Lane 1 - WSJ posts "Sun May Be Setting on Australia Swim Empire. Decades after Australia formally left the fading British Empire, the Aussies are in London helplessly watching an empire of their own crumble—in an Olympic swimming pool. The nation that ranks 52nd in population but for many years stood high on the swimming medal stand is taking on water at the Aquatic Center in London's Olympic Park—and no amount of bailing on the final day of swimming competition is likely to save it from sinking. In London, Ian "the Thorpedo" Thorpe is again putting on the best show for Australia. Except this time, he isn't in the pool but rather a tart-tongued commentator on the BBC. Meanwhile, the aquatic celebrities who were supposed to shine here—Stephanie Rice, Nick D'Arcy and James Magnussen—have mostly tanked. In the country that gave the world Crocodile Dundee, there is some concern that elite swimmers may have gone a bit wild, what with Rice losing a Jaguar sponsorship over an antigay slur she tweeted and various other team members getting into various legal or public relations snafus, including the photograph that D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk posted on Facebook of themselves armed to the teeth in a gunshop. What may be most worrisome for Australia is the absence of any powerhouse older swimmer like Michael Phelps of the U.S., which Olympic experts say is the most important factor in attracting newcomers. In an interview this week, Australian head coach Nugent lamented the retirement of Aussie gold-medalists Thorpe and Grant Hackett. "Our team is not loaded with stars," he said."
Lane 2 - Courier Mail posts (w/video ) "Aussie - Swimming heads will roll. An official inquiry into why this might be our worst games in decades and a gold medal to come from beyond the pool deck? Jim Wilson & Nicole Livingston preview Day Eight at the Games."
Lane 3 - Buzzfeed posts "21 Photos Of Michael Phelps Looking Like A Monkey. Most decorated Olympian in history? Check. Looks like a monkey? Check."
Lane 4 - New Yorker posts "Swimming Under the Radar. Earlier this year, at a meet in Queensland, Australia, the Chinese freestyler Sun Yang made a statement: 3:42.89. Like most élite swimmers, Sun was, at the time, undergoing intense training for the Olympics. Saturday afternoon, Sun will hit the pool in London for the fifteen-hundred metre freestyle, the marathon of swimming. The best swimmers in the world take nearly fifteen minutes to complete it."
Lane 5 - SuperSport posts "SA swim coach smiling all the way. Graham Hill is a very proud national coach. Not only did the South African swim team achieve their greatest success at an Olympic Games, but his swimmer, Chad le Clos, produced the best performance by a male South African swimmer since the country was readmitted to international sport in 1992."
Lane 6 - Wired posts "Olympic Physics: Swimming, Power and Setting Records. t’s hard to be a champion, and harder still to set a record. Let me look at one event in particular, the 50 meter freestyle. This event, swimmers make one length of the pool. They simply dive in and swim. There are no turns. Well, unless they’re swimming a 50-meter short course, which uses a 25-meter pool. The cool thing about this difference is the men’s record for the long course is 20.91 seconds and the record for the short course is 20.30 seconds. Clearly swimmers get a pretty good boost pushing off the wall in a flip-turn. But everyone wants to go faster. What does that take? Let’s look at the forces on a swimmer."
Lane 7 - Courier Mail posts (w/video) "Concerns over Rio 2016 projects being unfinished. The countdown to Rio 2016 has already started, though there are genuine concerns that certain infrastructure projects won't be finished on time."
Lane 8 - Baltimore Sun posts (w/gallery) "Olympic bliss: Romances, bromances and other signs of affection at the London Summer Games. Emotions run rampant for competing Olympians and having a strong support system is crucial to their success. Here’s a look at the wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, coaches, teammates, friends and family who support their athletic superstars and celebrate their victories during this monumental competition. "