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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Olympic Preview In Cancun With Lurz, Gianniotis And Company

In what may have been a preview of the highly anticipated finish at the Olympics, Thomas Lurz won the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Cancun, Mexico in dramatic fashion over arch-rival Spyridon Gianniotis and Italian star Nicola Bolzonello.

The finish was so close that the video-tape of the finish had to be reviewed repeatedly for 45 minutes until the judges finally came to a consensus...the German multiple-time world champion star came out on top...but only by a few hundreds of a second that was nearly indistinguishable by the naked eye in the ocean among the splashing and thrashing at the sprint finish.

Another intriguing addition to the mix is the emergence of Olympic 1500m gold medalist Ous Mellouli in the 10 km distance.

Like Grant Hackett's attempt at the 10 km in the previous Olympic year, world champion Mellouli certainly has the capacity to win the Olympic goal with his world-renowned aerobic conditioning, strength, size and unbelievably efficient freestyle stroke.

He also has the closing speed and endurance to best Lurz and Gianniotis, but the question is whether he can master the tactics and strategy to beat his much more experienced open water rivals.

In addition, Mellouli is under the tutelage of one of the most successful Olympic coaches in modern history, Dave Salo of the Trojan Swim Club, and Catherine Vogt, the former coach of 10 km world champion Chip Peterson. Between Coach Salo and Coach Vogt, Mellouli has a strong brain trust to give him the advice needed to augment his obvious physical skills and tough mental distance swimming mindset.

The men's results were as follows:

1. LURZ THOMAS 1:57:16:51 GERMANY
2. GIANNIOTIS SPYRIDON 1:57:16:55 GREECE
3. BOLZONELLO NICOLA 1:57:16:56 ITALY
4. REICHERT CHRISTIAN 1:57:21:12 GERMANY
5. SAUVAGE JULIEN 1:57:21:56 FRANCE
6. RYCKEMAN BRIAN 1:57:21:76 BELGIUM
7. WASCHBURGER ANDREAS 1:57:21:82 GERMANY
8. BERAUD ROMAIN 1:57:22:01 FRANCE
9. DEMIREIEV MICAEL 1:57:25:62 ISRAEL
10. STOYCHEV PETAR 1:57:31:56 BULGARIA
11. OUSSAMA MELLOULI 1:57:32:02 TUNISIA
12. FESENKO SERGIY 1:57:37:26 AZERBAIJAN
13. MALDONADO ERWIN 1:57:37:88 VENEZUELA
14. CATTIN-VIDAL DAMIEN 1:57:54:12 FRANCE
15. SNITKO IGOR 1:57:55:05 UKRAINE
16. HEDEL JOANES 1:58:10:37 FRANCE
17. DESHARNAIS XAVIER 1:58:11:08 CANADA
18. CHERVYNSKIY IGOR 1:58:19:01 UKRAINE
19. DO CARMO ALLAN 1:58:22:14 BRAZIL
20. POSMOURNY JAN 1:58:28:98 CZECH REPUBLIC
21. LOPEZ IVÁN 1:58:45:31 MEXICO
22. SCHWEINZER MATTHIAS 1:59:01:86 AUSTRIA
23. SEGOMIA JHONDRY 1:59:14:71 VENEZUELA
24. GERCSAK CSABA 1:59:25:91 HUNGARY
25. VITEK ROSTISLAV 02:00:35:00 CZECH REPUBLIC
26. SPARKS-KING AIMESON 2:00:36:63 CANADA
27. GUERTIN PHILIPPE 2:01:16:32 CANADA
28. ESCOBAR LUIS 2:01:29:11 MEXICO
29. BRYAN CHRIS 2:01:30:87 IRELAND
30. GAD AHMED 2:02:44:77 EGYPT
31. BOLAÑOS LUIS 2:03:26:44 VENEZUELA
32. AZIZ MAZEN 2:03:51:12 EGYPT
33. SIGRIST STEFAN 2:03:53:16 SWITZERLAND
34. SMOLKA LIBOR 2:03:54:22 CZECH REPUBLIC
35. HIRAI YASUNARI 2:04:31:83 JAPAN
36. KLEINDL JOSEPH 2:05:44:78 GERMANY
37. BILLIAU DAVY 2:07:34:22 BELGIUM
38. CUIGNET CHARLIE 2:07:48:24 FRANCE
39. ELORZA RODRIGO 2:08:11:21 MEXICO
40. ROJAS ALAN 2:08:38:64 MEXICO
41. SEROUR MOHAMED 2:10:35:33 EGYPT
42. EL-BEHARY ADEL RAGA 2:10:36:12 EGYPT
43. CORREA RODRIGO 2:13:32:77 BRAZIL
44. SIMOES VICTOR 2:13:34:32 BRAZIL
45. VASQUEZ KEVIN 2:15:44:18 GUATEMALA
46. KOBAYASHI YUTO 2:17:56:92 JAPAN
47. HURST KY DNF AUSTRALIA
48. BERTOLA GUILLERMO DNF ARGENTINA
49. PETERS MITCHELL DNF CANADA
50. CHIU MANUEL DNF MEXICO

The men's results are posted here.

Photos courtesy of the Federación Mexicana de Natación.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."


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