Open Water Need Not Be A Bunfight At The OK Corral

Editorial: As RTVE, the national host broadcaster, poured over the slow-motion shots of the women’s 10km marathon at the Moll de la Fusta course, viewers got the point, each buoy swum round a fight for space so tight that athletes were literally swimming over each other; open water needs its best distance pool swimmers – but it won’t keep them if the sport is more slap and stick than true world-class sports theatre

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Editorial: As RTVE, the national host broadcaster, poured over the slow-motion shots of the women’s 10km marathon at the Moll de la Fusta course, viewers got the point, each buoy swum round a fight for space so tight that athletes were literally swimming over each other; open water needs its best distance pool swimmers – but it won’t keep them if the sport is more slap and stick than true world-class sports theatre

Comments

Andy Sinclair

Even though it is not as exciting for spectators, we need to find a way to capture the true essence of open water racing–that is, out-and-back or even point-to-point courses. Otherwise, we are just punching each other in a big pool.

Craig Lord

Absolutely right.

Lane Four

Craig, I never get enough of your superb and masterful commentary. Thank you!

Bay

This seems to be an enforcement issue not a rules issue. Perhaps it is an issue of training officials what to look for? Contact is a part of the sport but unsportsmanlike contact is not.

Mike in Dallas

I have always LOVED point to point racing in open water!
That should be the ideal and norm!!

Eney Jones

Agreed.
The perpetrators are usually the same competitors.( ie. Chronic Bullyers)
I think a yellow or red card in a previous race, should put them on a
“watch alert” for the next race. It is not okay to bully underneath the sea and never will be. If they are chronically on the list they should receive a suspension.

Best,
Eney Jones

SwimFanFinland

Maybe open water swimming could try out an interval start typical for Nordic cross-country skiing in which competitors start in intervals of 30 or 15 seconds as opposed to mass start in which competitors start simultaneously.

To be sure, the mass start has increased its popularity in skiing as it’s been considered more spectator friendly.

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