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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Cruising In Croatia All Morning And Afternoon
Even with the clearly-marked loop course, it was really enjoyable with the clear water and perfect water temp of 24ºC (75ºF). You breathe to one side and there are rugged rocky mountains. Then you breathe to the other side and there is a splendid lush scenery of green. And even the warm-up was so different than what I am used to. There was a 50-meter warm-up pool in the sea. Between the pro like Karla and the little kids who did either the 500m or 2 km race, we had a great time."
World University Games gold medalist Matteo Furlan won the 10 km with Roko Čopac second and Ivan Šitić third. Karla Šitić, 12th place in the London Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, won the women's division over Kelly and Dina Levačić.
But the day was not over as many of the athletes took off for another race later in the day.
"The fun was not over. We went down to the Splitski Riva Port and took a 2-hour ferry rid out to the island of Vis," explains Kelly. "We got there just in time to receive our medical checks. Then we got on another boat out to an even smaller island off of Vis and did a 2 km circumnavigation race around the island."
Ivan Šitić reversed places with Roko Čopac in the 2 km race with local sprinter Luka Jukic third. Older sister Karla Šitić won the women's around-the-island over second-place Dina Levačić and third-place Kelly.
"There were four of us right together at the finish. The awards were as nice as the island: nice trophies, 2 bottles of wine, local fig cakes, a beautiful book about the island, and a little bit of money."
Croatia Open Water - Split 10K
1. Matteo Pinna Furlan (ITA)
2. Roko Čopac (CRO)
3. Ivan Šitić (CRO)
1. Karla Šitić (CRO)
2. Lexie Kelly (USA)
3. Dina Levačić (CRO)
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