Drafting

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verb - Drafting is an open water swimming race tactic where athletes positions themselves directly behind or on the side of other athletes in order to reduce drag and resistance and aid in navigation. Drafting is legal in most races, although there are exceptions. It is one element of the concept of interleaving in the training of open water swimmers and triathletes.

The young girl was drafting perfectly in the lead pack off the hips of the world champion.

Drafting Virtually Explained

Open Water Source's Chris and Dan explain drafting at the elite level:

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