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SBD Global/July 28, 2014/Events and Attractions

Swimming Records At Commonwealth Games To Stand Despite Technical Hitch, Officials Say

Commonwealth Games and Int'l Swimming Federation (FINA) officials "insist records set in the Glasgow pool will stand despite revelations that a technical hitch has left the floor stuck in an uneven position," according to Barrett, Lutton & Paxinos of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The Tollcross pool has a "movable floor that allows the depths to be changed." But the floor became "stuck fast the day before competition began on Friday and can't be fixed until the completion of the swimming program." Because of the defect, the pool depth would not be legal at a world championships or Olympic Games, which "require a minimum depth of two metres for the entire 50m." But FINA "only requires a depth of 1.35m for other competitions, including the Commonwealth Games." Glasgow 2014 spokesperson Jackie Brock-Doyle confirmed on Sunday there was "an issue with the pool floor but was adamant it complied with regulations and no records would be called into question." Brock-Doyle: "It's fully compliant" (SMH, 7/27).
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