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History of the Sport


The Watershed Event

The watershed event in open water swimming history occurred in 1875 when Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the 21-mile English Channel. His effort, and the way he crossed, set in place the widely accepted rules of open water swimming. His legacy was followed at the 1896 Athens Olympics, the 1900 Paris Olympics, and the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, where the swimming events were conducted in open bodies of water.

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