near-lifetime best in the 200 IM at 2:12.98, frightening Kathryn Meaklim’s 2009 national record of 2:12.53.
World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom swam her first 100 free since injuring her elbow, posting a 54.90 in prelims this morning.
Dutch national record holder Kira Toussaint posted the quickest prelim time in the women’s 100m back on day 2 of Mare Nostrum in Monaco.
17-year-old Matt Sates dropped 1.48s in the 2IM to hit 1:57.60 in Durban, cracking the top 15 times in the world this season. Sates also hit 51.83 in the 1FL.
Smiles all around as the month of June brings the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, the Australian Swimming Trials and other high-profile meets.
Anastasiya Shkurdai and the Belarusian women twice broke their national record in the 400 Medley Relay on the last day of Euros
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