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Swimming Trivia

Swimming Questions and Answers

  1. On 25 August 1875, which swimming stroke did Captain Matthew Webb use to become the first person to successfully swim the English Channel?
  2. Who won five gold Olympic medals before playing Tarzan in feature films from 1932 to 1948?
  3. Which is the slowest of the four official swimming strokes? The four stokes are backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl.
  4. Swimming in the first four Olympics were not held in pools, but in open water. In 1896 the Olympic swimming events were held in the Mediterranean. Where were they held in 1900?

  5. From 5 to 12 September 2011, David Walliams raised more than £2 million for Sport Relief swimming what?
  6. Which actress popularized synchronized swimming in her "aqua musicals" of the 1940s and 1950s?
  7. The African Olympian swimmer Eric Moussambani Malonga was known by what nickname?
  8. At the 2008 Beijing Games, who became Britain’s most successful swimmer for 100 years by winning two gold medals?
  9. Captain Matthew Webb's final swim was said to be suicidal and indeed he did lose his life swimming the Whirlpool Rapids where?
  10. Three British men have won gold medals in the 100m Olympic breaststroke event. Can you name them?
  11. What was the nickname of one of Australia's best ever swimmers, Ian Thorpe?
  12. On which bank holiday do swimmers in fancy dress swim in the sea in Tenby, Wales? There are several such annual dips held around Europe.
  13. At the 1980 Olympics, who won silver behind East German Petra Schneider in the 400 m individual medley? Petra Schneider later admitted that her victory was drug enhanced.
  14. When Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games he broke which fellow American swimmer's record of seven golds at any single Olympic Games?
  15. Who became a household name when she won two gold medals for Great Britain in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing?
  16. Which poet is often said to have started the modern age of open water swimming in 1810 when he swam several miles to cross the Dardanelles from Europe to Asia?


  1. Breaststroke
  2. Johnny Weissmuller
  3. Breaststroke
  4. The Seine River (in France)
  5. River Thames
  6. Esther Williams
  7. Eric the Eel
  8. Rebecca Adlington
  9. Below Niagara Falls (1883)
  10. Duncan Goodhew (1980), Adrian Moorhouse (1988) and Adam Peaty (2016)
  11. Thorpedo
  12. Boxing Day
  13. Sharon Davies
  14. Mark Spitz's
  15. Ellie Simmonds
  16. Lord Byron