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This Week In The Open Water World -- April 26, 2012

CANCUN, Mexico. April 26. THROUGHOUT the calendar year, there are some weeks when open water swimming events simply overwhelm the senses. This week is one of those jam-packed open water periods.

The festivities with speed and color in the beautiful aqua-marine waters of Cancun, Mexico. A very fast FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup was held right off the shallow waters of the major resort town on the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. The race showcased a victory by Thomas Lurz over fellow Olympians and world champions like Brian Ryckeman (Belgium), Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria), Ky Hurst (Australia), Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece), Allan do Carmo (Brazil), Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine), Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic), Igor Snitko (Ukraine), and Jose Hervas (Spain).

Ana Marcela Cunha won a close race over a slew of other female superstars like Swann Oberson (Switzerland), Martina Grimaldi (Italy), Angela Maurer (Germany), Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), Olga Beresnyeva (Ukraine), Erika Villaecija (Spain) and Jana Pechanova (Czech Republic) will be competing.


This Thursday, the Mexican Swimming Federation follows up with another fast competitive field in the 15 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix on the same course in Canc?n.

On Friday, the Americans face off with each other at the Open Water Swimming Festival in Miromar Lakes in Fort Myers. The multi-race event on the western shores of Florida offers race for age-group swimmers, adult / mMsters swimmers and the very fastest elite swimmers of America. There will be a much-anticipated showdown where only the top two women will be selected to represent the United States of America in the Olympic 10 km qualification swim. With a lifetime of dreams on the line, Ashley Twichell, Christine Jennings, Haley Anderson, Eva Fabian, Emily Brunemann and Becca Mann will be in the mix in a hard-fought, high-pressure six-loop race.

The American men's national championship race will follow the women's race, where 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer will continue his comeback road after recovery from a broken collarbone.

Then just up north in Atlanta, the dozens of race directors for the wildly successful Swim Across America will have their annual summit where they will plan even greater expansion of their domestic series that has raised over US$40,000,000 for cancer research.

And then the weekend activities really starts to pick up the H2Open Day in England on Saturday, April 28th. H2Open Magazine will celebrate and announce the Charity Swim of the Year (2swim4life, Channelling Positivity, David Walliams , Roger Allsopp), the International Swim of the Year (2011 European Open Water Swimming Junior Championships at Navia, Spain, Lorne Pier to Pub Swim in Australia, Rottnest Channel Swim in Australia, Hellespont in Turkey), the Best UK Event (British Long Distance Swimming Association 2-Way Windermere, Bridge to Bridge Henley to Marlow, River Thames, British Gas Great British Swim Series, Dart 10km), Coach of the Year (Bernd Berkhahn, Dan Bullock, Kari Furre, Paul Newsome), the nnovation of the Year (AquaPulse Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor from FINIS, Queenford Lake Relays, Swimovate Poolmate, Zoggs Predator Flex - Polarized), the Inspirational Swim of the Year (David Walliams, Diana Nyad, Roger Allsopp, Windermere 12-way Warriors), the Open Water Ambassador of the Year (Colin Hill, Kate Rew, Steven Munatones, Thomas Noblett), and the Open Water Swimmer of the Year (Forrest Nelson , Oliver (Ollie) Wilkinson , Roger Allsopp , Stephen Redmond ).

In Florida, the Crippen Sunset Mile celebrates the life and legacy of Fran Crippen. The event is a beautiful tribute to a man who legacy will forever shine over the sport of open water swimming.

Across the pond, there is also the new Ibiza Ultra Team that includes the 10.6 km Vuelta A S'Espalmador and the 5.3 km Vuelta A Es Pas in Formentera in the Balaeric Islands, Spain.

Then on the other side of the world are the Tri Master Sprint Distance in the Philippines, the Kapas Marang Swimathon on Kapas Island in Pantai Peranginan Kelulut, Malaysia, the stunningly spectacular 5 km Coogee-Bondi in New South Wales, Australia, the 2 km coastal South Curl Curl Ocean Swim, and the 3.8 km Kings of the Coast Ocean Swim Festival as part of the Queensland Ocean Swim Series.

Australia, America, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, Malaysia, England...and many other places between, it is one great week on the world's waterways.

Courtesy of Open Water Source


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