13 Pictures That Capture The Poetry Of Olympic Swimming

Liu Zige China Olympic London 2012 swimming

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Swimming is perhaps the most highly-anticipated event in the entire Olympics.The best swimmers become international superstars overnight and end up on our TV screens throughout the duration of the games.

London 2012 has been no different.

On top of being a glamour sport, Olympic swimming also takes centre stage when it comes to providing incredible photos.

These are some of the best from the first few days of competition.

Missy Franklin becomes one with the water during her backstroke semifinal

Tomas Klobucink of Slovakia competes in the men's 200-meter breaststroke heat

Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte (centre) on her way to gold in the women's 100-meter breaststroke

This is how Adam Brown of Great Britain prepares for the 100-meter freestyle

Aya Terakawa of Japan en route to bronze in the women's 100-meter backstroke

Great intensity from Japan's Ryo Tateishi during a men's 200-meter breaststroke heat

Awesome angle of China's Zige Liu in a women's 200-meter butterfly heat

What is Georgia's Irakli Bolkvadze doing in this 200-meter breaststroke heat?

100-meter women's backstroke silver medalist Emily Seebohm of Australia

Beni Bertrand Binobagira of Burundi competes in the men's 100-meter freestyle heat

Kinda scary view of Britain's Hannah Miley during a 200-meter IM heat

Three swimmers reach for the finish in a heat for the men's 100-meter freestyle

Liu Zige of China won't be denied in the women's 200-meter butterfly heat

A few swimmers make this impressive list as well...

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