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Highlights as Jiao Liuyang wins Gold within the Women’s 200m Butterfly in the course of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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 apply was instantly forbidden in breaststroke, however gave delivery to butterfly, whose first official look was on the 1956 Games in Melbourne. This fashion is now one of many 4 strokes utilized in competitors.
Women’s swimming grew to become 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 nearly equivalent, as they include the identical variety of occasions, with just one distinction: the freestyle distance is 800 metres for ladies and 1,500 metres for males.
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