Saturday, March 17. 2007
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2007
Location: St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne
Theme: Wind, Waves and Sunburn
Written by Steve Munatones
The swimmers enjoyed a final tune-up swim around the 5K course in 67ļF water before practicing their dives off the starting platform.
The outdoor stage for entertainment has been built and the entire beach decorated with FINA signage. On Sunday, Melbourne will be packed with sports fans of all ages and interests. In addition to the World Swimming Championships, there is an International Air Show and a Formula One Race being held. >From the ocean, the swimmers can see the dramatic flyovers of various aircraft and hear the Formula One cars screaming around the track only a few kilometers away.
The womenís race starts at 10 am and the menís race starts at 12 noon tomorrow with a chance of rain and relatively strong winds forecasted. The US team is excited about their races after experiencing lots of wind, lots of waves, strong currents and aquatic wildlife during this past week.
Interesting Note 1 of the Day: Wind, Waves and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming is a book by Conrad Wennerberg about the history of marathon swimming which seems particularly appropriate reading for St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne.
Interesting Note 2 of the Day: Thomas Lurz, the defending 5K champion, is sponsored by BMW and is coached by his father.
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