Captain Webb, Lord Byron and others started it. Captain Webb swam the English Channel in 1875, considered today as one of the three toughest marathon swims in the world.
Open water swimming was officially recognised by FINA, the world governing body of swimming in 1986, but you can go back to the 1896 Olympic Games and before to realise that Open Water swimming was the forerunner of the indoor competitive swimming that we know today.
The annual celebration of sporting success within British Swimming was held on 17th November 2018. This year looked to be more competitive than ever following a superb summer of sporting achievements in Rio...Read more
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