Artwork from the Cave of Swimmers in southwest Egypt shows that Ancient Egyptians were swimming as far back as 10,000 years ago, but the modern sport of competitive swimming began in Great Britain in 1837. At that time, London hosted swimming competitions in its six newly constructed indoor pools. Swimming was included in the 1896 Athens Olympic Games, where swimmers competed in the 100-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle.Continue Reading
Competitive swimming continued to develop with the establishment of the Federation Internationale de Natation de Amateur in 1908. Women were first allowed to compete in Olympic swimming at the 1912 games in Stockholm.
As of 2014, there are four competitive swim styles: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. In freestyle, the swimmer can swim any stroke, with the crawl most commonly used.The individual medley requires the swimmer to swim all four strokes, beginning with the butterfly.Learn more about Swimming
Swimming was practiced by early man to cross rivers and lakes, and evidence of swimming can be seen on the Babylonian bass-reliefs, on the Stone Age cave paintings in Egypt and on Assyrian wall drawings. It has also been mentioned in Greek mythology and was practiced in Rome. However, swimming as a professional sport did not begin until the 19th century.Full Answer >
Pit bulls were originally bred in Great Britain for a blood sport known as baiting, which involved dogs attacking bulls, bears and other large mammals. When baiting became illegal, breeders refocused the baiting breed lines for dog fighting.Full Answer >
Although the origins of the sport date back to prehistoric times, the earliest evidence of boxing comes from Egypt and Mesopotamia. The first recorded reference of a "prizefight" is in Homer's Greek epic "The Iliad."Full Answer >
A pull buoy is a float that is placed between a swimmer's legs and used during aquatic training exercises. Swimmers use these floats to generate forward motion by solely moving their arms through the water.Full Answer >