Swimming will undoubtedly dominate the first few days of the 2012 London Olympics as the action will kick off quickly with three medals already set to be awarded on Saturday night.
But without the non-textile bodysuits that helped athletes break world records repeatedly at the 2008 Beijing Games, this year's races could be a bit slower. Luckily, the pool at the London Aquatics Centre is built for speed.
Britain's Devin Consulting designed the competition pool and according to the U.S. National Science Foundation, it is "one of the most technologically advanced pools ever built."
The pool at the London Games will be deeper than the two-meter depth required by FINA, the international swimming federation. The depth will help reduce the amount of turbulence in the water, as will overflow gutters that will help eliminate waves. Meanwhile, the circulation system will also be adjusted to help water levels remain as constant as possible, which will make the water faster.
Even the lane dividers are high-tech, as they are designed to spin faster, which should help prevent waves from invading other lanes.
Since bodysuits were banned by FINA starting on January 1, 2010, only two world records have fallen. While we don't know if any records will fall at the 2012 Games, if the swimmers get shut out, it won't be the fault of the pool.
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