Aquatics - Swimming

The Commonwealth’s finest swimmers are set to showcase their dynamic strength, speed, and technique as they make a splash at Birmingham 2022.

Swimming and Para Swimming sees events comprising of four swimming styles – freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke, together with medley events which include all four strokes.

With distances ranging from a breathless 50m to a lung busting 1500m, the variety of events will showcase the talent, skills and strengths of every athlete in the pool, each vying to claim a place on the podium.

As well as individual races, in Swimming and Para Swimming spectators will be able to marvel at the relay events, which see teams of four swimmers work together to outswim their opponents.

Swimming at the Commonwealth Games takes place in a long-course 50m pool – double the length you might find in typical leisure pool, and often referred to as ‘Olympic size’. For most events, heats will take place first, with the fastest swimmers or relay teams proceeding to semi-finals and finals.

The rules are simple: Swim faster than everyone else – the first to touch the wall wins.

Previous Commonwealth Games Appearances

Swimming is ever-present at the Commonwealth Games, after debuting at the inaugural event in Hamilton in 1930.

Fun Fact

The 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria saw two world records set by the same swimmer in the same race! Australia’s Kieran Perkins not only finished the 1,500m Freestyle in record time, but his opening 800m was also a world best.

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