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USA’s Allison Schmitt units a brand new Olympic Record of 1:53.61 to win gold within the ladies’s 200m freestyle occasion within the Aquatics Centre on the London 2012 Olympic Games (31 July 2012).
France’s Camille Muffat received silver within the occasion with Australia’s Bronte Barratt claiming bronze.
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Swimming has featured on the programme of all editions of the Games since 1896. The very first Olympic occasions had been freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke. Backstroke was added in 1904.
In the 1940s, breaststrokers found that they may go sooner by bringing each arms ahead over their heads. This follow was instantly forbidden in breaststroke, however gave start to butterfly, whose first official look was on the 1956 Games in Melbourne. This type is now one of many 4 strokes utilized in competitors.
Women’s swimming turned Olympic in 1912 on the Stockholm Games. Since then, it has been a part of each version of the Games. The males’s and ladies’s programmes are virtually an identical, as they include the identical variety of occasions, with just one distinction: the freestyle distance is 800 metres for girls and 1,500 metres for males.
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