Swimming
Traditional Swimming races take place over distances ranging from 50m to 1500m. Unless it is a Freestyle event, competitors have to use a particular swimming stroke: Breaststroke, Butterfly or Backstroke.

There are also Medley events which combine all three strokes. Olympic races take place in a 50m long pool divided into 10 lanes, with only the middle eight lanes used by swimmers. The swimmer who touches the pool wall first at the end of the race is the winner.

A 10km Open Water race has been added to the Swimming programme for the Beijing 2008 Games. Open Water races are swum outside in areas such as the sea, a lake or a river, and competitors usually swim 2.5km circuits around buoys positioned in the water.
LIST Events
MEN
  Backstroke, 100m
  Backstroke, 200m
  Backstroke, 50m
  Breaststroke, 100m
  Breaststroke, 200m
  Breaststroke, 50m
  Butterfly, 100m
  Butterfly, 200m
  Butterfly, 50m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x100m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x200m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x50m
  Freestyle, 100m
  Freestyle, 1500m
  Freestyle, 200m
  Freestyle, 400m
  Freestyle, 50m
  Freestyle, 800m
  Individual Medley, 100m
  Individual Medley, 200m
  Individual Medley, 400m
  Medley Relay, 4x100m
  Medley Relay, 4x50m
WOMEN
  Backstroke, 100m
  Backstroke, 200m
  Backstroke, 50m
  Breaststroke, 100m
  Breaststroke, 200m
  Breaststroke, 50m
  Butterfly, 100m
  Butterfly, 200m
  Butterfly, 50m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x100m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x200m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x50m
  Freestyle, 100m
  Freestyle, 1500m
  Freestyle, 200m
  Freestyle, 400m
  Freestyle, 50m
  Freestyle, 800m
  Individual Medley, 100m
  Individual Medley, 200m
  Individual Medley, 400m
  Medley Relay, 4x100m
  Medley Relay, 4x50m
BOYS
  Backstroke, 100m
  Backstroke, 200m
  Backstroke, 50m
  Breaststroke, 100m
  Breaststroke, 200m
  Breaststroke, 50m
  Butterfly, 100m
  Butterfly, 200m
  Butterfly, 50m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x100m
  Freestyle, 100m
  Freestyle, 200m
  Freestyle, 400m
  Freestyle, 50m
  Individual Medley, 200m
  Medley Relay, 4x100m
GIRLS
  Backstroke, 100m
  Backstroke, 200m
  Backstroke, 50m
  Breaststroke, 100m
  Breaststroke, 200m
  Breaststroke, 50m
  Butterfly, 100m
  Butterfly, 200m
  Butterfly, 50m
  Freestyle Relay, 4x100m
  Freestyle, 100m
  Freestyle, 200m
  Freestyle, 400m
  Freestyle, 50m
  Individual Medley, 200m
  Medley Relay, 4x100m
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