Medal Events

Women freestyle
50 m100 m200 m400 m800 m

Women backstroke
100 m200 m

Women breaststroke
100 m200 m

Women butterfly
100 m200 m

Women individual medley
200 m400 m

Women Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 m4 x 200 m

Women medley relay
4 x 100 m

Men freestyle
50 m100 m200 m400 m1500 m

Men backstroke
100 m200 m

Men breaststroke

Men butterfly
100 m200 m

Men individual medley
200 m400 m

Men freestyle relay
4 x 100 m4 x 200 m

Men medley relay
4 x 100 m

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Sport Overview

Ferocity and grace, endurance and speed. Each event and distance — breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, freestyle and medley contested over 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1,500 metres — produces some of the most memorable performances and athletes of any Games.

Athletes will push for the podium in 2015 in a brand-new competition venue.


History has shown that the sport of aquatics had an early start: Egyptian hieroglyphics discovered from the Stone Age showed people swimming. Around 400 BC records showed Egyptians and Romans diving off cliffs. It did not become an organized sport, however, until the early 19th century in Great Britain.

How it works

Swimming races incorporate the techniques of breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, and are contested at distances of 50 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 1,500 metres. Swimming is a timed competition — the first athlete or team (relay) to touch the timing pad at the end of the last lap wins.


Flip turn
A type of turn where swimmers perform an underwater roll at the end of their lap and use their feet to push off from the wall.

The division of an event in order to cut the number of participants.

A combination event in which the swimmer or team swim legs of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle (often front crawl).

Qualifying time
A specified time that an athlete must achieve in order to enter a competitive event.

The finishing point of a race.

Additional Information

Additional Information