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Breaststroke (Swimming)

One of the four major styles of competitive swimming is breaststroke. It is done with the swimmer with his chest forward and facing towards to bottom of the pool, and not rotating his torso. While the arms are breaking the water, the head is also up to get air. When the arms and head are down in the water, the legs, which are always underwater, do a frog kick.

This stroke is also called as the frog stroke because the movements of the legs and arms resemble that of a swimming frog. This is the slowest stroke but the hardest swimming style to master.

This swimming style originated since Stone Age times and was popularized during the 1500s as the swimming style to reduce drowning. Breaststroke is one of the swimming events at the Olympics.

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