SHANTOU, China, September 26. FINA presented its 16th stop in the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup on Sunday in Shantou, China. The 10k competition took place along the Xin Jin River.
In the men’s race, German Alexander Studzinski claimed his first FINA victory in front of newcomer Brian Ryckman of Belgium. Egyptian Mohamed El Zanaty, second in the general standings, finished third in front of his main opponent France’s Stéphane Gomez. The No. 1 marathon swimmer, winner of the World Cup since 2001, Bulgarian Petar Stoychev placed eighth, but is in a comfortable position to win a sixth consecutive Trophy with three more races to go.
In the women’s race, Germany’s Britta Kamrau-Corestein added a seventh victory to her 2006 achievements. Her teammate, Angela Maurer, finished second to keep her in the hunt for the 2006 World Cup. Local Chinese swimmer Jing Zheng rounded out the podium with a third-place effort.
Medalists were the only results available at press time.
Men: 1. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 1h47m46s; 2. Brian Ryckeman (BEL) 1h47m48s; 3. Mohamed El Zanaty (EGY) 1h47m59s
Women: 1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 1h53m14s; 2. Angela Maurer (GER) 1h53m19s; 3. Jing Zheng (CHN) 1h53m21s
The Marathon World Cup heads down the home stretch with an Oct. 1 date in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong and an Oct. 8 swim in Singapore before its final meet in Portugal on Oct. 15.