READY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Marathon Swimming)

About Event

Sports

Aquatics (Marathon Swimming)

Venue

Odaiba Marine Park

Schedule

11 August 2019

7:00~ Women 5 Km
10:00~ Men 5 Km

The number of participants

Men 23, Women 17 Total 40

Aquatics (Marathon Swimming) Overview

Taking place in open water environments such as the sea, rivers and lakes, but with a premium on safety, the men's and women's 10km open water swimming event is known as the marathon swimming event. This event is a relative newcomer to the Olympic programme, making its debut as an official Olympic event at the Beijing 2008 Games. Usually staged on a circular course, the swimmers receive water at regular individuals as their endurance is tested to the full for up to two hours. Naturally, records are important, but as the races are often determined by weather and the open water conditions, planning a strategy is of vital importance. The swimmers who are able to use the waves, tides and currents to their best advantage are often those who post the best results. Being in tip-top physical condition is a given, but there also many swimmers with a wealth of experience in skilfully responding to the prevailing conditions and planning the optimal strategies. Watching the competitors swimming neck and neck and overtaking each other makes for great spectator viewing.

Aquatics (Marathon Swimming)

Precautions

Test events hosted or co-hosted by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee serve as a rehearsal to test the organisational and operational readiness, and therefore will not be open to the public

Organisers

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games

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