PR14 - Another win for Kamrau-Corestein (GER) and big victory for Dmitriev (ISR)

2009

The third race (15km in length) of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2009 on February 14 in Viedma (ARG) brought another victory for Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER), who now has 3 medals in 3 races after winning silver in Santa Fe (ARG) on February 1 and gold in Rosario (ARG) on February 7. Among men the young Israeli Michael Dmitriev (born 1986) was the winner; the result surely an early-season confidence-booster for him, especially after he didn’t finish the Rosario race.

The medallists:

Men
1. Michael Dmitriev (ISR) 2:45.12
2. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 2:45.14
3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 2:45.37
Women
1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 2:57.22
2. Anna Uvarova (RUS) 2:58.48
3. Esther Nunez (ESP) 3:01.54

Silver for Uvarova is her second 2009 Grand Prix medal of this colour, after she finished second in Rosario. Likewise, Nunez now has a second bronze, after taking third in Santa Fe. Among men, Studzinski has climbed the podium twice now after winning in Rosario, while Blaum has medalled in every race so far (silver in Santa Fe and bronze in Rosario).

The event took place on the Rio (River) Negro in the Argentinean province of the same name, where Viedma is the capital. Thirty-one swimmers (13 women, 18 men) from 9 nations entered in the race, which was described as very difficult given the natural conditions of the river, including fluctuating currents. There was one in-water start to a course defined by six 2.5km laps of a rectangular circuit.

The race unfolded with competitors swimming in two main groups, changing leaders throughout. After the last turn, there were pronounced changes in the positions, with the three men’s medallists breaking away for the win, and Kamrau-Corestein becoming the lead women. The Grand Prix now goes to Sumidero Canyon (MEX) for the next race on April 18, 2009.

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