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    John
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    Men and women tend to have different breathing patterns notably on fly.

    Conventional wisdom is not to breath on 50 m freestyle as it isn’t a physiological requirement. However i’ve seen a few elite womens races where the eventual winner grabbed a breath around 20 m out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJZi8lIpvIWomen's 50m Freestyle Final 🏊🏻‍♂️ | Tokyo Replays – YouTube

    I’m wondering if their is a psychological effect where taking a breath creates a comfort and enables the swimmer to power on without losing technique so taking that one breath is on balance worth it…

    I’m curious…

  • 50 m freestyle women

    Gary updated 2 weeks, 5 days ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
  • Gary

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    April 29, 2022 at 7:01 PM

    With elite men and women in the 50 m freestyle sprint, it is either one breath or none. It is arguable which technique is better. Taking a breath slows the stroke rate and the swimmer momentarily, but the additional oxygen may help the swimmer through the final crucial meters.

    Gary Jr. took a breath just outside of the flags in Athens (2004), then proceeded to take the fastest four strokes I have ever seen to win the gold. Manadou took a breath about the same location in 2016 and Anthony Ervin, without taking a breath, shot by him to win the gold.

    So one breath or none? You decide.

    Gary