|HUNTINGTON BEACH, California. April 7. THE World Swimming Majors data base has compiled information on thousands of open water swimmers in 30 major marathon swims around the world over the last 130 years. The 30 events are listed on the World Swimming Majors site here.
World Swimming Majors is organized and searchable by age, country, gender and location (e.g., English Channel). While the data base is not complete, it is interesting to see where swimmers rank. The more swims they do, the higher their rank.
Additionally, the more difficult and the longer the marathon swims are, the higher the ranking of the athletes. In other words, ranking is positively affected by the relative degree of difficulty, length and number of successful marathon swims in this fun-filled system.
Currently, the top 10 women overall, regardless of age or country of origin, are as follows:
1. Alison Streeter (GBR) 9,452 points
2. Penny Palfrey (AUS) 2,107 points
3. Shelley Taylor-Smith (AUS) 1,445
4. Miyuki Fujita (JPN) 1,292
5. Susie Maroney (AUS) 1,239
6. Sally Minty-Gravett (UK) 1,201
7. Penny Dean (USA) 958
8. Vedika Bolliger (SUI) 902
9. Carrol Wannell (AUS) 856
10. Sue Oldham (AUS) 837
Currently, the top 10 men overall, regardless of age or country of origin, are as follows:
1. Kristian Rutford (USA) 2,611 points
2. Peter Jurzynski (USA) 2,579
3. Christopher Green (UK) 1,905
4. Benn Kramer (CAN) 1,901
5. (AUS) 1,866
6. Karteek Clarke (UK) 1,856
7. Antonio Arguelles (MEX) 1,765
8. David Blanke (USA) 1,417
9. Nick Olmos-Lau (USA) 1,411
10. James Tout (USA) 1,357
It must be noted that all the swims of such prolific marathon swimmers such as Pilar Geijo, Kevin Murphy (middle photo), John Kinsella (lower photo), Michael Read, Abdul Latif Abou-Heif, Paul Asmuth, David Yudovin, David Meca Medina, Petar Stoychev and other high-profile swimmers have not yet put completely inputted. The addition of their swims will undoubtedly change the top rankings since these men have done - and in some cases, continue to do - so many professional marathon races and solo marathon swims around the world.
Courtesy of Open Water Source that maintains the data base.