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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ayman Saad Rolls Out The Red Carpet In Abu Dhabi

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Egyptian race organizer and influential FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member Ayman Saad is treating the 134 athletes who are visiting Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for this weekend's FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup extraordinarily well - unlike anywhere else on the FINA professional circuits (World Cup or Grand Prix)

The hotel used by the young athletes is described as gorgeous and no expenses are spared on the course at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sport Club.

Rachele Bruni will find a much tougher field than they did when they won the last FINA World Cup race in Patagones Viedma, Argentina. The men's winner in Argentina, Alex Meyer, is not participating in the Abu Dhabi race as are no other American athletes.

The Start List includes 84 male swimmers from 31 countries and 50 female swimmers from 20 countries. The 14 male Olympians and 15 female Olympians are going to ensure it is a very close and physical race:

Male Start List:
Australia: Jack Brazier, Bailey Armstrong, Simon Huitenga, Kai Edwards
Austria: Matthias Schweinzer
South Africa: Chad Ho (2008 Olympian)
Belgium: Davy Billiau
Brazil: Allan do Carmo (2008 + 2016 Olympian), Diogo Villarinho
Colombia: Isaias Vasquez
Czech Republic: Jan Kutnik
Egypt: Youssef Khalil, Adel El Behary, Marwan El Amrawy, Mohamed Hegazy
France: David Aubry, Marc Antoine Olivier (2016 Olympian), Valentine Bernard, Benjamin Brantu, Logan Fontaine, Lountin Rabier, Axel Reymond, Yann Corbel, Hugo Chopineau, Farid Zituoni, Damien Cattin Vidal
Germany: Christian Reichert, Rob Muffels, Andreas Waschburger (2012 Olympian), Thore Bermel,
Great Britain: Tobias Robinson, Caleb Hughes, Jack Burnell (2016 Olympian)
Greece: Spyridon Gianniotis (2008 + 2012 + 2016 Olympian)
Hong Kong: Ho Yin Kwan, Sing Ha Chau, Ho Yat Winson Lee, Chun Hin Hui
Hungary: Attila Kiss, Márk Papp, Patrik Rákos, Gergely Gyurta, Dániel Szekelyi
Italy: Federico Vanelli (2016 Olympian), Simone Ruffini (2016 Olympian), Matteo Furlan
Japan: Yasunari Hirai (2012 Olympian)
Ireland: Christopher Bryan
Kazakhstan: Vitaly Khudyakov, Kenessary Kenenbayev, Timur Abzhanov
Macedonia: Evgenij Pop Acev, Tomi Stefanovski
Netherlands: Ferry Weertman (2016 Olympian), Marcel Schouten, Pepin Maxime
Poland: Mateusz Sawrymowicz, Krysztof Pielowski, Sebastian Karas
Russia: Ivan Afanevich, Evgenii Drattcev (2008 Olympian), Kiril Abrosimov, Anton Evsikov, Denis Adeev, Artem Podiakov, Roman Karyakin, Kirill Belyaev, Sergey Bolshakov (2012 Olympian)
Serbia: Tamas Farkas
Spain: Raul Santiago, Antonio Arroyo, Pol Gil
Syria: Saleh Mohammad (2008 Olympian)
Sweden: Gustav Hakan Swedenborg, Victor Johansson
Ukraine: Igor Chervynskiy (2008 + 2012 Olympian), Igor Snitko, Volodymyr Voronko
UAE: Abdulla Ali Hatem, Amer Essa Bahri, Mohamed Al Ghailani
Iraq: Bakr Salam Al Dulaimi, Ahmed Al Dulaimi

Male Start List:
Australia: Sarah Thompson, Alessandra Colombini, Connie McClelland, Chelsea Gubecka, Kareena Lee
Brazil: Ana Marcela Cunha (2008 + 2016 Olympian), Poliana Okimoto (2008 + 2012 + 2016 Olympian)
Egypt: Dana Akl, Reem Kassem, Mariam Sakr
Colombia: Paula Montoya
France: Ophelie Aspord (2012 Olympian), Adeline Furst, Oceane Lassignol, Lisa Pou, Caroline Jonisse, Charlyne Secrestat, Aurélie Muller (2008 + 2016 Olympian)
Germany: Angela Maurer (2008 + 2012 Olympian), Isabelle Härle (2016 Olympian), Svenja Zihsler, Finna Wunram
Great Britain: Sophie Evans, Keri Anne Payne (2008 + 2012 Olympian), Danielle Huskisson
Greece: Kalliopi Araouzou (2016 Olympian)
Hong Kong: Fiona On Yi Chan, Hoi Man Lok
Hungary: Nikoletta Kiss, Éva Riszov (2012 Olympian)
Italy: Rachele Bruni (2016 Olympian), Martina Grimaldi (2008 + 2012 Olympian)
Japan: Yumi Kida (2012 Olympian)
Kazakhstan: Xenijya Romanchuk
Malaysia: Heidi Gan (2012 Olympian)
Poland: Justiyna Burska, Joanna Zachoszcz
Portugal: Angelica Andre
Russia: Aygul Sagirova, Anastasiia Azarova, Anasasiia Krapivina (2016 Olympian), Valeria Ermakova, Olga Kozydub
Slovenia: Spela Perse
Spain: Mireira Belmonte, Maria Vilas, Erika Villaecija (2012 Olympian), Jimena Perez
Ukraine: Sofiia Zubenko, Maryna Kyryk

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