SUMIDERO, Mexico, April 20. OVER the weekend, the FINA Open Water Grand Prix series returned with its fourth stage at the Sumidero Canyon in Mexico. Swimming over a 15K route in the Grijalva River, Bulgari's Petar Stoychev and Germany's Britta Kamrau took their respective titles.
Stoychev clocked a course record time of 3:09:49 to win over Spain's Diego Nogueira, Mexico's Ivan Lopez and Israel's Michael Dimitriev. Stoychev had too much in the tank and powered down the finish for the win. Nogueira placed second in 3:09:51, while Lopez finished third in 3:09:53.
"I did not, at any time, feel under pressure," Stoychev told FINA. "But, as the trip progressed, I made my best effort to deliver my final attack. The effort made in the skills of open water is quite exhausting. You must have physical and spiritual strength to succeed."
Kamrau won among the women with a time of 3:24:25, holding off teammate Angela Maurer. Maurer took second just behind with a 3:24:26, while Portugal's Daniel Inacio finished third in 3:24:32.
Mexico used the Grand Prix as its selection meet for the FINA World Championships. Lopez, Manuel Chiu and Zaira Cardenas each earned spots on the Mexico national team heading to Rome.