Fran Crippen
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
BARCELONA, Spain, July 16. IT might have taken two-and-a-half years since Fran Crippen died at a FINA-sanctioned open water event in the United Arab Emirates, but it finally looks like FINA will implement a maximum open water temperature.

Today, FINA released notes from a FINA Bureau Meeting in which a variety of topics were presented. One of which was a recommendation for a maximum temperature to be written into the rulebook:

Following a study carried out by the University of Otago (NZL), in collaboration with FINA, the IOC and the International Triathlon Union, it has been established that the maximum temperature of the water for FINA open water events shall be 31? Celsius. This rule will now be presented at the Technical Open Water Swimming Congress, taking place on July 17 also in Barcelona

Tomorrow, the Technical Open Water Swimming Congress just needs to sign off on the rule for it to be on its way to becoming codified in FINA-sanctioned swimming. Previously, FINA had recommended guidelines, but never a hard-and-fast rule.

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