No Man's Land In The Open Water

No Man’s Land In The Open Water

Image courtesy of NBCOlympics.com of the Olympic triathlon in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

No man’s land is a term adapted from the military. In open water swimming, no man’s land is an area between packs of swimmers in an open water swimming event.

For a competitive swimmer to be in a position between packs in no man’s land swimming solo, it is difficult because the swimmer cannot draft off of the faster pack and is at a disadvantage vis-a-vis the slower pack. Or they have to make a choice between swimming to the left, right or staying right in the middle [see above photo from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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