Swimming is a hugely physical and demanding sport, with athletes competing over distances from 50m to 1,500m in the pool. Swimmers need huge strength and stamina to power themselves through the water, as well as perfectly honed technique.
Olympic swimming encompasses the four major strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and the sport featured in the first edition of the modern Olympic Games at Athens 1896.
Despite the early adoption of the sport, Olympic swimming didn’t move indoors to a pool until London in 1908 where events were held in a 100m pool, twice the length of the current day venues.
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