Saturday, 4 June 2011

Olympic Swimming - History

Swimming was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens with the 100 meters and 1500 meters freestyle competitions held in open water. Soon after, as swimming gained popularity, more freestyle events were included. The first modern Olympic Games had only four swimming events, three of them freestyle. The second Olympics in Paris in 1900 included three unusual swimming events, the third was a 4,000-metre event, the longest competitive swimming event ever. The Olympics have now developed to 32 swimming races, 16 for men and 16 for women. The Special Olympics includes competitive swimming for people with disabilities and has 22 events for men and 22 for women.

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