MSWC 2013: Reichert (GER) and Cunha (BRA) in top shape in Eilat (ISR)
65 swimmers plunged into the crystal waters of Eilat for the third stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013. The city of Eilat hosted this Olympic swimming event for the second year in a row. 16 countries participated in this competition while enjoying the ideal conditions of 28 degrees Celsius with a water temperature of 21 degrees.
A surprising victory was set by Christian Reichert who beat his fellow rival from the German team, World champion Thomas Lurz: "I didn't feel threatened by anyone and I didn't look back. I was focused on winning every meter of this race."
Reichert finished clocked 1h53m29s50, Thomas Lurz in 1h53m34s05 and the third place was U.S. swimmer Alexander Meyer with the result of 1h53m38s00.
Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha won the women's race in 2h02m53s15, second was Harle Isabelle Franziska of Germany with a time of 2h02m53s40, and third position was Italian World champion Martina Grimaldi with the tight result of 2h02m55s40. The winners were determined within fractions of seconds.
photo credit: Gilad Kavalerchik