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Subject Article: Rule Interpretation: Breaststroke
 Rule Interpretation: Breaststroke
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Posted: 02/September/2006 at 11:07am | IP Logged
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Rule Interpretation


February 22, 2006 (relating to the 2005 FINA rule change):

1. A swimmer who chooses to take a downward butterfly kick after the start or any turn, as provided in Article 101.1.3, does not need to be wholly submerged.

2. The breaststroke kick has three basic requirements: all movements of the legs shall be simultaneous and in the same horizontal plan without alternating movement; the feet must be turned outward during the propulsive part of the kick; and, a scissors, flutter or “downward” butterfly kick is not permitted except as provided in the first paragraph of Article 101.1.3. Breaking the surface of the water with the feet is allowed at any time as long as it is not followed by a “downward” butterfly kick (except as provided in the first paragraph of Article 101.1.3). There is no prohibition against an upward butterfly-type kicking action or motion at any time and this should not be cause for a disqualification.


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