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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Red Card Turns Into Red Carpet For Thomas Lurz

Thomas Lurz was confirmed as the overall series champion for the 2013 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup.

After uncharacteristically getting disqualified in the first race of the season, he certainly made up for the red card. Lurz was not happy after receiving the red card in Santos, Brazil to kick-off the 2013 season in January. But the German superstar quickly made up for lost time.

He steamrolled to an unprecedented 4 open water swimming medals at the FINA World Championships and culminated his season with another World Cup series championship. This year, a total of 304 swimmers (181 men and 123 women) from 35 countries took part in the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, but no one turned a red card over like Lurz did.

Only the top 6 swimmers qualified for the final rankings. Qualification requires a minimum number of races, but with travel expenses often greater than the possible prize money, many athletes are selective in their choices of races.

1. Thomas Lurz GER 100
2. Romain Beraud FRA 86
3. Allan Lopes Mamedio do Carmo BRA 78
4. Christian Reichert GER 56
5. Samuel de Bona BRA 54
6. Igor Snitko UKR 22

7. Matteo Furlan ITA 42
8. Simone Ruffini ITA 38
9. Alex Meyer USA 34
10. Federico Vanelli ITA 30
11. Nicola Bolzonello ITA 28
12. Evgenij Pop Acev MKD 26
13. Nicolas Masse Savard CAN 23
14. Damien Cattin Vidal FRA 22
15. Joanes Hedel FRA 22
16. Diogo Andrade Villarinho BRA 22
17. Daniel Fogg GBR 20
18. Aimeson King CAN 20
19. Alexander Studinsky GER 20
20. Rhys Mainstone AUS 18
21. Jarrod Poort AUS 16
22. Hendrik Rob Muffels GER 14
23. Guillermo Bertola ARG 14
24. Simon Huitenga AUS 14
25. Richard Weinberger CAN 12
26. Evgenii Drattcev RUS 12
27. Davy Biliau BEL 12
28. Christopher Grimett-Norris USA 12
29. Gergely Gyurta HUN 10
30. Vasil Y. Boykov RUS 10
31. Jack Burnell GBR 8
32. Ferry Weertma NED 8
33. Xavier Desharnair CAN 8
34. Thomas Allen GBR 7
35. Luis Rogerio Arapiraca BRA 7
36. Victor Hugo Colon Ese BRA 7
37. Thomas Sunter GBR 6
38. Detlef Soren Meissner GER 6
39. Andreas Waschburger GER 6
40. Yuto Kobayashi JPN 6
41. Mattia Alberico ITA 6
42. Brian Ryckeman BEL 6
43. Samer Yaghmour CAN 5
44. Charlie Cuignet FRA 4
45. Bertrand Venturi FRA 4
46. Christopher Bryan IRE 4
47. Lorenzo Parmigiani ITA 4
48. Yasunari Hirai JPN 4
49. Ivan Lopez MEX 4
50. Vasco Gaspar POR 4
51. Arseniy Lavrentyev POR 4
52. Igor Cheruynskiy UKR 4
53. Luis Bolanos VEN 4
54. David Carrillo VEN 4
55. Johndry Segovia VEN 4
56. Drew Ledwith USA 4
57. Hugo Alberto Ribeiro POR 4
58. Alan Rojas MEX 4
59. Vitaliy Khudyakov KAZ 4
60. Weng Jingwei CHN 4
61. Yao Han CHN 4
62. Ling Tin Yu HKG 4
63. Hui Chun Hin HKG 4
64. Brandon Boon SIN 4
65. Li Chun Hong HKG 4
66. Lee Ho Yat Winson HKG 4
67. Lee Yeung Darwin HKG 4
68. Ivan Alejandro Enderica Ochoa ECU 3
69. Vladimir Dyatchin RUS 3
70. Kane Radford NZL 3
71. Aquiles Balaudo ARG 2
72. Sam Sheppard AUS 2
73. Joshua Richardson AUS 2
74. Lucas Oliveira BRA 2
75. Felipe Bianchi Gonzalves BRA 2
76. Matheus Evangelista BRA 2
77. Victor Simoes BRA 2
78. Luan Vilha de Souza BRA 2
79. Linecker Denerdi Scarpelli BRA 2
80. Eric Hedlin CAN 2
81. Philippe Guiertin CAN 2
82. Thomas Coulombe CAN 2
83. Esteban Enderica ECU 2
84. Santiago Enderica ECU 2
85. Miguel Armijos ECU 2
86. Sebastian Fraysse FRA 2
87. Hendrik Rijkens GER 2
88. Csaba Gercsak HUN 2
89. Shai Toledano ISR 2
90. Yakov Glikman ISR 2
91. Jonathan Bar-Eli ISR 2
92. Daniel Ronen ISR 2
93. Idan Zvi Friedberg ISR 2
94. Tal Daskal ISR 2
95. Zohair Suleiman Shekh ISR 2
96. Rotem Toth ISR 2
97. David Baron ISR 2
98. Yuval Safra ISR 2
99. Shahar Resman ISR 2
100. Mario Sanzullo ITA 2
101. Pirani Federico ITA 2
102. Simone Ercoli ITA 2
103. Oleg Rabota KAZ 2
104. Miguel Alejandro Hernandez MEX 2
105. Ramiro Ramirez Juarez MEX 2
106. Rodrigo Elorza MEX 2
107. Fernando Betanzos MEX 2
108. Luis Hernandez MEX 2
109. Manuel Chiu MEX 2
110. Roberto Alan Fierro Mendez MEX 2
111. Fernando Sevilla MEX 2
112. Alonso de la Fuente MEX 2
113. Alfredo Villa Mejia MEX 2
114. Tomi Stefanovski MKD 2
115. Marcel Schouten NED 2
116. Mario Bonan POR 2
117. Artem Podyakov RUS 2
118. Kirill Abrosimov RUS 2
119. Sergey Bolshakov RUS 2
120. Daniil Sereorennikov RUS 2
121. Anton Pilipas RUS 2
122. Ivan Afnevich RUS 2
123. Volodymyr Voronko UKR 2
124. Kyrylo Shvets UKR 2
125. Joey Pedraza USA 2
126. David Heron USA 2
127. Diego Vera VEN 2
128. Erwin Maldonado VEN 2
129. Angel Moreira VEN 2
130. Matheus Massami Hirota Costa BRA 2
131. Tsvetan Yordanov BUL 2
132. Frederic Girard CAN 2
133. Cory Mayfield USA 2
134. Gabriel Pouliot CAN 2
135. Samue Matte CAN 2
136. Han Yuedu CHN 2
137. Chen Xinwei CHN 2
138. Dong Jinliang CHN 2
139. Gao Weihong CHN 2
140. Yang Jinxin CHN 2
141. Zhao Yifang CHN 2
142. Cao Qiwen CHN 2
143. Gu Jiawei CHN 2
144. Chi Hao CHN 2
145. Shuhei Matsumura JPN 2
146. Jan Posmourny CZE 2
147. Ye Qianpeng CHN 2
148. Lo Chun TPE 2
149. Aplah Fadlan Prawira INA 2
150. Shun Kanamori JPN 2
151. Peerapat Lertsathapornsuk THA 2
152. Kwan Pak Hong HKG 2
153. Tung Yu-En TPE 2
154. Andi Fabian INA 2
155. Ppon Ching Leung Sunny HKG 2
156. Lau Ka Chun HKG 2
157. Li Jianshu CHN 2
158. Lau Chak Lam Nicholas HKG 2
159. Timur Abzhanov KAZ 2

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

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."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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