Alex Meyer Goes Left, Then Right, Then Left To Win A World Championships

Alex Meyer Goes Left, Then Right, Then Left To Win A World Championships

Video courtesy of FINA and WOWSA.

The 6th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships was being held between July 15th – 23rd 2010 in lac Saint-Jean near Roberval, Québec, Canada.

The competition had great swimmers, a great atmosphere, a great venue, great swimmers, officiating controversies, and a great finish in the men’s 25 km marathon swim between Alex Meyer and Valerio Cleri.

Etienne Couture captured the final sprint from the official’s boat. The two men zig-zagged over the course. Steven Munatones recalled the event and the final race on today’s WOWSA Live. “I was on the finish pontoon as a FINA official and swam the two men swim all over the course. Meyer swam without a swim cap on and Cleri wore a white swim cap with Petar Stoychev coming in third.”

The first race of the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships was the women’s 10 km. The top 10 swimmers included:

1. Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 2:05:45.2
2. Giorgia Consiglio (Italy) 2:05:57.4
3. Melissa Gorman (Australia) 2:05:57.9
4. Fang Yanqiao (China) 2:05:59.1
5. Angela Maurer (Germany) 2:05:59.2
6. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 2:05:59.7
7. Christine Jennings (USA) 2:06:01.1
8. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 2:06:01.4
9. Erika Villaecija (Spain) 2:06:01.5
10. Linsy Heister (Netherlands) 2:06:04.6
DQ Eva Fabian (USA)
DQ Poliana Okimoto (Brazil)
DQ Aurélie Muller (France)
DQ Marianna Lymperta (Greece)

The second race of the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships was the men’s 5 km. The top 10 swimmers included:

1. Thomas Lurz (Germany) 57:42.6
2. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 57:44.1
3. Fran Crippen (USA) 57:46.5
4. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 57:48.4
5. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 57:49.3
6. Rhys Mainstone (Australia) 57:51.6
7. Chad Ho (South Africa) 57:57.7
8. Luca Ferretti (Italy) 57:59.1
9. Jan Posmourny (Czech Republic) 58:00.1
10. Simone Ruffini (Italy) 58:00.4

The third race of the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships was the men’s 10 km. The top 10 swimmers included:

1. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 2:00:59.3
2. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 2:01:00.6
3. Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) 2:01:03.0
4. Fran Crippen (USA) 2:01:05.0
5. Luca Ferretti (Italy) 2:01:07.8
6. Thomas Lurz (Germany) 2:01:08.5
7. Chip Peterson (USA) 2:01:10.0
8. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 2:01:12.9
9. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 2:01:13.0
10. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 2:01:15.2

The next race of the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships was the women’s 5 km. The top 10 swimmers included:

1. Eva Fabian (USA) 1:02:00.99
2. Giorgia Consiglio (Italy) 1:02:01.09
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:02:02.69
4. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:02:02.79
5. Christine Jennings (USA) 1:02:02.79
6. Aurélie Muller (France) 1:02:04.49
7. Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 1:02:04.79
8. Teja Zupan (Slovenia) 1:02:06.39
9. Cara Baker (New Zealand) 1:02:07.29
10. Karla Šitić (Croatia) 1:02:07.59

The women’s and men’s 25 km races of the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships were held simultaneously. The men started 15 minutes before the women. The top 10 swimmers included:

Women’s 25 km top 10 Results:
1. Linsy Heister (Netherlands) 5:52:13.06
2. Margarita Dominguez Cabezas (Spain) 5:55:59.29
3. Celia Barrot (France) 5:57:02.87
4. Haley Anderson (USA) 6:00:15.23
5. Anna Uvarova (Russia) 6:00:21.89
6. Emily Hanson (USA) 6:03:15.75
7. Kseniya Popova (Russia) 6:06:25.02
8. Joannie Guillemette Simard (Canada) 6:23:05.36
9. Antonella Bogarin (Argentina) 6:41:51.11
OTL Ivana Šitić (Croatia)
OTL Lara Rodriguez Anido (Argentina)
DQ Martina Grimaldi (Italy)

Men’s 25 km top 10 Results:
1. Alex Meyer (USA) 5:32:39.38
2. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 5:32:40.40
3. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 5:33:50.29
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy) 5:35:08.46
5. Bertrand Venturi (France) 5:36:10.75
6. Simon Tobin (Canada) 5:37:09.74
7. Josef Kinderwater (USA) 5:37:32.67
8. Joanes Hedel (France) 5:37:48.38
9. Damián Blaum (Argentina) 5:39:27.33
10. Libor Smolka (Czech Republic) 5:39:31.30

Another video of the finish is courtesy of Canadian national team coach Mohamed Marouf who was in the stands at the finish of lac St-Jean:

Meyer is currently working with Mark Caron and Dave Cutler at WAVE Drowning Detection Systems, a new safety paradigm in the open water swimming community
Website: wavedds.com
Instagram: wavedrowningdetection
Twitter: wave_dds
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If anyone wants to talk about the WAVE Drowning Detection System, they can directly contact me at [email protected],” said Meyer. “We have been incorporating the WAVE System to open water swimming practices and events from California to Massachusetts.”

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