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How the “Dolphin Kick” changed Swimming forever | On the Line

  • Published on Dec 12, 2018
  • At the 100m backstroke final in at the Olympic Games 1988 in Seoul, a new underwater technique called "Dolphin Kick" revolutionized the swimming world and brought the victory to Japanese swimmer Daichi Suzuki.
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Comments • 217

  • Diory N
    Diory N 19 days ago +2

    What if somebody did it 15.5 meters?

    • magioti
      magioti 10 days ago +1

      Diory N he would be Disqualified!

  • karate160
    karate160 20 days ago

    The editing is really weird ...

  • Nathan Heaver
    Nathan Heaver 24 days ago +3

    the dolphins are suing over naming it after them

  • Madmagyver
    Madmagyver 25 days ago

    I remember the dolphin kick could only be use with the butterfly stroke.
    Just one of the factors allowing faster lap times.

  • bob bill
    bob bill 26 days ago

    Japanese person talking--- skshghskdhskhgf honey-mustard andhtuieipqksnfkwknf honey-mustard askjsdbfhyryeilsdjfjb honey-mustard.

  • coolio diablo
    coolio diablo 27 days ago +3

    That's how I always swam around the pool as a kid. With flippers on you can go really quick. Definitely the most natural way we're supposed to swim I think.

  • Marcel Polman
    Marcel Polman 28 days ago +1

    Mister Suzuki has such a nice and complete way of explaining himself. I always feel humbled by japanese language and its innate wisdom...

    • J L
      J L 26 days ago

      Marcel Polman, I've always liked it too! Such a respectful country

  • Wyatt Evans
    Wyatt Evans Month ago

    Great edits and video work

    • Olympic
      Olympic  29 days ago

      Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Paul Blackman
    Paul Blackman Month ago

    Laurie Lawrence at 5:20. No Australians in final. Why??

  • Mike Studmuffin
    Mike Studmuffin Month ago +5

    what if you do the dolphin for the entire race because you can hold your breath for 20 minutes?

    • Olympic
      Olympic  Month ago +6

      Then maybe you are a dolphin 😄🐬

  • ZliNjo
    ZliNjo Month ago

    I like turtles!

  • Zombie
    Zombie Month ago

    It's not easy to do the kick underwater. There is no advantage. Only that it doesn't make sense to kick when it's a backstroke event

  • Vi
    Vi Month ago +1

    As someone said, they put the limit After Pankratov... but even with the limit, it simply ‘depends’: during Rome 2009’s 200 free final when Phelps was playing the lullaby game underwater Biedermann ‘open the water’ à la Moses (disclaimer: i don’t like Biedermann @ all and 200 and 400 WR should have bene given to Agnel and (back to) Thorpie)

  • fezzes
    fezzes Month ago

    huh? freedivers have been using the dolphin stroke for ages non of these people invented it, popularised it in competitive swimming yes, invented it? no

  • dud621
    dud621 Month ago +41

    So when do they explain what the dolphin kick is and how it differed from standard technique

  • harrison
    harrison Month ago +1

    how are they doing that effect on the video, i need to know

  • Oscar Kobalt
    Oscar Kobalt Month ago

    Dammit I miss those CCCP sweaters

  • tromboneJTS
    tromboneJTS Month ago +2

    I remember watching this race live on TV and Berkhoff's start was horrible. It probably lost him the race.

  • lefrake
    lefrake Month ago +1

    pls nerf

  • Mauricio Migliorelli
    Mauricio Migliorelli Month ago +2

    The editing of this vid is astonishing. I need to know which music have they used.

  • Piggiswinks
    Piggiswinks Month ago

    Three words, "Man from Atlantis" 🤘😌👌 Look it up!

  • Ted Cameron
    Ted Cameron Month ago +73

    These are awful to watch. Such a confused mess I don't even think we actually got to see the guy do it the first time it was done.

  • Deaton Bickley-Bialek
    Deaton Bickley-Bialek 2 months ago

    What's the song?

  • Emil Sosnin
    Emil Sosnin 2 months ago +1

    very aesthetic Olympics RU-clip channel, very cool.

  • Johan Guzmán
    Johan Guzmán 2 months ago +10

    I definitely know Japanese.

  • Michelle Tana
    Michelle Tana 2 months ago

    There was this american girl who did the dolphin kick on her side in 1984 and won Gold in the 100 & 200 freestyle

  • Vadim Rokhlenko
    Vadim Rokhlenko 2 months ago

    It was a dangerous game. Berkoff played it and lost! But did way better in the medley relay.

  • hernandayolearyallda
    hernandayolearyallda 2 months ago

    How do they breathe with all that water over their mouth

  • David Wang
    David Wang 2 months ago

    This is a cool story! Thanks for the upload.

  • Jimmy Saleh
    Jimmy Saleh 2 months ago

    Wiered. Not really the best tech.

  • California Live
    California Live 3 months ago

    Inventor of dolphin kick Jesse Vasallo!

  • tromboneJTS
    tromboneJTS 3 months ago +2

    Polyansky barely has an accent.

  • tromboneJTS
    tromboneJTS 3 months ago

    Geeez, Berkoff had a piano with him the last 25 meters

  • tromboneJTS
    tromboneJTS 3 months ago

    Jesse Vasallo?

  • Mark
    Mark 3 months ago

    Wrong Gary Abraham's did this at the 1980 Olympics. Butterfly swimmer, came 8th in the Backstroke

  • Seb Clax
    Seb Clax 3 months ago

    imagine when that guy did the first backwards high jump

    • Aaron Harrison
      Aaron Harrison Month ago

      they laughed at him warming up until they saw how high he jumped. lol

  • Obez45
    Obez45 3 months ago

    great video, could we get a soundtrack list?

  • astrokitty
    astrokitty 3 months ago

    Russian guy accent

  • Daniel Couch
    Daniel Couch 3 months ago +2

    Hi I'm Troy McClure you may remember me from commentating the 1988 Olympics.

  • Himbeer Konfitüre
    Himbeer Konfitüre 4 months ago

    Aaahhhh the good 80's... Love the vibe

  • SumthinC001
    SumthinC001 4 months ago +17

    I don't think technique should require rule changes. Advantages gained by gear, or other forms of performance enhancements should have rules to restrict them for sure, but not outright better technique.

    • Shank C
      Shank C 3 months ago

      +Tong Lau Thanks I know that. I was just asking where did she hear or read that the regulation on the dolphin kick was due to people hyperventilating and then dying in a backstroke competition... I've never actually heard of anyone hyperventilating before a race

    • Tong Lau
      Tong Lau 3 months ago

      +Shank C Its because of loss of hypoxic drive to the brain stem I believe.

    • Shank C
      Shank C 3 months ago

      +Julia Senzon where did you get that info ? thanks

    • Julia Senzon
      Julia Senzon 3 months ago

      i think people would hyperventilate before a race to trick their mind into thinking they don't need oxygen so they could stay underwater longer and some people died as a result

    • Elyxia
      Elyxia 3 months ago +2

      imagine some guy who is really good at the dolphin kick, so much so that he can get enough edge on people to win every stroke competition. I think FIDA was trying to prevent that scenario.

  • Erbolat Abilkhasanuly
    Erbolat Abilkhasanuly 4 months ago +1


  • Bee Bloody
    Bee Bloody 4 months ago

    what am i doing here

  • L
    L 4 months ago +1

    how can you not not breath water with that kind of splashing?

  • Owen Wu
    Owen Wu 4 months ago

    what is this edit with the color and phone call thing

  • Joseph Washington
    Joseph Washington 4 months ago


  • Arthur Vera
    Arthur Vera 4 months ago +1

    I really enjoy this channel.

  • Daniela Ryan
    Daniela Ryan 4 months ago +2

    In butterfly, freestyle and backstroke, if they go more than 15m they will be disqualified. It’s the same for breastroke except its actually 20m

    • Eleven
      Eleven 26 days ago

      Isn’t the point of freestyle is that any technique is allowed? I assumed over hand freestyle was just fastest.

  • MasterGamer6
    MasterGamer6 4 months ago


  • shivanshu mishra
    shivanshu mishra 4 months ago

    Russian is 21 year old and half of his hair has already fallen

  • w23857980
    w23857980 4 months ago +71

    Why am I watching this? I will never swim in the Olympic.

    • JayUppercase
      JayUppercase 29 days ago

      I believe in you

    • texabara
      texabara Month ago

      w23857980 but if you make the minimum times, you might swim at the world master swimming championships. I went to Montreal 2014 and to Budapest 2017. Go for it!

    • David Wang
      David Wang 2 months ago +1

      Lmao, time to dolphin kick underwater in the backyard pool. Dont hit your head though

    • campkira
      campkira 4 months ago +3

      Improvement in life.

    • Revolt
      Revolt 4 months ago +8

      Never stop dreaming and keep going. You can do it!

  • Smiles ツツ
    Smiles ツツ 4 months ago

    3:23 did they edit out the russian flag?

  • Steven Zechmeister
    Steven Zechmeister 5 months ago

    Too cool for school!

  • Michael Chung
    Michael Chung 5 months ago

    Why swimmer now never wear speedo at all?

    • Michael Chung
      Michael Chung 4 months ago

      +F ST ya true, they have nice physique, why not just flash it

    • F ST
      F ST 4 months ago +1

      Popov was the last great speedo god 😂 man, those speedos were tiny! I miss those days!

  • texabara
    texabara 5 months ago

    VASALLO: From Puerto Rico.
    Even thou PR is a colony of the USA, we got our own olympic representation. He competed for USA because swimming here was very difficult. I do not applaud his decision, but still he was one of the greatest!

  • soulgunn
    soulgunn 5 months ago

    백 돌핀킥을 왜 바살로 킥이라고 하는지 이제야 알겠네요. 잘 봤습니다. ^^

  • Meshok Meshok
    Meshok Meshok 5 months ago

    Сразу видно как русский разговаривает по английскому

  • HiddenApache
    HiddenApache 5 months ago +2

    This is really cool

  • Osas
    Osas 5 months ago

    😎 😎 😎

  • Rolando Jr. Antonio
    Rolando Jr. Antonio 5 months ago +1

    Its always the best to be the pioneer. The rest is just a copycat.

  • MTV Cribs
    MTV Cribs 5 months ago +64

    Jesse Vassallo was an olympic gold medalist and world record holder. Sad they didn't even mention that.

    • MTV Cribs
      MTV Cribs 2 months ago +1

      +Vadim Rokhlenko lol ok. He won a gold medal at the US version of the Olympics paralleling the boycotted Soviet ones with much better times than all the competitors at the boycotted ones. Happy? Greetings from Mother Russia, Vadim... Na kaleni Suka.

    • Vadim Rokhlenko
      Vadim Rokhlenko 2 months ago +1

      "Jesse Vassallo was an olympic gold medalist" No, he was not! Check your stats! He was a World Champion and a world record holder.

    • Christopher Sween
      Christopher Sween 2 months ago

      MTV Cribs some amazing athletes that want nothing else then that gold but even if you win any medal at any Olympics that still is an accomplishment

    • MTV Cribs
      MTV Cribs 2 months ago +4

      +Christopher Sween yeah I'm talking about more his achievements, not development of the technique. Sounds almost like a random good swimmer. He was on the cover of sports illustrated with Muhammad Ali and Wilt as the greatest athletes ...should mean something

    • Christopher Sween
      Christopher Sween 2 months ago

      MTV Cribs around 9:00 in the recognize that Vassallo technique

  • Miguel Perez
    Miguel Perez 5 months ago

    this bring back memories from 96 Us trails and 1996 ATL games..DENNYS PRANKATOV,MEL STAWERD

    • F ST
      F ST 4 months ago +1

      The rules for the other strokes changed after that as well. Pankratov was absolutely amazing! Those were the good old days. I loved the period from around '92 to '04.

  • Kim Alexius Rendon
    Kim Alexius Rendon 5 months ago +4

    Because it was dolphin 😂

  • Yan Zhang
    Yan Zhang 5 months ago +4

    The person next to me is John Naber (John Neighbor)

  • Thoeun Kong
    Thoeun Kong 5 months ago

    2:42, looks interestingly like sperm

    • Brian Lee
      Brian Lee 2 months ago

      I agree... I think sperm invented this kick. Therefore It really should be called the SPERM KICK!

  • NothingWrong WithThisName
    NothingWrong WithThisName 5 months ago +1

    Why would u put music over someone talking .

  • allgoo19
    allgoo19 5 months ago +4

    Good example, it's not cheating when everybody does it.

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  • István Sipos
    István Sipos 5 months ago +20

    strange. some1 developes a better technique for high jump. that can stay. this dolphin technique can't. although both techniques brought huge changes into their sports. strange, indeed

    • Breaker
      Breaker 4 months ago +1

      because in one sport you have to jump by yourself over something but there is not only one way allowed just one more effective, in the other you have to you a distance but in a certain way so if you do a third of the distance by swimming in another way it's logical that they have change the rule or at the end you will have people you didn't swim backstroke for the 50 first meters.

    • Geoff Huang
      Geoff Huang 5 months ago +2

      Not all better techniques for high jump can stay lol. In the past, a bunch of gymnasts would do a bunch of back handsprings and flip at the end to get really high off the ground, and this strategy was quickly put to a stop. A part of me wishes all techniques were allowed in these sports. How fast can a human actually swim? How fast can a human actually jump?
      Edit: the high jump flips I am mentioning are the reasoning behind the high jump rule that you need to take off of one foot (instead of two). Another flip technique was also banned for the long jump as well.

    • texabara
      texabara 5 months ago

      István Sipos oh, you can use it, but later you have to swim the style. No one start a race today without it!

    • Colin Daniels
      Colin Daniels 5 months ago

      István Sipos No idea how I missed that I called it breaststroke. I see your point, but I still think that the rule change was necessary in order to keep people from continuing to try and gain an advantage through dolphin kicks. Irregardless of whether or not the majority of the race was spent truly in the backstroke.
      Also, in racewalking, running is not prohibited. Simply having both feet off the ground at once is, even then, officials are incredibly lenient about it.

    • István Sipos
      István Sipos 5 months ago

      +Colin Daniels well. it is callet BACKstroke for a reason. you should do BACK stroke for the majority of the distance, yeah. and that's exactly what they did. Even if they dolphin swim 40-45 meters,
      - they are still on their backs
      - the majority of the 100m (especially that of the 200m) is on the surface, in the original, traditional back stroke
      besides, race walking is a poor example. no1 will "invent" running there because it is already crystall clear in the rules that running is not allowed. they made it clear and prevented any chaos and confusion. there was no prevention for dolphin stroke in swimming rules. I guess, it was not even mentioned, because it was not even invented yet

  • Bynk j.
    Bynk j. 5 months ago

    Very well made infographic video !!

  • Amadis Demitrius
    Amadis Demitrius 5 months ago +886

    Shaves head, keeps mustache. lolz

    • Trent M.
      Trent M. Month ago

      Walter white

    • Conrad Bate
      Conrad Bate Month ago +3

      that was cos of a lie that Mark Spitz told the russians for a laugh.. he said the secret was his tache. next year ALL the Russians had 'taches.. the myth circulated that Spitz said it helped form a wake.. but it didn;t he was just bs-ing them cos they were far too freakzoiiid-sciency

    • Hasyeimi King
      Hasyeimi King Month ago

      its cool though

    • James Christopher Cirujano
      James Christopher Cirujano Month ago +2

      +JR Boyd Exactly like how gills work.

    • Bertolucci
      Bertolucci 3 months ago +26

      It was the 80's man. No explanation needed

  • Greg D
    Greg D 5 months ago

    Why would 5 dolphin kicks only get you 5 meters lol

  • Butter_NUT
    Butter_NUT 5 months ago

    Subtitles would have been nice

  • Naomi Gibb
    Naomi Gibb 5 months ago +1

    3:38 y'all tryna tell me this man doesn't look exactly like nathan chen it's kinda spooky

    • Alicia Marie
      Alicia Marie 5 months ago

      He looks like Yale Nathan with his college hair

  • 러브한애지니누나
    러브한애지니누나 5 months ago +1

    서울1988 때 센세이션 바로 돌핀킥 이때 나왔군요 스즈키씨 잘했네 하지만 FINA에서도 규칙바뀐것은 어쩔수가없을듯

  • Mahender Singh •
    Mahender Singh • 5 months ago +47

    Can't Wait For Tokyo 2020

  • Crxpe _
    Crxpe _ 5 months ago

    Its so boring

  • ncode03
    ncode03 5 months ago +13

    I tried this but it didn't help at all? Useless technique for me. Just maybe its because one hand was up my nose to help holding my breath underwater.

    • David Wang
      David Wang 2 months ago

      LMAO you are revolutionary. One hand up your nose to help with holding your breath underwater. Im trynna imagine how that would look while swimming. I m dead.

    • ncode03
      ncode03 5 months ago +1

      Guys, I was implying my swimming skills is on par with a zombie, who never learn how to swim when it was still alive.

    • Ben Chia
      Ben Chia 5 months ago +3

      Whoosh 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Social Kate
      Social Kate 5 months ago +1

      don't put your hand on your nose, the bulk of your hand will slow you down!

    • Caesar
      Caesar 5 months ago +7

      Probably just your ankle flexibility. If you haven't been training it with dryland exercises and hundreds of yards of kicking each day, you aren't going to go anywhere lol

  • Garry Sekelli
    Garry Sekelli 5 months ago +91

    I think water would go in my nose if I tried this.

    • subito zx
      subito zx 7 days ago +1

      I think I have only ever had that sinus pressure annoyance from water going up my nose only once or twice. I must have learned to do it really early on, but I think it was just sort of common sense and natural inclination.

    • Rachel Saltinstall
      Rachel Saltinstall 14 days ago

      Yeah it does, it really hurts until you learn to blow it out

    • subito zx
      subito zx 15 days ago

      It’s really fun to do. I used to do it as a kid.

    • AariolisEffect
      AariolisEffect 3 months ago +3

      A technique they do is "humming" which gradually releases air at a constant rate creating air bubbles that prevent water from going in and by the time they resurface they just breathe in.

    • campkira
      campkira 4 months ago +1

      If you strong enough.

  • Chris R
    Chris R 5 months ago +3

    turned all swimming into garbage. if you want to do the butterfly kick, swim butterfly. of course, they've made tons of other unnecessary changes to competitive swimming so it barely resembles swimming from 30 years ago. can't swim faster? don't train more effectively. no, just change the rules. that way you can swim butterfly in every event, including breaststroke. honestly, i don't know why this showed up in my suggested videos.

    • Caesar
      Caesar 5 months ago +2

      +Yo Haee Obviously both.

    • F ST
      F ST 5 months ago +16

      So.. if it was up to you, we'd all still swim freestyle with the head above the water, like Johnny Weissmueller 100 years ago, yes? Perfect.

    • Yo Haee
      Yo Haee 5 months ago +20

      Chris R do u swim or u just ignorant

    • Patrick Clemente
      Patrick Clemente 5 months ago +13

      Chris R I’m sorry what?

  • J
    J 5 months ago +1

    Nobody weaponized the dolphin kick until Phelps.

    • F ST
      F ST 4 months ago +1

      +RideSmoothTV I agree. If there was one really visible weakness, esp. compared to what the competition pulled off towards the end of his carreer, it was his underwater kicks. Almost scary though to think that there was such a big flaw to his swimming and how he had the potential to be even more dominant if he'd worked on it.

    • RideSmoothTV
      RideSmoothTV 5 months ago +1

      Phelps just had great walls, not underwaters.

    • Paris Wolf
      Paris Wolf 5 months ago +1

      Ryan Lochte.

  • intldawn
    intldawn 5 months ago +143

    This is cool but I wish they also would have talked about how swimmers used the dolphin kick in other strokes. I remember in 1996 Olympics, Denis Pankratov of Russia swam maybe 30, 35 meters of the 100 butterfly doing the dolphin stroke underwater. He did it in the 200, too, but not quite as far. He won gold in both and set a world record in the 100. I seem to recall they changed the rule after that. In a lot of ways the dolphin kick has been really controversial throughout swimming history so there’s more of this story to be told

    • Revolt
      Revolt 4 months ago +2

      Of course there is. Many swimmers use it in different ways, with different power which lead to getting a head start against competition.
      Would love to here more about other's experiences.

    • Miguel Perez
      Miguel Perez 5 months ago

      Melivin steward's

  • Tom Chuang
    Tom Chuang 5 months ago

    amazing video !!!

  • Yoga
    Yoga 5 months ago +1

    In underwater for 35 meter is a joke.

    • Milan Limbu
      Milan Limbu Month ago

      Yoga they’re pro so it’s easily possible. If I can do 25m underwater dolphin then, you should try but you must have good breath holding, one tip is to forget the need for breathing & imagine a sweet memory/zone out/wander until you reach other end

  • Dan Richardson
    Dan Richardson 5 months ago +14

    thank u, next

  • Wheel333
    Wheel333 5 months ago

    Really enjoyed that thanks.

  • 김명환
    김명환 5 months ago +1

    오방현형님 오랜만에

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  • MonsterElephantBlog
    MonsterElephantBlog 5 months ago

    Very nice made video

  • adolfothemidget
    adolfothemidget 5 months ago +467

    The international governing body for swimming, FINA, changed the rules in 1991, so now swimmers must surface at or before 15 meters, so you will no longer see races like the one shown from the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The rule applies to all events, not just backstroke.

    • Super Noodles
      Super Noodles 26 days ago

      No it doesn't. It applies to Free , Fly and Back. It doesn't apply to breast. You have a set movements for br instead

    • George Cojocaru
      George Cojocaru 2 months ago

      Dude man you are wrong...

    • Super Noodles
      Super Noodles 3 months ago +1

      Incorrect you can go over 15m on Brest stroke but you have to stick to the set moments

    • Joshua Rinosa
      Joshua Rinosa 3 months ago +1

      Lara Simply I don’t think there should be rules for underwater in freestyle, at least for long course competitions. I find the actual freestyle stroke to be faster than the underwater dolphin kick, so swimmers would HAVE to be forced to emerge out of the water sooner or later or they lose too much of the race worrying about their underwater dolphin kicks. Just personal experience

    • Felix F.
      Felix F. 3 months ago

      +Harley Martin-Farrell Australian front crawl < freestyle

  • Billy Bob
    Billy Bob 5 months ago

    fRom 1987 lmao turn on the captions

  • Roxy Lion
    Roxy Lion 5 months ago +1


  • Erwin Yantho
    Erwin Yantho 5 months ago +13

    What a nice video, thanks

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    Owen Turnacliff 5 months ago +1


  • Lohan
    Lohan 5 months ago +546

    Phelps : Thank you.

  • takebackthenight
    takebackthenight 5 months ago +333

    Cameron Van Der Burg invented Dolphin Kick in the 100m Breaststroke in 2012.

    • Piggiswinks
      Piggiswinks Month ago

      Lol, no, the Man from Atlantis came up with this in 1977!!! 🤣👌

    • Arnold Pramudita
      Arnold Pramudita 3 months ago

      +Labib Hoque No I inveted it and teach the dolphin about the dolphin kick

    • Labib Hoque
      Labib Hoque 3 months ago +1

      Dolphins Invented it. 😒

    • Emil Aaltonen
      Emil Aaltonen 4 months ago

      +Diana Owusu because the joke flew over your head and that was the sound it made.

    • Diana Owusu
      Diana Owusu 4 months ago

      +Emil Aaltonen how dare you r/woooosh me

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