PR11 - Germany’s Kamrau and Studzinsky golden in Rosario (ARG)

2009

The second stage of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2009 finished yesterday (February 8, 2009) with victories for the renowned Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) among women, and for her compatriot Alexander Studzinski (GER) among men. The two finished the 15km course in times of 2h11:10 and 2h05:02 respectively. It was nevertheless a great race for the home favourites, whose swimmers took three of the medals on offer.

The Medallists:

Women

1. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER) 2h11:10
2. Anna Uvarova (RUS) 2h11:16
3. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2h13:07


Men

1. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 2h05:02
2. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG) 2h06:54
3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 2h06:56
3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) 2h06:56

For Kamrau-Corestein (born 1979) this win is another example of her enduring mastery over the sport. She has been an overall medallist in a major FINA international open water series eight times since 1999. She now has two 2009 Grand Prix medals in two races, having won silver in Santa Fe (ARG) on February 1. For Studzinsky (born 1983) - 4th over 25km at the 2005 FINA World Championships - victory in Rosario is a pleasant improvement over his performance in Santa Fe (ARG), where he did not finish the race. For Blaum, bronze was his second medal in as many races, after taking silver in Santa Fe.

The race course was a triangle circuit of the Parana River, on which the city is situated, with a starting point from La Florida Beach. Competitors swam down river about 2km into a 1.8km triangle circuit, which they had to complete six times. There was a total of US$10,000 in prize money available for the event, which doubled as the 15th Maraton Acuatico Internacional - Rosario. The next race of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2009 is in Viedma (ARG) on February 14.

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