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Results Olympic Open Water Swim

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London 2012 openwater swimming

Donderdag zat ik voor de televisie te kijken naar het 10 km openwater zwemmen van de vrouwen. Ik heb genoten en geen minuut van die spannende race gemist.
Vrijdag vroeg op om de trein naar Schiphol Airport te nemen. Na een korte vlucht geland op Luton Airport en daar de trein naar London genomen.
Ariveerde om 09:30 uur centrum London. Rondgekeken en wat soeveniers gekocht.
Toen was het tijd om richting Hyde Park af te zakken. Wat een menigte was daar al. 6 rijen dik stond men.
Aan de oost kant ligt een restaurant waar wel plek was, maar hoe komt men binnen? Gelukkig lette de portiers niet goed op en konden mijn vrouw en ik naar binnen te glippen. Wat een riante plek hadden wij. Na 10 minuten binnen konden we zelfs zitten op 2 meter van de waterkant.
Veel zie je niet van de race en de speaker hoor je al helemaal niet, maar wat een sfeer.
Daar kan de televisie niet tegenop.

from the BBC website - live reporting London 2012 Olympics: Day 13

London 2012 Olympics: Day 13 morning session as it happened  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19083665

1100 h   BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar on Twitter: "All 42 members of the GB squad coming to Hyde Park to cheer on Keri-Anne Payne. Just arriving now."

on the WWW: Eva Risztov wins open water race

Haley Anderson wins silver in grueling open water swim photo finish
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
American swimmer Haley Anderson is the proud owner of a silver medal after the 10km open water swim ended in a photo finish. Eva Risztov from Hungary won the gold, with Italy's Martina Grimaldi earning the bronze. The open water swim is a grueling, ...
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San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

   

Haley Anderson Wins Silver in 10K Swim
New York Times (blog)
Luis Acosta/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesEva Risztov of Hungary, middle, celebrates her gold in open water swimming, flanked by silver medalist Haley Anderson of the United States, left, and bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi of Italy. LONDON ...
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Breaking it down: Olympic 10k Marathon Open Water Swimming

The start: when the gun fires expect the swimmers to bust out in high gear.  The first part of most open water races is a bit fast as swimmers work to find their rhythm and position in the pack. But, it’s the Olympics and their psyched. It’s Hyde Park and the crowds will be loud.   But the first buoy is relatively close so many will be trying to set themselves up for that first turn.

Speaking of turns, this is a tight course and that means their will likely be more contact in the pack.   This creates challenges for both the athletes and the officials.    Incidental contact is cool, but intentional contact can lead to a warning (yellow flag) up to disqualification.   It’s going to be important that

the officials are able to clearly distinguish between these two forms of contact which aren’t always apparent in bigger packs.   For the athletes, beyond taking a hit to the goggle or worse, it’s keeping a cool head during the contact that matters.   For anyone who’s swam in a pool with someone on your feet you know what I’m talking about – it’s annoying.   But it’s common in open water and the athletes have to understand that there’s going to be contact.   If frustration takes over it can cause retaliation which can lead to disqualification.   But more importantly getting bent out of shape wastes energy and focus.   These swimmers are going to need every ounce of focus to make it to the podium.

OPEN SWIMMING: Sharks, jellyfish and dead dogs

LONDON: Having previously encountered dead dogs, jellyfish and sharks, Britain's world 10km open-water champion Keri-Anne Payne has said London's Serpentine lake will be a walk in Hyde Park by comparison.

Having won 10km swim silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, the 24-year-old has encountered plenty of creatures and hazards during her many races and insists the Serpentine's ducks and reeds will present no problems at these Olympics.

"I have been through a couple of interesting open-water swims," she admitted.

"One was in Melbourne at St Kilda in 2007, it was only my second open-water race and there were thousands and thousands of jellyfish in the water, all the size of dinner plates.

"That was pretty difficult, it took a lot of mental strength to even get in the water.

"In Hong Kong, we swam in a beautiful location, but went past some big buoys and when I asked what they were, I was told they were for the shark nets and we were on the wrong side of them.

Olympians' Dilemma: 'Starve My Soul' For Ramadan?

source: Vermont Public radio

Mazen Aziz, representing Egypt in the 2012 Summer Olympics, has trained for the 10,000-meter, open-water swim for years. It's a grueling race that can take upwards of 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the waves, current or water temperature.

But Aziz is Muslim, and with the Olympics falling during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the 22-year-old athlete had to make a choice: be in top physical condition or maintain a primary tenet of his faith.

Muslims are meant to refrain from eating or drinking from sunup to sundown for an entire month. The fast can be a physical and mental challenge for many, but it poses a particular dilemma for Muslims competing in London.

Running On Empty

Aziz ultimately decided to postpone his fast. He says he loses 11 pounds in a typical race, and could lose even more in cold waters like those in London. He usually tucks energy bars into his swimsuit to eat during the swim.

Going without food and water before and during the race, Aziz says, means forfeiting his chances for a medal, at best, and could even cause serious physical harm.

"I don't think anyone can handle that. Anyone," Aziz says. "You may die, because you just don't have anything in your body. Like, empty. So that would be so dangerous."

Mud sticks to London's eroding weather plans

by Jacquelin Magnay, Olympics editor of the Telegraph Media Group (UK).

IN LONDON it feels like it has been raining relentlessly. Everyday the heavens open and sometimes so hard it has turned Hyde Park - the venue of the Olympic triathlon and open-water swimming, and a daily feast of entertainment at the Games' ''live site'' - into a quagmire.

Over the Thames at the heritage-listed Greenwich Park, its transformation into a picture-perfect Olympic equestrian venue has been dogged by delays, initially by some alarming sinking of the temporary structures into the soggy ground (rectified by some last-minute underpinning). At Olympic Park, the aquatics venue is still a hard-hat construction zone.

The rain, a record for the month of June, has delayed some of the last-minute finishing touches to the venues and has taken some in authority by surprise.

Yet only in the past few days have London Olympic executives approved a small, but significant, development. If it rains heavily at an Olympic venue, volunteers will scurry around and hand out - free of charge - red, white and blue plastic ponchos. It is a lot cheaper than the decision no one made years ago - to have the outdoor venues covered with some form of roofing. Politicians want spectators to have a happy memory of the Olympic experience, and return home with a smile, not the flu.

Open-water swimmer Alex Meyer is happy to have company

MEYER FINALLY HAS COMPANY: Open-water swimmer Alex Meyer is happy to have some company on the U.S. Olympic team.

Meyer became the first swimmer to qualify last July, when he finished fourth in the 10K Open Water World Championships in Shanghai, China.

"I've been the only one, so it was a little lonely on the 2012 Olympic team the past year,'' Meyer said.

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