RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil. November 28. PEDRO Rego Monteiro is hosting one of the world's greatest open water events again in Copacabana Beach – the King and Queen of the Sea Challenge (Rei e Rainha do Mar Desafio in Portuguese).
On December 12th several top professional athletes are going to televised live on Brazil's largest broadcaster, TV Globo on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The made-for-TV event will showcase several top contenders for the 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim on the 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim course on Copacabana Beach.
Part of a popular series in Brazil, the King and Queen of the Sea Challenge will showcase Trent Grimsey of Australia (the 2009 winner), Alexander Studzinski of Germany (the 2010 winner), Valerio Cleri of Italy, Chad Ho of South Africa, and Diogo Villarinho, Glauco Rangel, Matheus Evangelista and Allan do Carmo of Brazil on the men's side.
In the women's field, world 25K champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, world championship silver medalist Giorgia Consiglio of Italy, two-time FINA World Cup champion Christine Jennings (2010 winner), world championship bronze medalist Ashley Twichell of the USA, and Betina Lorscheitter and Gabriela Rocha of Brazil will compete for the Queen of the Sea title on national television.
The introduction in Portuguese:
Christine Jennings's impressions after her 2010 victory:
Courtesy of Open Water Source