The International Olympic Committee announced this week that there will be no new swimming events added to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This leaves the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim as the sole open water swim in the Olympics. But what a race it will be - to be held in Serpentine Lake in the centre of London in front of at least 100,000 fans and spectators.
The Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park has enjoyed a colorful history after it was created by Queen Caroline in 1730. The Olympic course will be held in the eastern half of the lake to the east of the Serpentine Bridge which marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and drains out by an underground flow to the River Thames. The Serpentine's names comes from its snakelike, curving shape and is home of the highly respected Serpentine Swimming Club.
Copyright © 2009 by World Open Water Swimming Association