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The front crawl is most commonly chosen by swimmers, as this provides the greatest speed. As with all competitive events, false starts can lead to disqualification of the swimmer. Male swimmers wore full body suits up until the s, which caused more drag in the water than their modern swimwear counterparts.

This rule was introduced see

In freestyle events, swimmers originally dove from the pool walls, but diving blocks were eventually incorporated at the Olympics. The wall has to be touched at every turn and upon completion. During a race, the competitor circles the arms forward in alternation, kicking the feet up and down flutter kick. By that point the head must have broken the surface. Cavill and his brothers spread the Australian crawl to England, New Zealand and America, creating the freestyle used worldwide today.

This rule was introduced see History of swimming to prevent swimmers from using the faster underwater swimming to their advantage, or even swimming entire laps underwater. In the United States, it is common for swimmers to compete in a yard pool during the Fall, Winter, and Spring, and then switch over to a meter pool format during the Summer. The flip turn was developed in the s, resulting in faster times.

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