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Monday, July 22, 2013

Swimming In Lane 4 In The Open Water

In pool swimming competitions, swimming in lane 4 is reserved for the fastest swimmer or the fastest qualifier from the preliminary heats. In today's 10 km race at the FINA World Championships, there is no lane 4 but the middle of the pack of 66 men is stacked with studs.

Valerio Cleri, Thomas Lurz, Oussama Mellouli, Richard Weinberger will be standing next to one another on the starting pontoon. That's a lot of international success there.

But they are not the only ones aiming for gold.

"I’m feeling good for the 10 km and 25 km. I’ve done a lot of training at home with aerobic fitness and speed. And a bit of altitude training on top," says Rhys Mainstone-Hodson. "So I am ready as ever. But with the top 4 swimmers from the [2012 London] Olympics there, it should make for a fast pace. So I just need to swim smart and see what happens."

Which is exactly what Spyridon Gianniotis is planning on doing after scratching Saturday's 5 km race to focus on today's 10 km. "This year's training was not like in the past. I only trained for the last 3.5 months. I [scratched] the 5 km, but I believe the 10 km will be good. I am hoping for the best. It's going to be hard race with lots of good swimmers." His freshness should play a role in how this morning's race plays itself out among the following competitors:

1. Kirill Abrosimov (RUSSIA)
2. Ventsislav Aydraski (BULGARIA)
3. Guillermo Vittorio Bertola (ARGENTINA)
4. Luis Bolanos (VENEZUELA)
5. Sergey Bolshakov (RUSSIA)
6. Christopher Bryan (IRELAND)
7. Jack Burnell (GREAT BRITAIN)
8. Martin Miguel Carrizo Yunges (ARGENTINA)
9. Damien Cattin-Vidal (FRANCE)
10. Igor Chervynskiy (UKRAINE)
11. Valerio Cleri (ITALY)
12. Mandar Anandrao Divase (INDIA)
13. Allan Do Carmo (BRAZIL)
14. Ivan Alejandro Enderica Ochoa (ECUADOR)
15. Santiago Paul Enderica Salgado (ECUADOR)
16. Daniel Fogg (GREAT BRITAIN)
17. Antonios Fokaidis (GREECE)
18. Vasco Gaspar (PORTUGAL)
19. Spyridon Gianniotis (GREECE)
20. Gergely Gyurta (HUNGARY)
21. Addul Hady (INDONESIA)
22. Eric Hedlin (CANADA)
23. Miguel Alejandro Hernandez Martinez (MEXICO)
24. Yasunari Hirai (JAPAN)
25. Chad Ho (SOUTH AFRICA)
26. Youssef Hossameldeen(EGYPT)
27. Simon Huitenga (AUSTRALIA)
28. Vitaliy Kuhdyakov (KAZAKHSTAN)
29. Yuto Kobayashi (JAPAN)
30. Ján Kútnik (CZECH REPUBLIC)
31. Arseniy Lavrentyev(PORTUGAL)
32. Chun Hong Li (HONG KONG)
33. Iván de Jesus López Ramos (MEXICO)
34. Thomas Lurz (GERMANY)
35. Rhys Mainstone-Hodson (AUSTRALIA)
36.Erwin Maldonado (VENEZUELA)
37. Oussama Mellouli (TUNISIA)
38. Manuel Meneses (GUATEMALA)
39. Alex Meyer (UNITED STATES)
40. Amine Zagrani Mohamed (TUNISIA)
41. Saleh Mohammad (SYRIA)
42. Francisco Montero (COSTA RICA)
43. Ching Leung Sunny Poon (HONG KONG)
44. Jan Pošmourný (CZECH REPUBLIC)
45. Hercules Troyden Prinsloo (SOUTH AFRICA)
46. Kane Radford (NEW ZEALAND)
47. Adel Ragab (EGYPT)
48. Christian Reichert (GERMANY)
49. Shahar Resman (ISRAEL)
50. Axel Reymond (FRANCE)
51. Miguel Angel Rozas Lopez (SPAIN)
52. Phillip Ryan (NEW ZEALAND)
53. Sean Ryan (UNITED STATES)
54. Brian Ryckeman (BELGIUM)
55. Yuval Safra (ISRAEL)
56. Rodolfo Sanchez (COSTA RICA)
57. Mario Sanzullo (ITALY)
58. Thomas Snelson Kilbride (SPAIN)
59. Igor Snitko (UKRAINE)
60. Vladimir Tolikin (KAZAKHSTAN)
61. Vicente Vidal Kubiersky (CHILE)
62. Diogo Villarinho (BRAZIL)
63. Ferry Weertman (NETHERLANDS)
64. Richard Weinberger (CANADA)
65. Zhang Zibin (CHINA)
66. Lijun Zu (CHINA)

Final race results, summary, and conclusion are here.

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