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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mediterranean Coast Challenge Kicks Off World Tour

Courtesy of Oscar Rubio, Open Water World Tour, Altea, Spain.

The Open Water World Tour in Greece, the United States, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Kazakhstan kicked off on May 13th on a brilliant morning along the Costa Blanca in Spain.

More than 750 swimmers gathered in Altea, Spain to participate in the Mediterranean Coast Challenge.

The 10 km marathon swim gave the swimmers the most points for their Open Water World Tour rankings, but the event also offered 500m, 2 km, and 5.5 km races.

The 10 km race called the Mediterranean Pro was dominated by the Basque swimmer Xabier Gordoa who won in 2 hours 34 minutes.

Oscar Rubio reported, "The sea conditions and 18ºC water temperature added an extra level of difficulty to the 10 km race. Strong currents led to a turbulent sea. It was a sensational day with a great atmosphere. The 5.5 km race is also part of the Open Water Swimming Spain Cup."

Andrea Fos dominated the women's race from start to finish finishing in 2 hours 57 minutes. Both Gordoa and Fos are the current leaders of the Open Water World Tour 2018 and will defend their lead at the next Open Water World Tour event on June 17th in Monate, Italy that is part of the Italian Open Water Tour.

For more information, visit www.openwaterworldtour.com or at @openwaterwt.

2018 Open Water World Tour Schedule:
* Mediterranean Coast Challenge. in Altea, Spain on May 13th
* Italian Open Water Tour in Monate, Italy on June 17th
* Almaty Swim Race in Kazakhstan on July 1st
* Cruce Isla Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico on July 7th
* Italian Open Water Tour in Maccagno, Italy on July 15th
* Crown Beach Swim Race in Alameda, California on August 4th
* Italian Open Water Tour in Noli, Italy on September 16th
* Spetses Mini Marathon in Spetses, Greece on October 5th - 7th

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