Tom Daley baffled as Olympic diving pool changes colour overnight

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Fours days into the 2016 Olympics in Rio and memorable moments have already been a plenty. Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow’s bronze medal in the 10m synchronized diving undoubtedly proves such an instance.

However, the diving programme has also attracted some comparatively negative press. The outdoor pool has, rather incredibly, changed colour overnight.

It appears that since the UK’s bronze winning exploits, the hue of the pool has taken a turn for the worst. In fact, its prompted fears of contamination and worries regarding the health of competitors.


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The diving calendar commenced yesterday in Rio with seemingly no snags of note.

The aforementioned achievements of Tom Daley were the main news rooting from the 10m board as well as the slick synchronicity of the Chinese.

Brazil’s most famous city may have been criticised for its road race course, levels of security and rowing cancellations, but the diving appeared to be running smoothly.

That was until day two however.

Green water

The colour of the diving pool had transitioned from the blue of the respective water polo basin to a murky green. It’s fair to say the women, given the change, were given a much less appetising body of water in which to dive.

Tom Daley, spectating at the time, tweeted the following photo to demonstrate the change:

Currently, the Rio 2016 chiefs are yet to offer an explanation and have thus provoked further worries and mystery.

Considering the sailing events have already been tainted by the foul water of the coast, it’s hoped that the diving won’t offer a similar fate.

That being said, while health concerns are growing in frequency, there are no immediate signs that the green water is of any danger to the athletes.

Nonetheless, the way Rio 2016 is going so far, we shouldn’t really be surprised. Further mishaps and controversy at the 30th Olympiad is very much, and understandably, predicted before the tournament reaches its completion.

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