After SwimSwam contributor Barry Revzin published a statistical analysis suggesting there may have been a current in the Rio Olympic pool, the president of Myrtha pools passed along video footage of tests that show “zero hint” of a problem.
Revzin’s analysis is here; he compares splits heading each direction in the pool for all 8 lanes, finding a greater disparity in the 2016 Olympic numbers than those from the 2015 World Championships, 2015 U.S. Nationals and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
We reached out to Myrtha, and president Trevor Tiffany provided video footage of tests done before and during the meet.
“All I can say is we tested the pool both before the event and after day 3 of the swimming with zero hint of a problem,” he said.
You can view the two tests here and here. Neither appears to show any movement of the test float.
Tiffany also said the analysis showing faster times for certain lanes could have an alternate explanation:
“The fact that certain swimmers swam faster one way than the other and that this differed depending on which side of the pool they swam can perhaps be explained simply by which side they breathe,” he said. “Normally they would be faster when facing their competitors and if this were the case, then their times would clearly be faster in different directions when comparing their swims in lanes 1 & 8.
“We welcome further serious research as we all want the same result. Fast swimming and fair competition.”