Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hot and Humid for the Olympic 10K

Dennis Miller, a FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member, reported the following conditions at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim course at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park:

Water Temperature: 31ºC (87.8ºF)
Air Temperature: 32ºC (89.6ºF)
Air Conditions: Hazy with approximately 1-kilometer visibility
Humidity: 84%

Given that the athletes are going to make this the race of their lives, these temperatures may be somewhere in the range of "someone-is-going-to-push-it-too-far-and-be-sent-to-the-hospital".

Photo at the end of the 10K women's qualification swim in Seville by Javier Blazquez where the water and air temperatures were not nearly as high as Beijing is.

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