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Photo by Javier Blazquez of Christine Jennings, surrounded by Olympian Angela Maurer on her left, Olympian Melissa Gorman on her right, and Olympian Poliana Okimoto behind her in the 5 km race at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sevilla, Spain in an example of open water swimming physicality

verb - Elbowing is to purposefully throw one's elbow towards the body of another swimmer during an open water swimming competition. It is grounds for a warning with a yellow card (or yellow flag) or a disqualification with a red card (or red flag). Elbowing is to push with the elbow or jostle to make (one's way) through the aquatic scrum, and is one common example of physicality in open water swimming.


The swimmer was given a red card for elbowing around the turn buoy.

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