Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) celebrates after winning the men's 100m breaststroke finals in a world record time of 58.46 during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre.
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 25. AT the FINA Technical Committee today in Barcelona, those in attendance decided to reject the FINA Bureau approved recommendation that the sport of swimming eliminate the limitation of butterfly kicks off the wall in breaststroke. This after a huge upswell from the coaching community immediately fought against the notion.

The issue became a hot topic following last summer's Olympics with London breaststroke champion Cameron van der Burgh admitted to cheating with more than one butterfly kick off the walls during his gold-medal swim that also earned him a world record. Instead of pushing towards solving the problem, FINA began the process of allowing this type of activity by recommending doing away with the rule against it. This is similar to how butterfly kicks are allowed at all as FINA did the same thing after Kosuke Kitajima utilized the butterfly kick effectively even when it was against the rules, which FINA later made legal.


FINA will continue to deliberate the potential use of underwater video to begin enforcing the one butterfly kick rule.

Additionally, FINA has approved the inclusion of mixed relays at its sanctioned events, and approved the new backstroke start ledge.