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Friday, June 15, 2012

Poland Pays Plenty

Tomasz Pąchalski reminds professional and amateur of the BCT Gdynia Marathon, a 18.5 km swim in Poland limited to 15 swimmers on August 26th.

As one of the world's longest open water swims, swimmers race from the Hel Peninsula to a beach of Gdynia for a prize pool of US$28,000 including two US$10,000 first prizes to the top female and male winners.

"Krzysztof Usielski, President of the Polish Swimming Federation is officially supporting BCT Gdynia Marathon," explained Pąchalski. "We will also invite FINA judges who will oversee the rules and regulations. ARENA, the official Swimming Partner, will also provide all competitors with a full compliment of clothes."

The application deadline is July 23rd, but already at least three world-class professional marathon swimmers have signed on to compete.

Benjamin Konschack, the 2011 Germany 25 km champion, Pilar Geijo, 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, and the leading FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit swimmer Trent Grimsey from Australia will participate. "I will participate in the BCT Gdynia Marathon for the first time," says Grimsey. "The waters are demanding and I will have to compete against the world’s best. Despite a relatively small number of swimmers, the race promises to be interesting. I do hope the event will become a regular part of the global swimming events calendar."

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