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Sunday, March 18, 2012
From London to Long Beach
But its origins will be showcased in August at the 2012 London Olympic Games where 25 of the fastest open water swimmers and triathletes on the planet will be televised within sight of Buckingham Palace, surrounded by tens of thousands of cheering fans on the banks of the Serpentine.
In the center of London in the middle of Hyde Park, the world’s best triathletes and swimmers will gather to compete for gold, silver and bronze. These athletes will converge and compete on a compact, spectator-friendly course on the Serpentine, a man-made lake created in 1730.
With camera angles guaranteed to enthrall worldwide television audiences, the athletes, coaches, fans and media enjoy truly special moments in open water swimming history. Without a doubt, these endurance races will come down to climactic photo finishes that will be replayed over and over again, etching the drama and excitement of open water swimming and triathlon to the world's sporting community.
A replica of the marathon swim course will be transported from London to Long Beach so athletes of all ages, abilities and backgrounds will be able to swim in the exact same course of the Olympic swimmers and triathletes. Each and every one of the competitors in Long Beach can round the buoys, swim down the backstretch, navigate the turns, and sprint to the finish just like the Olympic heroes.
From London to Long Beach... a grand opportunity.
The events will take place in September in Marine Stadium, the site of the rowing competition at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The 140m, 800m, 1.6K, 5K and 10K races are part of the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame weekend, a star-studded event where swimmers and triathletes can mingle with some of the world’s most accomplished endurance athletes.
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