Swimming is a team or individual sport that requires the use of the whole body to move in the water. The sport takes place in a pool or open water. The most popular Olympic sport is competitive swimming, with varied distance events in butterfly, freestyle, and individual medley.

In addition to these individual events, four swimmers may participate in a medley relay or freestyle. Evidence of recreational swimming in prehistoric times has been discovered, the earliest evidence dating back to Stone Age paintings dating back some 10,000 years. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Olympic Swimming Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.


Competitive swimmers may suffer several sports injuries, such as tendinitis on the shoulders or knees. Many health benefits are also associated with the sport.

In open water swimming, where events are swum in open water lake or sea, there are also events of 5 km, 10 km and 25 km for men and women. However, only the 10 km event is on the Olympic program, for both men and women. Open water competitions are generally separate from other swimming events, with the exception of World Championships and Olympic Games.

The founding of FINA in 1908 marks the beginning of the recording of the first official world records in swimming. Competition swimming became popular in the 19th century, it has been open to women since 1912. The Olympic medal is awarded to successful competitors at the Olympic Games.

There are 3 classes of medal: gold, Silver and bronze. With athletics and gymnastics, it is one of the most popular sports for spectators at the Games. Swimming has the 2nd largest number of events.

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