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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In The Pursuit Of Competition

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Now that the sprint is over; now that the Olympic qualification race is over; it is time for the always-enjoyable-to-watch 5 km team pursuit race (officially named the Mixed 5 km Team Event) to be held at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Three swimmers from each country, with at least one member of each gender, are set off in 60-second intervals and race in random order around the two-loop course. The official time of each team is when the last person of the team crosses the line. The teams all have different strategies for swimming fastest, but generally the top teams have a male navigator (lead swimmer), an engine pulling the train (a trailing swimmer), and the anchor (the drafting swimmer). The keys are to swim as straight along the course as possible, enabling the slowest swimmer to draft off the speed of the faster two swimmers.

The 22 national teams and 66 swimmers who will compete on Thursday are as follows:

1 Czech Republic (Jan Kutnik, Matej Kozubek, Alena Benesova)
2 Spain (Hector Ruiz, Antonio Arroyo, Erika Villaecija)
3 Ecuador (Ivan Enderica Ochoa, Esteban Enderica Salgado, Samantha Arevalo)
4 Australia (Jarrod Poort, Simon Huitenga , Melissa Gorman)
5 Argentina (Gabriel Raul Villagoiz, Guillermo Vittorio Bertola, Cecilia Elizabeth Biagioli)
6 France (David Andre Aubry, Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, Aurélie Muller)
7 Greece (Antonios Fokaidis, Spyridon Gianniotis, Kaliopi Araouzou)
8 Kazakhstan (Kenessary Kenenbayev, Vitaliy Khudyakov, Xeniya Romanchuk)
9 Hong Kong (Tsz Fung Tse, Ho Yin Kwan, Cho Yiu Kwok)
10 Venezuela (Wilder Carreno, Erwin Maldonado, Paola Perez)
11 Netherlands (Marcel Schouten, Ferry Weertman, Sharon Van Rouwendaal)
12 South Africa (Chad Ho, Daniel Marais, Michelle Weber)
13 United States (Sean Ryan, Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell)
14 Germany (Rob Muffels, Christian Reichert, Isabelle Härle)
15 Hungary (Daniel Szekelyi, Gergely Gyurta, Éva Risztov)
16 China (Zhongyi Qiao, Lijun Zu , Siyu Yan)
17 Egypt (Youssef Hossameldeen Khal, Adel Ragab Ibrahim Mohame, Reem Mohamed Hussein Elsa Kaseem)
18 Russia (Sergey Bolshakov, Daniil Serebrennikov, Anastasiia Krapivina)
19 Italy (Federico Vanelli, Simone Ercoli, Rachele Bruni)
20 Portugal (Vasco Gaspar, Rafael Gil, Angelica Maria)
21 Brazil (Allan Do Carmo, Diogo Villarinho, Ana Marcela Cunha)
22 Mexico (Daniel Delgadillo, Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer, Zaira Cardenas)

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