American swims in Seine River before Paris Games despite pollution warning

American swims in Seine River before Paris Games despite pollution warning

Paris — A 76-year-old American swimmer took a dip in the Seine River on Thursdaybraving the turbulent waters in the center of Paris to celebrate July 4th and highlight the French government’s efforts to clean up the river in anticipation of the Olympic Games.

It was timely, Hours later, regional authorities provided data showing that the quality of the water in the river has improved in the last week.raising hopes that it will be able to host Olympic swimming events regardless.

Joel Stratte McClure, whose last swim in the Seine River was in 1976 for a magazine cover, said he was amazed by the progress in cleaning up the river but still worried about his safety.

Joel Stratte-McClure, a 75-year-old American swimmer, smiles after a brief dip in the Seine River, Thursday, July 4, in Paris. The Seine River has been found unsafe according to test results released last Friday, less than a month before the Paris Olympics. (Thibault Camus)

“I might regret swimming,” McClure said before entering the water.But if I come back alive, it will be proof that the French have done a good job cleaning up the river.”.

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