Can I swim the Seine in Paris…a triathlon test event
- on Aug 17, 2023
The Seine River in Paris, France, will host a triathlon ‘test event’ for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Ten days after an open-water swimming test event was canceled due to “poor water quality,” the Seine will once again be tested.
“One day before the start of the Paris Olympic Test Event, athletes and federations carried out preliminary checks,” the World Triathlon Union said on Saturday (local time).
Triathlon, a sport that combines swimming, cycling, and running, inspects the course one day before the event.메이저놀이터
The test event was a swim in the Seine and a run around the Seine, just like the Paris Olympic course.
All eyes were on the Seine.
On the 16th local time, the athletes entered the Seine. The water quality of the Seine passed the “reference point” during training on this day.
Christian Blumenfeldt (NOR), the men’s individual triathlon gold medalist at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, told Reuters, “I open my mouth when I swim. I hope nothing goes wrong with my body tomorrow.”
The Paris Olympic triathlon test event will conclude with the women’s individual event on Sunday and the men’s individual event on Monday.
Swimming in the Seine
(Paris AFP) – Athletes competing in the Paris Olympic Triathlon Test Event swim in the Seine River in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2016, a day before the competition.
The open-water swimming test event, which was scheduled to take place on May 5-6, was canceled due to “poor water quality”.
“Following the recent heavy rainfall in Paris, the water quality of the Seine remained below the acceptable standard to protect the health of swimmers,” the International Swimming Federation explained at the time.
“We are determined to prove that the Seine can host the Olympic Games,” said the Paris Organizing Committee. “This year, in late July and early August, there was an unusually high amount of rain in Paris. In normal weather, the water quality of the Seine passes the reference point.”
After the open water swimming test event was canceled due to poor water quality, the organizers are determined to hold a triathlon test event.
“The triathlon will be an important starting point to prove that ‘the Seine is swimmable,'” the organizers said.
The city of Paris is looking to reopen parts of the Seine to swimming in 2025 for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
When the Olympics were first held in Paris in 1900, swimming events were held in the Seine, but it was banned in 1923 due to poor water quality.
Still, critics say it’s “self-serving to use the Olympics, with athletes from many countries competing, to ‘test the Seine’.”
The World Triathlon Union says: “We test the water quality of the Seine several times a day. If the water quality deteriorates on race day, we will switch to a duathlon (cycling and running) format without swimming.”