By Paula Kim on 05/11/11 at 8:31 pm
Unfortunately the swim portion of today’s ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Henderson, Nevada had to be cancelled due to unsafe water conditions. Cold air temperature combined with the 17 degree water temperature put the swim course outside of ITU regulations and was not deemed safe for the athletes.
Additionally, heavy rains in the lead-up to the race caused flooding and ITU officials were not able to confirm the quality of the water was within ITU rules. Earlier, the water quality of the swim course was deemed acceptable but after heavy rains and flooding, the water quality became unknown and was not able to be tested on the morning of the race.
ITU officials explored the possibility of shortening the swim course but this was not possible given the acceptable temperatures in the ITU Competition Rules. Due to road closures and permits with the city, the start times were not able to be delayed to wait for the air temperature to rise.
The ITU regrets the change to a World Championship event however athletes’ safety must never be compromised.
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