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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thomas Lurz Heading For The Unprecedented

Thomas Lurz has a tremendous schedule at the 2013 FINA World Championships - by far the longest and most difficult of any athlete at the championships. And he is making the most of his opportunities. With a silver in the 5 km and a bronze in the 10 km two days later, the German phenom scored a trifecta with a gold-medal performance together with Isabelle Harle and Christian Reichert in the 5 km team event this morning.

The 33-year-old veteran proved his quiet form of leadership and teamwork with a winning 52:54.9 time with Lurz and Harle. Unlike a complete dependence on his decades of hard work, pushing himself daily, Lurz raced in remarkable synchronization with his teammates. And the team effort was extended to his fellow pool teammates, too. "We had a good race today and our pool swimmers were here to support," said Lurz to Greg Eggert of FINA. "I am happy that they were here to see us win. We knew that we were swimming fast, our coaches were signaling to us from outside that we were on a fast pace."

The Germans had a good position to start. By beginning one minute behind several other teams, police officer Reichert was able to sight off the buoys and the other teams. "I was in the leading position and I was looking for the right way. When I was watching the swimmers ahead of us in the first lap I knew that they were swimming very fast.."

The two men were in total synchronization and in agreement. "It really was a perfect race," commented Lurz. Despite his hard schedule, he had his teammates to help him through this race. "Since I have 10 to 15 years of hard, hard training as my base, I am able to race a total 20 km over just five days. This 5 km was hard today, but since there were three of us I think of it as only 1.7 km each, and that made it easier."

The value of teamwork - and teammates - was also reiterated by Harle who hung tough throughout the race in which the Germans absolutely dominated with a victory over 1 minute, "For me the only job I had to do was to follow Thomas and Christian. It was really nice to see our entire team on the course here to support us."

The speed in which Harle swam in this effort - 52:54 - was in stark comparison to her fifth-place finish in the individual 5 km race - 56:46. In other words, she was nearly 4 minutes faster over the exact same course swimming with her German colleagues.

Silver was captured by the Greeks, led by Spyridon Gianniotis in 54:03.3, who just barely nipped the Brazilians by two tenths of a second. Australia was fourth, Italy finished fifth followed by the Americans. The fast pace and higher expectations of the athletes was not surprising to everyone in Barcelona who has become accustomed to the higher level of swimming performed. The sport is very quickly developing and rising to higher levels of performance. Gianniotis hinted at this elevation of expectations and performance, "We realized that this event was going to be quite fast and we knew that we had to be a bit faster and a bit lucky as a team today."

But the sense of team was profound for a sport typically focused entirely on the individual. Araousou said, "This medal means a lot to me. I finished in fourth place in both of the 5km and 10km events here so I want to thank my teammates for this medal." Her teammate Fokaidis summed up the Greek silver medal performance, "We swam fast from the beginning and we had a good chemistry."

Like her German rival Harle, Araousou similarly zipped around the 5 km team pursuit race in a speed unheard of in the individual race. On Saturday, she swam a 56:45.3, just barely missing out on a bronze medal. But with her male teammates, she swam a 54:03.3, an improvement of 2 minutes 42 seconds.

Allan Do Carmo of Brazil reiterated the importance of team among all the athletes, "I felt very well pulling the group all the time. Our strategy was that Samuel [De Bona] and I would set the pace for Poliana [Okimoto] and she would swim strong and stay with us. This medal was important because we are fighting for the first place in the open water competition. I am very happy because we train a lot to compete very well here in Barcelona and our team worked so hard. The Brazilian team is having a wonderful time in this Championships and I’m very happy because I’m part of it."

Okimoto expressed her gratitude in the press conference, "The boys deserved this medal, especially because Allan has experienced ups and downs and he has struggled in the past. I feel fulfilled to be participating in this moment with them. This is a difficult event because we do not know how others are and so we have to swim very strong from the beginning."

And, like all the others in this unique mixed-gender race, the swimmers gained emotional support from each other. "It was very nice taking part in this swim with Allan and Poliana," said De Bona. "I became a little tired at the end. I looked at Poliana and felt encouraged by her presence in the race. It was very exciting and really an unforgettable moment."

The official results:

1. Germany 52:54.9
2. Greece 54:03.3
3. Brazil 54:03.5
4. Australia 54:16.1
5. Italy 54:34.0
6. United States 54:44.7
7. France 55:26.3
8. Russia 56:08.7
9. Hungary 56:09.4
10. New Zealand 56:12.0
11. South Africa 56:34.7
12. Canada 57:13.7
13. Japan 58:00.0
14. China 58:02.6
15. Argentina 58:12.0
16. Mexico 58:17.7
17. Venezuela 58:59.9
18. Tunisia 59:19.4
19. Kazakhstan 1:00:15.8
20. Ecuador 1:00:32.6
21. Egypt 1:01:02.2
22. Hong Kong 1:05:26.9

And the story will continue. Thomas Lurz has another 25 km to race on Saturday. Stay tuned.

Report by Greg Eggert of FINA.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



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



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



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



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



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



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



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



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)



Coffee and Break



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]



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



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



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



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



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



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]



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






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



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



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



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



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



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



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



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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.

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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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