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Alan Morrison swimming breaststroke in Brighton Beach
Warren Brown as Captain Matthew Webb, who swam breaststroke across the English Channel in 1875, in The Greatest Englishman, a feature film by Marathon Films

noun - The breaststroke is a competitive 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. The stroke itself is the slowest of any competitive strokes and thought to be the oldest of all swimming strokes. The other swimming styles include butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle.

Open Water Swimming Rules

The breaststroke rules for open water swimming were proposed by Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association (see here).

Marathon Swimming Breaststroke

Marathon swimmers have done breaststroke across the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Ijsselmeermarathon, Lake Windermere, Rottnest Channel, Strait of Messina, Lake Bala and others.

Open Water Swimming Breaststrokers

Well-known and accomplished breaststrokers in the open water include Jason Lassen, Alan Morrison, Jason Lassen, Matthew Webb, Paul Oudendijk, Chris Partington, Ian Wallace, Asya Cautela, Grazia De Gregorio, Graham Barratt, Tom Burgess, Frederik Jaques, Alexandr Brylin, and Tony Bailey.

Breaststroke Crossings of the English Channel

The Channel Swimming Association lists 7 breaststrokers in its database:

1. Matthew Webb (England) England to France in 21 hours 45 minutes in 1875
2. Pierre Van Vooren (Belgium) England to France in 17 hours 55 minutes in 1965
3. Ulrich Haevecker (Germany) England to France in 17 hours 5 minutes in 1982
4. Richard Blatny (Czech Republic) England to France in 23 hours 38 minutes in 1998
5. Jackie MacDonald (England) England to France in 21 hours 19 minutes in 2000
6. Patrick Ghysel (Belgium) England to France in 14 hours 42 minutes in 2002
7. Frederik Jacques (Belgium) England to France in 13 hours 31 minutes in 2005

Breaststroke Marathon Swim

2013 Pirita Open

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