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Swimming describes any method by which living creatures move themselves through water, apart from walking on the bottom. Among humans, the most common reasons for swimming are probably for amusement, exercise, sport or entertainment. Swimming is a good way to relax, with many swimming styles suitable for recreational swimming. Most recreational swimmers prefer a style that keeps their head out of the water and uses an underwater arm recovery. Swimming is also a good form of exercise. Because the density of the human body is approximately similar to that of water, the body is supported by the water and therefore less stress is placed on joints and bones. Furthermore, the resistance against movement depends heavily on the speed of the movement, allowing the fine tuning of the exercise according to one's ability. For this reason swimming is frequently used as an exercise in rehabilitation after injuries or for the disabled. Swimming developed as a competitive sport in the 19th century and was part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens. In 1908, a world swimming association, the Federation Internationale de Natation was established to regulate international competition.
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Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) – The International Swimming Federation – is the International Federation (IF) recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in the aquatic sports. It is one of several IFs which administers a given sport/discipline for the IOC and/or international community. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

FINA currently oversees competition in five aquatic sports: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming.

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History of the water polo goalkeeper The position of goalkeeper has existed since the game of water polo first originated. At that time, the object of the game was to touch the ball on the opponent's end of the pool. The goalkeeper would wait at the end of the pool until an opposing player approached the goal, when the goalkeeper would try to stop that player, for example, by dunking their head.

A change occurred in the game and the role of the goalkeeper in the 1880s, when the Scottish reduced the size of the scoring area by placing rugby posts, spaced about 10 feet apart, at each end of the pool. At the same time, the rules were changed to allow...


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Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky (born March 17, 1997) is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and nine-time world champion. She is the current world record-holder in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle (long course). She also holds the fastest-ever times in the 500-, 1000-, and 1650-yard freestyle events.

In her international debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won gold in the 800-meter freestyle in what was the second-fastest performance ever.


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At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Caeleb Dressel of the United States won seven gold medals, tying the record held by Michael Phelps since the 2007 World Aquatics Championships. Sarah Sjöström of Sweden won three individual gold medals in addition to breaking the worlds records in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle events.

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