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In the first four Olympics, competitions were not held in pools, but rather in open water (1896, the Mediterranean Sea; 1900, the Seine; 1904, an artificial lake; 1906, the Mediterranean). The 1904 Olympics' races were the only ones ever measured at yards, instead of the usual metres. A 100 metre pool was built for the 1908 Olympics and sat in the centre of the main stadium's track and field oval. The 1912 Olympics, held in the Stockholm harbour, marked the beginning of electrical timing.
Swimmer Michael Phelps stretches while posing for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas May 13, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

Swimmer Michael Phelps stretches while posing for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas May 13, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

What a champ. #beatcancer! Swimmer Eric Shanteau poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

What a champ. #beatcancer! Swimmer Eric Shanteau poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

Swimmer Brendan Hansen poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

Swimmer Brendan Hansen poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

April 18, 2012: Giulia Lapi and Mariangela Perrupato of Italy perform in the Duets Technical Routine during a synchronised swimming qualification event at the Aquatic Centre at Olympic Park in Stratford in east London. I actually love synchronized swimming. www.london2012.com #olympics #london2012 #swimming

April 18, 2012: Giulia Lapi and Mariangela Perrupato of Italy perform in the Duets Technical Routine during a synchronised swimming qualification event at the Aquatic Centre at Olympic Park in Stratford in east London. I actually love synchronized swimming. www.london2012.com #olympics #london2012 #swimming

March 22, 2012    Cate and Bronte Campbell qualify.  ADELAIDE, Australia -- Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell will be the first siblings to swim for an Australian Olympic team in 40 years following their 1-2 finish in the 50-meter freestyle final at the national trials. www.london2012.com #swimming #olympics #london2012

March 22, 2012 Cate and Bronte Campbell qualify. ADELAIDE, Australia -- Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell will be the first siblings to swim for an Australian Olympic team in 40 years following their 1-2 finish in the 50-meter freestyle final at the national trials. www.london2012.com #swimming #olympics #london2012

In a picture taken with an underwater camera, Britain's swimmer Benjamin Goodall competes in the men's 200m butterfly during the British Gas Swimming Championships, the British swimming team trials for the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the Aquatics Center in London. www.london2012.com #olympics #swimming #london2012

In a picture taken with an underwater camera, Britain's swimmer Benjamin Goodall competes in the men's 200m butterfly during the British Gas Swimming Championships, the British swimming team trials for the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the Aquatics Center in London. www.london2012.com #olympics #swimming #london2012

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.london2012.com #Sport #Olympics #Photography #London2012 #Portrait #Photography #Swimming

Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.olympics.org #Sport #Olympics #London2012 #Portrait #Swimming

Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas May 14, 2012. www.olympics.org #Sport #Olympics #London2012 #Portrait #Swimming

The Queen of the Pool – Rebecca Adlington: Four years ago Rebecca Adlington went into the Beijing Olympics as a virtual unknown to those outside the swimming world. Fast forward to 2012 and she’s one of Britain’s best gold medal hopes for the Games. Sportsister’s Jessica Whittington caught up with the double Olympic champion as she prepares to take her first step this month towards defending those titles. www.london2012.com #swimming #london2012 #olympics

The Queen of the Pool – Rebecca Adlington: Four years ago Rebecca Adlington went into the Beijing Olympics as a virtual unknown to those outside the swimming world. Fast forward to 2012 and she’s one of Britain’s best gold medal hopes for the Games. Sportsister’s Jessica Whittington caught up with the double Olympic champion as she prepares to take her first step this month towards defending those titles. www.london2012.com #swimming #london2012 #olympics

The Great Britain Synchronised Swimming team pose at Garrison Sports Centre in Aldershot after the announcement of the team for the London 2012 Olympic Games www.london2012.com #olympics #london2012 #swimming

The Great Britain Synchronised Swimming team pose at Garrison Sports Centre in Aldershot after the announcement of the team for the London 2012 Olympic Games www.london2012.com #olympics #london2012 #swimming