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Sunday, January 26, 2014

When River Lies Low, Swimmers Expect Longer Race

Alexander Studzinski and his fellow marathon swimmers are expecting a longer, low race in next week's 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda professional marathon swim in Argentina.

The height of the Coronda River can directly affect the course direction, swimmer speed and currents of the river. The official height of the river was 2.8 meters last week.

In 1964 the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda was at its lowest point in history, 1.95 meters. That fourth edition of the Maratón Acuática was won by the renowned Egyptian Abdul Latif Abou Heif who had to swim more than 10 hours to reach Coronda.

On the other end of the scale when the river was at its maximum height in 1977 at 6.24 meters, it was won by Claudio Plit in 8 hours 7 minutes. The record time for the race (6 hours 57 minutes) was set in 2010 by Petar Stoychev when the river was 5.62 meters with a very strong current.

Coronda River Highs:
*6.24 m - 1977
*6.23 m - 1966
*5.79 m - 1998
*5.62 m - 2010
*5.10 m - 1974
*5.08 m - 1993

Coronda River Lows:
*1.95 m - 1964
*2.03 m - 1988
*2.20 m - 2000
*2.29 m - 2009
*2.31 m - 2012
*2.32 m - 2011

Photo of Alexander Studzinski by Ervyn Olivier.

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