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Swimming legend Michael Phelps charged with driving offences

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has said he is "deeply sorry" after he was charged for driving under the influence and two other offences.

The US swimmer was clocked driving a white 2014 Land Rover at almost twice the speed limit and crossing lanes illegally in a tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland.

He later took to Twitter to apologise for his actions:

Phelps is the most successful Olympic athlete of all time, amassing a total of 22 medals as well as several world records.

Swim champion expelled from games for stealing

Japan has expelled one of its top swimmers from the Asian Games after he was caught stealing a camera.

Naoya Tomita won gold medal in men's 200m breaststroke at the 2010 World Swimming Championships. Credit: Reuters

Naoya Tomita, 25, the 200-metre breaststroke gold medallist from the 2010 games, could face criminal charges over the theft of the camera, owned by a South Korean media organisation, team bosses said.

Surveillance cameras at the games in Incheon, South Korea, captured Tomita putting the camera in his bag after watching his team-mates compete.

Officials said he admitted taking the camera.


One fifth of parents 'do not let child swim in sea'

One in five parents have banned their child from swimming in the sea because they worry about their safety, a poll has found.

Swimming in open water presents a different set of challenges than swimming in a 25m pool. Credit: PA

The study by Amatuer Swimming Association found less than a third of parents say they are completely happy to let their children swim in the sea.

One in five wont let their children into the waves at all because they feel its too dangerous.

Nearly a third of parents say that they will only let their children swim in the sea if they go with them.

Michael Phelps coming out of retirement

Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Credit: Marcelo Regua/DPA

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, is coming out of retirement amid speculation he will aim to compete at the 2016 Rio Games.

USA Swimming said the 29-year-old will compete for the first time since London 2012 later this month at a meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals including 18 gold, returned to training last autumn and has completed the six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Adlington 'so relieved' after Olympic medals found

Swimming star Rebecca Adlington said she is "so relieved" after her Olympic medals were found following a break-in at her home.


Olympian learned to swim because his 'dad couldn't'

Former six times world champion swimmer Mark Foster has told Daybreak he learnt to swim because his father was "petrified of water".

He said: "It was safety reasons, first and foremost. My father at the age of 11 got thrown in the lake and was petrified of water, [he] still can't swim."

He added: "I think if you are a family, sitting round a poolside, constantly looking over your shoulder, how do you relax when you know your child can't swim and how does your child enjoy itself?"

Parents 'have a role to play' to encourage kids to swim

Jon Glenn from the Amateur Swimming Association said "parents have a role to play as well" as the schools, when encouraging children to learn to swim.

He said: "If families do not swim, it is unlikely that you will take your families swimming as well because you feel uncomfortable, nervous in and around the water, so starting at an early age is really important.

"Once they've learnt those basic skills once you get to school and you have those lessons you can really pick up the strokes a lot quicker."

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