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Monday, August 18, 2014

Marco Allegretti Leads International Field Across Lake Zurich

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

One of the world's most classic marathon swims, the International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen is organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team Switzerland. The 27th event saw nearly ideal conditions on August 10th where Allegretti Marco of Italy set a new masters record in 6 hours 19 minutes.

From the the lido in Rapperswil, the soloists and relays headed across the lake. By noon, the sun came out and the air temperature climbed up to 27°C. Around the halfway point at Meilen, the conditions became a bit choppy for a while before calming down again and becoming downright peaceful.

With water temperatures at a comfortable 21-22°C, swimmers did very well. Out of 40 soloists and 21 relay teams representing 15 nationalities, only 3 swimmers and 1 relay did not complete the 26.4 km swim within the slightly extended time limit of 12 hours.

First to touch the finish line in Zurich was Allegretti who broke the record of Jürg Schmid set in 2008. Rachael Lee from Dublin, Ireland was his female counterpart on top of the podium with a time of 7 hours 2 minutes.

The top places for the open relays were dominated by the female gender. In the wetsuit category, the 3-girl Young, Fast and Furious relay from the Limmat Sharks, Switzerland placed first overall in 6 hours 59 minutes. The young girls were only 12, 13 and 14 years of age respectively. Among the non-wetsuit relays, the 2-person Minion Mermaid team from the Chalkwell Redcaps/Great Britain won in 7 hours 58 minutes.

Men's non-wetsuit (16 to 39 years) results:
1. Alex Stoyel (GBR) 6 hours 36 minutes
2. Dion Harrison (GBR) 6 hours 56 minutes
3. William Ellis (GBR) 7 hours 4 minutes
4. Timothy Donovan (AUS) 8 hours 37 minutes
5. Theodosis Charalampos (GRE) 9 hours 0 minutes
6. Roger Rüttimann (SUI) 10 hours 42 minutes
DNF Dino Sarpi (ITA)

Men's masters non-wetsuit (over 40) results:
1. Marco Allegretti (ITA) 6 hours 19 minutes
2. Trevor Malone (IRL) 7 hours 30 minutes
3. Graeme Schlachter (GBR) 8 hours 20 minutes
4. Mäx Beer (AUT) 8 hours 23 minutes
5. Kenneth Rodgers (IRL) 8 hours 39 minutes
6. Simon Lee (GBR) 8 hours 39 minutes
7. Pavel Dagorov (SUI) 8 hours 47 minutes
8. Huseyin Dermis (GBR/TUR) 8 hours 51 minutes
9. Rudolf Maurer (SUI) 9 hours 41 minutes
10. Patrick Cray (GBR) 10 hours 25 minutes
11. Clive Smith (GBR) 10 hours 33 minutes
12. Stephen Payne (AUS) 11 hours 37 minutes
DNF Jörg Büttner (GER)

Men's wetsuit (16 to 39 years) results:
1. André Le Guin (GER) 10 hours 45 minutes

Men's masters wetsuit (over 40) results:
1. Yggve Richter (GER) 9 hours 16 minutes
2. Peter Tomasek (SUI) 9 hours 20 minutes
3. Pataka Spacek (CZE) 9 hours 25 minutes
4. Dirk Rönsch (GER) 11 hours 22 minutes

Women's non-wetsuit (16 to 39 years) results:
1. Rachael Lee (IRL) 7 hours 2 minutes
2. Nathalie Pohl (GER) 7 hours 43 minutes
3. Katrin Walter (GER) 8 hours 15 minutes
4. Abhejali Bernardova (CZE) 8 hours 57 minutes
5. Kristy McIntyre (AUS) 10 hours 5 minutes
6. Alice Hubbard (GBR) 10 hours 56 minutes
7. Sigrid Stangl (AUT) 12 hours 3 minutes

Women's masters non-wetsuit (over 40) results:
1. Tasha Morey (GBR) 7 hours 57 minutes
2. Sydne Didier (USA) 9 hours 10 minutes
3. Kate Steels-Fryatt (GBR) 9 hours 11 minutes
4. Caroline Muggridge (GBR) 10 hours 40 minutes
DNF Andrea Hawkins (GBR) 20.5 km in 10 hours

Women's wetsuit (16 to 39 years) results:
1. Danica Kowalewski (GER) 10 hours 40 minutes

Women's masters wetsuit (over 40) results:
1. Barbara Atzmüller (AUT) 9 hours 2 minutes
2. Marianne Küffner (SUI) 10 hours 24 minutes

Photos of the event are posted here.

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