Australian swimmer Shayna Jack was pulled out of the World Aquatics Championships after testing positive for a banned substance, it has emerged.

The 20-year-old, who was a 4x100 metres freestyle relay gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games last year, returned an adverse result on June 26, Swimming Australia said.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) test took place out of competition and Swimming Australia imposed a provisional suspension of Jack.

She was flown home from a team training camp in Japan and cut from Australia's squad, announcing on July 14 she was withdrawing from the World Championships in Gwangju for "personal reasons".

Details of the substance in question have not been disclosed.

Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell said: "As you would expect we are bitterly disappointed with allegations a swimmer has a prohibited substance in her system although it is important to point out that the matter is yet to be determined. We will continue to provide appropriate support for Shayna."

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a picture can not describe the amount of pain and vulnerability I am feeling right now. It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system. I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career. Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body. I would appreciate if you respect my privacy as this is very hard for me to cope with

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Jack, who won two silver medals and two bronze in relay events at the 2017 World Championships, posted a stern-faced picture of herself on Instagram, with the caption: "They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a picture can not describe the amount of pain and vulnerability I am feeling right now."

She said she felt "great sadness and heartache" and added: "I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career.

"Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body."

Athletes competing at the World Aquatics Championships were among those to suffer injuries after an internal balcony collapsed inside a nightclub in South Korea.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday in Gwangju at a venue close to the athletes' village, as confirmed by the local fire department.

Local reports said two people died in the collapse and that neither was an athlete.

USA Water Polo said in a statement on their website that a "handful" of their athletes suffered non-life-threatening injuries while out celebrating the women's team winning the gold medal.

Kaleigh Gilchrist underwent surgery after suffering what was described as a "deep laceration", while Paige Hauschild (right arm) and Johnny Hooper (left hand) required stitches for cuts. Ben Hallock, meanwhile, had "minor scrapes" to his legs.

New Zealand Water Polo announced all members of its squad, including management, were safe and accounted for, with two athletes suffering minor injuries.

Water Polo Australia said: "Water Polo Australia can confirm that members of the Australian women's water polo team were celebrating their world championship bronze medal win at an establishment in Gwangju, South Korea last night when part of the balcony collapsed. All Australian players are safe and uninjured."

FINA, the world aquatics governing body, said it would "activate all measures" to offer assistance to those involved.

"FINA has been informed that an unfortunate accident occurred in the early hours of July 27, 2019 in a facility next to the athletes' village of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju," a statement read.

"As some championships participants were present at the moment of the accident, FINA is carefully monitoring the situation and will activate all measures to ensure health care and assistance is provided whenever necessary.

"FINA deeply regrets the situation and sends its best wishes to any victims of this accident."

Gwangju is hosting the 18th edition of the championships, which feature swimming, water polo and diving. The final day of competition is on Sunday.

Three world records were broken in stunning fashion in the pool at the World Aquatics Championships on Friday as Anton Chupkov took the men's 200 metre breaststroke gold.

Chupkov, Regan Smith and Caeleb Dressel all set new marks, but it was the Russian who delivered in a final, denying holders of the previously shared world record Matthew Wilson and Ippei Watanabe.

Wilson and Watanabe looked set to battle out for the title until Chupkov emerged at the last, coming home in two minutes and 6.12 seconds.

That was the penultimate race of the night and there was more drama still to come, with Australia just edging the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Great Britain led at 700m but missed out on the podium altogether, with Russia second and United States third as five teams tussled all the way.

The semi-finals of the women's 200m backstroke and the men's 100m butterfly were far less evenly matched, however.

Smith touched in 2:03.35 to take the backstroke record, shattering Missy Franklin's best from the 2012 Olympics by almost 0.7 seconds.

Franklin only had praise for 17-year-old Smith, sending her a message on Twitter.

"Well dear friend, we had a great run," she wrote.

"Seven years and I couldn't be more honoured to have my 200 back world record broken by @reganesmith4, one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I've ever known.

"Keeping this world record with an American flag by it means everything. I was truly blown away watching Regan swim a 2:03.3 (yes, I typed that right) and absolutely smash it.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again. People will forget your times, they'll forget the colour of your medals, but they will never, ever forget how you made them feel.

"I truly couldn't be happier seeing my world record go to someone who I believe at the bottom of my heart is one of the greatest inspirations and kindest humans in the world.

"Congrats my dear @reganesmith4. Thank you. For sharing your gift with us. You're beyond a joy to watch."

Another USA great also lost their record to a compatriot as Michael Phelps saw a best topped, with Dressel going 49.50.

More American success came through Simone Manuel, who followed up victories at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 championships with another gold in the 100m freestyle.

Yuliya Efimova, in the women's 200m breaststroke, and Evgeny Rylov, in the men's 200m backstroke, similarly defended their titles.

Caeleb Dressel defended his 100 metres freestyle gold with a superb performance at the World Aquatics Championship on Thursday.

The American held off Australia's Kyle Chalmers to win in a time of 49.96 seconds - the fastest by a swimmer in a textile suit and just 0.05 off the world record.

The 22-year-old, who won seven gold medals at the championships in 2017, claimed the 50m freestyle earlier this week and was part of the United States' victorious 4x100m freestyle relay team.

"It's very exciting," he said. "I know I was just off the world record. Really the goal was just to swim the best race that I could.

"I am extremely happy with it and it took 100 per cent effort and I had someone right there on my tail for me to race, and kind of shut off thinking about the race and just think about racing.

"It helped a lot having Kyle right there. To see it pop up on the scoreboard was pretty special."

Thursday saw a return to action in Gwangju for Katie Ledecky, who withdrew from the 200m freestyle due to illness this week.

The five-time Olympic champion produced a strong swim but could not drive USA to victory in the 4x200m relay, as Emma McKeon's storming last leg saw Australia claim gold in a world-record time of 7:41.50. The US quartet took silver.

Daiya Seto, who came second in the 200m butterfly on Wednesday as Kristof Milak broke Michael Phelps' world record, won Japan's first gold in the men's 200m individual medley ahead of Jeremy Desplanches and defending champion Chase Kalisz.

American Olivia Smoliga sprang a surprise, winning the women's 50m backstroke final in 27.33, ahead of 2017 champion Etiene Medeiros.

The 24-year-old Smoliga is already preparing for a challenge at next year's Olympics after benefiting from some simple lifestyle changes.

"I'm just glad it's all coming together going into 2020," she said. "I'm just eating a little bit healthier, little things like that. Not eating fast food or staying up late."

Hungarian Boglarka Kapas produced the shock of the day, though, winning the women's 200m butterfly final in a race in which the top six were separated by just 0.9 seconds.

A frustrated Michael Phelps praised Kristof Milak for an "incredible" swim after the Hungarian smashed the American great's 200 metres butterfly world record on Wednesday.

Teenager Milak won the final at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju with a time of one minute and 50.73 seconds, breaking the record of 1:51.51 set by Phelps in 2009.

Milak described it as a "tremendous honour" to beat a time set by a man who amassed a record 23 Olympic gold medals and had held the world-leading time in the butterfly event for 18 years, having become the youngest male to break a swimming world record as a 15-year-old in March 2001.

Milak's time was all the more impressive as he trailed Chad le Clos at the 50m and 100m marks before storming through the second half of the race to beat the South African, who finished third, and silver medallist Daiya Seto.

"As frustrated as I am to see that record go down, I couldn't be happier to see how he did it," the now-retired Phelps told the New York Times. "That kid's last 100 [metres] was incredible. He put together a great 200 fly from start to finish.

"It happened because there was a kid who wanted to do it, who dreamed of doing it, who figured out what it would take to do it, who worked on his technique until it was beautiful and who put in the really, really hard work that it takes to do it. My hat's off to him."

Duncan Scott and Mack Horton should be applauded for refusing to stand on a podium with controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, according to two-time Olympic champion Daley Thompson.

The actions of Briton Scott and Australian Horton have grabbed attention at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, with both men opting not to join Sun after he won gold in the 400 and 200 metres freestyle events.

Sun is the subject of an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with WADA questioning a decision by swimming's global governing body FINA not to punish him over allegations stemming from a visit by out-of-competition testers in September 2018.

The 27-year-old, who served a three-month ban for a doping offence in 2014, denies all wrongdoing and has requested a public hearing.

But after Horton, who finished second to Sun in the 400m final, opted not to congratulate his rival on Sunday, bronze medallist Scott followed suit at the ceremony for the 200m final on Monday, which enraged the Chinese swimmer.

Horton and Scott were warned about their actions by FINA - who also rebuked Sun after he launched an angry tirade at Scott in which he appeared to call him "a loser" - but former decathlete Thompson, twice an Olympic gold medallist, believes the protesting pair should instead be praised.

"I think it's great," Thompson, speaking as an ambassador for Bridgestone UK's 'Everyday Battlers' campaign, told Omnisport. "Duncan and those guys feel really strongly about it. It affects all their livelihoods and it affects all their fame, all their family.

"They need a platform on which to do it. Part of the problem, recently, has been all the people who run all the sporting federations – whether it be the swimming federation or the IOC [International Olympic Committee] – they are not strong enough against all the people that cheat and they don't look after all the people that don't cheat. I don't see how they can justify being in their positions when they do those kind of things.

"The only thing left to the non-cheating athletes is to do things like that [protest] and I think it's great. Both Duncan and Horton have done something that should be applauded - even though the powers-that-be have told them that they're not allowed to do it."

Daley Thompson is launching Bridgestone UK's 'Everyday Battlers' campaign, which will help 10 Brits to overcome their personal obstacles in life by training for a 10k run.

A sensational swim from Kristof Milak beat an impressed Chad le Clos at the World Aquatics Championships as Adam Peaty triumphed but Caeleb Dressel and Ariarne Titmus were denied.

Hungarian teenager Milak broke the great Michael Phelps' long-standing 200 metres butterfly world record with an outstanding time of 1:50.73 in Wednesday's final.

Silver medallist Le Clos - who led at 50m and 100m - said, as reported by the Olympic Channel website: "I'm lost for words really. That was a great swim from Kristof.

"It was an unbelievable race, probably one of the greatest races ever, to break that world record. I thought I was going to be the one to do it, but congratulations to him.

"I tried my best, I went for it and tried to hang on. Nothing changes. I could've come eighth tonight and I'll still come to Tokyo [for the Olympics] to try to win it.

"Kristof is a hell of a lot faster than all of us - he's in another league at the moment - but I'm hunting him down. It's easy now that I've got the target now where I need to be."

Also victorious was Great Britain's Peaty, collecting his second gold of the championships in the 50m breaststroke but missing out on breaking his own world record.

But Dressel did not follow up wins earlier this week, seeing his bid for a perfect championships - eight golds from eight events - falter. He starred yet the United States could not hold off Australia in the mixed 4x100m medley.

And Titmus also came up short as she looked to build on ending the great Katie Ledecky's perfect 400 metre freestyle record at major international events.

The Australian teenager was second in the women's 200m freestyle final, ahead of Sarah Sjostrom but behind 30-year-old Federica Pellegrini.

Pellegrini, whose compatriot Gregorio Paltrinieri won the men's 800m freestyle gold, said: "I'm super happy because this is my last world championship.

"These are not tears of sadness, they are tears of joy. I've worked a lot over these years, I love working hard and I'm glad I can see the results."

Kristof Milak shattered Michael Phelps' long-standing world record in the 200 metres butterfly at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju on Wednesday.

Hungarian teenager Milak won the final in 1:50.73, breaking the previous record of 1:51.51, set by Phelps in 2009.

American great Phelps, who holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals having won 23 in his decorated career, had held the world-leading time in the event for 18 years in total, having become the youngest male to break a swimming world record at the age of 15 in March 2001.

Chad le Clos, who eventually finished third behind Daiya Seto and Milak, touched first through 50m and 100m, but the Hungarian stormed back to take the gold and break Phelps' decade-long record.

"It's a tremendous honour to beat such a great men's world record," Milak said in quotes published on the Olympic Channel's website.

"When I turned back and I saw the time, 1:50.73? All the pressure and tension just went off my back and all the joy came out."

Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky has withdrawn from the 200-metre freestyle at the World Aquatic Championships due to illness.

USA Swimming made the announcement just hours before the first heats of the event in Gwangju, South Korea on Tuesday.

"A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Katie, her coach and the team's medical staff for her to withdraw from the 200m freestyle event on medical grounds," National team managing director Lindsay Mintenko said in a statement. "The team will determine her participation in this evening's 1500m final later in the day.

"Katie has not been feeling well since arriving to Gwangju on July 17, and these precautionary measures are being taken to ensure her well-being and proper recovery, and to allow her to focus her energy on an abbreviated schedule."

Ledecky is coming off a runner-up finish in the 400m freestyle on Sunday. It was her first loss in that event at a major international meet as she was outpaced in the last 50m.

The 22-year-old – who has 14 world championship gold medals – had never removed herself from an event at a meet of this calibre since she started on the world stage eight years ago.

Ledecky went on to compete in the 1500m freestyle preliminary heats on Monday and recorded the fastest time by 2.69 seconds to qualify for Tuesday's final.

If she had not withdrawn from the 200m event, Ledecky would have had to swim in both the 1500m freestyle final and 200m freestyle semi-finals within almost an hour of each other.

 

Katie Ledecky admitted defeat "stings a little" after Australian Ariarne Titmus scuppered her bid for 400 metres freestyle glory at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

American 22-year-old Ledecky had won three world titles in the event, and is the reigning Olympic champion, but on this occasion 18-year-old Titmus surged past her on the final length to take gold.

Titmus touched in three minutes, 58.76 seconds and played down her success, calling Ledecky "the greatest ever" and predicting "a real battle" between the pair at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

That could prove one of the highlights of the 2020 Games pool programme, with Ledecky needing to put together a more complete swim than she produced in Gwangju.

Ledecky claimed her legs felt "just dead" in the closing metres, saying on the Olympic Channel: "Obviously Ariarne took advantage of that and had a heck of a swim.

"Obviously this stings a little, it's unfamiliar and different, and I need to rebound from this and get my fight back."

American Ledecky has 14 world golds in all, and until Sunday's jarring setback had only failed to triumph at the championships in one previous final when she took 200m silver in Budapest two years ago.

Great Britain's Adam Peaty broke his own world record in the 100m breaststroke semi-finals, becoming the first man to push through the 57-second barrier as he clocked 56.88secs.

"Obviously I've been chasing that for years now," said Peaty.

Australian Mack Horton refused to join champion Sun Yang on the medal podium following the men's 400m freestyle.

Horton took silver in 3:43.17 as China's Sun touched first with 3:42.44 to land gold in the event for the fourth successive games.

Sun served a short doping ban in 2014. He is currently the subject of an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with WADA questioning a decision by swimming's global governing body FINA not to punish Sun over allegations stemming from a visit by out-of-competition testers in September 2018.

Sun denies all wrongdoing and has requested a public hearing.

Horton said of losing to Sun: "I think you know what the rivalry is like. I don't think I need to say anything, I think his actions and how it's been handled speaks louder than anything I'll ever say."

The United States won the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay in a championship record of 3:09.06, with Russia taking silver and Australia bronze.

Australia took gold in the women's 4x100m free, however, finishing ahead of the United States and Canada.

Australian teenager Ariarne Titmus ended the great Katie Ledecky's perfect 400 metre freestyle record at major international events to take gold at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju on Sunday.

American Ledecky had only failed to be crowned world champion on one occasion when she had to settle for 200m silver in Budapest two years ago.

The 22-year-old was unable to add to her tally of 14 World Championships golds in South Korea, though, as Titmus passed her with only a few metres to go and held on dethrone Ledecky with a magnificent swim.

Titmus touched the wall in 3:58.76 to claim her maiden long-course world title.

"I knew that I properly had that in me." said the 18-year-old Tasmanian.

Great Britain's Adam Peaty smashed his own 100m breaststroke world record by clocking 56.88 in the semi-finals.

 World Indoor champion Alia Atkinson CD is one of 10 Texas A&M University legends to be honoured on September 13, 2019, at the Burgess Banquet in College Station, Texas.

Alia Atkinson ended the 2019 Clovis Pro Swim Series on Saturday with an emphatic win in the 50-metre breaststroke.

Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson continued to round into form for this summer’s World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, with a season-best performance in the 100-metre breaststroke on Thursday at the 2019 Clovis Pro Swim Series Meet in Clovis, California.

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