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FINA plans to set temperature limit

Updated: July 16, 2013, 5:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Swimming's governing body is preparing to set a fixed maximum water temperature that doesn't meet U.S. standards that were introduced after the death of American swimmer Fran Crippen.

At meetings in Barcelona this week, FINA is about to set an upper limit of 87.8 degrees for open water events.

USA Swimming set a domestic limit of 85 degrees in the wake of Crippen's death during a sweltering 10-kilometer race in the United Arab Emirates in October, 2010.

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