DNOWS Header

Image Map

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Divisioning Rounds Of The World Summer Games 1.5K

Encouraged by Charlene Wittstock, the future princess of Monaco who has a strong interest in open water swimming, the Special Olympics open water swimmers kick-started their world championships today in Athens during the divisioning heats of the 800-meter freestyle.

There was a lot of seriously fast swimming in the Olympic pool. The athletes were separated into groups based on their 800-meter pool times for Friday's 1.5K open water swimming championships in Aegean Sea.

Maria Shriver and several politicians and VIPs were in attendance to cheer on the long-distance swimmers who competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics pool. The divisioning rounds for the 1.5K open water swim had some seriously fast swimmers including Elisabeth Mansoor of the Netherland (12:35) and Cornelia Fowler of South Africa (12:32, shown above together with Charlene and race officials).

On the men's side, Jin Young An of South Korea (9:50), young 14-year-old Sze Hou Ho of Hong Kong (10:00) and Andrew Smilley of the Cayman Islands (10:01) were the fastest swimmers. Other fast swimmers included Dong Han Kim of South Korea (10:56), Mason Coad of the USA (11:08) and Joshua Timbs of Australia (11:17) who should be up there in the lead pack during the 1.5K open water swim.

With the possibility of winds coming up along the two-loop coastal course, not only the aerobic conditioning of the athletes will be demonstrated, but also their navigational skills will be tested in the 78°F (26°C) water.

Andrew and Cornelia are still considered to be the pre-race favorites due to their abundance of open water swimming experience in the Cayman Islands and South Africa respectively, but it should be a very tight race with a thrilling finish, not only for these top athletes, but also for all the 35 swimmers entered in the unprecedented event on July 1st.

Photo courtesy of the renowned Monegasque photographer Sébastien Darrasse.

Copyright © 2011 by World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program