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The Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) expressed elation over the results of its recent Philippine National Age Group (PNAG) championships after several youngsters set national marks.

Jamesray Mishael Ajido of the Antipolo Gems Sea Scorpions notched two national records after he broke the 50-meter butterfly in the boys’ 11-13 age bracket by registering a time of 27.18 seconds, erasing the 27.75 seconds of Arbeen Miguel Thruelen in 2018. Ajido also reset the boys’ 11-13 200m backstroke mark after clocking 2:20.38, narrowly beating Ivo Nikolai Enot’s 2019 time of 2:20.61.

Joshua Gabriel Ang of the Golden Sea eagles set a national record in the 16-18 years old boys’ 50m butterfly by touching at 25.10 seconds, erasing the mark of 25.43 seconds set by Rafael Barreto back in 2018.

“The success of the PNAG served as an indicator to PSI that the swimming community is ready to get back on track,” said PSI president Lani Velasco. “Our historic exploits in the 30th SEA (Southeast Asian) Games in December 2019, the valiant performance of Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule in the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021, the notable swims of our representatives in the Fina (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships (25m) in December 2021, and another historic run especially by our female athletes at the recently concluded 31st SEA Games … have provided our grassroots swimmers with plenty of motivation and hope.”

And with the next SEA Games taking place next year, the PSI is hoping to uncover more gems as it readies for its premier national tournament, the Grand Prix.

“PSI is committed to resuming the Grand Prix, our flagship event for identifying grassroots talent,” Velasco said. “As we enter the second half of 2022, expect more regular events and activities from PSI.”


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Nick Kyrgios has laughed off questions regarding his on-court attire, as he opted to change his shoes and hat before taking a post-match interview following his gutsy performance in the fourth round.

Kyrgios’ detractors were desperate for something, anything, to take the shine off his impressive five-set win, where he battled a shoulder ailment throughout, receiving treatment several times.

But if his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas was a ‘circus’, as the vanquished Greek proposed it was, this was anything but.

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Save for a couple of words with the chair umpire late in the contest, Kyrgios was focused, and almost reserved at times.

Few sports stars are as polarising – and when Kyrgios switched his hat and shoes for a red Jordan brand cap and some matching sneakers, it gave his critics – of which there were fewer than his last match, for obvious reasons – the ammunition they needed.

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On commentary, Aussie legend Todd Woodbridge said that his countryman “might receive a letter in his locker” about the hat and shoe change.

The 27-year-old’s post-win press conference was nothing like the combative environment that it was two days ago, right until the very end.

A reporter posed the idea that Kyrgios invites his own controversy, including an open flaunting of clear wardrobe rules.

“Why then would you walk on to centre court with bright red trainers on and do an interview in a red cap?” Kyrgios was asked.

The reply was typically Kyrgios.

“Because I do what I want,” he responded, before being pressed on whether or not he thought he was above the rules.

“No. I’m not above the rules. I just like wearing my Jordans.”

The line of questioning continued despite a moderator’s attempted intervention, when Kyrgios was quick to correct the journalist that he hadn’t ‘moaned’ about controversy.

“I haven’t moaned. I love it,” he said.

“Yeah, it’s just more attention for me. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right?

“Keep doing you then champion,” he said to the question asker before moving on.

Kyrgios will get a day off before facing Chile’s Cristian Garin for a spot in the final four.

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Erik ten Hag was afforded a first opportunity to work with a number of returning Reds at Carrington on Monday.

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Cristian Garin came from two sets down and saved two match points in the fifth before beating Alex de Minaur to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Chilean trailed 5-3 in the first-to-10 fifth-set tiebreaker before winning six straight points to take a 9-5 lead.

He then converted his second match point to advance 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Court No.2 after four hours and 34 minutes.

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Garin is the first Chilean man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Fernando Gonzales in 2009.

The 19th-seeded de Minaur had never lost a set against Garin in three previous meetings and looked set to maintain that streak when he led 3-1 in the third-set tiebreaker. The Australian then held two match points at 5-4 in the fifth.

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