Aquatic art: Incredible underwater images from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics swimming events

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Watching the likes of Katie Ledecky and the other Olympic swimmers zip through the water at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre is one thing. But, to see the powerful mechanics of each stroke, the sheer force of it all, from a vantage we rarely—if ever—get to experience is in another cosmos. The underwater cameras at the 2020 Summer Games' swimming events have created such a world. It's been a fun element during the broadcast—even to casual fans like me—and allows you to really see how magnificent these athletes are and how most of us (though our minds disagree) could never pull off the stamina they possess. And the images captured from this angle? *Chef's kiss*—each is like a work of art, an unknown journey mixed with humor, strength, drive, and air bubbles aplenty. Let's take a look at the top shots (from below the surface)...

Team USA's Caeleb Dressel

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Australia's Matthew Temple

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Team Belarus' Yauhen Tsurkin

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USA's Caeleb Dressel

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Team Hungary's Kristof Milak

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Team Chinese Taipei's Wang Kuan-hung

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Team China's Jianjiahe Wang

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Team Japan's Miyu Namba

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Team Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk

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Team Hungary's Kristof Milak

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Team USA's Michael Andrew

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Team ROC's Kliment Kolesnikov

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Team South Africa's Kaylene Corbett

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Team China's Yufei Zhang

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Team USA's Caeleb Dressel

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Team USA's Michael Andrew

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Team Belarus' Yauhen Tsurkin

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Team South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker

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Team Japan's Daiya Seto

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Team Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen

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Team Japan's Takeshi Kawamoto

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Team Hungary's Kristof Milak

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Team Australia's Kiah Melverton

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Team Slovenia's Katja Fain

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Team Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen

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Team USA's Katie Ledecky

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Team China's Wang Jianjiahe

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Team Japan's Miyu Namba

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Team Brazil's Viviane Jungblut

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Team China's Wang Jianjiahe

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Team USA's Katie Ledecky

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Team Denmark's Signe Bro

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Team USA's Michael Andrew

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Team Spain's Jessica Vall Montero (L) Britain's Molly Renshaw (R)

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Team Australia's Emma McKeon

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Team Denmark's Pernille Blume (L) Team Denmark's Signe Bro (C) and Team USA's Erika Brown

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ROC's Evgeniia Chikunova

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Team Italy's Alberto Razzetti

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Team South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker

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Team Britain's Duncan Scott

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Team Australia's Emma McKeon

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Team USA's Caeleb Dressel

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Team USA's Hali Flickinger

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Team USA's Caeleb Dressel (R), ROC's Kliment Kolesnikov, (C) and Team Italy's Alessandro Miressi (L)

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Team Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey

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Team South Korea's Lee Ju-ho

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Team Canada's Penny Oleksiak (L), Team Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey (C) and Team Australia's Cate Campbell

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Team Netherlands' Arno Kamminga (L) and Team Finland's Matti Mattsson

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Team USA's Robert Finke

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Team Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk

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Team South Africa's Erin Gallagher

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Team Britain's Abbie Wood

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Team USA's Robert Finke (L), Team Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk (C) and Team Germany's Florian Wellbrock

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Team China's Wang Shun

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Team USA's Michael Andrew

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Team Australia's Emma McKeon, Team Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Team France's Marie Wattel, and Team Czech Republic's Barbora Seemanova

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Team France's Yohann Ndoye-Brouard

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Team USA's Erica Sullivan

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Team USA's Caeleb Dressel

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Team USA's Caeleb Dressel

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Team USA's Lydia Jacoby

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Team Australia's Ariarne Titmus (L) and Team USA's Katie Ledecky

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Team USA's Katie Ledecky

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Team China's Yu Liyan

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Top: Team USA's Michael Andrew, Team Switzerland's Jeremy Desplanches, Team Japan's Kosuke Hagino, and Team New Zealand's Lewis Clareburt

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Team USA's Townley Haas

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Team USA's Zach Apple

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Team USA's Drew Kibler

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Team USA's Kieran Smith

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Team China's Zhang Yufei

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Team USA's Katie Ledecky

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Ledecky out in front!

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