Thursday, July 16, 2009

Doubling Up In Rome

The 25K race at the World Swimming Championships has been moved up a day and is now reportedly scheduled for July 23rd instead of July 24th. This means that women who are doubling up on the 10K and 25K races (e.g., Eva Fabian) have only one day between their two events.

There also appears a small possibility of a postponement in the first open water water race of the championship (5K) on Sunday, July 19th. Due to possibly deteriorating weather conditions, the women's and men's races may be postponed to Monday, July 20th. This would mean the women who are doubling up on the 5K and 10K races (e.g., Emily Brunemann and Natalie du Toit) would also have back-to-back days of racing.

It should be carefully noted that the decisions have yet to be officially announced, but the possibility is being discussed among athletes and coaches. Updates as we hear them will be posted here.

"Expect the unexpected" continues to be the mantra of open water swimming.

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