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Saturday, March 5, 2016
When Pool Decks Are White, Swimmers Are Hardened
The Pirita Open is a winter swimming festival held in the Pirita river in Tallinn, Estonia.
Part of the International Winter Swimming World Cup circuit, the Pirita Open is splendid with its pool decks are covered in white, snow-white. The 2016 was held in 1.4ºC water and -1.5ºC air temperatures.
But the competition heated up when Petar Stoychev, Christof Wandratsch and Henri Kaarma jumped in the pool to raced - literally raced at a 1:12+ per 100m pace - in the 450m freestyle.
How these athletes swim so quickly - with open turns and no dives - in these low temperatures is a credit to their mental outlook, physical training and hardening process.
450m Overall Results:
1 Petar Stoychev (BUL) 5:24.98
2 Christof Wandratsch (GER) 5:39.05
3 Henri Kaarma (EST) 5:52.00
4 Marcus Reineke (GER) 6:03.36
5 Rory Fitzgerald (GBR) 6:19.03
6 Jochen Aumüller (GER) 6:33.71
7 Martin Kuchenmeister (GER) 7:11.72
8 Ergo Tamm (EST) 7:21.69
9 Lotta Mäkinen (FIN) 7:27.61
10 Jaimie Monahan (USA) 7:43.94
11 Kate Steels-Fryatt (GBR) 7:53.13
12 Ben Bennett (GBR) 8:35.26
13 Vittorio Zanoni (ITA) 8:38.80
14 Outi Mäkinen (FIN) 8:44.15
15 Enzo Favoino (ITA) 8:56.05
16 Tatjana Aleksandrova (RUS) 9:19.46
17 Verner Keel (EST) 9:51.43
18 Jaqueline Jänike (GER) 9:52.42
19 Karin Michels (SCO) 12:20.37
200m Top 10 Results:
1 Andres Olvik (EST) 2:16.01
2 Bruno Nopponen (EST) 2:17.90
3 Henri Kaarma (EST) 2:21.77
4 Alar Lodi (EST) 2:25.88
5 Aivar Rosenberg (EST) 2:43.83
6 Ergo Tamm (EST) 2:48.77
7 Margus Püvi (EST) 2:56.39
8 Aleksei Tereštšenkov (EST) 2:57.67
9 Külli Tootsi (EST) 3:32.03
10 Kaupo Raag (EST) 3:39.79
11 Valentin Jefimov (EST) 3:51.56
12 Siim Kukk (EST) 3:52.45
13 Nikolai Pribõlski (EST) 4:24.50
14 Mart Nöps (EST) 4:30.61
15 Sulev Marja (EST) 4:37.51
16 Kersti Rüütel (EST) 4:49.44
For more information, photos and results, visit here.
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