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Heat plays havoc with 25K races

Updated: July 23, 2011, 12:44 AM ET
Associated Press

JINSHAN CITY, China -- Unsafe water temperatures created chaos in the 25-kilometer races at the open water world championships Saturday, forcing most of the American team to withdraw and one swimmer to accuse organizers of acting irresponsibly for allowing the events to be held.

The men's and women's races were moved up two hours to a 6 a.m. start in an attempt to stage them in cooler conditions. But the water was already 87 degrees just under the suggested "unsafe" point of 88 degrees.

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