The enduring rivalry between the Australian and American swim teams will dive to new depths with a special swimming event scheduled for Sydney from 19-21 August.
The NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in collaboration with Swimming Australia, has reignited Duel in the Pool, a series of long and short course match races between the two rival swimming superpowers, not held in NSW for 15 years.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said this event highlighted why Sydney was in the fast lane to becoming the sporting events capital of the Asia Pacific.
“Sydney is renowned for hosting the best international sporting events that capture the world’s attention, so I am delighted we are bringing Duel in the Pool back to the Harbour City for the first time since 2007,” Mr Ayres said.
“Australia and USA are the two titans of world swimming with a great historic rivalry, so this is going to be an absolutely enthralling battle for supremacy in the pool watched by tens-of-millions of people on both sides of the Pacific.
“On top of Sydney Super Cup, FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Sydney Surf Pro and the UCI Road World Championships, Duel in the Pool adds to our incredible calendar of exclusive international sports events this year, highlighting why Sydney is considered one of the great sporting cities of the world.
“The NSW Government is committed to delivering world-class events like Duel in the Pool to achieve our goal making Sydney and NSW the events capital and premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”
Duel in the Pool will involve an ocean swim at Bondi Beach on 19 August followed by two days of match races at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre on 20-21 August. It will form part of a broader swim meet that will see other international swimmers compete at the Australian Open Short Course Championships from 24-28 August.
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