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Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test

© Reuters. A boat is pictured with the Sugarloaf Mountain in the background, at the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Athletes, coaches and organizers at a major test event for next year's Olympic Games shrugged off a simmering dispute over safety at watersports venues by diving into the controversial waters off Copacabana Beach on Saturday.

The first day of the triathlon world championship event saw para-athletes swim in the Atlantic waters and bike and run in the streets nearby.

"I'm not concerned about the water," said Alison Patrick, a blind British athlete who won the P-5 women's' triathlon in partnership with her sighted guide Grace France.

"The thing I noticed most was that the water was warm. I'm from Scotland and I'm used...