Swimmers at an event in the bay before the Olympics loved the water in a toilet bowl, but Tokyo officials insisted that a high-tech filtration system would maintain the level of E bacteria. dangerous coli at a low level. And they installed a water circulation system that brings cooler water from the bottom to the surface.
On Wednesday, most swimmers recognized the challenges, but ignored them as just part of the sport. They are entitled to occasional sips of bottled liquids handed to them on long poles by boaters following them, and several said they made sure to take advantage of these opportunities.
But churning at the pace of the race for nearly two hours is still wreaking havoc.
Ferry Weertman, a Dutch swimmer, trained in Curaçao. Still, heat was still a factor as he passed a group of swimmers who “got gassed” halfway through the race, chasing the leaders.
“Florian had a big gap at the start, and I was just a little behind, and I just couldn’t really catch up,” said Weertman, who was seventh in 1: 51: 30.8.
Not everyone was impressed by the heat. Rasovszky, the silver medalist, said he trained in a lake in his native Hungary where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.
“So that,” he said, “that was really cool for me.”