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Can you beat an Olympian?

can you beat an olympian?

Compare yourself to historical Olympic results and see if you could have won gold in a previous life…

Over the years, swimmers have got faster, with World Records broken seemingly every year. Continual evolution of sports science and training strategy means that we are continually optimising the performance of our elite swimmers. Whilst we now have very intensive training programmes for Olympic athletes, historically the Games were “amateur” events and the results of past Olympians are within reach of the everyday swimmer.

For a fun, motivational challenge, why not see if you can match or beat any of the Olympic results below?

1896 Men’s 100m freestyle: Gold medal winning time of  01:22

1900 Men’s 200m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 02:25 and 02:58
1900 Men’s 200m backstroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 02:47 and 03:56

1904 Men’s 100 yard freestyle: Gold medal winning time of 01:02
1904 Men’s 1 mile freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 27:18 and 28:54
1904 Men’s 100 yard backstroke: Gold medal winning time of 01:16

1908 Men’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:05 and 01:08
1908 Men’s 100m backstroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:24 and 01:27

1912 Men’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:03 and 01:06
1912 Men’s 100m backstroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:21 and 01:25
1912 Women’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:22 and 01:27

1920 Men’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:00 and 01:03
1920 Men’s 100m backstroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:15 and 01:19
1920 Men’s 400m breaststroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 06:31 and 06:51
1920 Women’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:13 and 01:22

1924 Men’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 00:59 and 01:02
1924 Men’s 100m backstroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:13 and 01:20
1924 Men’s 200m breaststroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 02:56 and 03:05
1924 Women’s 100m freestyle: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:12 and 01:20
1924 Women’s 100m backstroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 01:23 and 01:31
1924 Women’s 200m breaststroke: Finalists’ finishing times between 03:33 and 03:47

To explore more swim times from past Olympic events, visit Wikipedia and search for “Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics” (replace 1896 with the Olympic year of your choice)

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