It’s crazy with the sideway rain and it’s a little chilly out there but we’re all under the same conditions,” Phelps said.
“I think we’ve done a pretty decent job just not worrying about this and just going out and swimming.”
Swim coaches refused to publicly criticise the venue, but it’s understood they’re furious that so much money was spent by the Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Government to update the pool only to overlook the most obvious obstacle when hosting major competition.
Since the 2009 Rome world titles, swimming’s governing body FINA has shied away from using outdoor pools for major competitions.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Coast had good weather “99 per cent of the year’’ and those complaining should “suck it up’’.
Fans brave the wet and windy conditions at the Pan Pacs. Crowds. Pic Mark Calleja
Cr Tate backed the State Government’s decision not to put a roof over the pool, saying it would have been too costly.
“The inclement weather we’ve had in the last three days — I’ve never seen it before in August I don’t think,’’ he said.