Australia's most intense rivals still rate the Dolphins as the second best swimming nation in the world and a major threat
Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice is not 100 per cent ready for the world swimming championships and isn't confident she will win - but still expects to break her
Australian Melissa Gorman stretched out her right hand to snatch a photo-finish victory in the women's 5km Open Water competition at the World Championships here on Tuesday.
Australia's hopes of dominating the swimming world championships have suffered a major blow with Olympic stars Eamon Sullivan and Hayden Stoeckel ruled out.Freestyle sprint ace Sullivan has withdrawn for the championships, which start in Rome on July 26, after struggling to overcome a virus that has hampered his preparation while in Europe for the past six weeks.
In a dream build-up for the world championships, dual Olympic medallist Andrew Lauterstein has broken both the Australian and Commonwealth 100m butterfly record. Racing at the Giorgio Armani swim meet in Milan, the 22-year-old broke the 51-second barrier for the first time
There are fears next month's world swimming championships will descend into a farce with widespread condemnation of FINA's decision to ignore scientific advice and approve controversial swim suits.
Libby Trickett and Leisel Jones have completed gold medal hat-tricks at the Paris Open swim meet, Trickett adding the 100m butterfly
Leisel Jones has ruled out swimming for Australia at this year's world championships but she is still winning races
Stephanie Rice is set gauge her form for next month's world championships against some of her biggest swimming rivals at this week's Santa Clara international grand prix.More than 20 Beijing Olympians including the likes of superstars Rice and Michael Phelps are in a high class field contesting the four-day meet in California
Australia's Eamon Sullivan is set to keep his 50m and 100m freestyle world records after FINA launched a crackdown on hi-tech swimsuits. The sport's governing body ruled the super-suits used by flying Frenchmen Fred Bousquet and Alain Bernard need to be modified following their record-shattering feats at last month's French titles.