FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix
Since 2008, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, an annual circuit, attracts the international open water swimming elite in challenging races that range from 10km to 88km.
FULL CALENDAR 2015
|February 8||Villa Urquiza-Paraná (ARG)|
|April 25||Cozumel (MEX)|
|July 25||Lac St-Jean (CAN)|
|August 29||Ohrid Lake (MKD)|
|September 6||Capri-Napoli (ITA)|
Grand Prix 2014: Maurer (GER) and Ferry (NED) in top shape in Cancun
Veteran swimmer Angela Maurer (GER) and fresh face Weertman Ferry (NED) topped the podium at the third stop of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2014, on March 29 in Cancun (MEX).
A total 36 swimmers, 14 women and 22 men from 16 countries took part in the 15km race. In the crystal-clear waters, powerful Angela Maurer touched first in 3h25m26s, closely followed by Anna Olasz from Hungary (3h25m27s).
Italy's Martina Grimaldi and Simone Ruffini win Grand Prix race in Cozumel
Under the sun of the Mexican Caribbean, Italy clearly dominated the operations, winning four medals out of the six on offer in the pristine waters of the Cozumel island, which hosted the Mexican leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix for the first time on April 20.
A week after winning the 10km World Cup race in the same waters, Grimaldi took out the women's Grand Prix race, touching home in 3h21m44s2. The Olympic bronze medallist was closely followed by Angela Maurer (GER), who took second in a time of 3h21m47s9 while compatriot Rachele Bruni claimed the bronze in 3h21m55s2.
Lurz (GER) sets the pace in Cancun races
German open water swimming icon Thomas Lurz triumphed in two races in Cancun (MEX), the fourth leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup and third stop of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, taking place on April 24 and 26, respectively. Brazilian World champion (25km) Ana Marcela Cunha was the best among women in the first race while Jana Pechavona from Czech Republic took out the second.
Lurz powered home to win in 1h57m16s51 in the 10km race, closely followed by current World champion Spyridon Gianniotis from Greece, who finished in 1h57m16s55. Only a photo finish decided which one of them was the winner. Lurz was declared winner by a judges' decision. The Greek was victorious in the first three stages of the Series. Lurz' best result before Cancun was a second place in Eilat (ISR). Claiming third spot was Italy's Nicola Bolzonello, who clocked 1h57m16s56.