We thought we’d reached peak pool disaster at Rio when the Olympic diving pool turned suddenly and inexplicably bright green.
But while the gross-out factor of green water is high, we’d wager many swimmers would rather take a dip in the murky depths than risk their chance at a gold medal.
A number of experts have warned that a current running through the 50m pool may have helped — or hindered — certain swimmers depending on which lane they swam in, particularly during 50m freestyle sprints.
According to three scientists — whose former peer-reviewed analysis also found a current influenced results at the 2013 world championships — swimmers in Rio in higher numbered lanes of the eight-lane pool performed better throughout the competition.
They noted that all but one of the eight men and eight women who swam fast enough in the semi-finals to qualify for the 50m freestyle final, swam in lanes 4 through 8, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In the final, a whopping five of the three male and three female medallists in the finals also swam in those lanes.