Lilly King nabs Paris spot, then gets engaged, at US Olympic swim trials

  • Murphy, Smith, Douglass and King all shine at US trials
  • King’s boyfriend proposes on pool deck following race

Katie Douglass won the 200m breaststroke final at the US Olympic trials in Indianapolis on Thursday but second place finisher Lilly King got the ring when her boyfriend proposed on the pool deck immediately after the race.

Douglass, winner of the women’s 100m freestyle on Wednesday, added the 200m breaststroke to her Paris program, getting to wall first in two minutes, 19.46 seconds at Lucas Oil Stadium, more than two seconds clear of King.

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French swimmer books Olympics spot then dislocates shoulder celebrating

  • Rafael Fente-Damers hurt shoulder after slapping water
  • Maxime Grousset: ‘He’s a bit crazy, that’s why he’s good’

Rafael Fente-Damers booked his ticket to the Paris Olympics with a second-placed finish in the 100m freestyle final at the French Olympic trials on Tuesday but the teenager’s exuberant celebrations came at a cost as he injured a shoulder.

Fente-Damers, who also earned a spot on France’s 4x100m relay team after finishing behind Maxime Grousset in Chartres, recorded a personal best of 48.14 seconds, beating the Olympic qualifying time of 48.34.

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Ledecky wins 200m freestyle at US Olympic trials with best events to come

  • Ryan Murphy and Lilly King book places at Paris 2024
  • Ledecky still has 800m and 1500 freestyle to come

It was a night for familiar names at the US Olympic swimming trials. Backstroke star Ryan Murphy is headed to his third Olympics. So is breaststroke queen Lilly King. And the most prominent name of all, Katie Ledecky, locked up a second individual race in Paris. Then there is Katie Grimes, who will swim indoors and outdoors at this year’s Summer Games.

In a hectic session featuring five finals, Ledecky made it two-for-two in Indy by touching first in the 200m freestyle on Monday. Having already won the 400m freestyle on the opening night of the trials, Ledecky showed her speed on the final lap to take the victory in 1min 55.22sec.

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Cate Campbell and Cody Simpson miss out on Paris Olympics swim spots

  • Forty-one-strong Dolphins team named for the Games
  • Campbell: ‘I can leave the pool with peace and with love’

Cate Campbell wished for the fairytale ending, but says her illustrious Olympic career finishes in peace and with love. The four-time gold medallist has failed in her bid to become the first Australian to swim at five Olympics. “By God, I gave it a really good crack,” Campbell said.

On a Saturday night when pop star turned swimmer Cody Simpson also missed selection for the Paris Olympics, Campbell was seventh in the women’s 50m freestyle at Australia’s trials in Brisbane. Campbell, after missing qualifying for the 100m freestyle final by one-hundredth of a second on Friday night, ends her Olympic career with four gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

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Kaylee McKeown just misses out on new 200m backstroke world record

  • Queenslander falls 0.16 seconds short at Olympic trials
  • She will go head-to-head with USA’s Regan Smith in Paris

Kaylee McKeown said she was just pleased to be performing well after narrowly missing another world record at Australia’s Olympic swimming trials.

McKeown was within 0.16 seconds of her own 200m backstroke world record in Brisbane on Thursday night, when Kyle Chalmers secured selection for a third Olympics by winning the men’s 100m freestyle.

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Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas out of Olympics after losing legal battle

  • Athlete said rules were ‘invalid and unlawful’
  • World Aquatics: ‘Major step to protect women’s sport’

The US swimmer Lia Thomas, who rose to global prominence after becoming the first transgender athlete to win a NCAA college title in March 2022, has lost a legal case against World Aquatics at the court of arbitration for sport – and with it any hopes of making next month’s Paris Olympics.

The 25-year-old also remains barred from swimming in the female category after failing to overturn rules introduced by swimming’s governing body in the summer of 2022, which prohibit anyone who has undergone “any part of male puberty” from the female category.

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Ariarne Titmus breaks 200m freestyle world record in ominous Olympics warning

  • Australian edges Mollie O’Callaghan at trials in Brisbane
  • Time of 1:52.23 betters O’Callaghan’s previous benchmark

Ariarne Titmus says breaking the 200m freestyle world record is a bonus from her unparalleled duel in the pool with compatriot Mollie O’Callaghan. Titmus took the record from O’Callaghan in a stunning battle on Wednesday night at Australia’s Olympic swimming selection trials in Brisbane.

The 23-year-old clocked one minute 52.23 seconds, bettering O’Callaghan’s benchmark of 1:52.85 set at last year’s world championships. O’Callaghan also eclipsed her previous mark, finishing in 1:52.48 – the second-fastest time in history.

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