What is breaststroke?

  • (verb): Swim with the face down and extend the arms forward and outward while kicking with the leg.
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The breaststroke is a swimming style in which the swimmer is on his or her chest and the torso does not rotate. It is the most popular recreational style due to its stability and the ability to keep the head out of the water a large portion of the time. In most swimming classes, beginners learn either the breaststroke or the front crawl first. Since the breaststroke can be swum with the eyes almost always above water, it is important in lifesaving, as it allows the rescuer to approach the victim without losing sight of them. However, in competitive swimming, the breaststroke is regarded as one of the most difficult strokes, requiring comparable endurance and leg strength to other strokes. Some people refer to breaststroke as the "frog" stroke, for your body moves like a frog swimming in the water. The stroke itself is the slowest of any competitive strokes and thought to be the oldest of all swimming strokes.

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Some articles on breaststroke:

Margaret Kelly (swimmer)
... At the 1976 Games she had competed in the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke and the 4×100 m medley relay, reaching the final in all three events ... In 1980 she swam just the 100 m breaststroke in addition to the relay medal winning swim, where she finished fourth in the final in a time of 111.48 ... her third Commonwealth Games in 1990 and was a finalist in the women's 100 breaststroke at the age of 33 ...
Lennart Lindroos
... Lindroos (born December 2, 1886, date of death unknown) was a Finnish breaststroke swimmer who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics ... In 1912 he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 200 metre breaststroke event as well as in the semi-finals of the 400 metre breaststroke competition ...
Lia Dekker - Swimming Career
... Championships, Dekker broke the national record in the 200 m breaststroke, which was set by Linda Moes during the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea ... The day after she also lowered the national record in the 100 m breaststroke, held by Moniek Nijhuis since 2007 ... In Rijeka, Dekker placed 18th in the 100 m breaststroke and 20th in the 200 m breaststroke ...
Olympic or Long Course World Champions in Breaststroke - Women
... Olympic Champions in Women's 100 m Breaststroke 1968 Đurđica Bjedov 1972 Cathy Carr 1976 Hannelore Anke 1980 Ute Geweniger 1984 Petra van Staveren 1988 Tanya ...
Lia Dekker - Personal Bests
... Short course Event Time Date Location 50 m breaststroke 32.78 2008-11-22 Winschoten, Netherlands 100 m breaststroke 108.04 2008-12-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands 200 m breaststroke 227.14 2008-12-20 Amsterdam ...

More definitions of "breaststroke":

  • (noun): A swimming stroke; the arms are extended together in front of the head and swept back on either side accompanied by a frog kick.