RICCIONE, Italy, June 1. OPENING Ceremonies for the 10th FINA Masters World Swimming Championships are set for tomorrow in the eastern Italian coastal town of Riccione
The meet has attracted a record 8,128 athletes: 6,349 (pool) swimmers; 1,089 open water swimmers; 303 synchronized swimmers; 227 divers; and 1,017 water polo players.
SwimInfo will be covering the meet with daily stories from our on-the-spot reporter (and competitor) Pete Andersen. We also plan to post full results daily.
Copmpetition begins on Thursday, June 3 with the 800 meter freestyle. There are 48 men’s and 42 women’s heats in the 10-lane pool.
The oldest swimmer competing in the 800 free is Spain’s Bernadette Angula de Cordova, 92. The woman with the fastest entered time is Belgium’s Mieke Smet, 30, at 9:28.00, followed closely by the USA’s Suzanne Heim-Bowen, 46, entered at 9:29.00. Among the big names in the event is Japan’s Yoshiko Osaki, 66, a recent inductee in the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame and the top seed in the women’s 65-69 age group at 12:55.0.
At 91, Cuba’s Ramon Cordoves de Leon is the oldest man entered in the event. The fastest seed is Jean-David Duhaeidt, 28, of France, entered at 8:33.64. The men’s race features such distance luminaries as Brazil’s Djan Madruga, 45. Among the top match-ups is the 55-59 race, which pits world record-holder Tod Spieker, USA, vs. Britain’s Duncan McCreadie. McCreadie is seeded at 10:32.0, three-and-a-half seconds faster than Spieker’s world record (10:35.51).