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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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Liam Tancock is a consistent world-class performer while fellow backstroker James Goddard was one of the top Britons at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The freestylers, backstrokers, and butterfly swimmers usually walk pigeon toed while the breaststrokers walk with the feet pronated (waddle like a duck).
Force transducers in the walls behind touch pads at the end of some lanes provide data on turn force, power profiles, timing and push-off angles, as well as vital statistics for starting backstrokers.
Backstrokers navigate by the stars in the morning and by swaying trees when they can see them.
Speaking from the warmer climes of Mexico, where he was attending a high altitude training camp with Lee and some of the country's most talented swimmers, Houston said: 'I watched the guy onTV winning his gold and he's one of the world's greatest ever backstrokers.
``But every time I swam, I was beaten out of sight because the three best backstrokers in the world were in all the college meets.
Backstrokers Sarah Price and Katy Sexton both reached the semi-finals of the 100m event later today.
Eighteen highly trained (35 [+ or -] 10 km/week) backstrokers were analyzed, including 9 (5 males and 4 females) 50-m distance swimmers (50-m DS) and 9 (5 males and 4 females) 200-m distance swimmers (200-m DS), specialized in their preferred distance event for a minimum of 2 years.