Triathlete shrugs off swim course concerns

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Even if the swim course smells like a toilet, Australian triathlete Ashleigh Gentle will dive in at the Tokyo Olympics.

There are concerns about the water quality at Odaiba Marine Park, the venue for the triathlon and marathon swimming at the Games.

There have been reports of a foul smell at the venue and Triathlon Australia's national performance director Justin Drew is quoted as saying they are receiving daily updates on the water quality.

But Gentle said she will be ready, regardless of the water conditions.

"No matter what the water quality is like, I know that I'm going to be jumping into it," she told AAP.

"If it smells like a toilet, that's really unfortunate, but the reality is I'm not going to say 'no, I can't swim in that'.

"I'm there and I've committed to it."

This will be Gentle's second Olympics after she finished 26th at the Rio Games.

There were also concerns about the water quality at Copacabana Beach before the Rio triathlon.

"I came out (of Rio) with two arms and two legs," Gentle said.

Sharks were supposed to be the big danger in Sydney Harbour when triathlon made its Olympics debut at the 2000 Games, but Jaws did not feature at the event.

The men's triathlon will be held on July 26 and the women's race will follow the next day.

They feature a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Triathlon's mixed relay, a new Olympic event, will be held on July 31 and the teams will compete over a 300m swim, 7.4km bike and 2km run course.

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