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Evolution of the Australian Crawl

Australia, 1952 (MIFF 1953, Class-room Films)

Director: John Kingsford Smith

The advance in freestyle swimming, from the single overarm action of 1880 and the double overarm of 1890, to the Australian Crawl of today, copied originally from a schoolboy who had brought his native style from the Solomon Islands.

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