Swimming can be dated back to the stone age, but did not truly become an organised sport until the early 19th century.
AN ANCIENT DISCIPLINE
Prehistoric man learnt to swim in order to cross rivers and lakes – we know this because cave paintings from the Stone Age depicting swimmers have been found in Egypt. Swimming was also referred to in Greek mythology.
DAWN OF A SPORT
Swimming was not widely practised until the early 19th century, when the National Swimming Society of Great Britain began to hold competitions. Most early swimmers used the breaststroke, or a form of it.
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