When The Pool Is Cooler Than Toil In The Tide

Editorial: Science goes a long way but sometimes it misses the point (hopefully not of no return). The announcement by the FINA Bureau today that 31C waters are acceptable for racing in by swimmers travelling only a touch off the pace of leading 1500m freestylers in the pool tells us that there is no danger to the health of athletes in waters that warm; those who have swum in such waters may well still have their doubts

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Editorial: Science goes a long way but sometimes it misses the point (hopefully not of no return). The announcement by the FINA Bureau today that 31C waters are acceptable for racing in by swimmers travelling only a touch off the pace of leading 1500m freestylers in the pool tells us that there is no danger to the health of athletes in waters that warm; those who have swum in such waters may well still have their doubts

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SwimFanFinland

Yes, the proposed maximum enables meetings to be held almost everywhere in the world. I suppose it was important to leave the door open for the waters of certain oil-rich nations.

Cayley Guimarães

Excellent piece: 31 degrees Celsius, based on my own experience in pools and open water swimming, is preposterous!

I live in Brazil: our outdoor pools and open waters can achieve mid to high 30’s, and, although some very few people are capable to train and compete in those waters (such as Ana Marcela), most aren’t (such as Poliana Okimoto) to name two of the best Brazilian Open Water Swimmers..

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