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  • Open water swimming will be held in the Beijing Olympics for the first time since the 1900 Paris Olympics. The event is formally called the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim [1] and will be held in the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. Twenty-five of the world's best open water female swimmers swim four loops or 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) around the rowing course on August 20, 2008. Twenty-five men compete on the following day, August 21, 2008.
  • Typically, world-class 10-kilometer open water races are swum at a very high pace for 9 kilometers where the athletes swim in large packs with much physical contact. The athletes are provided liquids by their coaches on floating pontoons during the race. During the last one kilometer, a frantic and furious sprint to the finish begins. The race for the medals comes down to an exciting sprint where medals are won or lost by tenths of a second.

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Open Water Swim in 2009

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Swim Ireland had an open water swim education series for coaches with levels.

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Open Water Clinic with Olympic Coach John Dussliere