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Aquatics at the Olympics

At the Olympics Games, the sporting discipline of Aquatics, which includes the sports of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo, is regulated by the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the international federation for aquatic sports. Swimming has been contested at every summer Olympic Games, the others being introduced at later dates. When categorizing the sports and counting the number of sports participating at each Olympics, these four sports are counted as one - Aquatics.

Swimming — swimming is one of five sports that have been contested at every summer Olympic Games since 1896.

Water Polo — water polo has been part of the Summer Olympics program since Paris in 1900.

Marathon Swimming — an 10km Open Water Swimming event was added to the Olympic program for the first time in 2008.

Artistic Swimming — introduced at the 1984 Olympic Games. A solo event was held from 1984 to 1992. Only women compete in the Artistic Swimming events at the Olympics.

Diving — first held at the 1904 Olympic Games, diving has been an Olympic sport since. Events include the 10m platform, 3m springboard individual and synchronized events (all for men and women).

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