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Why Has The Olympic Swimming Pool Turned Green? 16th August 2016

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For the last week, many of us have been watching the 2016 Olympic Games closely and for those interested in the swimming competitions, you might have noticed that the water has changed colour over the last few days.

Despite the fact the water in the luxury pool looked blue on Monday (August 8th), it has slowly turned a distinct shade of green, and those of you with beady eyes will have seen the transformation take place during some of the races themselves.

During the women’s synchronised ten-metre diving final on Tuesday, the tone of the water began to change and by the end of the contest, it was a definite green.

There have been many speculations over why there has been a change of colour in the water, with Tony Azevedo, men’s water polo captain for the USA, conjecturing that it is the result of putting “so much chlorine in the water that people can’t see”.

Another theory is that green ink has leaked into the water from the diving boards, which is what British diver Jack Laugher suggested.

However, the change in colour did not do anything to deter Laugher and his diving partner Chris Mears, as they took home the gold award for Team GB for the synchronised three-metre springboard.

This comes after fellow Brits Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow also won awards for their dive earlier in the week. They achieved bronze in the men’s synchronised ten-metre platform on Monday. Incidentally, the pair managed to claim one of the top prizes when the water was blue, not green.

Posted: August 16th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)