Mexico confirms participation at 6th FINA World OWS Championships
Six Mexican open water swimmers will compete at the World Championships to take place in Roberval, Canada,on July 15-23, 2010. The "Aztec" team was defined at the end of the 10km marathon from the National Olympiad, held in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. It was a tough race that was held in the choppy waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The Mexicans selected are the following: in the men's field, Rodrigo Elorza and Ivan Lopez will compete in the 10km event and Manuel Chiu in the 5km event. As for the women, Alejandra González and Zaira Cárdenas will take part in the 10km race and Odette Saldivar in the 5km.
2010 National Olympiad winner Luis Escobar, who took part in the Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in addition to his experience in several FINA World Cups and Grand Prix, will give priority this year to the Central American and Caribbean Games in July in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (where he has a ticket in the 800m and 1500m freestyle events) and will therefore not attend the World Championships.
Despite the cloudy skies in Puerto Vallarta and the heavy swell that prevailed during the competition,the participants made a double effort to inject their strokes. The most experienced ones ruled the waters of the Pacific and earned their place in the Mexican selections A and B for the World Championships in Roberval this summer.
In the men's field, Luis Escobar showed his "fang" and touched first, both in the pool and open water events. Halfway through the competition, Escobar was launched to lead the contingent to cross the finish line in 2h11m23s. He was followed by Rodrigo Elorza, who this year has shown his talent in the discipline. He timed 2h11m30s. Ivan Lopez and Manuel Chiu, two of the most experienced swimmers at FINA World Cups, Grand Prix and World Championships, took the third and fourth positions in 2h13m06s and 2h13m56s respectively.
In the women's field, Alejandra Gonzalez finished first in 2h20m01s, ahead of Zaira Cárdenas, who timed 2h20m05s, while Odette Saldivar arrived in third position with a time of 2h20m44s.
Reflecting on his victory in Puerto Vallarta, Luis Escobar, who will end his career in civil engineering at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi at the end of the year, said: "In the 10km, I saved energy for the end; for the last two laps. That was my strategy here; I knew I could manage well and then make more effort." He added: "In this country I had to win, to ratify my place in the national team and that's a great motivation to keep working at or better".
For her part, Alejandra Gonzalez (student to the Tec of Monterrey) said: "I am happy with my selection and that we're going to global competition." She said her goal in Roberval is to "rank among the 16 best in the world". Gaining experience is a valuable asset; especially in "a discipline where you think about strategies."
The National Olympiad competition will welcome 16 open water male swimmers and 18 women coming from the states of Querétaro, Jalisco, Baja California, Nuevo Leon, Quintana Roo, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Chiapas , San Luis Potosí, Estado de Mexico, Guanajuato, Puebla, etc.