Swim­ming ob­sta­cle course

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Last week we started on the Paris Olympics in 1900. Which held many events that never made it through to the fol­low­ing games. One such event was the swim­ming ob­sta­cle course. This un­usual swim­ming event seems very com­plex but a lot of fun. The 200m Ob­sta­cle Race was a com­bi­na­tion of a swim­ming event and an ob­sta­cle race - the com­peti­tors had to climb over a pole, then scram­ble over a row of boats, and then swim un­der an­other row of boats. All this was done in the River Seine, so the com­peti­tors also had to con­tend with the cur­rent. The win­ner of this fun event was Fred­er­ick Lane of Aus­tralia also won the 200 me­ter freestyle event. This event was only ever held the once, but it would be a crowd fa­vorite if it was ever to re­turn. Un­til then, peo­ple will have to make do with home made ob­sta­cle cour­ses in their own back yards.

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