Race Video: Beautiful Highlights from FINA Open Water Grand Prix in Canada

LAC ST-JEAN, Canada, July 30. THIS past weekend, some of the top open water swimmers in the world took part in the FINA 10K Marathon and FINA Open Water Grand Prix events at Lac St-Jean in Canada.

Swim fan Leandre Lapointe was on hand to capture some amazing footage of the races, and has submitted a brilliant highlight video to Swimming World.

FINA open water grand prix – 60e Traversee internationale du Lac-St-Jean – Esther Nunez Morera from Leandre Lapointe on Vimeo.

Original results press release from FINA
On Thursday (July 24), 16 women and 23 men from 11 countries took the departure in the 10km race. German Andreas Waschburger touched first in 1h56m44s9, collecting his second podium finish in the series this year (silver in Race 1). Charles Peterson (USA), 2005 World champion over the distance, finished second in 1h56m49s4 while Christian Reichert (GER) completed the race, for third, clocking 1h56m53s1. Reichert already has a bronze from Race 1 in Viedma.

Among women, Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, 2013 World silver medallist and two-time winner of the 10km series, occupied the podium for the fourth straight time and claimed her second gold of the season, taking out the race in 2h03m01s2. American Christine Jennings obtained her first podium appearance this year, picking up silver in 2h03m01s5. Angela Maurer, 2013 World bronze medallist and winner of the series a record three times, bagged home the fourth medal of the day for Germany, securing the bronze, her second this year, in a time of 2h03m02s7.

In the Saturday race, the competition field was fierce with 14 men and 8 women taking the departure for the 32km effort. The race was very close with local swimmer Xavier Desharnais and Tomi Stefanovski (MKD) tying for first place in a time of 7h09m08s. Argentina’s Damian Blaum completed the podium, clocking 7h09m20s.

Pilar Geijo (ARG) dominated the operations among women, powering for the win and touching home in 7h19m52s. Ten minutes later, Silvie Rybarova (CZE) crossed the finish line (7h31m44s) while Spain’s Esther Nunez Morera was third in 7h35m26s.



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    Please, take note that this video was made during the 60th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean (Roberval, Canada), a 32km race event (not 10k race) of the 2014 FINA OWS Grand Prix. Thank you.
    – Marie-Claude Simard
    Communication Assistant
    Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean

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      Thanks, Marie-Claude.

      Both races are referenced in the press release. Just a great video overall.

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    Jorge Aguado

    Proud of Argentinian Swimmers in open water. The 32 km race was very hard with chilly water and winds. Ironmen and Ironwomen.

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      The video definitely shows some of the elements. That swim had to be pretty rough!

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