Along with athletics, swimming has been one of the consistencies of every modern Summer Olympics. In 2016, there will be 34 Gold medals handed out in the pool – the second highest amount of any sport behind athletics. The 34 events are split down the middle between men and women, with the only difference being that men compete in the 1500m freestyle while the women compete in the 800m freestyle. At Rio 2016, all the swimming will take place from August 6-13 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium apart from the open-water 10km marathon swim, which will take place in Fort Copacabana.
Over the years, the pool has been dominated by the USA as they’ve won 230 of the 522 Gold medals on offer to date. They also top the table for Silver and Bronze with 164 and 126 respectively to bring their medal total to 520 – almost 3 times the amount as second placed Australia. In fact, the USA and Australia combined have won over 44% of all swimming medals in Olympic history.
Australia has experienced plenty of success in the pool, particularly over the past 20 years. Ian Thorpe (5), Libby Trickett (4), Leisel Jones (3), Petria Thomas (3), Grant Hackett (3), Jodie Henry (3) and Stephanie Rice (3) have all won 3 or more Gold medals since 1996, with many contributing to our tally at Sydney 2000.
Our push for medals in Rio 2016 will again be spearheaded by our swimmers, with the likes of Cate Campbell, Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Cameron McEvoy hoping to sit atop the podium come August.
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