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Photo by Javier Blazquez of Christine Jennings, surrounded by Olympian Angela Maurer on her left, Olympian Melissa Gorman on her right, and Olympian Poliana Okimoto behind her in the 5 km race at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sevilla, Spain in an example of open water swimming physicality including impeding

verb - To impede is to obstruct, interfere or retard in movement or progress by cutting off, swimming into, blocking or pulling on legs (i.e., zipline), ankles, arms or shoulders of other swimmers during an open water swimming race. Impeding is a common example of physicality in open water swimming competitions.


The swimmer was impeded by his competitor when he was cut off towards the end of the race.


cutting off, veering

Examples of Physicality

Bumping, scratching, pulling [on legs or arms], cutting off, veering into, tapping or touching [repeatedly], slapping, clipping, conking, swiping, whacking, pulling off [goggles or swim caps], obstructing, interfering, pummeling, nudging, punching, kicking, elbowing, pushing, jostling, shoving, crowding, banging [against], smacking, pull-backs, ziplining, smashing into or pressing against another athlete, shoreline, river bank, turn buoy, feeding station, escort boat, kayaker, paddler or other fixed or moving object.

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