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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Open water swimmers take the plunge in Japan

Federations News

The Oiso Long Beach 10km Open Water Swimming Championships were held in a lazy river (i.e. artificially created water current) at the Oiso Prince Hotel in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, on July 4, 2010. Swimmers had to complete a rectangular 500-meter long closed-circuit loop twenty times, counter-clockwise and without turns (two length sides being 250-meter long and two width sides 10-meter long each).

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