Jump to navigation. Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak shattered Michael Phelps' year-old world record in the metres butterfly on Wednesday while Adam Peaty sewed up a third straight breaststroke double with victory in the 50 metres at the world championships. Budapest-born Milak won gold in a time of But earlier I only did metres because I wasn't strong enough.
Prehistoric man learnt to swim in order to cross rivers and lakes — we know this because cave paintings from the Stone Age depicting swimmers have been found in Egypt. Swimming was also referred to in Greek mythology. Swimming was not widely practised until the early 19th century, when the National Swimming Society of Great Britain began to hold competitions. Most early swimmers used the breaststroke, or a form of it.
Michael Fred Phelps II  born June 30,  is an American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time ,  with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals 23 ,  Olympic gold medals in individual events 13 , and Olympic medals in individual events At the Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the Summer Olympics in London , Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro , he won five gold medals and one silver. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.
You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image. Dunedin swimmer Erika Fairweather eclipses a year-old New Zealand record at the national age group championships in Wellington on Saturday.