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Roland Schoeman’s dive is recognized world wide as one of the fastest starts in swimming. I’ve interviewed multiple sprinters, including Anthony Ervin and Tom Shields, reference Schoeman’s start. Luckily for me, and luckily for you, I coach at Phoenix Swim Club where Roland is based. So I decided to do a little start work with Roland to figure out how he sets up his dive.
Roland is a 4-time Olympian for South Africa. He won three medals in 2004, one of each color. He is currently the world record holder in the short course meter 50 freestyle (20.30). You can follow him on twitter @Rolandschoeman.