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The Origin of Swimming Sport

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The Origin of Swimming Sport Swimming is the sport which helps in relaxing the mind. It helps in burning calories and also increases one's flexibility.

It also helps in strengthening heart muscles. There has been a great history of swimming.

Going back 7000 years, the Stone Age paintings implied that swimming was practiced at that time. Few history books like Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible and Beowulf has given written accounts of swimming.

The popularity of swimming apparently grew in the middle Ages. Nicolas Wynman wrote the first swimming book known as Colymbetes.

The Romans regarded swimming pools as places to exercise and for social gatherings.

In 1800's, the organized swimming emerged. Various swimming associations began which organized swimming competitions against each other. S wimming clubs set up in countries like US, England, France and Germany during that time.

The English are believed to be the first modern society to consider swimming as a sport. The National Swimming Society in England organized swimming competitions in London's six artificial pools.

Mathew Webb's swim across the English Channel increased the sport's popularity.

Later in 1886, a new governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain was formed which continued the popularity of swimming competitions.


There has been a great history of swimming in Olympics too. Organized swimming was brought forth the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896. During this time, Olympics was considered as a sport for men with the 100 meters and 1500 meters free style swimming, all held in open water.

There were only four swimming events, of which three were free-style. As its popularity rose there were few more styles brought into the action such as butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, etc.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, known as the developer of the modern Olympic Games believed that women were too delicate to participate in such competitive sports. In 1912 Olympic Games, women swimmers made their debut.

By the 20th century, many indoor pools and public outdoor pools were constructed all across the towns and it soon developed into a mainstream event.

Swimming clubs were then also considered as a recreational hangout.

Today, Olympic Games include 16 swimming races for men and 16 for women. It also includes events for handicaps.

By FW Editor


Tags: sports, swimming, competitions



Category: Sports  - ( Sports Archive)

Date Added: 22 January '10


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