Thanks to a choppy ocean and lingering weather conditions from Tropical
Storm Ida, the 70.3 World Championships swim in the ocean has been relocated
to the inner bay.
Not only were race officials having extreme difficulty with buoy placement,
but age grouper athletes were especially concerned about having to battle
the ferocious swells at Clearwater Beach.
On the other hand, during the pre-race press conference, both male and
female pros expressed annoyance at the swim venue change. Most were looking
forward to showcasing their beach start speed and superior open water skills
in the difficult conditions.
In the video, Everymantri reporter Ben Greenfield (who is also racing)
explains the conditions on Friday in Clearwater.
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