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But the men's lead pack of 15 have caught up with the women's lead pack of 11.
This will result in many changes in the race dynamics.
As the men pass the women's pack, the fastest women are able to hang on the back of the women's pack.
Over the next few loops, there will be a separation of the genders, to some extent.
The top women know of this possibility which has been used again and again in loop courses on the FINA circuit where men and women compete together.
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