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Short Course Swimming

In swimming, the term short course is used to identify a pool that is 25 metres in length. Short course is the second type of pool configuration currently recognized by FINA and other swimming bodies for pool competition.

Men and women participate in 16 events, including relays and individual competitions in four strokes – freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. Swimmers swim a distance in a predetermined swim style, competing for the best time. To achieve faster times, techniques for starts and turns are crucial.

Quick Facts

  • Short course records are traditionally faster than long course records. This is assumed to be connected to increased number of wall push-offs, where speed is greatest
  • The fastest and most efficient swim stroke is the freestyle


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