2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
- Meet site
- FinaTV Live Stream
- Entry Lists
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)