The Impact Of Cool Waters Of The Serpentine At The Olympics

The Impact Of Cool Waters Of The Serpentine At The Olympics

Simon Hart of the Telegraph Newspaper reported that Keri-Anne Payne‘s main rivals at the 2012 London Olympics 10K marathon swim will be Larisa Ilchenko, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, and Martina Grimaldi (shown on left), the 10K world champion.

Those are three great selections for medal hopefuls, although Martina may have the upper hand if the water in Hyde Park’s Serpentine is a bit cooler than usual.

The influence of cooler waters on the elite swimmers is partly explained below by six-time 5K world champion Thomas Lurz. It will certainly be interesting to see how the elite athletes adapt to the cooler waters of the Serpentine in August 13-14, 2012 at the Olympics. They seemed to adapt well to the very warm water and humid conditions at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, so the opposite will most likely be the case, too in London.



Video courtesy by Shelley Taylor-Smith.

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