‘Tiger mum’ furious son shamed over girl’s swimsuit amid scrutiny of abuse in swimming

  • Monika Zwolsman denies allegations her son was bullied
  • Swimming Australia board to meet over claims of sexist culture

A report that a teenage boy was allegedly forced by a coach to wear a women’s swimsuit as punishment has been denied by his mother, as scrutiny over swimming in Australia intensifies following allegations of abuse in the sport.

Monica Zwolsman responded to a report earlier this week that alleged her son, Soren, had been forced to wear the women’s swimmers two years ago as part of a “humiliating ritual” during a training session.

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Ariarne Titmus goes close to breaking one of swimming’s longest standing records

  • Australian swims second-fastest 200m freestyle of all time
  • Good form of top swimmers continues at Olympic trials

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus confirmed she is one to watch at the Tokyo Olympics by swimming the second fastest women’s 200m freestyle ever on Monday, a day after setting the second quickest 400m freestyle of all time.

Her 200m time of 1:53.09 at the Australian Olympic trials was just 0.11 seconds outside Federica Pellegrini’s longstanding world record, set in a super-suit in 2009. Titmus’s mark set a new Commonwealth record, as did her 3:56.90 in the 400m on Sunday.

Related: Swimming Australia’s ethics committee meets over allegations of abuse

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Swimming Australia’s ethics committee meets over allegations of abuse

  • Meeting follows Maddie Groves’ accusations of misogyny
  • All-female SA panel to conduct separate investigation

Swimming Australia’s ethics committee is meeting to discuss “concerning” details of fat-shaming and an abusive culture in the sport.

SA’s ethics and integrity committee will convene on Monday as fallout continues from swimmer Maddie Groves’ accusations of misogyny at elite levels.

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Mack Horton’s Olympic title defence turns to dust after flop in Adelaide

  • Horton finishes third in 400m freestyle selection trials
  • Emma McKeon breaks own 100m butterfly national record

Mack Horton won’t defend his Olympic 400m freestyle title in Tokyo after failing to make the Australian team for the event.

Horton finished third in the final at Australia’s selection trials in Adelaide on Saturday night. Only the top two - Elihaj Winnington and Jack McLoughlin - earned selection for next month’s Tokyo Olympics.

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Ryan Lochte: ‘I was headed to a dark, dark place’

The second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history became a global symbol of privilege in Rio en route to rock bottom. Now the 36-year-old father of two will try to reach a fifth Games

It’s been a roller-coaster five years for Ryan Lochte, even accounting for the ample fluctuations of a celebrity athlete whose nearly two decades in the public eye have been defined by in-water excellence measured against self-sabotage out of it. The second-most decorated men’s swimmer in Olympic history has married and become a father of two. He’s also been branded as a global symbol of privilege after an eponymous Rio Olympics scandal where he lied about being robbed at gunpoint, served two lengthy suspensions and admitted himself to rehab for alcohol addiction after one TMZ headline too many. Peaks and troughs, as they say.

Yet through all the tumult, Lochte has never meaningfully wavered in his goal of swimming in a fifth Olympics. And when the US swimming trials begin on Friday in Omaha, the 36-year-old will attempt to make it a reality. His best chance is expected to come on Sunday night in the 200m individual medley, the event where he set a world record nearly a decade ago that stands today. Should he earn a spot on the US team for Tokyo, he will become the oldest American male swimmer to ever compete at an Olympics.

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