Top-class open water swimmers ready for the London 2012 10km Marathon Swimming Test Event

London 2012 Swimming

The public will get a change to watch world class swimmers including a number of World and Olympic medallists at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International in Hyde Park this Saturday, 13 August, part of the London Prepares Series and a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The event, free for anyone to watch, takes place in the Serpentine inside Hyde Park and will feature some of the world's best marathon swimmers including the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, German Thomas Lurz and the 10km gold medallist from the recent FINA World Championships in Shanghai, Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE), who was born in Liverpool.

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Welland 2012 - Venue

With nearly 7 km of uninterrupted flatwater and consistent depth and basin-like characteristics, as well as, some of the most placid and beautiful flat water in the world, the Welland International Flatwater Centre and waterway is the perfect location for the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.

The course for open water swimming is more than 100 m wide with multiple access points for safety.

Paved asphalt trails for viewing and safety considerations border each side of the course which is supplied with clean, fresh water of the highest freshwater quality. Every aspect of this unique venue meets or exceeds all existing international standards for open water swimming.

 

Welland 2012 - Accommodations & Transportation

Affordable athlete lodgings will be at the Welland Campus of Niagara College (10 min from course) or at Brock University (20 min from course).

Accommodation options for FINA officials, coaches and families will be at hotels in Niagara Falls and Welland.

Free shuttles will run throughout the day between all official event accommodation locations, the training locations (Welland Recreational Waterway and at Brock University 50 m pool) and the course site.

Team and official transport will be available from all 3 local international airports.

   

Welland 2012 - Agenda (preliminary)

Wednesday, August 15

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Thursday, August 16

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Development Clinics (Coaches, Officials and Athletes)

Opening Ceremonies

Friday, August 17

Boys 7.5km (17-18 years)

Girls 5km (14-16 years)

Saturday, August 18

Girls 7.5km (17-18 years)

Boys 5km (14-16 years)

Sunday, August 19

Team Event (17-18 years)

Team Event (14-16 years)

Closing Ceremonies


 

Olympic Park: Access for pre-Games Elite Athlete Training

London 2012 Highlights

Throughout 2011 and early 2012, construction on the London 2012 Olympic Park will come to an end and venues will be handed over to LOCOG in order to prepare for the Games. During this pre-Games phase, LOCOG will be responsible for completing the fit-out, operating and maintaining the venues. Also during this period LOCOG will, where possible, support the use of these venues for elite athlete training.

> Full information herealt

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