Swimming is the art of moving through water without any artificial support. It has been a very popular activity for many people around the world because of its soothing and relaxing nature. It even developed into a competitive sport at the end of the nineteenth century, leading to sporting events specifically featuring competitive swimming as a separate event. Another popular use of swimming has been in rehabilitation from injuries where patients are soothed by the activity as well as being exposed to light exertion so as to build strength.
The activity is known to have been prevalent from the Stone Age. Ancient paintings are seen with people wading through water and some of the oldest works in Western literature such as the Iliad, the Odyssey and Beowulf have characters that swim the ocean waters. In the year 1538, a German professor by the name of Nikolaus Wynmann is said to have written the first book on swimming. After that competitive swimming took hold in Europe with the advent of the nineteenth century and it became an Olympic sport in the 1896 Athens Olympics.
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