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Why are there 8 lanes on an Olympic race track?


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2009-04-22 18:37:45
2009-04-22 18:37:45

because they didnt like the number 3

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On a typical track, which is a training, high school, and a college track there are 8 lanes. However, on an olympic or professional track there are 9 lanes.

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The lanes can be numbered 1 through normally 8 or 9 rarely 10, starting with the inside lane.

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It depends in the standard of the simming race, for Olympic or World Championships then the pool has to have 10 lanes however only the middle 8 are used. For lesser competitions it depends on how many lanes the pool has, usually a minimum of 6 however for smaller and older pools which are very rarely used there may be 4 or 5 lanes

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