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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beauty And The Beast In Cozumel

The beauty is in the gorgeous tropical waters of Cozumel.

The beast will be the hard-fought race among 129 professional marathon swimmers who have gathered in Cozumel, Mexico for this week's high-pressure, gut-checking FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup.

The world's best - short of Keri-Anne Payne, Eva Ristzov and Ous Mellouli - will be in Cozumel. It the last time these elite athletes all meet before July's FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. 80 men will start at 10:00 am followed 5 minutes later with 59 women in an 8-loop, 1250m course. With so many fast swimmers along the course, there is undoubtedly going to be a lot of whitewater.

The athletes say that the currents are really strong along the course, so strategy will really come into play. But the currents shift unexpectedly and the athletes will wait until race day to learn if the currents will be against or with or lateral to the course.

The course is gorgeous with turquoise, stingrays, and tropical fish all over the crystal-clear water. In the Hotel El Cozumeleño Beach Resort, in the pool, in the buffet lines in the restaurant, and on the beach, the athletes are smiling and relaxed which is sure to change come race time.

The athletes by country are listed below:

Germany: Angela Maurer, Lena-Sophie Bermel, Isabelle, Harle, Nadine Reichert, Ines Hahn, Svenja Zihuler, Finnia Wanram, Thomas Lurz (shown above), Christian Reichert, Andreas Waschburg, Rob Muttels
Argentina: Guillermo Bertola,br/> Australia: Bonnie MacDonald, Jarrod Poort, Sam Sheppard, Joshua Richardson, Rhys Mainstone, Jess Walker, Belgium: Brian Ryckeman, Davy Billiav
Brazil: Ana Marcela Cunha, Poliana Okimoto, Betina Lorscheitter, Diogo Villarinho, Samuel de Bona, Allan do Carmo,br/> Canada: Zsofia Balazs, Jad Dusablon, Caitlin Nolan, Leonie Pamerleau, Beatrice Pineau, Justine Rheaume, Nadine Williams, Heather Maitland, Guiertin Philippe, Eric Hedlin, Caitlin Hudge, Aimeson King, Richard Weinberger, Xavier Desharnair, Nicolas Masse Savard
Ecuador: Katia Paola Barros Esquivel, Nataly Rosalia Caldas Calle, Santiago Enderica, Miguel Armijos, Esteban Enderica, Ivan Alejandero Enderica Ochoa
Spain: Margarita Dominguez, Erika Villaecija U.S.A.: Tristin Baxter, Eva Fabian, Emily Brunemann, Christine Jennings, Heidi George, Rebecca Mann, Ashley Twichell, Alex Meyer, Drew Ledwith, Joey Pedraza, Arthur Frayler
France: Ophelie Aspord, Romain Beraud, Damien Cattin-Vidal, Sebastien Fraysse
Great Britain: Lucy Campbell, Daniel Fogg, Jack Burnell, Thomas Allen, Thomas Synter
Netherlands: Ferry Weertma, Marcel Schouten
Hungary: Csaba Gercsak
Israel: Shahar Resman, Yuval Safra
' Italy; Alico Franco, Giorgia Consiglio, Rachele Bruni, Martina Grimaldi, Simone Ruffini, Luca Ferretti, Nicola Bolzonello, Simone Ercoli
Japan: Yasunari Hirai, Yuto Kobayashi
Kazakhstan: Mariya Ivanova, Nellya Abdrakhbranova, Oleg Rabota, Vitaliy Khudyakov
Macedonia: Tomi Stefanovski, Evgenij Pop Acev
Mexico: Berenice Martinez, Cinthya Aranda, Martha Beltran, Mayela Oropeza, Paulina Garcia Lascurain, Zaira Edith Cardenas, Lizeth Rueda, Melissa Villasenor Reyes, Cecy Cohen, Sofia Quinto, Alonso De La Fuente, Manuel Chiu, Fernando Betanzos, Luis Hernandez, Pablo Villalvazo, Fernando Sevilla, Rodrigo Elorza, Ramiro Ramirez Juarez, Arturo Perez Vertti, Ivan Lopez, Miguel Alejandro Hernandez, Alan Rojas, Marcelo Calvi Lopez, Roberto Alan Fierro Mendez
Czech Republic: Silvie Rybarova
Russia: Ivan Afnevich
Ukraine: Olga Beresnyeva, Igor Chervynsky, Igor Snitko
Venezuela: Carla Diaz, Liliana Hernandez, Florencia Melo, Paola Perez, Vicenta Navarro, Angel Moreira, David Carrillo, Erwin Maldonado, Johndry Segovia, Luis Bolanos

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