A breath-taking sport, swimming has been in the Olympic Games since Athens 1896. Women have participated since 1912. Men and women participate in 16 events, including relays and individual competitions in four strokes – freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. US and Australia have dominated the sport since the very beginning.
Better training, wave cancelled pools, optimal pool depth, increased lane width, energy absorbing racing lane lines and gutters,

London 1908
London 1908

and the use of other innovative hydraulic, acoustic, illumination, and swimwear designs have resulted in improved timings over the years. In the first four Olympics, competitions were not held in pools, but rather in open water. A 100-metre pool was built for the 1908 Olympics and was located in the centre of the main stadium’s track and field oval.

How has Swimming changed over the Olympics?

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Sajan Prakash200 m butterfly8 AugustRank : 28 ( 1:59.37)
Shivani Kataria200 m freestyle8 AugustRank : 41 ( 2:09.30)