Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Those open water swimmers are tough.

We live, breath and love everything about swimming here at blueseventy, but we'll leave it to the professionals when it comes to racing in the FINA Grand Prix circuit.  At 57km, race 2 of the series isn't even close to being the longest race in the series.  

Sante Fe, Argentina hosted the latest FINA Grand Prix, with swimmers competing over an incredible 57km open water race.  Not at all bothered about lining up for at least 8hrs of racing, our lovely Pilar Geijo improved one place from the first round to finish second in 8:34:26, behind fellow Argentinian Ceclia Biagioli, who completed the distance in 8:15:27, just 46 seconds slower than the fastest male!   Biagioli is currently leading the rankings with 30 points, with Pilar (latest years overall winner) sitting second equal on 20 points with Esther Nunez (ESP).

In the mens competition  Petar Stoychev (BUL) took the win in a closely fought race with just 4 seconds separating 1st and 3rd place.  Andrea Volpini (ITA) was pipped by just 2 seconds, and fellow Italian team mate Rodolfo Valenti just another 2 seconds back.  Stoychev who won the overall title last year, is leading the rankings at the moment on 22 points, 6 points clear of Andrea Volpini (ITA), with Francisco Hervas (ESP) just 1 point back in 3rd.  Alexander Studzinski is in 9th place after the two races on 9 points.

 FINA Grand Prix #2 - Sante Fe, ARG (57km)
1            Petar Stoychev             BUL           8:14:41.12
2            Andrea Volpini            ITA            8:14:43.45
3            Rodolfo Valenti           ITA            8:14:45.76

1            Cecilia Biagioli            ARG            8:15:27.31
2            Pilar Geijo                   ARG            8:34:26.33
3            Esther Nunez               ESP             8:41:01.75

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