Swimming has been recorded since prehistoric times; the earliest recording of swimming dates back to Stone Age paintings from around 7,000 years ago. Written references date of swimming from 2000 BC. the earliest references to swimming include the Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible. In 1578, Nikolas Wingman, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, swimming in Europe started around 1800, In 1873, John Arthur Trudgen introduced the trudgen to Western swimming competitions, after copying the front crawl used by Native Americans. Due to a British dislike of splashing, Trudgen employed a scissor kick instead of the front crawl's flutter kick. Swimming was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens. In 1902 Richmond Cavill introduced the front crawl to the Western world. In 1908, the world swimming association, Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), was formed. Butterfly was developed in the 1930s and was at first a variant of breaststroke, until it was accepted as a separate style in 1952.
The Swimming competition at the 2012 Olympics are scheduled to be held:
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