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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Michael Read Keeps On Swimming

Courtesy of FINA Masters World Championships, Balatonfüred, Hungary.

Masters swimmers competed in a 3 km one loop competition on August 10th in Balatonfüred, Hungary at the 17th FINA Masters World Championships.

Athletes 55 years and over raced on Day One of the open water swimming events. Some of the results include the following including Joachim Hintze and Glenn Carlsen who won their second consecutive world titles in their respective age groups:

Male 60-64 year age category:
1. Glenn Carlsen (CAN) 42:16.4
2. Vladimir Kulagin (RUS) 45:42.0
3. Dirk Zeterberg (GER) 45:47.9
4. Andrew Huckle (GBR) 45:53.1
5. Larry Bruce Krauser (USA) 46:18.9
6. Conny Mindemark (SWE) 46:30.8
7. Paul Stevenson (RSA) 47:00.1
8. Rosario Cuce (ITA) 47:20.3
9. Jozef Krcik (SVK) 48:31.7
10. Hobe Horton (AUS) 48:37.8

Male 65-69 year age category:
1. Rick Walker (USA) 46:38.1
2. Maciej Slugocki (AUS) 46:52.4
3. Karl-Heinz Nottrodt (GER) 48:10.0
4. Don Taylor (AUS) 51:07.4
5. Kent Hamberg (SWE) 51:29.6
6. Ben van Dyke (NZL) 51:48.9
7. Helmut Robert Hertelendy Helmut (GER) 52:18.6
8. Stuart John McLellan (GBR) 53:03.4
9. Mikhail Manevich (RUS) 53:44.7
10. Mike Morrow (CAN) 58:13.0

Male 70-74 year age category:
1. Kurt Frei (SUI) 47:29.9
2. Steve Dyson (POR) 53:11.7
3. Jose Farre Ganduxe (ESP) 53:13.3
4. Khamis Adawy (EGY) 54:07.8
5. James Richard de Lacy (USA) 56:56.4
6. Fernan Canepa Bustamante (PER) 57:53.2
7. Rudiger Sebastian (GER) 59:39.4
8. Tuncay Senyuz (TUR) 1:00:39.0
9. Tocher Mitchell (RSA) 1:01:20.7
10. Ulrich-Utz Morche (GER) 1:04:22.9

Male 75-79 year age category:
1. Joachim Hintze (GER) 50:31.1
2. Gunter Kallenbach (GER) 51:49.4
3. Tony Cherrington (GBR) 59:20.0
4. Dezso Melkuhn (HUN) 59:57.7
5. Alfred Jacob (BRA) 1:02:46.5
6. David Cumming (GBR) 1:02:59.4
7. Michael Read (GBR) 1:03:07.0
8. Marcelo Renault (BRA) 1:03:16.1
9. Zeev Shabtay (ISR) 1:04:27.6
10. Geza Kaltenbecker (NED) 1:04:41.1

Male 80-84 year age category:
1. Giuseppe Bilotta (ITA) 1:03:54.8
2. Jorg Granados Aumacellas (ESP) 1:04:52.2
3. Lauri Malk (FIN) 1:07:34.6
4. Josef Krejci (SUI) 1:10:51.2
5. Peter Pal Kalmar (GER) 1:17:33.2
6. Stanislav Viazovskii (RUS) 1:19:45.0
7. Sergey Fadin (RUS) 1:23:41.6

Like many of these competitors, Michael Read of Great Britain has been competing for decades.

The 76-year-old Read finished 7th in the men's 75-79 age group who has been squeezing in international competitions his entire life between work and family obligations. This year, the 33-time English Channel swimmer completed the 46th annual International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gulf. "Toroneos was incredibly hard this year with a F4/3 headwind the whole way. I finished about 11:55 pm [in 15 hours 15 minutes], just before the end of programme fireworks, but got a wonderful reception. It is a wonderful swim [where he finished 12th overall out of 20 competitors in the 26 km swim]."

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