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If a swimmer breaks a record in a medley event, does the record count towards the individual event or the medley event?

This is clear in the rules of swimming. For example, take the USA Swimming (official web site) rules, which follow from FINA. In section 102.24, Timing Rules one finds: 102.24 TIMING RULES ...
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What are the red circles on the body of Michael Phelps at Rio 2016?

The circles are actually the result of a purported recovery practice called cupping. Practitioners claim that it aids in blood flow and recovery to various body parts. Considered a form of ...
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WR Line while swimming

I'm pretty sure it shows the world record pace, rather than the position of the holder at that point in the race - i.e. it advances at a constant speed. Unless the TV company had exact positional data ...
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Does shaving your legs really matter in swimming/cycling?

There are not many scientific studies regarding shaving legs and swimming performance but the claim "Shaving reduces drag and thus makes you faster" is supported by study of Sharp & ...
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How much faster/more useful is swimming under water?

There are a few factors to take into account here. First of all, you'll note that this technique was never really used for freestyle events. That means that the ability to swim via underwater ...
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How to improve my Swimming technique? Help please

I highly recommend Total Immersion Swimming or similar programs. stop kicking hard, it's a waste of energy and oxygen. find your natural buoyancy point and swim there. Any effort in swimming UP is ...
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How do swimmers know how many laps they have left?

In most age-group competitions (e.g. masters, high school, etc) any short-course race longer than about 400m will have lap counters for each lane. (I say "short course" because of the number of ...
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Why do swimmers wear headphones?

For the same reason that a number of athletes in almost every sport, and a number of officials too: they are listening to music/speech/ambient noise. For many it is a good way of mentally preparing ...
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Why are there different strokes in swimming?

As with most sports, undoubtedly much of the reason is historical. It wasn't to suppress innovation, but actually as a result of it; for most of swimming history, "freestyle" was always ...
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How do swimmers know how many laps they have left?

For sprint races, as per @Nij's comment it is easy. In reality, even in local leagues, most races are longer than 4 lengths (if we exclude children's races), so for longer races, there may be a bell ...
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What is "easy choice" in swimming program

"Easy choice" is a stroke of your choosing at an easy pace. The rhythm of the program is hard/easy/hard/easy but only the first hard is with a specific stroke.
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Swimming pace - where should I be and what should I do?

If you didn't swim competitively as a youth, you likely need to start from the beginning to build a technically correct stroke. Because water is so much more dense than air, drag from the water is ...
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How much faster/more useful is swimming under water?

I have been in the swimming world since 1978. Swimming competitively at all levels minus Olympics/Worlds. I have coached world champions and country club only athletes. What everyone has to realize is ...
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Swimming: why can I not front crawl?

Aquaskine has it, Total Immersion is awesome. Swimming is one of the lovely things in life where you'll get 10x better by doing it smarter rather than trying harder. It breaks down like this: Most ...
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How to limit something that pulls me to the right when swimming?

There must be an imbalance in your stroke. The most likely being a difference in your arm strokes, or in the degree that you are rolling side-to-side for each arm in freestyle (crawl). Have a look at ...
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Does shaving your legs really matter in swimming/cycling?

I can only speak for cycling, it does matter. Performance wise there are some discussions but there are more practical matters that count. Massages are painful with hairy legs. They really rub you ...
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Why are there different strokes in swimming?

If everything were freestyle, then the only stroke that we would ever see would be the front crawl. As that's the only stroke used in freestyle. We had pretty much that situation twice. The ...
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Is it Okay to Swim all seven days a week?

You can swim 14 times a week, like all swimmers have done at many occasions, if you want. "Rest days" in swimming is when you only go once and only 5k instead of 7. Really, the talk about rest days ...
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Influence of water temperature on swimmer performance

The viscosity of water decreases with temperature - this means that swimming is quicker in warmer water. As such, FINA regulations require that Water Temperature shall be 25° - 28°. (FR 2.12) so ...
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What international sport do not have age limits for championship competitions?

Bowls has no minimum or maximum age restriction on most competitions. However, most national and international competitions require entrants to be affiliated to a recognised club and most clubs have ...
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What international sport do not have age limits for championship competitions?

Surprisingly, Football is one of these. The only restriction is a maximum age of 23 for the men's competition. Men’s Tournament All players participating in the preliminary and final ...
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Legs stops kicking while inhaling air during freestyle swiming

One possibility is that you are focusing on your breathing. Once you are comfortable with that, then you can focus on other things. I would recommend getting a pull buoy for the moment to keep your ...
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How do I kick from my hip ?

I am not a swimmer but after searching on many website vertical flutter kicking is the best technique for improving kick and make kicks begin at the hip. Article on triathlete has a conversation that ...
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Did Eric Moussambani go to the semi-finals in Sydney?

As you can see from the results, there was no "winner of every heat qualifies" rule; it was simply the fastest 16 swimmers which went through to the semi-finals - note how all the semi-final ...
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Has a swimmer ever been disqualified for an illegal stroke at a top-level championship?

In addition to the ones listed by Philip, there have been many other instances of swimmers being DQ'd in top level meets, sometimes being overturned, sometimes not. The one that comes to mind is in ...
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How to improve being out of breath early when doing freestyle swimming?

The first question to answer is whether you are positively buoyant when simply floating on the surface. It's very rare that someone can't float. If you can float then the problem is very likely ...
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Was the proposed swimming caps for black hair rejected by the International Swimming Federation because it provides some unfair performance?

FINA have had regulations since 2017 (or maybe earlier) which specify that The shape [of the cap] shall follow the natural form of the head (Section 4.3.1) You can see reason for this - they don't ...
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What would explain the large jumps in performance in the Men's 50m Freestyle Long Course World Records?

According to Wikipedia's article on the record's progression: The drop in world record times in 2008/2009 coincided with the introduction of polyurethane suits from Speedo in 2008 and by Arena, ...
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Legs stops kicking while inhaling air during freestyle swiming

As a long-time swimmer, I think this is just a coordination issue - a bit like trying to rub your stomach while patting your head. When you think about one part, the other tends to stop until you '...
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