Historical Dictionary of Competitive Swimming (Historical by John P. Lohn

By John P. Lohn

Swimming has been an Olympic activity because the inception of the video games, with the a hundred, four hundred, and 1500 freestyles being the unique occasions besides the a hundred freestyle for sailors. whereas the spirit of the game is still an identical, the know-how and the aggressive codecs have complicated vastly over the years. The variety of occasions contested in festival has elevated to the purpose the place this system for a regular foreign meet, reminiscent of the realm Championships or Olympics, produces a real mirrored image of the simplest swimmers over numerous distances and in numerous strokes. The old Dictionary of aggressive Swimming examines the game of swimming considering its inception as a aggressive athletic occasion. this is often performed via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and appendixes that element Olympic and international Championships medal winners. The dictionary part has over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on members, significant competitions, and there also are entries for every of the aggressive strokes and nations that experience loved major luck within the game.

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Arvidsson was also seventh in the 200 butterfly and was the bronze medalist in the 100 butterfly at the 1978 World Championships. indd 3 7/14/10 11:34 AM 4 • AUBURN UNIVERSITY He set his sole world record in April 1980 in the 100 butterfly and won four career medals at the European Championships. AUBURN UNIVERSITY. Located in Alabama, Auburn University features one of the dominant collegiate swimming programs in the United States for both men and women. Since 1997, the Auburn men have won eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships while the women have won five national championships.

Going forward, Phelps vows not to allow outside influences to affect his swimming. 2006 17 August: Racing at the Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Phelps breaks out of a slump—at least by his standards. 80 in the 200 butterfly, Phelps sets his first world record in more than two years. His last global standard was in his first event of the 2004 Olympics, when he captured the gold medal in the 400 individual medley. 2007 27 March: As part of his seven gold medals at the World Championships in Melbourne, Phelps takes down Ian Thorpe’s world record in the 200 freestyle.

After 36 years, the Olympics had its match to Spitz, and swimming had an athlete who managed to break into the athletic mainstream. While swimming has always been one of the glamour sports at the Olympic Games, battling track and field and gymnastics for top billing, it typically fell off the radar in non-Olympic years. Because the sport received minimal television coverage, the athletes were primarily unknown personalities to the sporting public. What Phelps has done for the sport in the United States is elevate its popularity.

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