TOKYO (AP) — All behind Florian Wellbrock, there was the sort of carnage that epitomizes open water swimming.
One athlete carted off on a stretcher. Another taking an elbow to the eye.
TOKYO (AP) — A blazing sun. Drenching humidity. Choppy waters. Gusting winds. Two dozen bodies diving in together for two hours of swimming mixed with a stray elbow here, an occasional kick there.
Marathon swimming at the Tokyo Olympics is as much a test of mental endurance as it is physical conditioning over a 10-kilometer course.