30,000 Reasons for the 2022 FINA Marathon Swim World Series

30,000 Reasons for the 2022 FINA Marathon Swim World Series

Each FINA Marathon Swim World Series race will have a US$30,000 prize purse: US$15,000 for the women and US$15,000 for the men.

Compared to years past, the professional marathon swimming circuit has shrunk, but the races that remain are in four iconic locations: 2 in salt water and 2 in freshwater:

  • Leg 1: Setubal, Portugal on May 28th-29th
  • Leg 2: Paris, France on July 9th-10th
  • Leg 3: Lac Mégantic, Québec, Canada on August 26th-28th
  • Leg 4: Eilat, Israel on December 4th-7th

Setúbal Bay, 40 km south from Lisbon, Portugal, has been site of the 2012, 2016 and 2021 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualification races – where many Olympic dreams have come true.

The Pont d’Iéna will be the start of Leg 2 and the site of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2024 Paris Olympics (Games of the XXXIII Olympiad). The bridge is located on the Seine River, linking the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank to the district of Trocadéro on the Right Bank.

Leg 3 is a point-to-point 10 km course in Lac-Mégantic, a freshwater lake in Estrie, Québec, Canada.

The final leg is in the Gulf of Eilat on the northern tip of the Red Sea in Israel.

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FINA explains the point system, “Competitors earn points throughout the year towards the overall World Series title, with 800 points awarded to first place at an event and descending through by place thereafter. Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil and Oceane Cassignol of France tied for the title last year while Kristóf Rasovszky was the men’s champion.”

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The 19th FINA World Championships will be held in Budapest, Hungary where the open water swims will be staged at the end of June:

  • June 26th: 6 km team relay world championship
  • June 27th: men’s and women’s 5 km world championship
  • June 29th: women’s and men’s 10 km world championship
  • June 30th: men’s and women’s 25 km world championship

The FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships will be staged in Seychelles between September 1st – 4th.

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Steven Munatones