HOW CHAMPIONS DO IT
Researched, produced, and prepared by Brent S. Rushall,
BROOKE BENNETT AT 130 m OF HER GOLD MEDAL 800 m RACE AT THE 2000 SYDNEY OLYMPIC GAMES
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Each frame is .1 seconds apart. Brooke Bennett's time in this race was 8:19.67, the fourth fastest of all time.
The left arm pull is best displayed from this perspective. The entry in frame #8 is with the elbow already bent. The elbow remains high so that the propelling surface of the forearm and hand is positioned very quickly to provide a backward impulse. This entry has an interesting dynamic in that it occurs when the right arm is still pushing backward. By frame #9, left-arm propulsion begins as the right arm commences its exit. This means there is little to no inertial lag between strokes -- the swimmer being continuously propelled.
Propulsion from the left arm is directly backward and powered by strong adduction of the upper arm.
A two-beat kick occurs, each kick counterbalancing the entry of the opposite arm.
The swimmer demonstrates excellent streamlining with the head low in the water.
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