NEW YORK, New York, November 18. FRAN Crippen was posthumously inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2010.
During his quick rise to the top echelon of professional marathon swimming, 26-year-old Fran Crippen also became the emotional and inspirational leader of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team and a dynamic personality on the professional marathon swimming circuit that began after a successful transition from the pool.
His love of the sport of marathon swimming was always shared with fans, the media, his teammates and rivals. At the time of his tragic death during a professional marathon race in the United Arab Emirates, he was second in the overall point standings on his first full season on the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit. He won six national titles in America, two FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup titles, a bronze in the 2009 World Swimming Championships 10K, a gold in the 2007 Pan American Games 10K, a silver in the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K and finished 4th in the 2010 World Swimming Championships 10K in a career that was unfortunately cut short.
For more information on the remaining honorees, visit the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame website (www.imshof.org) or the articles below. The Class will be honored in New York City at the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in a special celebratory dinner.
The rest of the Class is made up by: Harry Huffaker (Honor Swimmer), Yuko Matsuzaki (Honor Swimmer), Annie Cleveland (Honor Swimmer), Bill Goll (Pioneer Swimmer), Richard Campion (Honor Administrator), Drury Gallagher (Honor Administrator), NYC Swim (Honor Organization), Rottnest Channel Swim Association (Honor Organization), Catalina Channel Swimming Federation (Honor Organization).
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