At the Olympic as well as international level of swimming, there are rules that need to be followed. These rules are put into place by the Federation Internationale de Natation, also known as FINA for short. Basically FINA governs most water sports including water polo, diving, masters swimming and synchronized swimming.
Here are the Olympic rules of the front crawl swimming technique. This technique is more commonly known as freestyle.
Olympic Rules of the Front Crawl Swimming Technique:
The rules mentioned here are only for competitive swimming and these rules are also used in the Olympics.
- Each participant in a freestyle race will have to use front crawl.
- In individual medley and medley relay events, the front crawl swimming has to done with a style that has not been already used. In other words, no backstroke, butterfly or breaststroke.
- In front crawl swimming technique, the swimmer has to use alternating arm and leg action. While the breathing has to be done while the head is turned to the side.
- When the freestyle swimmers take off from the starting block, they necessarily have to do a few fish kicks or dolphin kicks before they surface and start the alternating arm and leg movement.
- When the freestyle swimmer does a flip to turn at each end of the wall, he or she can do a few fish kicks or dolphin kicks before resurfacing for the actual swimming.
- A freestyle swimmer must touch the wall with some part of his or her body at the time of finishing the race.
- When doing the front crawl, the swimmers head must break the surface of the water either at 15 meters or before the 15 meters from the start and from each turn.
If you want further details about Olympic rules of the front crawl swimming technique, you can visit the FINA website.
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