Swimming is a sport with a proud history and heritage. Swimming was one of only nine sports in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896, and has kept its place ever since with largely the same events as over 100 years ago. However, recently a few innovations in the sport have surfaced. Here we take a look at the best swimming innovations:
British Gas SwimBritain:
British Gas brought the coolness of open water swimming indoors, with their innovative team swimming relay around buoys in the pool in a 250m course. Participants had to engage open water swimming techniques such as sighting and turning without the use of a wall! The team element really worked and brought an important social element to the sport.
Swim Run is a triathlon without the bike leg. Participants compete as a team of two swimming across bodies of water and running in between the swims. Participants cut down their wetsuits to enable the ability to stay warm and buoyant in the water, whilst also being able to run without over heating. Swimming aids such as hand paddles are permitted but what you swim with you must also carry on the run. A different challenge and stunning venues await.
Red Bull Neptune's Steps:
Red Bull are well known for their innovative and outlandish events, so great to see the team embrace swimming with a truly unique concept. The event pushed elite swimmers to new levels of speed, fatigue and resolve, with a race like no other. Swim 420m in cold water, but also navigate seven canal locks at the same time. The result is a fascinating race testing strength, endurance and of course swimming ability.