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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Will Aurélie Muller Equal The Feat Of Thomas Lurz?

Photos courtesy of Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia, Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Not since Thomas Lurz of Germany medaled in the 5 km, 5 km team relay, 10 km races and 25 km marathon swim at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain has anyone won four open water swimming medals at a FINA World Championship.

Lurz won a silver medal in the 5 km race, a bronze medal in the 10 km race, a gold medal in the 5 km team relay with Christian Reichert and Isabelle Franziska Härle, and finished his unprecedented performance with a gold medal in the 25 km marathon swim.

Aurélie Muller of France is on a pace to possibly match his 4-for-4 record. She has won a gold medal in the 10 km race, a silver in the 5 km race, and a gold in the 5 km team relay this week in Hungary's Lake Balaton.

Tomorrow, she will enter the 25 km race as one of the pre-race favorites.

But she will also have to outdual and outsprint the who's who of the 25 km distance with 25 km world champions Angela Maurer (2011), Martina Grimaldi (2013), and Ana Marcela Cunha (2015) in the field. 25 km silver medalist from 2015 Anna Olasz and 10 km bronze medalist and frequent rival Arianna Bridi are also entered in the race.

Women's 25 km Start List
1 Onon Katalin Somenek (HUN)
2 Nataly Caldas Calle (ECU)
3 Cathryn Salladin (USA)
4 Angela Maurer (GER)
5 Becca Mann (USA)
6 Lara Grangeon (FRA)
7 Lenka Sterbova (CZE)
8 Aurélie Muller (FRA)
9 Anastasiia Krapivina (RUS)
10 Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED)
11 Anna Olasz (HUN)
12 Sarah Bosslet (GER)
13 Xeniya Romanchuk (KAZ)
14 Chelsea Gubecka (AUS)
15 Martina Grimaldi (ITA)
16 Betina Lorscheitter (BRA)
17 Ana Marcela Cunha (RA)
18 Yumi Kida (JPN)
19 Arianna Bridi (ITA)
20 Valeriia Ermakova (RUS)
21 Mahina Valdivia Dannenberg (CHI)
22 Vicenia Navarro (VEN)

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How FAST Will Simon Lamar Be?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Simon Lamar is an American pool and open water swimmer from FAST (Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team) in Southern California. He will be an incoming freshman at Stanford University this fall, but he has an interesting summer project ahead of him.

Last year, he finished third in the boys 16-17 year division in the 7.5 km race at the 2016 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Hoorn, Netherlands, but tomorrow he will represent USA in the 25 km marathon swim at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

The young man will face the who's who of the 25 km distance.

The field includes the defending 25 km world champion Simone Ruffini of Italy as well as a number of Olympians including Andreas Waschburger, Evgenii Drattcev, Saleh Mohammad, and Allan do Carmo.

Men's 25 km Start List
1 Haythem Abdelkhalek (TUN)
2 Matej Kozubek (CZE)
3 Taiki Nonaka (JPN)
4 Matteo Furlan (ITA)
5 Simon Lamar (USA)
6 Vitaliy Khudyakov (KAZ)
7 Logan Fontaine (FRA)
8 Soren Detlef Meissner (GER)
9 Simone Ruffini (ITA)
10 Gergely Gyurta (HUN)
11 Santiago Enderica Salgado (ECU)
12 Yosuke Miyamoto (JPN)
13 Yuval Safra (ISR)
14 Jack Brazier (AUS)
15 Chip Peterson (USA)
16 Axel Reymond (FRA)
17 Victor Colonese (BRA)
18 Kenessary Kenenbayev (KAZ)
19 Andreas Waschburger (GER)
20 Allan do Carmo (BRA)
21 Shahar Resman (ISR)
22 Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD)
23 Sergey Bolshakov (RUS)
24 Evgenii Drattcev (RUS)
25 Guillermo Bertola (ARG)
26 Saleh Mohammad (SYR)
27 Marcel Schouten (NED)
28 Kristóf Rasovszky (HUN)

Simon Lamar is shown with his training teammate, Cathryn Salladin from FAST at the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Championships where he qualified for the World Championships.

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Slow To Start, Fast To Finish

Photo courtesy of Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia, Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil was photographed in her yellow Brazilian swim cap typically slow to start in the 5 km race at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Lake Balaton.

But the two-time personable Olympian is always fast to finish as she and teammate Poliana Okimoto are entirely have been part of Brazil’s total 13 open water medals at all the FINA World Championship events.

Cunha has 4 bronze medals (5 km + 10 km Hungary in 2017 + 10 km Kazan in 2015 + 5 km Barcelona in 2013), 2 silver medals (10 km Barcelona in 2013 + 5 km team pursuit Kazan in 2015), 2 gold medals (25 km in Shanghai in 2011 + Kazan in 2015) for 8 World Championship medals.

Shark In The Area, No Hysteria

Courtesy of WOWSA, California.

Tonight's Reef & Run is canceled due to shark activity reported earlier today in the East Beach/Stearns Wharf vicinity, but there will still be food and drink at East Beach Grill for anyone who wants to come down to the beach to enjoy a beautiful Santa Barbara evening with friends.

July 13th 1-mile Ocean Swim Top 25 Results
1 Ben Brewer (19) 20:07
2 Chris Braden (26) 21:23
3 Grant Schroeder (22) 21:55
4 Mark Stori (51) 22:27
5 Steven Hunt (70) 22:33
6 Stewart Reid (44) 23:40
7 Michael Acton (57) 24:14
8 Cheyenne Low (21) 24:37 - first female
9 Justin Laforge (27) 25:36
10 Matt Struckmeyer (47) 25:41
11 Cindy Braden (53) 25:45 - second female
12 Todd Weston (52) 25:55
13 John McCarthy (54) 25:58
14 Wesley Cooperman (22) 25:59
15 Aki Laine (38) 26:27
16 Stephen Paul (32) 26:38
17 Luan Vieira (25) 26:45
18 Blair Whitney (53) 26:54
19 Michael Garley (59) 26:58
20 Kelly Siegel (26) 27:03 - third female
21 Vicki Mills (50) 27:15 - fourth female
22 Michael Crandell (61) 27:17
23 Brian King (50) 27:38
24 Phil Morreale (59) 27:44
25 Marianne Elefant (30) 27:47 - fifth female

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Vive la France, Open Water Dominance

Photo courtesy of Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia.

If France wins the International Olympic Committee bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games as is widely reported and assumed, then France will have a lot to cheer for in the Seine.

On the shoulders of gold medalists Marc-Antoine David Aubry and Aurélie Muller in addition to teammates Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol and Aurélie Muller, France captured its third gold medal at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary.

The four members of each team, including 2 men and 2 women, swam 1.25 km before touching their teammate and swimming off.

Brendan Casey put his American team in first with his lead-off leg among the 19 international teams with a 14:00.3 split with Japan's Yohsuke Miyamoto behind followed by Brazil's Allan do Carmo.

5 km gold medalist Ashley Twichell exchange a legal touch above the water and took off, but Great Britain's Tobias Robinson took over the lead with Japan still in second on the strength of Yasunari Hirai with South Africa in third due to a strong leg by Chad Ho.

Great Britain's 5 km bronze medalist Timothy Shuttleworth opened up a nearly 50-meter lead, but the major change was the tremendous third oleg by 10 km gold medalist Aurélie Muller who put France in a strong second position - but still nearly 40 seconds behind Great Britain and almost 13 seconds ahead of third-place Italy that was pulled into third by Federico Vanelli who said later, “Rachele Bruni + Giulia Gabbrielleschi did a great job, so I was in a relative good position as the third swimmer. We have a strong team."

Oceane Cassignol of France admitted, “I felt some pressure before the race, since being the first swimmer in the team event is not easy. That’s why I was a little bit nervous, but in the end we managed to win the gold medal."

Olivier acknowledged the degree of patriotism. "I won the gold medal here in the 5 km, and the bronze medal in the 10 km, but I was still very motivated, since winning for my country with the team is a great feeling. Open water swimming is kind of an individual sport so actually it is fun to work with your teammates. Every time when we [put on our swim] caps, our goal is to win outside. I think we all swam really well and we swam the races the way we wanted."

Their American rivals were also pleased with the results. Brendan Casey said, “My goal is always to win the race, but I am still happy with this silver medal." Haley Anderson remarked, “After the 5 km that was not a successful race for me, I was very happy to win a medal in the team event. I like this new formula, since there are more tactics, and it is more exciting. We were struggling a little bit at the relays but it was pretty much new for all. It gives more fun when we race for each other. Our tactics worked well."

The format of the new 5 km Team Event was different from the three world championships where 3 swimmers covered 5 km together in a tight pack. The times were both faster and slower in the new format as Germany won in 2015 [55:14.4] and in 2013 [52:54.9] and the USA won in 2011 [57:00.6].

5 km Mixed Relay Results:
1. France with David Aubry + Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol + Aurélie Muller + Marc-Antoine Olivier 54:05.9
2. USA with United States: Haley Anderson + Andrew Gemmell + Ashley Twichell + Jordan Wilimovsky 54.18.1
3. Italy with Rachele Bruni + Giulia Gabbrielleschi + Simone Ruffini + Federico Vanelli 54.31.0
4. Australia with Jack Brazier + Kareena Lee + Jack Alan McLoughlin + Kiah Melverton 54:42.9
5. Great Britain with Jack Burnell + Alice Dearing + Danielle Huskisson + Tobias Patrick Robinson 54:51.1
6. Brazil with Ana Marcela Cunha + Allan do Carmo + Betina Lorscheitter + Fernando Ponte 55:19.6
7. Hungary with Janka Juhasz + Anna Olasz + Mark Papp + Kristóf Rasovszky 55:23.7
8. Germany with Leonie Beck + Soren Detlef Meissner + Rob Muffels + Finnia Wunram
9. Japan with Yasunari Hirai + Yohsuke Miyamoto + Yukimi Moriyama + Minami Niikura 55:54.0
10. Russia with Kirill Abrosimov + Kirill Belyaev + Valeriia Ermakova + Mariia Novikova 55:55.1
11. Canada with Eric Hedlin + Stephanie Horner + Breanne Emma Joan Siwicki + Richard Weinberger 55:58.3
12. South Africa with Chad Ho + Robyn Kinghorn + Nico Manoussakis + Danie Marais 56:05.3
13. Argentina with Julia Lucila Arino + Guillermo Bertola + Cecilia Biagioli + Joaquin Moreno 56:43.4
14. Ecuador with Samantha Arévalo Salinas + David Castro + Ivan Enderica Ochoa + Patricia Guerrero 58:01.2
15. Israel with Eden Girloanta + Shahar Resman + Yuval Safra + Chaya Simone Zabludoff 58:20.7
16. Czech Republic with Alena Benesova + Vit Ingeduld + Matej Kozubek + Lenka Sterbova 58:32.2
17. Mexico with Maria Jose Mata Cocco + Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer + Martha Ruth Aguilar Ortega + Alfredo Villa Mejia 58:32.5
18. Kazakhstan with Lev Cherepanov + Kenessary Kenenbayev + Nina Rakhimova + Xeniya Romanchuk 1:00:59.3
19. Hong Kong with Hoi Man Lok + Tsz Yin Nip + Chin Ting Keith Sin + Tsz Fung Tse 1:02:11.7



Stephanie Horner of Canada summed up the thoughts of many, "The team enjoyed the relay atmosphere in an open water race. “Relays are so fun, it’s all about spirit. It’s nice because you get to share the pain and you can’t let your team down."

Eric Hedlin agreed, “I love relays, I love open water, so this is the best combination of the two” as did Breanne Siwicki, “I thought it was good to be a part of a team with so much racing experience. It was great that we finished better than we expected to.”

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Getting To Santorini Island

Courtesy of Ryanair, Santorini Island, Greece.

The Santorini Experience won the silver award at Greece's Sports Marketing Awards 2017.

The event is held on Santorini Island from October 6th to 8th.

Ryanair is offering 14.99€ fares between Athens and Santorini for bookings until Ju1y 23rd for travel within October. For those wishing to travel to the island by ferry, they can go via 50% discounts via Blue Star Ferries from October 2nd to 13th.

The 1.5-mile open water swimming race will be held on October 7th. Registrations are here.



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Celebrating A Catalina Channel Crossing

Courtesy of Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, Catalina Channel, California.

Catalina Channel Swimming Federation announced that the Swim Across America David Yudovin Memorial Relay team completed its two-way crossing in 26 hours 44 minutes.

Team members Malena Hankins, Rene Martínez Saenz, Carolyn Hollingsworth, Naomi Kent, Brett Cohen and Dan Simonelli swam the second David Yudovin Memorial Relay to benefit Swim Across America that has raised more than US$16,000.

The support team included Beth Yudovin, Megan Melgaard, Jeanie Madsen, Kristen Sperberg, and Kristy Kowal. Don Van Cleve, Linda Bamford and Marc Horowitz served as observers with escort pilot Captain Dave of the Pacific Star Charters.

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Looking Back At The Women's 5 km Surprises At Worlds

Photo courtesy of Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia, Lake Balaton, Hungary.

The women's 5 km race in Lake Balaton at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships resulted in all kinds of unexpected surprises:

1. That an American won was not surprising given the fact that Haley Anderson has stood on top of the podium for the last two world championships, but it was Ashley Twichell winning, not two-time defending champion Haley Anderson who finished fifth.

2. Ana Marcela Cunha came back to win her second medal of these championships - despite having to recover from spleen surgery after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

3. 2016 Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal finished out of the money for the second time at these championships, even though she finished only 0.1 seconds from a bronze in the 5 km.

4. Two Australians finished in the top ten in a great show for Kiah Melverton and Kareena Lee from Down Under.

5. An emerging South African, Michelle Weber, finished a respectable 7th.

Twichell came back strongly after a disappointing 10th pace finish in the 10 km race [see here]. ““I didn’t feel awesome during the 10 km, so I took the two days in between to really try to recover and get my mind back straight. I felt in the morning that I was in a good shape, and I chose a good tactic, I took the lead in the right time. I knew there was a big fight in the water behind me, but I managed to avoid that. I expect a very exciting race tomorrow in the relay event [see here]."

She was able to steer clear of the physical scrum behind her at a key point in the race. Greg Eggert of FINA described the scenario, "Twichell took a commanding lead in the final sprint of the women's 5 km event...Muller of France finished 3.5 seconds behind."

In the beginning, it was the Twichell and Anderson who surged into the early lead over the 58 swimmers with Leonie Beck of Germany who swam with the two Americans. But Muller then quickly responded and built up a lead by the 1500m and led 11 swimmers by the halfway point. Muller had a 2500m split of 30:38.9 ahead of Twichell, her training partner van Rouwendaal, and Anderson.

Van Rouwendaal moved into the lead by the 3500m mark as the pace continued to build until Twichell took off with 1 km to go. She would eventually cover the final 1000m in 10 minutes 47 seconds in the choppy lake.

Muller felt the effects of her gold medal performance on Sunday and similarly to Twichell is looking forward to the 5 km team pursuit. “The 10 km was of course very tough, so I was a little tired after that, but I had time for recovery, and I had a good race again. I did not realise that Sharon (van Rouwendaal) was complaining about me, all I tried to do was concentrating on my finish, and swimming as fast as I could. The French team is very strong, so I expect a good result in the relay as well, but it won’t be easy, since there are many other strong teams, too."

Cunha showed her competitive spirit once again after being awarded the bronze in a photo finish. “I am very happy to finish on the podium again, beating the reigning Olympic champion (Sharon van Rouwendaal, who finished fourth after the photo finish) is really great. I will compete in the relay event and in the 25 km as well, and I hope to achieve some more good results. The relay event is fun for everyone, although it will be a very tough race. I changed the color of my hair for fun, and I plan to change to another colour for the 25 km, but it will be a surprise."

Women's 5 km Results:

1 Ashley Twichell (USA) 59:07.00
2 Aurélie Muller (France) 59:10.50
3 Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 59:11.40
4 Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 59:11.50
5 Haley Anderson (USA) 59:26.20
6 Giulia Gabbrielleschi (Italy) 59:26.40
7 Michelle Weber (South Africa) 59:27.50
7 Kiah Melverton (Australia) 59:27.50
9 Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 59:28.00
10 Kareena Lee (Australia) 59:28.90
11 Finnia Wunram (Germany) 59:32.10
12 Martina Rita Caramignoli (Italy) 1:00:48.30
13 Paula Ruiz (Spain) 1:00:49.10
14 Valeriia Ermakova (Russia) 1:00:51.90
15 Samantha Arévalo Salinas (Ecuador) 1:00:52.90
16 Minami Niikura (Japan) 1:00:55.00
17 Shan Lei (China) 1:00:57.10
18 Spela Perse (Slovenia) 1:01:12.30
19 Angelica Maria (Portugal) 1:01:13.30
20 Betina Lorscheitter (Brazil) 1:01:14.10
21 Yukimi Moriyama (Japan) 1:01:14.50
22 Alena Benesova (Czech Republic) 1:01:14.70
23 Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine) 1:01:24.40
24 Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:01:26.40
25 Vania Neves (Portugal) 1:01:27.70
26 Lenka Sterbova (Czech Republic) 1:01:27.90
27 Janka Juhasz (Hungary) 1:01:52.50
28 Melinda Novoszath (Hungary) 1:01:57.30
29 Breanne Emma Joan Siwicki (Canada) 1:01:59.80
30 Xeniya Romanchuk (Kazakhstan) 1:02:00.30
31 Maria Jose Mata Cocco (Mexico) 1:02:02.50
32 Souad Nefissa Cherouati (Algeria) 1:02:02.50
33 Justyna Dorota Burska (Poland) 1:02:02.80
34 Fang Qu (China) 1:02:03.10
35 Mariia Novikova (Russia) 1:02:04.90
36 Eden Girloanta (Israel) 1:02:06.10
37 Martha Ruth Aguilar Ortega (Mexico)1:02:06.20
38 Charlotte Webby (New Zealand) 1:02:07.60
39 Maria Alejandra Bramont-Arias (Peru) 1:02:08.20
40 Mayte Puca (Argentina) 1:03:41.00
41 Robyn Kinghorn (South Africa) 1:03:41.50
42 Chaya Simone Zabludoff (Israel) 1:03:44.30
43 Maryna Kyryk (Ukraine) 1:03:51.30
44 Jelena Jecanski (Serbia) 1:04:31.30
45 Mahina Nicole Valdivia Dannenberg (Chile) 1:06:11.50
46 Sandy Atef (Egypt) 1:06:11.80
47 Ruthseli Guadalupe Aponte Teran (Venezuela) 1:06:55.90
48 Hoi Man Lok (Hong Kong) 1:07:05.20
49 Fatima Flores (El Salvador) 1:07:09.40
50 Heba Elkhouly (Egypt) 1:07:39.20
51 Patricia Guerrero (Ecuador) 1:08:13.20
52 Tsz Yin Nip (Hong Kong) 1:09:02.50
53 Karolina Balazikova (Slovakia) 1:09:25.00
54 Nina Rakhimova (Kazakhstan) 1:09:28.70
55 Merle Liivand (Estonia) 1:11:25.80
56 Raquel Duran (Costa Rica) 1:11:34.80
57 Cindy Toscano (Guatemala) 1:11:55.70
OTL Anna Jaeger (Azerbaijan)
DNS Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain)
DNS Alice Dearing (Great Britain)



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Alex Kostich To Give Hints To Open Water Success

Courtesy of Greg Shea, Alamitos Bay, California.

Alex Kostich, one of the most prolific open water swimmers in the world, will lead the first Open Water Swim Clinic at 9:30 am on July 23rd in Alamitos Bay. After the clinic ends, Kostich will lead a 3-mile training swim around Naples Island in Long Beach, California.

The clinic is the first of a series of educational clinics for the Naples Island Swim & SUP to be held on August 13th.

The Naples event includes a 3-mile SUP, 6-mile SUP, 1-mile swim, 3-mile swim, 1000-yard swim, 500-yard swim, and 200-yard swim in the Aquatic Capital of America. The 2016 event saw the top four swimmers finish almost exactly together [see below].

"This [3-mile circumnavigation] is a great race and a lot of fun," says frequent competitor and renowned 54-year-old California lifeguard Bryan Buck who finished in a photo finish with 36-year-old Michael Burlon and 15-year-old Zane Grenoble who were all credited with the identical time of 1:02:03.4.

"There was a group of us all switching positions in the lead pack," recalled Burla who won the race. "It seems we were all moving around and leading at different point including a young girl [16-year-old Brenna Knapp who finished fifth in 1:02:10.2]. Coming around under the last bridge, I thought I pulled ahead, but I wasn't sure because I felt someone touching my feet with 300 yards to go. [The race] was enjoyable. Throughout the [circumnavigation] swim, there were different temperatures and tastes, but it was pretty clear the whole way around [the islands]."

Additional clinics are held in the Thursday and Friday evenings at 5 pm and on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8 am in the weeks leading up to the race. For more information, visit here.

2016 Top 10 Naples Island 3-mile Swim Results
1 Michael Burlon 1:02:03.4
2 Bryan Buck 1:02:03.4
3 Zane Grenoble 1:02:03.4
4 Frank Bird 1:02:04
5 Brenna Knapp 1:02:10
6 Cara Davidoff 1:02:10
7 Steve Sponagle 1:03:52
8 Jax Cole 1:04:06
9 Jason Scheurer 1:04:46
10 Chad Nakagawa 1:04:51



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Rebecca Newman Defends Triple Mile In Cold Water Classic

Courtesy of Brenton Williams, phts by Dirk Erasmus, Marina Martinique, South Africa.

33 swimmers entered the 13°C (55°F) water of the JBay Winterfest Cold Water Swim Classic which was held yesterday at Marina Martinique.

The Cold Water Classic, presented by Nicholas Melck, lived up to its reputation of being the most extreme swim in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Nine of the 32 finishers competed without wetsuits.

8-year-old Issataya Bredell and her 10-year-old sister Abriella completed the Mile and the Triple Mile, respectively. “The water was extremely cold but I swam with my coach Brenton Williams and we were swimming from one landmark to the next until I finished the Mile,” said Issataya.

The organisers then took me into the medical tent where there were blankets and heaters and hot chocolate and it didn’t take long to warm up."

19-year-old Amy Erasmus won the Women’s Mile with Ottie Marias winning the Men's Mile. Defending Cold Water Classic Triple Mile champion Rebecca Newman defended her title. “The Cold Water Classic is my favourite swim event and conditions were tough with the strong winds and cloudy and rainy conditions with an air temperature of 9°C, but I just love the challenge."

The young Abriella finished the Triple Mile in 1 hour 51 minutes while Dieter Marais was the winner of the Men’s Triple Mile. Abriella became the youngest swimmer to complete the Triple Mile which is an official qualifying swim for the Robben Island crossing. “Things got really tough on the third lap as my goggles were too tight and they were hurting my eye, which was quite swollen after the swim.

However, there were a lot of people encouraging me and they helped me to dig deep and complete the swim
."

1-mile Bioprene Cold Water Classic Female Results:
1 Amy Erasmus 36:14.2
2 Joy Van Der Walt 36:19.4
3 Issataya Bredell 46:34.8

1-mile Bioprene Cold Water Classic Male Results:
1 Ottie Marais 45:43.1
2 Johannes Robbertse 45:54.0

2-mile Bioprene Cold Water Classic Male Results:
1 Craig Sampson 1:17:08.9

3-mile Bioprene Cold Water Classic Female Results:
1 Rebecca Newman 1:22:10.6
2 Abriella Bredell 1:51:56.7

3-mile Bioprene Cold Water Classic Male Results:
1 Dieter Marais 1:39:14.6

1-mile Neoprene Cold Water Classic Female Results:
1 Billie Mcnaughton 32:30.5
2 Katrien De Wet 33:14.7
3 Susan Derbyshire 33:20.7
4 Briggetta Mey 34:10.8
5 Val Orton 45:32.5
6 Donne Dickinson 47:41.8
7 Yolandi Wolstenholme 1:17:12.4
8 Mia Wolstenholme 1:17:19.3

1-mile Neoprene Cold Water Classic Male Results:
1 Kenneth Pattinson 26:51.5
2 Jared Cassidy 27:57.4
3 Murray Bailes 34:02.6
4 Xavier Janse Van Rensburg 41:28.9

2-mile Neoprene Cold Water Classic Female Results:
1 Shaelyn Walker 55:59.0
2 Michelle Mortimer 1:10:30.3

2-mile Neoprene Cold Water Classic Male Results:
1 Eben Haarhoff 49:05.6
2 Jaco Johan Potgieter 1:11:13.8
3 Sven Wusthoff Port Elizabeth 1:13:19.3
4 John Abbott Port Elizabeth 1:26:50.7

3-mile Neoprene Cold Water Classic Female Results:
1 Michelle Barnett 1:49:48.8
2 Katy Hofmeyr Pe 1:54:43.6

3-mile Neoprene Cold Water Classic Male Results:
1 Ralph West 1:21:03.5
2 Greg Hough 1:31:09.7
3 Anton Kerdey 1:35:45.7

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Mixed 5K Team Relay , Can Aurélie Muller Be Golden Again?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Lake Balaton, Hungary.

After her dramatic victory in the 10 km, Aurélie Muller will join French teammates David Aubry, Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol, and Marc-Antoine Olivier in the 4-person Mixed 5 km Team Relay that will start at 10 am on Thursday in Lake Balaton.

Mixed 5 km Relay Team Participating Nations
* Argentina: Julia Lucila Arino + Guillermo Bertola + Cecilia Biagioli + Joaquin Moreno
* Australia: Jack Brazier + Kareena Lee + Jack Alan McLoughlin + Kiah Melverton
* Brazil: Ana Marcela Cunha + Allan do Carmo + Betina Lorscheitter + Fernando Ponte
* Canada: Eric Hedlin + Stephanie Horner + Breanne Emma Joan Siwicki + Richard Weinberger
* Czech Republic: Alena Benesova + Vit Ingeduld + Matej Kozubek + Lenka Sterbova
* Ecuador: Samantha Arévalo Salinas + David Castro + Ivan Enderica Ochoa + Patricia Guerrero
* France: David Aubry + Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol + Aurélie Muller + Marc-Antoine Olivier
* Great Britain: Jack Burnell + Alice Dearing + Danielle Huskisson + Tobias Patrick Robinson
* Germany: Leonie Beck + Soren Detlef Meissner + Rob Muffels + Finnia Wunram
* Hong Kong: Hoi Man Lok + Tsz Yin Nip + Chin Ting Keith Sin + Tsz Fung Tse
* Hungary: Janka Juhasz + Anna Olasz + Mark Papp + Kristóf Rasovszky
* Israel: Eden Girloanta + Shahar Resman + Yuval Safra + Chaya Simone Zabludoff
* Italy: Martina Rita Caramignoli + Giulia Gabbrielleschi + Simone Ruffini + Federico Vanelli
* Japan: Yasunari Hirai + Yohsuke Miyamoto + Yukimi Moriyama + Minami Niikura
* Kazakhstan: Lev Cherepanov + Kenessary Kenenbayev + Nina Rakhimova + Xeniya Romanchuk
* Mexico: Maria Jose Mata Cocco + Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer + Martha Ruth Aguilar Ortega + Alfredo Villa Mejia
* South Africa: Chad Ho + Robyn Kinghorn + Nico Manoussakis + Danie Marais
* Russia: Kirill Abrosimov + Kirill Belyaev + Valeriia Ermakova + Mariia Novikova
* United States: Haley Anderson + Andrew Gemmell + Ashley Twichell + Jordan Wilimovsky

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Ferry Tale Win For Weertman

Courtesy of FINA and Giorgio Scala of Deep Blue Media.

Three men at the top of their game came sprinting around the last turn buoy. It was anyone's race to win.

With Olympic champion Ferry Weertman following right behind, American Jordan Wilimovsky went around the buoy in the lead with the reigning 5 km world champion Marc-Antoine Olivier right with him.

"Jordan swam a nearly perfect race," said American head coach Dave Kelsheimer. "But Ferry swam a perfect one."

With the water temperature at 23°C (73.4°F), 65 swimmers were competing and whoever won would have to swim the perfect race, especially with such a large pack fighting for most of the race.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the trio finished only 3.4 seconds apart. In Lake Balaton, they finished even closer, within 0.7 seconds apart.

But the race had all kinds of leaders throughout the 10 km from Austria's David Brandl and Great Britain's Jack Burnell in the beginning to Germany's Rob Muffels and Russia's Kirill Abrosimov towards the middle and Hungary's Kristóf Rasovszky near the end. One constant throughout the race was Burnell who drafts effortlessly with inherent navigational IQ.

When Rasovszky took the lead at the 7.5 km mark in 1:23.34.4, the top five swimmers had moved into their strategic positions with Olivier, Burnell, Wilimovsky and Weertman among the lead pack of 12.

Around the last buoy, Wilimovsky positioned himself on the inside with Olivier Weertman on his right in a three-wide pack.

The 25-year-old Dutchman beat the 23-year-old American by 0.1 seconds and the 20-year-old Frenchman by 0.7 seconds with 23-year-old Burnell right behind. With their youth and emergence at the highest echelon of the sport, the next 1 or 2 Olympic quadrennials will feature many more of these showdowns.

Weertman said, “Last year after my victory at the Olympics I needed a big rest, and many people asked me whether I would continue swimming or not. The answer was yes since I love swimming. I have worked very hard for this result, and I managed to win the gold medal. In the last part of the race I realised that Marc, Jordan and Jack were in the first three places, but I was relaxed, knowing that I have a very strong finish. After nearly two hours of swimming you feel of course tired, but you know that your rivals feel the same.

Wilimovsky was not too disappointed, “I was the reigning champion in this event, and of course my goal was to defend my title, but I am still very pleased with this result, I cannot complain about my swim. I tried everything I could. There are plenty of very good swimmers in the 10K, so the silver medal is all right."

Olivier understood who and what he was facing. “I was very happy to win the 5k on Saturday, but after that I tried to concentrate on the preparation for the 10k. I knew I would have very strong rivals, even some specialists in this race, but my goal was of course to win another medal. I had the same tactic like Jordan and Ferry, we both have a strong finish, in the end it was enough for third place for me. French open water swimmers are so successful, because we work very hard and we have an excellent coaching staff.

Philippe Guertin of Canada finished 28th, 42 seconds behind Weertman, but in the lead pack throughout the duration of the race, only dropping off in the final kilometer. “I have never swum in a pack like that, with good swimmers in a pack fighting the whole time. I need more experience in big packs like that. I tried to stay cool, but everyone was pretty bunched up almost till the end. I got stuck in the back and tried to push the last 200 meters but it was too late.”

Mark Perry, Canada’s Distance/Open Water Coach, liked his strategy in the first three loops. “I think both [Richard Weinberger and Philippe Guertin] executed the first three laps well. Richard was in a perfect position halfway around the fourth lap, but just didn’t have any speed at the end of the race. Something we can go back and work on is to find out where we give our open water swimmers the speed they need to compete in this modern world of open water swimming, where people are able to swim fast in the pool and transfer it to the open water.”

Men's 10 km Results
1 Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1:51:58.50
2 Jordan Wilimovsky (USA) 1:51:58.60
3 Marc-Antoine Olivier (France) 1:51:59.20
4 Jack Burnell (Great Britain) 1:52:00.80
5 Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary) 1:52:01.70
6 David Aubry (France) 1:52:01.90
7 Simone Ruffini (Italy) 1:52:07.70
8 Evgenii Drattcev (Russia) 1:52:10.10
9 Brendan Casey (USA) 1:52:18.60
10 Federico Vanelli (Italy) 1:52:21.00
11 Krzysztof Pielowski (Poland) 1:52:24.50
12 Christian Martin Reichert (Germany) 1:52:29.30
13 Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:29.90
14 Ventsislav Aydarski (Bulgaria) 1:52:30.20
15 Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan) 1:52:30.80
16 Shahar Resman (Israel) 1:52:32.60
17 Jack Brazier (Australia) 1:52:32.80
18 Marcel Schouten (Netherlands) 1:52:33.10
19 Kirill Abrosimov (Russia) 1:52:35.50
19 Fernando Ponte (Brazil) 1:52:35.50
21 Daniel Szekelyi (Hungary) 1:52:35.70
22 Guillermo Bertola (Argentina) 1:52:35.90
23 Richard Weinberger (Canada) 1:52:36.00
24 Caleb Hughes (Great Britain) 1:52:37.00
25 Lijun Zu (China) 1:52:38.10
25 Rob Frederik Muffels (Germany) 1:52:38.10
27 Joaquin Moreno (Argentina) 1:52:39.90
28 Philippe Guertin (Canada) 1:52:40.60
29 Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:40.70
30 Ivan Enderica Ochoa (Ecuador) 1:52:57.70
31 Johndry Segovia (Venezuela) 1:53:39.60
32 David Brandl (Austria) 1:54:24.30
33 Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic) 1:54:24.60
34 Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:54:27.20
35 Jiabao An (China) 1:54:27.50
36 Tamas Farkas (Serbia) 1:54:34.00
37 Juan Jose Segovia Ramos (Venezuela) 1:54:37.00
38 Asterios Dalgoiannis (Greece) 1:54:39.10
39 Georgios Arniakos (Greece) 1:54:52.30
40 Yasunari Hirai (Japan) 1:54:52.90
41 David Castro (Ecuador) 1:54:56.40
42 Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy (Egypt) 1:55:01.50
43 Igor Snitko (Ukraine) 1:55:06.00
44 Taiki Nonaka (Japan) 1:55:14.10
45 Nico Manoussakis (South Africa) 1:56:30.00
46 Vit Ingeduld (Czech Republic) 1:57:59.80
47 Fernando Betanzos (Mexico) 1:58:16.00
48 Shai Toledano (Israel) 1:58:23.30
49 Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) 1:59:55.60
50 Haythem Abdelkhalek (Tunisia) 1:59:58.20
51 Bence Balzam (Serbia) 2:00:01.40
52 Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer (Mexico) 2:00:53.40
53 Caballero Rodrigo (Bolivia) 2:01:59.10
54 Pedro Pinotes (Angola) 2:03:26.50
55 Chin Ting Keith Sin (Hong Kong) 2:04:38.10
56 Kenessary Kenenbayev (Kazakhstan) 2:05:14.00
57 Peter Gutyan (Slovakia) 2:06:07.00
58 Marek Pavuk (Slovakia) 2:07:14.90
59 Frank Johan Ojarand (Estonia) 2:08:03.00
60 Youssef Hossameldeen (Egypt) 2:09:25.30
61 Tsz Fung Tse (Hong Kong) 2:09:32.40
62 Zedheir Torrez (Bolivia) 2:10:34.10
63 Emilio Avila (Guatemala) 2:12:56.80
64 Omkumar Tokalkandiga Hemkumari (India) 2:13:52.10
65 Cristofer Lanuza (Costa Rica) 2:15:41.20

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Alexandre Kirilos Completes Travessia do Leme ao Pontal

Courtesy of Adherbal de Oliveira, Leme to Pontal Swimming Association, Brazil.

Alexandre Kirilos completed a successful 35 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Brazil.

Kirilos started at 2 am and finished 10 hours 49 minutes later, escorted by Ary da Conceição along the coastal course. "He became the first swimmer from southern Brazil to complete this crossing, which is considered the largest and most beautiful crossing in Brazil," reported Leme to Pontal Swimming Association Honorary Secretary Adherbal de Oliveira.

"Yesterday on July 16th, it was a very special day for the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association."

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Ingemar Macarine Swims Far Before Going Far

Courtesy of Ingemar Macarine, Cebu Strait, Philippines.

Ingemar Macarine swam across the Cebu Strait in his native Philippines by pioneering a new route from Argao Pier, Municipality of Argao, Province of Cebu to Barangay Pantudlan, Cabilao Island, Municipality of Loon, Province of Bohol.

His first crossing of Cebu Strait was June 12th 2016 when he swam 16 km from Cabilao Island, Loon, Bohol to Argao, Cebu. His second crossing was in April 2017 when he swam 12 km from Panggangan Island, Calape to Sandingan Island, Loon, Bohol.

His swim, navigated by Ambet Dumayag of Argao Bantay Dagat Commission and Roel Catoto, covered a distance of 18.15 km in 8 hours 25 seconds. It was his last distance workout before he attempts to become first Filipino to successfully cross the English Channel in mid-August.

"I was thinking of abandoning the swim when I encountered a swarm of nasty jellyfish the first 7 km. This is my last long swim as I will depart for Europe to start my acclimatization training for my ultimate swim [across the English Channel]."

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Kim Chambers Reaches Pinnacle Of Success

Courtesy of Gu Energy Labs, Berkeley, California.

The latest Pinnacle Podcast, produced by Gu Energy Labs, can be heard here.

Kimberley Chambers talks about her quest to swim 93 miles (149.6 km) down the Sacramento River from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2016 - a swim where she trained rather unusually [see here].

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The Legacy Of Alfréd Hajós Continues

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The best water polo teams in the world are competing this week at the Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium in Hungary at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

Alfréd Hajós, nicknamed the Hungarian Dolphin, was the 18-year-old Olympic champion at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games in the 100m freestyle (1:22.2) and 1.2 km sea swimming (18:22.1) race.

The races were held in the Bay of Zea in rough 55°F (13°C) water.

Hajós later became one of only two Olympians to win a medal in both the athletic and artistic competitions, when he won a silver medal for architecture in 1924.

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Who's Who On The Women's Open Water Podium


Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

With the women's 5 km open water swim coming up this Wednesday in Lake Balaton at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships in Hungary, we looked back at all the women's medalists in the FINA world championships and Olympic Games throughout the 21st century:

2017 Lake Balaton, Hungary - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Aurélie Muller (FRA)
SILVER: Samantha Michelle Arévalo Salinas (ECU)
BRONZE: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) + Arianna Bridi (ITA)

2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Olympic Games 10 km
GOLD: Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED)
SILVER: Rachele Bruni (ITA)
BRONZE: Poliana Okimoto (BRA)

2015 Kazan, Russia - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Aurélie Muller (FRA)
SILVER: Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED)
BRONZE: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)

2013 Barcelona, Spain - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Poliana Okimoto (BRA)
SILVER: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)
BRONZE: Angela Maurer (GER)

2012 London, England - Olympic Games 10 km
GOLD: Éva Risztov (HUN)
SILVER: Haley Anderson (USA)
BRONZE: Martina Grimaldi (ITA)

2011 Shanghai, China - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Keri-Anne Payne (GBR)
SILVER: Martina Grimaldi (ITA)
BRONZE: Marianna Lymperta (GRE)

2010 Roberval, Canada - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 10 km
GOLD: Martina Grimaldi (ITA)
SILVER: Giorgia Consiglio (ITA)
BRONZE: Melissa Gorman (AUS)

2009 Roma, Italy - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Keri-Anne Payne (GBR)
SILVER: Yekaterina Seliverstova (RUS)
BRONZE: Martina Grimaldi (ITA)

2008 Beijing, China - Olympic Games 10 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Keri-Anne Payne (GBR)
BRONZE: Cassandra Patten (GBR)

2008 Sevilla, Spain - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 10 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Cassandra Patten (GBR)
BRONZE: Yurema Requena (ESP)

2007 Melbourne, Australia - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Cassandra Patten (GBR)
BRONZE: Kate Brookes-Peterson (AUS)

2006 Napoli, Italy - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 10 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Poliana Okimoto (BRA)
BRONZE: Kseniya Popova (RUS)

2005 Montréal, Canada - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Edith van Dijk (NED)
SILVER: Federica Vitale (ITA)
BRONZE: Britta Kamrau (GER)

2004 Dubai, UAE - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 10 km
GOLD: Britta Kamrau (GER)
SILVER: Jana Pechanová (CZE)
BRONZE: Laurent Arndt (AUS)

2003 Barcelona, Spain - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Viola Valli (ITA)
SILVER: Angela Maurer (GER)
BRONZE: Edith van Dijk (NED)

2002 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 10 km
GOLD: Britta Kamrau (GER)
SILVER: Viola Valli (ITA)
BRONZE: Angela Maurer (GER)

2001 Fukuoka, Japan - FINA World Championship 10 km
GOLD: Peggy Büchse (GER)
SILVER: Irina Abyssova (RUS)
BRONZE: Edith van Dijk (NED)

2000 Honolulu, USA - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 10 km
GOLD: Edith van Dijk (NED)
SILVER: Melissa Pasquali (ITA)
BRONZE: Peggy Büchse (GER)

2015 Kazan, Russia - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Haley Anderson (USA)
SILVER: Kalliopi Araouzou (GRE)
BRONZE: Finnia Wunram (GER)

2013 Barcelona, Spain - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Haley Anderson (USA)
SILVER: Poliana Okimoto (BRA)
BRONZE: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)

2011 Shanghai, China - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Swann Oberson (SWI)
SILVER: Aurélie Muller (FRA)
BRONZE: Ashley Twichell (USA)

2010 Roberval, Canada - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Eva Fabian (USA)
SILVER: Giorgia Consiglio (ITA)
BRONZE: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)

2009 Roma, Italy - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Melissa Gorman (AUS)
SILVER: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
BRONZE: Poliana Okimoto (BRA)

2008 Sevilla, Spain - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Yekaterina Seliverstova (RUS)
BRONZE: Chloe Sutton (USA)

2007 Melbourne, Australia - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Yekaterina Seliverstova (RUS)
BRONZE: Kate Brookes-Peterson (AUS)

2006 Napoli, Italy - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Poliana Okimoto (BRA)
BRONZE: Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER)

2005 Montréal, Canada - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Margy Keefe (USA)
BRONZE: Edith van Dijk (NED)

2004 Dubai, UAE - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
SILVER: Kseniya Popova (RUS)
BRONZE: Sara McLarty (USA)

2003 Barcelona, Spain - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Viola Valli (ITA)
SILVER: Jana Pechanová (CZE)
BRONZE: Britta Kamrau (GER)

2002 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Viola Valli (ITA)
SILVER: Edith van Dijk (NED)
BRONZE: Hanna Miluska (SWI)

2001 Fukuoka, Japan - FINA World Championship 5 km
GOLD: Viola Valli (ITA, shown above)
SILVER: Peggy Büchse (GER)
BRONZE: Hayley Lewis (AUS)

2000 Honolulu, USA - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Peggy Büchse (GER)
SILVER: Kalyn Keller (USA)
BRONZE: Viola Valli (ITA)

1998 Perth, Australia - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 5 km
GOLD: Erica Rose (USA)
SILVER: Edith van Dijk (NED)
BRONZE: Peggy Büchse (GER)

2015 Kazan, Russia - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)
SILVER: Anna Olasz (HUN)
BRONZE: Angela Maurer (GER)

2013 Barcelona, Spain - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Martina Grimaldi (ITA)
SILVER: Angela Maurer (GER)
BRONZE: Eva Fabian (USA)

2011 Shanghai, China - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)
SILVER: Angela Maurer (GER)
BRONZE: Alice Franco (ITA)

2010 Roberval, Canada - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Linsy Heister (NED)
SILVER: Margarita Domínguez (ESP)
BRONZE: Célia Barrot (FRA)

2009 Roma, Italy - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Angela Maurer (GER)
SILVER: Anna Uvarova (RUS)
BRONZE: Federica Vitale (ITA)

2008 Sevilla, Spain - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Kseniya Popova (RUS)
SILVER: Edith van Dijk (NED)
BRONZE: Natalya Pankina (RUS)

2007 Melbourne, Australia - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER)
SILVER: Kalyn Keller (USA)
BRONZE: Kseniya Popova (RUS)

2006 Napoli, Italy - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Angela Maurer (GER)
SILVER: Natalya Pankina (RUS)
BRONZE: Kseniya Popova (RUS)

2005 Montréal, Canada - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Edith van Dijk (NED)
SILVER: Britta Kamrau (GER)
BRONZE: Laura la Piana (ITA)

2004 Dubai, UAE - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Britta Kamrau (GER)
SILVER: Edith van Dijk (NED)
BRONZE: Natalya Pankina (RUS)

2003 Barcelona, Spain - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Edith van Dijk (NED)
SILVER: Britta Kamrau (GER)
BRONZE: Angela Maurer (GER)

2002 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Edith van Dijk (NED)
SILVER: Angela Maurer (GER)
BRONZE: Britta Kamrau (GER)

2001 Fukuoka, Japan - FINA World Championship 25 km
GOLD: Viola Valli (ITA)
SILVER: Edith van Dijk (NED)
BRONZE: Angela Maurer (GER)

2000 Honolulu, USA - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Edith van Dijk (NED)
SILVER: Viola Valli (ITA)
BRONZE: Angela Maurer (GER)

1998 Perth, Australia - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Tobie Smith (USA)
SILVER: Peggy Büchse (GER)
BRONZE: Edith van Dijk (NED)

1994 Roma, Italy - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Melissa Cunningham (AUS)
SILVER: Rita Kovács (HUN)
BRONZE: Shelley Taylor-Smith (AUS)

1991 Perth, Australia - FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship 25 km
GOLD: Shelley Taylor-Smith (AUS)
SILVER: Martha Jahn (USA)
BRONZE: Karen Burton (USA)

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