Swimming - 15th FINA World Championships: Day Sixteen

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Not just one super swimmer

BARCELONA — No, Michael Phelps did not swim even one stroke at the 2013 world championships. Yes, his presence hung over the meet — it being a year to the day that he touched the wall for the last time in the winning medley relay in London, as was helpfully noted in a Facebook post by the U.S. Olympic Team. Is he coming back? Who knows?

Whatever Phelps ultimately opts to do, keep at his golf game or again take the plunge, these championships, which wrapped up Sunday in memorable fashion, with the bang of the medley relays, will be long remembered because — if this is indeed the post-Phelps era — swimming now boasts not just one super-amazing swimmer.

Lotte Friis of Denmark, Katie Ledecky of the United States and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand with their 1500-meter medals // Getty Images

Lotte Friis of Denmark, Katie Ledecky of the United States and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand with their 1500-meter medals // Getty Images

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15:36.53 to make a change

BARCELONA — It is 29 years since Joan Benoit ran the marathon at the Los Angeles Summer Games.

Women now compete at the Summer Games in wrestling and boxing. At the 2012 London Games, every national Olympic committee in the world — finally — sent female competitors. The U.S. team was more than 50 percent female.

Ryan Lochte warms up Saturday for the world championships, which get underway Sunday // Getty Images

Ryan Lochte warms up Saturday for the world championships, which get underway Sunday // Getty Images

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Most drug-tested: Ryan Lochte

BARCELONA — Amid statistics strongly suggesting that American star Ryan Lochte is the most-tested swimmer on Planet Earth, the chairman of the doping control board of swimming’s international governing body, FINA, issued a blunt warning here Saturday to all racers on the eve of the swim competition at these 15th world championships: don’t take nutritional supplements.

Just don’t do it, Dr. Andrew Pipe said. Too many supplements are made or marketed in the United States, where the unregulated environment means elite athletes can have no guarantees whatsoever that what’s on the label is really what’s in the can or bottle, he said.

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2020 race takes shape

For two weeks in the summer of 2004, Olympic Park in Athens seemed like the center of the world. Now the park is mostly empty, the buildings and the flies together under the Greek sun.

Authorities in Italy built a new bobsled run for the 2006 Winter Games up in the mountains near Torino. Now that track, which cost $100 million to build, $2 million annually to operate, is due to be torn down.