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Marathon Swimmers' Outrage at Distance Change

A change in the marathon swimming distance has been announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Marathon Swim is an ever-present event in the Olympic Games since Beijing 2008. The 10k open water event has included memorable, iconic marathon swims in the Serpentine in London and Copacabana Beach, Rio. The IOC today stated that from 2024 onwards, the Marathon Swim distance will be increased from 10k to 42.195k (26.2 miles). The move is designed to deliver parity in distance between the running and swimming marathons. However, the increase in distance will increase the time taken to complete the challenge by the elite swimmers from around 2 hours to over 8 hours. Team GB have ha

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