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Old 08-04-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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Triathletes test beach waters in Rio

Athletes are already trying out courses a year before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Some of the world's top triathletes brushed off fears in the wake of recent reports about contaminated water and swam in the waters off Copacabana Beach.

Among them team USA's Katie Zaferes, currently ranked No. 2 in the world.
"I skipped all the meetings on water quality. I didn't care about it," said Zaferes. "I was going to race my race no matter what."

Triathletes said they've been assured the water in Rio is safe.

The international Triathlon Union reportedly contracted with the local organizing committee to conduct water quality tests for the site along Copacabna Beach.

"We swim in a lot of places and I'm sure if people test other water they might come back with different things," Zaferes said.

More than 150 of them are competing in the Olympic qualifier and para-triathlon event.

Zaferes, who prefers the open water ocean, has swam in places all over the world and said conditions were better than she expected Tuesday, and overall is excited about Rio's triathlon course.

"I think it's a really cool tough course and the run is pretty exposed and you kind of have to be mentally tough because it's such a flat long way," Zaferes said.

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