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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Angela Maurer Overcomes Jet Lag And Waves

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In a typically gutsy performance that has characterized her illustrious career, Angela Maurer won the 15 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Due to transportation problems with a union strike in the Frankfurt Airport, Maurer traveled from Europe and landed in Mexico only hours before the 15 km race.

A quick sleep and breakfast at the Ocean Maya Royale Resort was apparently enough to get Maurer's competitive juices flowing. She wisely was in the middle of the pack for the first third of the race and then took off with the men when the lead pack of men came up on the lead pack of women.

The last third of the race was a fierce battle against young Anna Olasz of Hungary. The top duo stuck with the men just long enough to create a gap of a few hundred meters.

Stroke for stroke, they went up and down the 1.25 km course. Literally up and down as the strong winds coming from the Caribbean Sea whipped the course into a frothy fury.

Coming down to the last loop, Maurer pulled up shoulder-to-shoulder with Olasz and they swam parallel with each other for the last stretch and down the finish chute. Within the finish chute, Maurer just hit her final stroke right with an outstretched arm and was picked up by a wave that gave her that extra edge for victory.

Jet lag, winds, waves and competition nearly half her age, Maurer dealt with the conditions she faced. The German superstar is typically tough, terrifically tactical, and just too talented.

FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Results:

1. Angela Maurer (GER) 3:25:26.3
2. Anna Olasz (HUN) 3:25:27.2
3. Melissa Villaseñor (MEX) 3:31:22.6
4. Pilar Geijo (ARG) 3:31:48.2
5. Silvie Rybárová (CZE) 3:33.12.6
6. Zaira Cardenas (MEX) 3:35:46.2
7. Esther Nuñez Morera (ESP) 3:38:00.4
8. Xeniya Romanchuk (KAZ) 3:41.35.3
9. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 3:42:10.4
10. Vicenia Navarro (VEN) 3:46:16.7
11. Romina Imwinkelried (ARG) DNF
12. Ines Hahn (GER) DNF
13. Lexie Kelly (USA) DNF
14. Melinda Novoszath (HUN) DNF

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