The best triathletes in the world launched into the Seine on Thursday, as the famous river’s improved water quality allowed a race to be held in a key event ahead of next year’s Paris Olympics.
One year from the Paris Olympicsthe best triathletes in the world competed in a test test this Thursday.
The winner was the British Beth Potterwho crossed the finish line first, followed by the francesa Cassandre Beaugrand. Third place went to the estadounidense Taylor Spivey.
This triathlon event is held until Sunday in the heart of the French capital, with the swimming part in the Seine riverstarting from the bottom of the spectacular alexander bridge III of the 19th century and its golden statues. The bike and walking tours cross some of the most prestigious neighborhoods of the capital, including the Elysian Fields. Fans can attend the event for free.
Although some of the detractors criticize the water quality of the river, Beaugrand did not show concern.
“We are used to bathing in much worse water,” he said.
As for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there are plans to hold some of the competitions on the Seine as well.
Earlier this month, the swimming world cup in open water it was canceled because heavy rains caused untreated sewage to overflow into the river.