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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Joanes Hedel Wins Traversée du Lac Memphrémagog

It is a guarantee. And Joanes Hedel of France made it a lock by winning the 2013 Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog in Magog, Canada today.

Hedel guaranteed Xavier Desharnais will come back to Magog next year. "It would have been huge if I won," says the 23-year-old who finished second for the second time. "I am going to keep on doing this race until I win it. But Joanes is tough," he smiled and winked.

Both Hedel and Desharnais has the elements working in their favor today with high winds, severe surface chop, and a pace that proved to be faster than normal.

The official men's results:

1. Joanes Hedel (France) 7:24:43
2. Xavier Desharnais (Canada) 7:30:21
3. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) 7:31:36
4. Bertrand Venturi (France) 7:34:36
5. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 7:35:09
6. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia) 7:37:26
7. Alexander Studzinski (Germany) 7:37:42
8. Tsvetan Yordanov (Bulgaria) 7:39:19
9. Tiago Sato (Brazil) 8:56:30

Richard Weinberger (Canada), DNF
Simone Ercoli (Italy), DNF
Jarrod Poort (Australia), DNF
Guillermo Bertola (Argentina), DNF

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1 comment:

  1. To watch those athletes come out of the water after 34 KM and hours of swimming in cold, windy and choppy conditions is an event unto itself...I bite my fingers for all of them and I cheer my socks off every time I volunteer at the VIP tent for them. I'm proud of Xavier who made it second again this year but I'm confident he will be first next year! 3rd time is a charm ;) I'm also very proud of the last woman to come out of the water, I believe it was miss Petti from Argentina? When everybody went home and nobody to cheer her up, I was still at my post and cheering ;) All the free water swimmers are amazing machines to me, I know the waters of Canada...I raise my glass of water ( with a chaser of wine) to you all free water swimmers :D

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