Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great Pool of China

The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held in one of the most spectacular and impressive aquatic venues in the world. It is absolutely HUGE. The open water competition course has lane lines over 1 kilometer in length, anchored to the bottom, and the water is continuously filtered through a gigantic filtration system.

YuPeng Shen, one of the wonderfully helpful bilingual managers at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, provided the following data on the open water pool:

Total Length of Pool: 2,200 meters
Total Length of Open Water Competition Course: 1,153 meters
Width of Open Water Competition Course: 162 meters
Estimated Amount of Water: 1,134,000 tons
Depth of Open Water Competition Course: 3.5 meters
Total Water Surface Area: 6.35 million square meters
Total Seating for Open Water Competition: 37,000

It is truly the Great Pool of China.

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open water portugal said...

excellent blog
but not many comments
keep up the good work
we are paying attention to Beijing Olympics with 2 Portuguese present in the 10k
if you'll be there, please take some pictures...


Open Water Swimming said...

Thank you very much. We are looking forward to the Olympic success of the Portuguese swimmers, Daniela Inacio and Arseniy Lavrentyev.

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Steven Munatones said...

John Dussliere is an incredibly dedicated, passionate and knowledgedable coach - there is a reason he was chosen as an Olympic coach. You are rightly proud of him. Make sure to look for John on the feeding station during the live webcast on at 6 pm PT on August 20.