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The aquatics discipline of swimming is one of the most exciting and popular sports on the Baku 2015 programme. The intense battles between swimmers always makes Swimming an incredibly exciting sport to watch, and the atmosphere in the new Baku Aquatics Centre is guaranteed to be electrifying whether you are an athlete in the pool or a passionate spectator in the stands. In addition to the 42 medals on offer at Baku 2015, swimmers will have the opportunity to meet qualification standards for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games providing fierce action in the pool.

While swimming dates back many centuries, competitive swimming did not become popular until the 1800s. At the first few modern Olympic Games, Swimming events were held in open water until the London Games in 1908, when Olympic Swimming competitions moved to the pool.

An extremely demanding sport, Swimming requires athletes to race through the water and touch the finish line ahead of their competition, a split second can mean the difference between a gold medal and last place.

At the Baku 2015 European Games, the competition will be held in a 50m pool with athletes swimming for medals in the four main strokes - freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and competing in three different relay events.

The five days of competition will take place from 23-27 June 2015 and will give 526 junior athletes the opportunity to take to the pool to compete against their rivals in the hope of securing a medal at the first European Games.



Qualification places for Swimming will be determined based on the average team size from the last three European Junior Swimming Championships, host NOC allocation and universality.


Medal events

Men Women
50m Freestyle 50m Freestyle
100m Freestyle 100m Freestyle
200m Freestyle 200m Freestyle
400m Freestyle 400m Freestyle
800m Freestyle 800m Freestyle
1500m Freestyle 1500m Freestyle
50m Butterfly 50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly 100m Butterfly
200m Butterfly 200m Butterfly
50m Breaststroke 50m Breaststroke
100m Breaststroke 100m Breaststroke
200m Breaststroke 200m Breaststroke
50m Backstroke 50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke 100m Backstroke
200m Backstroke 200m Backstroke
200m Individual Medley 200m Individual Medley
400m Individual Medley 400m Individual Medley
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
4 x 100m Medley Relay 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay


Facts and figures

  • Swimmers in the backstroke, freestyle and butterfly events are only allowed to swim a maximum of 15 metres under water after both the start and turns to prevent any unfair advantage.
  • At the age of 18, Alfréd Hajós of Hungary became the first Olympic gold medal winner in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle gold medalist at the Athens 1896 Olympic Games.
  • In 1998, Benoît Lecomte of France swam across the Atlantic Ocean, a total of 5,600 kilometres in 73 days, swimming between 6-8 hours daily.

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    Aquatics is one of the most exciting and popular sports on the Baku 2015 programme.