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Table 7 Mean speed ± SD (m/s) of the top breaststroke and freestyle swimmers over 50 m-200 m distances, at FINA and Swiss competitions during the 1994–2011 period

From: Changes in breaststroke swimming performances in national and international athletes competing between 1994 and 2011 –a comparison with freestyle swimming performances

  Speed of Swiss swimmers (m/s)* Speed of FINA swimmers (m/s)**
  Breaststroke Freestyle Breaststroke Freestyle
Men 1.50 ± 0.12 1.91 ± 0.15 1.64 ± 0.10 2.06 ± 0.16
Women 1.33 ± 0.09 1.70 ± 0.11 1.47 ± 0.10 1.84 ± 0.13
  1. All main effects of stroke and sex on swimming speed were highly significant (2-way ANOVA, p < 0.0001). A significant interactive effect of swim style x sex is indicated by *(p = 0.0001) and **(p = 0.009).