Start stations are often set against land, fixed objects or a pier for stability, but can also be independently anchored along the race course in order to provide a stationary platform to allow (a) swimmers to start and/or finish an open water race, (b) coaches and trainers to provide hydration and fuel to athletes during an open water swimming race, or (c) officials to stand and judge a race or a specific area in a race such as a turn buoy or feeding station. The pontoon may be constructed from a variety of materials.
The athletes positioned themselves along the pontoon that was floating five meters from the race course.
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