Did you know that the longest swimming pool ever built was in Morocco? This is the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It measures 480 meters long and 75 meters wide. It is actually filled with sea water. The oldest concrete swimming pool, on the other hand, is the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, which was built in 1915 in Texas.
Some Firsts In The Swimming Industry
- The very first recorded swimming races were in Japan in 36 B.C.
- Englishman Captain Matthew Webb was the first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France in 1875. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel when she was just a teenager.
- During the 1972 Olympics, Mark Spitz was the first swimmer to win 7 gold medals in a single Olympiad.
- Don Schollander was the first swimmer to break the 2 minute barrier in the 200 meters.
- In 1910, the first filtration system for a swimming pool was launched.
Some Historical Facts
- Did you know that the breaststroke was the oldest form of stroke? Today, there are already a lot of strokes swimmers use so they can win the race.
- Swimming became an Olympic event in 1896. It actually started as a men’s event. Women were able to participate only in 1912.
- After World War II, home swimming pools became popular. The publicity given to swimming sports by different Hollywood films made a home swimming pool a very desirable status symbol.
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