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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Guillermo Bértola And Cecilia Biagioli Test The Waters

Argentina's Guillermo Bértola and Cecilia Biagioli participated in the qualification race for the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda in February this year. They were invited by the Organizing Committee of the Marathon as training for what will be the 2014 season.

Bértola commented, "This week I trained a lot and today the body and the river were treated pretty badly, but my goal was to come to make this swim during a high-volume training week." Meanwhile, the 4-time Olympian Biagioli who gave birth to twins last year, added, "It has been nearly two years since I did an open water race. It is so different, so I'm glad to have come and see the training we have done. My pregnancy was very healthy because I was active at all times and had no problems. I'm fine and I swam slowly because I only starting training seven months ago."

Both swimmers, under the tutelage of coach Claudio Biagioli, were trying to qualify for the X Juegos Suramericanos 10 km race in March. Spots for the Argentina team are up for grabs at the Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim in Viedma, first stage of the 2014 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit. The qualification race is held before the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda competition. "For me, this season will not be long because I can only compete in the race of Viedma and my main goal is to qualify for the Juegos Suramericanos. I hope to finish in the top ten, provided that race is a good standard," said Bértola who has also competed in the 800m and 1500m freestyle events. "Then I would like to do more of the FINA World Cup races later in the season."

Biagioli loves to participate in the qualification race. "It was very nice to see all these people at the qualifier. I feel a bit of nostalgic because I will be unable to participate in the new Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda because it is the most beautiful race in the world."

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