Five potentially mouthwatering races at World Swimming Championships
Five potentially mouthwatering races at World Swimming Championships

Ahead of the world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, from August 2-9, here are five races to look out for in the pool at the Kazan Arena Stadium:

Michelle Obama to declare Special Olympics open
Michelle Obama to declare Special Olympics open

Honorary co-chair of Special Olympics World Games (SOWG) and US First Lady Michelle Obama has confirmed her attendance at Saturday's opening ceremony.

Chad Le Clos begins Olympic gold bid in Kazan
Chad Le Clos begins Olympic gold bid in Kazan

Chad Le Clos knows he is under the pressure of expectation.

It happens every time he hits the pool deck. 

Maana Patel, 15-year-old national swimming champion targets 2016 Rio Olympics
Maana Patel, 15-year-old national swimming champion targets 2016 Rio Olympics

Swimming is still in a nascent stage in India. But this aquatic sports is likely to make big splash in India, if a certain Maana Patel sees her dream translate into reality. The young swimmer is targeting a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Star swimmer Sun Yang almost back to peak, says coach

 Chinese Olympic and world swimming champion Sun Yang is back in shape as he gears up for the World Championships to be held between July 24 and August 9 in Kazan, Russia.

China`s Sun Yang set for four events in Kazan
China`s Sun Yang set for four events in Kazan

China`s controversial Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang will probably compete in four events at the world championships starting in Russia this week, a report said Monday, a year after a secret three-month doping ban.

Costly slip rules Kosuke Hagino out of world championships
Costly slip rules Kosuke Hagino out of world championships

Japan`s Olympic bronze medallist Kosuke Hagino has been ruled out of the world swimming championships in Russia after slipping on his way to training and fracturing his elbow, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

Michael Phelps wins again at Santa Clara Pro Swim
Michael Phelps wins again at Santa Clara Pro Swim

Olympic great Michael Phelps won the 200m individual medley at the Santa Clara Pro Swim on Sunday for his second victory in as many nights.

Michael Phelps wins 200m fly at Santa Clara
Michael Phelps wins 200m fly at Santa Clara

Olympic superstar Michael Phelps, who admitted this week he`s fed up with losing in a comeback aimed at the 2016 Olympics, won the 200m butterfly on Saturday at the Santa Clara Pro Swim.

Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin finish third at Santa Clara
Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin finish third at Santa Clara

Olympic legend Michael Phelps and 2012 London Olympic star Missy Franklin each finished third Friday in the 200-meter freestyle in their opening events at a US Pro Swim Series meet.

More frustration for Michael Phelps in Charlotte
More frustration for Michael Phelps in Charlotte

Michael Phelps had set his sights on testing himself against Ryan Lochte on the final day of competition at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.

In the end he was not even fast enough to make the same finals as his rival.

Michael Phelps relegated to seventh in 200m fly return
Michael Phelps relegated to seventh in 200m fly return

Michael Phelps made a less than impressive return to the 200m butterfly on Saturday, finishing seventh at the Charlotte Pro Swim more than three seconds behind winner Chase Kalisz.

Double disappointment for sluggish Michael Phelps
Double disappointment for sluggish Michael Phelps

Olympic legend Michael Phelps failed to make the 200-meter freestyle final and had to settle for third in the 100m butterfly at a Pro Swim Series meet on Friday.

Michael Phelps to follow coach Bob Bowman to Arizona
Michael Phelps to follow coach Bob Bowman to Arizona

Olympic legend Michael Phelps says he will stick with his long-term coach Bob Bowman, who last week was named Arizona State University`s (ASU) swimming coach.

Michael Phelps caps comeback meet with storming 100m freestyle win
Michael Phelps caps comeback meet with storming 100m freestyle win

Olympic superstar Michael Phelps`s legendary racing instincts kicked in Saturday as he capped his latest comeback meet with a storming 100m freestyle win.

Katie Ledecky keeps US flag flying with Michael Phelps on sidelines
Katie Ledecky keeps US flag flying with Michael Phelps on sidelines

With Michael Phelps taking the night off, Katie Ledecky flew the US flag at the Mesa Pro Series swimming meeting Friday with a sizzling 400m freestyle victory.

Michael Phelps wins on return, could get world champs invite
Michael Phelps wins on return, could get world champs invite

Olympic legend Michael Phelps beat his longtime rival Ryan Lochte in his return from a six month ban and found out he could get a special invitation to the world championships.

Michael Phelps glad to be back after 100m butterfly win
Michael Phelps glad to be back after 100m butterfly win

Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly at the Mesa Pro Series meeting on Thursday, a first step on the road to redemption and, he hopes, Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Report of World Championship chance catches Michael Phelps off-guard
Report of World Championship chance catches Michael Phelps off-guard

Suggestions that Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps could yet compete at this year`s World Championships in Russia just won`t go away.

Michael Phelps confirms targeting 2016 Rio Olympics: Report
Michael Phelps confirms targeting 2016 Rio Olympics: Report

Michael Phelps will not compete at the world championships but the 18-time gold medallist will attempt to add to his Olympic legacy by competing at next year`s Rio Games.