Marathon swimming is the longest swimming event on the Olympic programme, covering 10km in open water. Lasting aroundtwo hours, the race tests swimmers鈥?endurance and is often decided by tenths of seconds. Returning to Swimming鈥檚 Roots Marathon swimming brings Olympic swimming back to its origins.
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What is marathon swimming?
Marathon swimming brings Olympic swimming back to its origins. Open water swimming events were on the programme of the first three editions of the modern Olympic Games, utilising oceans, rivers or lakes prior to the adoption of swimming pools.
What is the Olympic 10K marathon swim?
The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is the culmination of elite world-class open water swimming and is the featured open water swimming event in the Olympic program. It is also referred to as the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim and, formally, as Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km.
When was the first Olympic marathon swimming open water race held?
On 20 August 2008, the first Olympic Marathon Swimming open water race, the women鈥檚 10km, was held at Beijing鈥檚 Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.
How fast do half marathon winners swim?
Again, the speeds and equivalent times for shorter distance (400m) are listed ready for your swim test. The winners in the 1k Challenge swam at a faster rate than the winner of the Half Marathon 5k as you鈥檇 expect, but again it is surprising to see a faster speed of the Marathon 10k winner compared to the winners of the other challenges.