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Swimming Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final Full Replay -- London 2,012 Olympic Games
July 31, 2012
Michael Phelps wins his record breaking 19th Olympic Medal.
Swimming Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final Full Replay from the Aquatics Centre at the London 2,012 Olympic Games. -- 31 July 2,012
Swimming has featured on the programme of all editions of the Games since 1,896. The very first Olympic events were freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke. Backstroke was added in 1,904.
In the 1,940s, breaststrokers discovered that they could go faster by bringing both arms forward over their heads. This practice was immediately forbidden in breaststroke, but gave birth to butterfly, whose first official appearance was at the 1,956 Games in Melbourne. This style is now one of the four strokes used in competition.
Women's swimming became Olympic in 1,912 at the Stockholm Games. Since then, it has been part of every edition of the Games. The men's and women's programmes are almost identical, as they contain the same number of events, with only one difference: the freestyle distance is 800 metres for women and 1,500 metres for men.
Find more about Swimming at www.olympic.org/swimming