A video race analysis was conducted at the Atlanta Paralympic Games swimming competition. The purpose was to describe the contribution of clean swimming speed, as well as start, turn, and finish speed, to the total race performance in the four strokes for the men’s 100 m events. Start, turn, and finish times, as well as clean swimming speed during four race sections, were measured on videotapes during the preliminary heats (329 swims). Information on 1996 Olympic Games finalists (N = 16) was also available. In Paralympic swimmers, next to clean swimming speed, both turning and finishing were highly correlated with the end race result. Paralympic swimmers do start, turn, and finish slower than Olympic swimmers but in direct relation to their slower clean swimming speed. The race pattern of these components is not different between Paralympic and Olympic swimmers.
Daniel J. Daly, Laurie A. Malone, David J. Smith, Yves Vanlandewijck and Robert D. Steadward
David Simbaña Escobar, Philippe Hellard, David B. Pyne and Ludovic Seifert
French National 2004 Championship semi-finalists . J Sport Sci . 2008 ; 26 ( 1 ): 35 – 46 . doi:10.1080/02640410701332515 10.1080/02640410701332515 4. Robertson EY , Pyne DB , Hopkins WG , Anson JM . Analysis of lap times in international swimming competitions . J Sport Sci . 2009 ; 27
Jeffrey Martin, Mario Vassallo, Jacklyn Carrico and Ellen Armstrong
Company coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympics was recorded. From this master recording, we created 46 short (10–15 s) video clips of all the individual swimming competitions (relay races were not analyzed) covered by the National Broadcasting Company. Each video clip showed the three athletes who won