Impede (verb): To obstruct, block, interfere or retard in movement or progress by means of cutting off, swimming into, blocking or pulling on legs, ankles, arms or shoulders of other swimmers during a race. The swimmer was impeded by his competitor when he was cut off towards the end of the race. [Origin: 1595–1605; < L impedīre to entangle, lit., to snare the feet]. Synonyms: slow, stop, block, pull and interfere.
Excerpt from the Open Water Swimming Dictionary (2009 English edition).
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