Pool Swimming Is Like The 100, Open Water Like The 1500

Pool Swimming Is Like The 100, Open Water Like The 1500

Images courtesy of NBCOlympics.com of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiroa.

After watching the 2016 Rio Olympics track events, it is clear that pool swimming is like the sprint races (100 + 200 + 400), but open water swimming is like the middle distance races (800 + 1500 + 3000 + 5000).

Both in the middle distance running races and open water swimming, there is plenty of physicality, surges, lead changes, strategy, and a final mad sprint to the finish are all part of the sport.

Pool swimming and sprint running races are beautiful in their own right, but we also love this kind of raw racing in the middle distance track events and the open water.

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