Six Is A Charm In The Open Water

Six Is A Charm In The Open Water

The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in the Serpentine in Hyde Park in the center of London will consist of six loops of 1.67K each in a course that is shaped somewhat like a kidney bean.

While some have commented that the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is not “real” open water swimming, we believe differently. Although we acknowledge that “real” open water swimming includes cold water, navigation, currents, sharks, jellyfish, waves and rough water, we also believe the Olympic course offers its own challenges:

A lack of straight line tangents in the course, the relatively cool waters, the ambience of the Olympic venue, the media attention, the incredible pace (1:04 – 1:12 per 100 meters without walls or rest for 10,000 meters), the brunt physicality and the skills necessary for good buoy turns, the ability to pace, position and surge in a tight pack is real-enough test for the Olympics open water swimmers – many of whom go on to complete channel swims and other open water swims around the world in extremely fast times.

It will be quite a show, six times over.

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