Women's Swimming 50m Freestyle – Semi-Finals | London 2012 Olympics



Highlights of the Women’s Swimming 50m Freestyle Semi-Finals from the Aquatics Centre during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Swimming has featured on the programme of all editions of the Games since 1896. The very first Olympic events were freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke. Backstroke was added in 1904.

In the 1940s, breaststrokers discovered that they could go faster by bringing both arms forward over their heads. This practice was immediately forbidden in breaststroke, but gave birth to butterfly, whose first official appearance was at the 1956 Games in Melbourne. This style is now one of the four strokes used in competition.

Women’s swimming became Olympic in 1912 at the Stockholm Games. Since then, it has been part of every edition of the Games. The men’s and women’s programmes are almost identical, as they contain the same number of events, with only one difference: the freestyle distance is 800 metres for women and 1,500 metres for men.

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35 comments

  1. 2:57 Number 7 should be the 1st. This result is not fair. No. 7 was about to touch the wall with her head when the rest of the others was still not even in the reach of their hand.

  2. My Daughter is 10, her dream is to make it to the European championships, she is a strong swimmer and at the moment she is swimming 10 miles for charity 💗

  3. This swimming comp gave me a more known about swim comp, after knowing that swimming comp os like this i would like to do may swim comp next week

  4. Does no one like acc sweat like panick watching this like fidget I DONT KNOW HOW IM GONNA RACE I THIS JEJJDJDJJD

  5. বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় টিমের কতগুলো অবাল আছে যেগুলো বছরে একটা হাফ সেঞ্চুরি করলেই সারা বছর জাতীয় টিমে খেলতে পারে কিন্তু আশরাফুলের মত পিলিয়ারা যে কিনা একটা ম্যাচ খারাপ করলে বঙ্গবন্ধু টি-টোয়েন্টি ম্যাচ থেকে বাত করা হয় এটাই বুঝি বাংলাদেশের ক্রিকেটের নীতি। কপাল লাগে

  6. Dang I’m watching this to make me feel better and less nervous for my meet it makes me nervous though

  7. Is it just me, or does the announcer in the background sound like Principal Skinner from The Simpsons?

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