Thursday, March 22. 2007
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Location: St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne
Written by Steve Munatones
Today, nearly everyone went to the 50-meter pool to do a long warm-down after the competitive 10K. All the athletes, sunburned and sore, did long easy swimming in the 8-lane pool. It was a day of recovery. Tomorrow, the technical meeting for the women’s 25K race on Saturday and the men’s 25K race on Sunday will be held.
One remarkable – and unfortunate – sight was the men’s 10K winner from Russia, Vladimir Dyatchin. Vladimir had wide 10-inch-long lacerations on both his left and right sides running across his rib cages. Just the sight of those cuts made one want to cringe, especially since he apparently received those cuts during the races in cold, salty ocean water where everyone was stung with jellyfish. Dr. Miller stated that the lacerations were so bad that they should have required sutures. To incur – and bear – such wounds during a race, and have the presence of mind to win the most competitive men’s 10K race in recent memory, is truly a feat to behold.
Interesting note 1 of the day: Due to the great number of swimmers who are expected at the first Olympic 10K qualifier in Seville, Spain, there is talk among the coaches and administrators that some kind of qualifying times or preliminary swims are needed. It is impractical to expect over 100 swimmers to do a 10K race in such close quarters.
Interesting note 2 of the day: The Australian press published reports again that Grant Hackett intends to swim in the 10K race in Beijing.
Interesting note 3 of the day: The open water team went to go see the US men’s water polo game versus South Africa this afternoon. The US men’s team won their second game of the tournament in a lead-up to a tough first-round game against Croatia. After the game, the water polo coaches gave their best wishes to their open water colleagues because “we’ve seen your open water races on TV, we’ve all done pier swims and other open water races in California, and we know how tough it is, especially around those buoys
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