Rio de Janeiro, Aug 10: An unusual thing happened during the Women's synchronised 10m platform final as the colour of the swimming pool turned into swampy green from the usual bright blue.
It was an usual experience for the swimmers as they were not used to diving in a green coloured pool. Ultimately they had to perform in the green pool as a solution could not be found.
British diver Tom Daley who had won the bronze medal in the Men's synchronised 10m final a day back was surprised to see the colour of the pool changing overnight.
He even tweeted to display his surprise. His tweet read:
Ermmm...what happened?! pic.twitter.com/pdta7EpP2k— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 9, 2016
Initially the the international swimming federation FINA speculated that the divers may have requested to change to colour to protect them from the sun ray. But later it was clear that there was some problem at the Aquatics Centre, Pedro Adrega.
Great Britain's Tonia Couch who came 5th in the event was quoted: "I've never dived in anything like it.
"We noticed it in the warm-up and then by the competition it was even more green but if anything it actually made it a bit easier to spot (tell where the water was while spinning through the air), so it didn't make a difference though (to the result)."
As soon as the competition got over the organisers released an official statement regarding the fiasco which they named 'Pool Gate'.
The statement read: "It's very important to the Rio 2016 community to ensure a high quality of play," read the statement. "Tests were conducted and the water was found to be safe. We're investigating what the cause was."