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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