At the World Aquatics Championships, which begin this weekend in Russia, men will be competing in synchronised swimming for the first time. Men were a part of the sport at its inception, but until now they have always been barred from competing at the highest level. Will the door to the Olympics open next? There is nothing in the world that can prevent 25 July from being the best day in Bill May's life. Many already count May as one of the world's great synchronised swimmers. Next weekend, 11 years after he retired, he will get his chance to prove it.
Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below. Just click on the icons to get to the download page. At the Asian Games, the two major countries - China and Japan - have been competing with each other in a friendly and fierce atmosphere. One of the most important competing events between both nations is swimming.
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Michael Gunning says it with his trademark wink and smile, but there's a word he keeps coming back to in a more serious tone - "lucky". A year-old former Great Britain swimmer, Gunning now competes for Jamaica after switching in He is one of very few black athletes in a traditionally white-dominated environment, and says he feels "lucky" to be competing at the highest level in the sport he loves. He feels "lucky" too, he says, to have experienced what he calls "only a little" discrimination en route to the top.
For the casual observer, swimmers might seem like a bizarre lot. Here are 10 things that non-swimmers will never understand about swimming. People that will never know the shared misery of Hell Week. Or of spending long hours, soggy from a weekend of racing, in the back of a coach bus with some of your best friends. For those of your friends who have a hard time with arithmetic, this one will particularly jar their noggin.