FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series to Start Saturday in North Macedonia

Lake_Ohrid
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FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series to Start Saturday in North Macedonia

Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia will host the first installment of the 2021 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series this Saturday.

The 25-kilometer race is set to begin at noon local time. It’s the first stop on the UltraMarathon circuit, with a stop in Italy for a swim between Capri and Naples on Sept. 5.

The 2020 installment of the Lake Ohrid swim was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the swimmers expected to line up for the start are France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier, who won the bronze medal in the marathon swim at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and finished sixth at the Tokyo Olympics. His compatriot Axel Reymond, the 2019 world champion in the 25k, is also expected to swim, as well as North Macedonia’s Evgeni Pop Acev and Marcel Schouten of the Netherlands. France’s Oceane Cassignol and Argentina’s Pilar Geijo are among the women’s entrants. A full list of swimmers is available here.

Lake Ohrid will also host the second left of the 2021 FINA/CSNG Marathon Swim World Series on Aug. 28. The first installment of that series was held in Doha in March, with Olivier winning the men’s race and eventual Olympic champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil claiming the women’s race. Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri had taken bronze in Doha.