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Portsmouth’s Olympic Swimming Pool Is Two Inches Short

by | 1st, March 2011

PORTSMOUTH’S new big swimming pool, the Olympic-sized one at the Mountbatten Centre, isn’t Olympic-sized. It’s two inches short.

Parkwood Leisure, which operates the pool, says it is “Olympic-sized” and, vitally, “Olympic-standard’. And so long as the Olympics don’t feature a touch-sensitive ‘time board’ it is full sized. Only when the boards are dipped in the water, the pool is too shot to be Olympic standard.

The leading LibDems says the pool is fine. If stop watches are used to time training events, it is Olympic-sized. The Tories say it is too short to be Olympic-sized.

The odds on Portsmouth hosting the Olympic Games are slim. And any local athletes stopping two inches away from the end of an actual Olympic-seized pool are advised to “drift”…

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