To educate, entertain, and enthuse all those who venture beyond the shoreline. Over 10,300 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
9 Seconds From A Gold Medal In The Women's 10K
Zsofia Balazs finished 19th in 1:58:28.5, which was an incredibly brief 9.3 seconds off the pace of Brazilian Poliana Okimoto.
9 seconds and 19 women...in a nearly 2-hour race where the largest gap between swimmers from #1 through #19 was a mere 1.1 seconds. Nothing could be realistically closer.
Balazs made up a half-second on the leader on the final lap, but in an indication of the competitiveness of these 53 women, she dropped four positions in the close pack. "That was probably one of the hardest 10k’s I’ve done,” said Balazs, who turned 23 earlier this month.
"It’s one of the ones that I’m most proud of also. Everyone stayed together the entire time. It was just fight, fight, fight, none of the girls would give up and the pack never spread out."
She said she looked to teammate Richard Weinberger as inspiration for her efforts. Weinberger battled back into medal contention in Monday’s men’s 10 km despite losing time to repeat a turn after missing a buoy. "Seeing Richard yesterday, he just never gave up. I went into the race just saying that if he could do it, then I better not give up."
Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson said, "I think Nadine [Williams] and her will both take things away from this to put into practice into other competitive swims that they have.”
No one will forget this race.
Photos courtesy of Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol. Race results and summary are posted here.
Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe 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 SwimmingAn 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.