USA Athletes Escape Grave Danger as Athens Shakes Over Unexpected Earthquake Hours Before Swimming World Cup 2023

Published 10/13/2023, 4:21 PM EDT

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The 2023 Swimming World Cup is currently up and running. In the second leg of the event held in Athens, Greece, many staunch U.S. athletes have decided to showcase their skills in the water. Despite facing losses in Berlin, Claire Weinstein and Nic Fink have secured medals. Michael Andrew also continues his winning streak after securing back-to-back awards in this three-day event.

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However, hours before the World Cup, these staunch U.S. athletes were faced with an unexpected danger as an earthquake shook the lands of Greece. After this news, 21-year-old Lani Pallister, representing Australia at the event, shared an update with the swimming community on social media.

Lani Pallister shares her experience

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After the earthquake hit Greece and its neighboring areas at 6:33 a.m., Lani Pallister shared an update on her Instagram story. “This morning we had an earthquake in Greece; I honestly thought someone had slammed their door too hard,” stated the Australian swimmer while sharing a picture of the affected areas of the earthquake. According to information shared by Pallister, a 4.4-magnitude earthquake was observed in Turkey and Greece.

Nonetheless, hours after escaping this grave danger, U.S. athletes struck their magic in Athens, Greece. In the 100-meter breaststroke event, Nic Fink secured a silver in 59.28 while surpassing Adam Peaty, who finished the race sixth in 59.98. Apart from Fink, Michael Andrew also managed to clinch another gold for the United States in a 50-meter event.

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Michael Andrew’s staunch win at the Swimming World Cup 2023

On the first day of Leg 2 of the Swimming World Cup, Michael Andrew secured a staunch victory. In the 50m freestyle race, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics champion won the event after finishing the race in 21.96, while the silver was secured by his in-pool rival Isaac Cooper, clocking in 22.07. At the same time, Dylan Carter clinched the third position in 22.16. Interestingly, this win comes after the 24-year-old surpassed Cooper in the 50m Backstroke event of Leg 1. Andrew stood atop the podium by finishing the race in 24.47 as the Australian swimmer settled for silver in 24.59.

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Despite the dangers faced by U.S. athletes in Greece, the athletes continue to showcase extraordinary performance at the event. Now, the swimming fans are girded up for the swimmer to maintain their zeal and strike their magic in Paris next year.

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Paras Jan

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Paras Haji is a US Sports author at Essentially Sports. She began her professional journey as a content and news publisher, which gave her valuable experience in the sports media industry. Her passion for all things Olympics, and dedication to keeping track of every competitive performance, have earned her recognition for handing over captivating articles.
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