A Royal Flush - The King And Queen Of The Sea

A Royal Flush – The King And Queen Of The Sea

On and off the shores of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim course for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a made-for-television relay race will be held on December 15th.

The King and Queen of the Sea concept is unusual and unique. In the elite race, a male and female team of professional athletes will each race three 500m loops in the ocean course. Each 2-person team can choose who they want to go first and who will be the anchor.

The Brazil (Yellow) team will include world championship medalists Samuel de Bona and Poliana Okimoto. The Brazil (Green) team will include world championship medalists Allan do Carmo and Ana Marcela Cunha. The American team will include world championship medalists Aaron Peirsol and Ashley Twichell. The Italian team will include world championship medalists Valerio Cleri and Rachele Bruni. The Canadian team will include professional marathon swimmers Xavier Deshamais and Zsofia Balazs. The Argentina team will include professional marathon swimmers Guillermo Bertola and Pilar Geijo. The Japanese team will include Olympian Yasunari Hirai and teammate Kaoru Yamanaka. The South African team will include Olympians Chad Ho and South African-born Keri-Anne Payne. An Australian team will be named later.

This is a whole lotta fast swimmers competing for cash and bragging rights on the Olympic course on a television special live program broadcast by TV Globo.

In addition to the elite professional heat of athletes, there are expected to be over 2,000 amateur athletes competing in the King and Queen of the Sea (Desafio Rei e Rainha do Mar in Portuguese) races.

The Desafio Rei e Rainha do Mar includes a 2 km swim, a 4 km swim, a beach run, a SUP race and a beach biathlon with a live band on the beach and thousands of spectators captured by 8 television cameras (2 in the water, 1 underwater, 1 in a helicopter, 1 on a crane, 1 on a television tower and 2 handheld cameras).

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