Rio – Olympic pool turns green
Confusion abounded at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre as the normally azure pool water turned a swampy green for the women’s synchronised 10m platform final.
Divers were forced to compete in water the colour sea lions – rather than Olympians – are accustomed to performing in.
Questions were asked on social media. Had Shrek taken an overnight dip? Was it because Roald Dahl’s BFG had been drinking frobscottle?
On Monday, Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow had won bronze in then picture-perfect conditions and even Daley did not know what had happened to the clear water he had dived into just 24 hours earlier. “Erm, what happened,” tweeted the Briton.
At the Aquatics Centre, Pedro Adrega, head of communications at Fina, swimming’s governing body, was flabbergasted, suggesting that the athletes had perhaps requested for the colour change to lessen the effects of the sun’s glare.
Inside the press room, American photographers chatted about the possibility of the water having not been treated properly overnight, causing a drop in chlorine levels and the formation of algae.
As the competition progressed, the water looked more like pea green soup while the pool next to it – where water polo and synchronised swimming is held – remained in perfect health.