Phelps and Lochte duke it out at Olympics for the last time

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Olympic roommates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte maintain a relaxed vibe at the athletes’ village. There’s an ongoing card game in their suite and they amuse themselves with endless Snapchat sessions.It’ll be all business on Thursday night.They’ll race against each other for the final time in the 200-meter individual medley, ending a 13-year rivalry that has been one of the greatest in swimming history. The Americans are the top two all-time performers in the event.Phelps and Lochte have each medaled in the 200 IM in the last three Olympics. Phelps won each time and Lochte finished second, third and second.“The history him and I have had with one another, it’s something special and something I’ve never had in another competitor of mine,” Phelps said. “We’ll have one more time to hop in the pool and duke it out.”Phelps is finally retiring after these games, where he has already won his 20th and 21st gold medals. He’ll try to become the first swimmer, male or female, to win the same event in four straight Olympics.Lochte has owned the 200 IM world record for seven years, but Phelps usually comes out on top against him. That’s how it went four years ago in London, when Phelps won and Lochte finished second. Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 IM on the first day of swimming in London, his most notable victory on a big stage in their rivalry.“It’s going to take a perfect performance in order to beat him just because of how tough a competitor he is,” Lochte said. “He won’t give up and that’s awesome. That’s why he brings out the best in me and hopefully I do the exact same for him.”Lochte turned 32 last week and is non-committal about whether Rio is his last Olympics. The clock is ticking down on Phelps, who races five more times before hanging up his suit at age 31. He plans to marry his fiancé after the games and focus on life with their infant son.Regardless of the outcome, the atmosphere back in their room at the Olympic Village will stay chill.“We’ll hang out because swimming doesn’t dictate our friendship,” Lochte said.The Brazilians have a stake in the 200 IM, too. Thiago Pereira could deliver the host country’s first swimming medal of the games. Since 1988, Greece has been the only host country not to win a swimming medal — in 2004. Keep an eye on Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who also has a shot to make the podium.Before Phelps and Lochte go at it in the pool, Katie Ledecky swims the preliminaries of the 800 freestyle, her last individual event in Rio.The 19-year-old American is the heavy favorite to win the grueling race, which would give her a sweep of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles for the first time since Debbie Meyers of the U.S. in 1968.“The week has gone good so far, and I think I’ll be able to top it off well in the 800,” she said.Ledecky seeks her fourth gold medal in Rio, which would tie her with Amy Van Dyken (1996) and Missy Franklin (2012) as the only American female athletes to win that many in a single Olympics.On the sixth night of swimming in Rio de Janeiro, the Campbell sisters seek the same golden prize in the women’s 100 freestyle.Cate Campbell posted the fastest time in the semifinals, an Olympic-record 52.71 seconds and younger sister Bronte was fifth-fastest at 53.29. Bronte is the reigning world champion, but Cate is the world-record holder.“I am really looking forward to it, I can’t wait,” Bronte said.The sisters already have teamed up to lead Australia to a gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay.Meanwhile, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands will try to defend her sprint title. And Russia goes for its first gold medal in the pool in the men’s 200 backstroke. Evgeny Rylov was the leading qualifier in 1 minute, 54.45 seconds. World champion Mitch Larkin, and Americans Jacob Pebley and 100 back winner Ryan Murphy will vie for medals.last_img read more

IPL can help you judge yourself where you are before World Cup: Rohit Sharma

first_imgMumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma believes the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a platform where you can judge yourself before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, which will start on May 30.”It’s (IPL) a big tournament and you can judge yourself where you are at before a big tournament like the World Cup,” Rohit said after securing Mumbai’s fourth IPL title by one run against defending champions Chennai Super Kings.”Before the IPL, if they were not in great form, this is the time they can get back to form. Hardik (Pandya) is the best example. Before the IPL, he did not have a good time, was injured, and missed a few games as well. But he has been tremendous for us — both in batting and bowling,” he said.The is back in Hitman’s closet #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvCSK @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/i36At6BBUCMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 13, 2019Hardik scored 402 runs at 44.66, striking them at 191.42 and returned with 14 wickets. Another key performer for Mumbai was Jasprit Bumrah, who finished as Mumbai’s leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps at 21.52, conceding runs at 6.63 an over. The fast-bowler was adjudged the Player of the Match in the final on May 12, for returning with the figures of 2/14.”We spoke at the start of the tournament that we will assess each of the players, see where they are at and what they feel about their bodies. It is more an individual thing than (what) we decide for them.””In the case of Jasprit, he is someone who likes to play games to make sure he is in a good rhythm. At the start of the tournament, we spoke that at any given stage, if he feels he needs to rest, we were open to that. But our physios and trainers have monitored him quite well, and there was constant feedback from Jasprit as well about how he is feeling. We have not had issues with Jasprit and Hardik, so we continued to play them,” Rohit said.advertisementIndia will take on New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm-up matches before opening its World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 at Hampshire Bowl.Also Read | Rohit Sharma raps with Yuvraj Singh as Mumbai Indians party hard after IPL 2019 winAlso Read | Rohit Sharma only 5-time IPL champion after Mumbai Indians win 4th titlelast_img read more

Fincantieri Delivers Fourth Viking

first_imgzoom Viking Sun, the fourth of eight cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was delivered to the company on September 25 at the Ancona shipyard.Like its sister ships, Viking Sun is placed in the small cruise ship segment. With a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.Fincantieri informed that the Viking Ocean Cruises units “are all built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the ‘Safe return to port’.”Additionally, they feature the most advanced technologies for energy saving and for meeting the strictest environmental regulations with energy-efficient engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system.The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015, the second and the third, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, took the sea from the shipyard in Ancona in 2016 and 2017.Viking Ocean Cruises is scheduled to take delivery of the last four units in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, respectively.last_img read more