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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.
Swimming coming in for a Feeding occasionally leads to physicality during competitive open water swims

noun - Physicality is the action of physical contact or confrontation in open water swimming competitions, usually occurring during an aquatic scrum. The physical contact can be intentional or unintentional, and is generally caused by many swimmers or triathletes attempting to simultaneously swim in the same area or line, especially at the start, around turn buoys, at feeding stations, or at the finish.


The swimmer was given a red card for the brutal physicality of his retaliatory actions.

Examples of Physicality

Bumping, impeding, 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, ziplining, 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 objects.

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