WASHINGTON — After a long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympic swimming trials got underway this week, but looked a bit different than before. Masks have been as much a part of the attire at the pool as swimsuits, caps and goggles. Frequent testing for COVID-19 has also been a part of the safety protocols.
The pandemic has forced several changes at the trails, including reducing arena capacity to around half of the usual more than 17,000 permitted inside. Cardboard cutouts mixed in with fans in the seats. The trials were split into two different meets, with the slowest swimmers competing a week earlier
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