: : Just did read that some elite athletes did breathe bilaterally (or on one
: : side) during butterfly without DQ.
: : Do they risk DQ today?
: no risk of DQ. Mel Stewart, the American record holder in the 200 fly
: breaths on the side. He's also the former world record holder.
: : Is this today considered legal with/without problems?
: I believe so.
: : What about Atlanta OL?
: Stewart didn't make it, and I don't know of anyone else who does it.
: I don't think anyone would be DQ'd if they did it. When Stewart
: started doing it, everyone thought it was a dumb idea. Then he
: won about a zillion races.
Before Stewart, Valerie Lee of the Mission Viejo Nadadores
did the same thing, and went all the way to the World Championships
: I don't know. It's not an entirely new concept (breathing to the side was
: first used by former Olympian Ross Wales in 1968), and its never really
: caught on... maybe that means something, maybe not. It doesn't seem to
: slow one down by much, as evidenced by Stewart's success.
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