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Friday, July 31, 2015

Will It Be Déjà Vu For Angela Maurer In Kazan?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Consistency is usually the hallmark of marathon swimmers. But Angela Maurer has taken consistency to a unique level over the last 15 years.

At the 2000 FINA World Championships, she finished third in 5:30:08 (less than 3 seconds from gold).

In 2001, she finished third in 6:06:19 (9 minutes from gold).

In 2002, she finished second in 6:11:22 (1 second from gold).

In 2003, she finished third in 5:35:46 (3 seconds from gold).

In 2006, she finished first in 6:22:46.

In 2009, she finished first in 5:47:48. In 2011, she finished second in 5:29:25 (2 seconds from gold).

Two gold medals, two silver medals, three bronze medals over the last 15 years. What will she do in Saturday's race in Kazan, Russia against the following competition?

25 km Marathon Swim Start List
1 Anna Olasz (HUN)
2 Finnia Wunram (GER)
3 Lenka Sterbova (CZE)
4 Ashley Twichell (USA)
5 Betina Lorscheitter (BRA)
6 Xeniya Romanchuk (KAZ)
7 Ilaria Raimondi (ITA)
8 Jessica Walker (AUS)
9 Margarita Dominguez (ESP)
10 Emily Brunemann (USA)
11 Aurélie Muller (FRA)
12 Chelsea Gubecka (AUS)
13 Olga Kozydub (RUS)
14 Alice Franco (ITA)
15 Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)
16 Angela Maurer (GER)
17 Silvie Rybárová (CZE)
18 Shiyue Cao (CHN)
19 Dandan Yang (CHN)
20 Julia Lucila Arino (ARG)
21 Nikoletta Kiss (HUN)

For background information on Maurer, visit here.

Historical Note: Gold Medalists in FINA World Championships 25 km
1991 - Shelley Taylor-Smith (AUS) 5:21:05
1994 - Melissa Cunningham (AUS) 5:48:25
1998 - Tobbie Smith (USA) 5:31:20
2000 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 5:30:04
2001 - Viola Valli (ITA) 5:56:51
2002 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 6:11:21
2003 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 5:35:43
2004 - Britta Kamrau (GER) 5:43:09
2005 - Edith Van Dijk (NED) 5:25:06
2006 - Angela Maurer (GER) 6:22:46
2007 - Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 5:37:11
2008 - Ksenia Popova (RUS) 5:27:48
2009 - Angela Maurer (GER) 5:47:48
2010 - Linsy Heister (NED) 5:52:13
2011 - Marcela Cunha (BRA) 5:29:22

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