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backstroke

1. Swimming
a. a stroke performed on the back, using backward circular strokes of each arm and flipper movements of the feet
b. (as modifier): the backstroke champion
2. Chiefly US a backhanded stroke
3. Bell-ringing the upward movement of the bell rope as the bell swings back and forth
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Success since will also p u t t h e f o c u s o n backstrokers Gemma Spofforth and Lizzie Simmonds - holders of world and European titles - five-time European medalist Fran Halsall, E u r o p e a n a n d Commonwealth medley champion Hannah Miley and 2009 10km open water champion Keri-Anne Payne.
"The day it happened, Coach Ballatore called me and gave me the choice of transferring right there or coming back for another year and trying to fight," recalls backstroker Michael Andrews.
Fenton advanced senior backstroker Nikolas Fischer to Saturday's finals by virtue of a 10th-place finish in his event and winning his heat.
Now, though, the Bath-based backstroker wants to end the year with success at the National Championships - and then aim for possible glory in Rio.
The 23-year-old backstroker from Chester-le-Street has won a World University Games title, three European junior titles and competed at world and European championships and Commonwealth Games.
Alongside her at the Aquatic Centre's Olympic pool will be the likes of European champion backstroker Elizabeth Simmonds and a number of other elite swimmers all vying for a place in this summer's Games.
Here, though, he looked smooth as he qualified in 49.54, with Tancock, better known as a backstroker but possibly aiming for a relay spot, setting a new personal best by more than a second in 49.79.
Mr Sykes was the chairman of Coventry Swimming Club until last year and became Britain's leading backstroker from 1955 to 1962.
Gregor Tait, Goddard and Tancock had lowered the British record in three successive races and here Goddard overhauled fellow backstroker Tancock to win in one minute 57.72secs.
Backstroker Miyashita gave Japan an advantage of 0.72 before Kitajima stretched it to more than three seconds after two legs.
The first British swimmer to use the backstroke as we know it today, he broke the British record three times and was the fastest backstroker in Europe for two years from 1922.
Between 1922 and 1924, he was the fastest backstroker in Europe, before European events were introduced, and finished fifth to the great Weissmuller at the 1924 Olympics.