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Nearly 100 per cent of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does it.

Swimming: Plymouth's teen star adds world title to Olympic gold

Ruta Meilutyte now has a world title to go with the Olympic gold medal already stored in her locker at Plymouth College – and both secured at the age of 15. Tonight, the Lithuanian won the 50m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Istanbul to cap a staggering year.

Hannah Miley shows off her gold medal in Istanbul yesterday

Swimming: Miley beats Chinese prodigy to secure world 400m gold

Briton holds off Olympic sensation Ye to revive fortunes after London 2012 reverses

Rebecca Adlington has described the state of swimming as 'a mess'

Swimming: British swimmers urged to find hunger for success that was not on London menu

World short course championships to begin in Istanbul

Rebecca Adlington won two bronze medals at London 2012

Swimming: Rebecca Adlington sparks talks

Rebecca Adlington and British Swimming's chief executive, David Sparkes, have held talks following the dual Olympic champion's criticisms of the governing body.

Ellen Gandy after winning gold in the women’s 200m butterfly is congratulated by Jemma Lowe (left)

Swimming: Ellen Gandy quits Team GB to take plunge for Australia

World 200 metres butterfly silver medallist Ellen Gandy has announced she is to switch allegiance and compete for Australia.

Rebecca Adlington won two bronze medals at London 2012

Swimming: British team told to cut commercial links after London failure

A review into the disappointing performance by Great Britain's swimmers at the London 2012 Olympics has recommended that guidelines be put in place to limit the athletes' commercial activities in the run-up to major events.

Crocodile attacks 12 year-old boy in Australia

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a crocodile yesterday in Australia and dragged out to deeper water.

The White Goddess: An Encounter, By Simon Gough. Galley Beggar, £10

Simon Gough calls this book a "fragment of autobiography written in narrative form", by which I think he means it is, if not fictionalised, then perhaps novelised. In his foreword he apologises to anyone who may be hurt by the book, which is always a good sign.

Reggie Watts, Union Chapel, London

Tonight he regales us with how Druids and Romans clashed in the time of Boudicca

Council cuts could shut swimming pool that fosters Olympians

One of the country’s leading swimming clubs could be left homeless after a council announced plans to close a city centre pool to save money.

Sharp-tongued judge Jason Gardiner tipped for Dancing on Ice return

Sharp-tongued judge Jason Gardiner is being tipped to make a return to Dancing On Ice.

The right prescription? Doctor Brown performs his mime act at Soho Theatre

Doctor Brown: Befrdfgth, Soho Theatre, London

The good Doctor defies mime and reason

James Corden is in the pink (or rather, a pink women's swimsuit) as he joins synchronised swimming squad

James Corden slips into a women's swimsuit as he gets a sync-ing feeling for a TV stunt.

Nearly one in five cruise holiday customers cannot swim

Nearly one in five cruise holiday customers cannot swim, according to a survey.

Van Rysel in 1948: her attempt on the Channel record a year later was halted by fog 500 yards from shore

Willy van Rysel: Long-distance swimming pioneer

During an interview for Swimming Times magazine in 2003, Willy van Rysel announced matter-of-factly: "I came to Britain in 1948 and was pursued by the paparazzi every day." The paparazzi? Sensing my scepticism, she produced the evidence – a sheaf of press pictures including one showing a gaggle of photographers snapping the would-be Channel swimmer as she left her hotel at Dover.

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