FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships


Roberval 2010, Day 4: Alex Meyer (USA) and Linsy Heister (NED) capture 25K titles

ALEX MEYER (USA) chased Valerio CLERI (ITA) down in the sprint and got to the touch pad 1.1 seconds ahead of his rival in an exciting sprint to the Men's 25K event. This was MEYER's first medal in a FINA event. Petar STOYCHEV (BUL) earned his second ever bronze medal in a FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.  

In the women's edition, Linsy HEISTER's (NED) lead over her competitors grew after each loop she completed. Her winning time of 5:52:13.0 was 3 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of Margarita DOMINGUEZ CABEZAS (ESP). Celia BARROT (FRA) finished in third place. HEISTER placed 6th in the 2009 FINA World Championships on Ostia Beach last summer. The two 25K events held today were the final events of the 6th edition of the FINA World Championships held on the shores of Lac St-Jean in Roberval, Canada.

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Roberval 2010, Day 3 (M): Thomas Lurz (GER) captures 6th consecutive gold medal in 5K event

Thomas LURZ (GER) collected a yellow card in today's FINA Men's 5K race and worried that might be the end of his consecutive championship streak in the 5K event. LURZ (GER) earned the warning for running into one of his competitors in the first of two laps in the spectacular venue on the shores of Lac-St-Jean in Roberval, Canada. It wasn't a deal breaker for LURZ. Since winning the 5K event in Montreal at the 2005 FINA World Championships no other swimmer has beaten him at this distance. His first place finish today in a time of 57:42.6 confirms that he is the most successful male open water swimmer, with nine FINA gold medals in his collection. The accomplished German swimmer also has collected two each of silver and bronze medals at FINA World Championship events. But the most important medal is the Olympic bronze medal he earned at the 10K competition from Beijing in 2008.

Today's 20 degree water temperature of Lac-St-Jean was favorable to the German, and was vastly different to the challenge presented by the 16 degree cold water that affected his 10K race on Sunday. LURZ had previously won the 10K event at the 2004 and 2006 world championships but on Sunday could only manage a 6th place. LURZ won both the 5K and the 10K events on Ostia Beach last summer during the 2009 FINA World Championships.

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Roberval 2010, Day 3 (W): Eva Fabian (USA) wins first gold medal in 5K for Americans since 1998

Eva Fabian (USA)Eva FABIAN (USA) was first among the 32 athletes who entered the 19.9 degree waters of Lac-St-Jean this morning following the American's strategy to take it out strong and to finish even faster. FABIAN led the field from the start of the race but ironically she and the silver medalist Georgia CONSIGLIO (ITA) were out faster in the first 2.5K in Saturday's 10K race than they were today in the event that was half of the distance. FABIAN's (USA) margin of victory was .10 of a second covering the two loops in 1:02.01.0.

This is the first gold medal for an American swimmer in the 5K since Erica ROSE (USA) won this event at the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth. In that same championship another American Tobie SMITH (USA) collected a gold medal in the 25K event but the American drought of 12 years ended today with a gold medal in the 5K event.

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Roberval 2010, Day 2: Valerio Cleri (ITA) wins 10K mens' event; third medal for Italy

Valerio CLERI (ITA) won the FINA Men's 10K event today, becoming the third Italian swimmer to medal this weekend in Roberval, CANADA in a time of 2:00.59.3. His breakaway sprint to the touch pad was noted by several of his competitors who said that it wasn't possible to catch up with him on the path to the finish line.

CLERI had earned a silver medal in the 2006 edition of the FINA Open Water World Championships when the event was held in the Italian city of Naples. Last summer the Italian placed 4th in the 10K held on Ostia beach as part of the 2009 FINA World Championships held in Rome.

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Roberval 2010, Day 1: Italy's Martina Grimaldi wins 10K event; silver medal goes to teammate Giorgia Consiglio

The morning of the first race, the women's 10K, opened with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze on the placid surface on Lac-St-Jean defying the predicted rain and thunderstorm forecast for Saturday, July 17th.

The 24C degree water was churned up only by the 38 athletes who dove from the bright blue pontoon starting dock into the competition course for the FINA Open Water World Championships in Roberval. The spectacular venue on the shores of lake St-Jean belongs to the Traversee International du Lac-St-Jean Organisation.

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Thousands of Canadians at the Opening Ceremony of the FINA World OWS Championships

The city of Roberval turned out to show its support and appreciation of 132 athletes from 28 nations who are competing in the 6th edition of the FINA Open Water World Championships to be held starting Saturday, July 17th in beautiful Lac-St.Jean. Remarks by Canadian dignitaries and an official welcome by FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione were followed by a tribute to the heritage and the culture of Canada's original settlers.

The lively celebration included a fantastic display of fireworks and a concert on the eve of women's 10K swim. Saturday at 11:30am 37 women will enter Lac-St.-Jean to compete in the same distance that was first contested as an Olympic event in Beijing. The men's 10K competition will also include 37 athletes and will be contested on Sunday at 11:30 am.

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2010 edition brings the best in Roberval

The city of Roberval (Québec, CAN) will welcome from July 17-22, 2010 the 6th edition of the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, with events of 5km, 10km and 25km, for both men and women. Roberval and its Lac St-Jean have a great tradition in this discipline hosting annual races included in the FINA series of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup and Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.

After Honolulu (USA) 2000, Sharm El Sheikh (EGY) 2002, Dubai (UAE) 2004, Naples (ITA) 2006 and Seville (ESP) 2008, this sixth edition will mark the end of these championships as such. The inclusion of the discipline (10km event, for men and women) in the Olympic programme and the FINA desire to enhance the development in the junior age group led to the creation of a FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, starting in 2012. The “open” competition will from now be limited to the Olympic Games and FINA World Championships (with the remaining aquatic disciplines).

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