A note to our readers that the publication of our Olympic issue has been delayed.
Nick Thierry, the founder and proprietor of SwimNews, is currently recovering from serious illness and is unable to man the editorial desk. During his absence, it will be business as usual at swimnews.com, whilst a team overseen by Marco Chiesa and led by senior journalist Patty Young - two stalwarts of SwimNews down the years - has stepped in to complete the Olympic edition of the magazine.
Our intention is to continue the excellent work of dedication to covering the sport of swimming that Nick Thierry has overseen and made possible for more than 40 years. His devotion to accurate world rankings for decades has been one of the pillars on which swimming intelligence has stood.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery. Readers who wish to send their good wishes to Nick can e-mail email@example.com and your notes will be passed on for him to read. Tweets @swimnewscom will also be forwarded to Nick.
The upcoming edition of SwimNews Magazine, the contents of which are not online, includes reports on all the action at the Games in London from Craig Lord and Karin Helmstaedt, the Olympic diary of Canadian Olympian Julia Wilkinson, and an obituary penned by Nick for our late and much-missed colleague Cecil Colwin, whose contribution to the spread of swimming knowledge was immense.
Beyond the overview and daily highlights of the eight days of thrilling action at the London Aquatics Centre, we take a look at the soaring career of Michael Phelps and tell the tale of how he became the greatest Olympian in history in partnership with coach Bob Bowman.
If the US dominated and China took the world No 2 spot from Australia, France took over poll position in Europe. We report on the shifting tides of world swimming, on Australia's review, Britain's woes and of course how Canada stacked up.
Our personality features include South Africa's "Phelps Slayer" Chad Le Clos, while Renate Bauer, a former champion for the GDR, looks back on her Olympic experience forty years ago in Munich.
Thanks to all for your patience under these extraordinary circumstances. As stated, we intend to honour the work that Nick Thierry has overseen for 40 years and more in dedication to the sport of swimming.
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From the SwimNews Team