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  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Ethelda Bleibtrey, the trailblazer for women’s swimming who was arrested due to her swimsuit

    American Ethelda Bleibtrey won every single event on the programme in women’s swimming at the 1920 Antwerp Games. A unique achievement by a champion who also cut through conventions in her country, at a time when being a female swimmer came with a number of constraints, particularly with regard to swimwear...
    23 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Buenos Aires 2018

    Buenos Aires 2018: Where are they now?

    As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), olympic.org highlights some of the young athletes who have gone on to make their name on the global stage since shining in Buenos Aires.
    11 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Buenos Aires 2018, YOG
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Caeleb Dressel: Sights Set on Tokyo

    Born in August 1996, a few days after the Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Games, American Caeleb Dressel seems poised for Olympic glory in Tokyo in 2020. At the Gwangju World Championships in Korea, he once again demonstrated the extent of his talent by winning six gold medals. He has undoubtedly become the swimming world’s new leading talent.
    23 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Beijing 2008

    ‘Miracle man’ Lezak reveals how he made Phelps’ record haul a reality

    Almost every major sports fan in the world knows swimmer Michael Phelps won a gasp-inducing eight Olympic gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Games, but far fewer will recall that the record-setting haul would never have happened without the super-human efforts of USA teammate Jason Lezak. Here, the relay specialist reflects on his role in one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history.
    11 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, United States of America, LEZAK, Jason
  • News | YOG

    YOG water babies making a splash on the world stage

    The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) have been providing a springboard for aspiring aquatics stars since 2010. As the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships are underway in Gwangju (Republic of Korea), we look at some athletes who are now making a splash on the global stage after shining at the YOG.
    17 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Aquatics
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Kaori Icho on course to make history with five in a row at Tokyo 2020

    Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho is the only woman to have won four consecutive individual Olympic gold medals in the same discipline. A superstar in Japan, she remains undefeated at the Games since women’s freestyle wrestling was included on the programme at Athens 2004, and she intends to continue this run by doing everything she can to rise to challenge number five: victory on home soil at the Tokyo Games!
    25 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Wrestling, Japan, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Usain Bolt's title is up for grabs at Tokyo 2020!

    Eleven years ago, on 20 August 2008, Usain Bolt became a two-time Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m, setting two world records in the process. He achieved this feat twice, with victories for Jamaica in the 4x100m relay, bringing his total to eight gold medals, an all-time record in sprinting. Today, hopefuls are preparing themselves and queuing up to follow in his footsteps in the 100m and 200m races at Tokyo 2020.
    20 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, BOLT, Usain, Athletics, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Adam Peaty is paving the road to Tokyo 2020 with world records

    British swimmer Adam Peaty added two world medals to his extraordinary collection at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju. The Rio 2016 Olympic champion in the 100m breaststroke also broke the 57-second barrier for the first time in this event, sending a serious warning to his rivals for Tokyo 2020With his world record in Gwangju, Peaty has set the best 16 times ever recorded in the 100m breaststroke.
    07 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Swimming, Great Britain, On the road to Tokyo
  • Vollmer sets 100m butterfly world record | Video

    Vollmer sets 100m butterfly world record

    London 2012 - USA's Dana Vollmer won the Olympic Games 100m Butterfly title in a new world record of 55.98. Vollmer took 0.08 off Sarah Sjostrom's 2009 world record as she added the Olympic title to the gold she won in Athens in 2004 as a 16-year-old member of the triumphant 4 x 200m Freestyle squad.
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