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Swimming Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 173
  • Number of Athletes : 778
  • Total Events : 32

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Swimming Schedule

The Rio Olympics Swimming Event will start on Saturday 6 August and finish on Saturday 13 August, 2016.
DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 6, 201613:0015:30SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 6, 201622:0023:55SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's Semi- finals FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 7, 201613:0015:20SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 7, 201622:000:15SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's Semi- finals FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 8, 201613:0014:15SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 8, 201622:000:00SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's Semi- finals FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 9, 201613:0014:40SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 9, 201622:000:10SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's Semi- finals FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 10, 201613:0015:05SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 10, 201622:000:25SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's Semi- finals FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 11, 201613:0015:15SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 11, 201622:0023:55SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's Semi- finals FinalsYesAquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 12, 201613:0015:20SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's HeatsNoOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 12, 201622:0023:30SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra
Aug 13, 201622:0023:40SwimmingM/FMen's and Women's FinalsYesOlympic Aquatics StadiumBarra

Aquatics-Swimming at Olympics: Swimming is a technique used to move through water using only movements of the body. Swimming is an ancient discipline. Swimming is a method for survival in water.

This exercise had been acquired by men in the prehistoric days when they had to cross rivers and lakes. Swimming got the status of sport event in early 19 th century.

Swimming in Summer Olympics : Swimming was included in the schedule from the very first Summer Summer Games in 1896. From then on, this sport has been a regular event and the centre of attraction in the Summer Games. In the early Summer Games, events were conducted only in breaststroke or freestyle. Backstroke was included in the schedule in 1904 Summer Games. Then butterfly stroke was introduced in the swimming events. Women's swimming started in 1912 Olympics; since then men and women have been competing in the Summer Games in almost identical program.

Men compete in the following events in the Summer Games-

  • 100 meter backstroke for men
  • 100 meter breaststroke for men
  • 100 meter butterfly for men
  • 100 meter freestyle for men
  • 1500 meter freestyle for men
  • 200 meter backstroke for men
  • 200 meter breaststroke for men
  • 200 meter butterfly  for men
  • 200 meter freestyle for men
  • 200 meter individual medley for men
  • 400 meter freestyle for men
  • 400 meter individual medley for men
  • 4x100 meter freestyle relay for men
  • 4x100 meter medley relay for men
  • 4x200 meter freestyle relay for men
  • 50 meter freestyle for men
  • marathon 10 kilometer for men

In Olympics, women compete in the following events-

  • 100 meter backstroke for women
  • 100 meter breaststroke for women
  • 100 meter butterfly for women
  • 100 meter freestyle for women
  • 200 meter backstroke for women
  • 200 meter breaststroke for women
  • 200 meter butterfly for women
  • 200 meter freestyle for women
  • 200 meter individual medley for women
  • 400 meter freestyle for women
  • 400 meter individual medley for women
  • 4x100 meter freestyle relay for women
  • 4x100 meter medley relay for women
  • 4x200 meter freestyle relay for women
  • 50 m freestyle for women
  • 800 m freestyle for women
  • marathon 10 kilometer for women

Rules of Swimming: In Summer Games,four different strokes are used in swimming-freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. Apart from individual events for each of these strokes, individual medley events and relays are scheduled in the program. All four strokes are used in medley events; in the 400 meter individual medley, competitors have to swim 100 meter of butterfly, then 100 meter of backstroke, followed by 100 meter of breaststroke and finally 100 meter freestyle. The 4x 100 meter medley relay begins with backstroke followed by breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. In Summer Games, swimming events are held in a 50 meter pool. For this reason, events longer than 50 meter require laps to be swum. In freestyle and backstroke, swimmers have the option of touching the wall at the end of the pool with any part of their bodies. However, it is compulsory to touch the wall with hands at the end of the backstroke lap before switching to breaststroke, in individual medley events. In breaststroke and butterfly events, swimmers have to touch the end of the pool with both hands at the end of each lap.

For breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly and individual medley events, swimming starts with swimmers standing on blocks at the end of the pool. Swimmers are given a warning before a loud beep sounds to start the race. At the Olympics a swimmer is disqualified for a false start. Timing of the races is calculated using electronic devices fitted in the blocks and the walls at the end of the pool. In relays, a team is disqualified if a member of the team leaves the blocks more than 0.03 of a second before the team member in the water touches the wall. Maximum eight individual swimmers can compete in each event. Up to two swimmers per nation are permitted to swim in each event.

Categories of Swimming: Swimming can be categorized according to the strokes applied for swimming. According to the strokes, swimming can be of four types-

•  Freestyle-Any stroke is permitted in freestyle swimming. Generally crawl stroke is chosen by the swimmers as it is the fastest stroke. For this reason, crawl stroke has got the name of freestyle.

•  Butterfly-Butterfly stroke was invented in1956 Summer Games. This stroke is swum face down, with arms swung forward together.

•  Backstroke-Backstroke is swum on the back with face towards sky. During backstroke, swimmer's legs have to remain under water.

•  Breaststroke-Breaststroke requires swimmers to swim face down, moving their arms and legs at the same time in a horizontal plane. The swimmer's head must break the water surface after each complete stroke.

There are also various different styles of swimming which are mainly practiced during recreational swimming. These strokes can be swum on the breast, on the back or on the side. The swimming styles practiced for recreational swimming are as follows-

•  The strokes swum on the breast are front crawl, trudgen, trudgen crawl, double trudgen, double trudgen crawl, dolphin crawl, catch up stroke, total immersion, head-up breaststroke, slow butterfly or moth stroke, dog paddle, human stroke, survival travel stroke, snorkeling and fin swimming. Among these styles, front crawling is the fastest style of swimming. The head-up breaststroke style is much used by the rescue swimmers during their approach towards a victim.

•  The strokes swum on the back include back stroke or back crawl, elementary backstroke, inverted breaststroke, inverted butterfly, back double trudgen, flutter back finning and feet first swimming. The feet first swimming style is widely used during training.

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Last updated on: August 03, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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