Gwangju On High Alert For Monsoon-Type Conditions

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July 19th, 2019 News


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Pouring rain and strong winds accompanied the 25k open water race today, July 19th, at the World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. The conditions were such that organizers considered calling off the race with 2 laps to go, according to Swimming Australia.

The weather is indicative of an approaching typhoon weather watchers have been keeping an eye on this week. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Wednesday that monsoon rains accompanied by strong winds are expected to hit the southwestern region this week.

‘Gwangju is forecast to receive rain of 30 to 80 millimeters per hour (1-3 inches), while up to 150 millimeters of rain per hour (6 inches) is expected to fall on coastal areas through Friday,’ reads the report on Yonhap News.

The Gwangju Metropolitan Government and the organizing committee began to operate emergency response systems Wednesday to minimize possible damage, while the Gwangju city government performed safety inspections of the World Championships venues, working with police and military to solidify disaster response components.

“The government, the organizing committee, the military and police will do their best for safety management, so that the athletes can focus on the games and citizens can enjoy the games safely,” said Kim Sung-hak, director of disaster response at the Gwangju government. (Yonhap News)

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Jelly Not-so-Wise-Broad
3 years ago

150mm/hr = 1.5 meters/hr?
Apologies if my math is a bit fuzzy. I’m American so metric isn’t my strong suit. But gosh darn that’s a lot of rain!

Reply to  Jelly Not-so-Wise-Broad
3 years ago

150mm = 15 cm = 6 inches.

3 years ago

Perfect swimming conditions

3 years ago

That 25k race was insane. The rain was crazy heavy. Couldn’t believe they were swimming in that–couldn’t believe the safety monitors could really see all the swimmers clearly.

Reply to  Viewer
3 years ago

Saw a post from a US official who said they were in a Zodiac boat for 12 hours yesterday getting pummeled, cold, etc. They said they were still “swaying” three hours after the race. At one point, the commentator mentioned they were considering aborting the race. Hats off to all those who worked through that yesterday but it seemed a bit too unsafe as I watched it on TV.

Also, does anyone know what was up with swimmer in the Men’s race from Hungary that had a huge lead. He really seemed to be taking in water and struggling down the stretch. He had a great stroke. He was fun to watch! Gutsy effort.

Reply to  SwimSam
3 years ago

That was Gergely Gyurta who led for about an hour and had a minute lead around the 20km mark. Looks like he hit the wall pretty hard.

Reply to  Tim
3 years ago

These comments have given me better coverage of the 25k than this site actually has 🙄

Reply to  SwimSam
3 years ago

He had an asthmatic attack there, unfortunately.

Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

In the last lap he was thinking about his grandfathers who had gone home on foot in World War II. He finished the race much more mentally than phisically.

3 years ago
3 years ago

It’s a prophecy

3 years ago

Hope it’s an indoor pool

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