Front crawl

swimming stroke

The front crawl (or simply 'crawl') is a type of swimming stroke. It is the fastest method of swimming.[1] Therefore it is the usual choice in freestyle events.

It is sometimes called the American or Australian crawl.[2] Athletes from both continents played a part in its development.


  1. Maglischo, Ernest W. (2019). Swimming Fastest. Human Kinetics. p. 95. ISBN 9780736031806.
  2. Stewart, Mel (2013-06-05). "The Origin of Freestyle, The Australian Crawl". Swim Swam. Retrieved January 2, 2019.