Earlier starts for open-water races

Updated: April 20, 2011, 10:11 AM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Swimming's governing body has rescheduled open-water races to earlier in the day at the world championships, saying athletes will benefit from cooler air and water temperatures.

FINA's action Wednesday came after wide-ranging safety improvements were recommended last week by an independent panel investigating the drowning of American swimmer Fran Crippen in hot conditions in the United Arab Emirates last year.

FINA says it has changed the schedule in Shanghai in July to "create the best possible competitive environment" for athletes.

The races will start from 8-9 a.m. "to avoid the peak hours ... in relation to the air and water temperature."

FINA says it chose the Jinshan City Beach course for its water quality and "possibility of fully implementing" safety procedures.


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