Alisa Fatum, The Woman To Watch In The Ice
Alisa Fatum, The Woman To Watch In The IcePhoto courtesy of Martin Tschepe, Veitsbronn, Bavaria, Germany.
With the 6th Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open & IISA® World Cup coming up on January 4th-6th 2020 in Veitsbronn, Germany, eyes will be on Alisa Fatum who was on a tear during 2019.
At the January 2019 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open in 1.40°C water, Fatum won the 50m butterfly in 32:76, 50m freestyle in 29:68, 200m freestyle in 2:20:00, and the 500m freestyle in 6:19:40 in 1.40°C water and 2.0°C air temperatures.
The 24-year-old from Germany topped off her performance with a women’s world record in 12:48:60 in the Ice Kilometer at the German Open.
The next month in 2.80°C water and -9.00°C air temperatures in Hermsdorf, Germany, she swam a quick 13:21:1 in the Ice Kilometer in the Zollhaus Open.
In March, she headed north to Murmansk to compete in the IISA 3rd World Championship where she won the 500m freestyle in 6:27:58 in 0.00°C water and -6.3°C air temperatures along with a victory in the Ice Kilometer in 13:02:39 and finishing second in the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle.
Her Ice Kilometer at the IISA 3rd World Championship was especially impressive.
At the International Ice Swimming Association III World Championships in Murmansk, Petar Stoychev handily won the Ice Kilometer in 12:10:81, followed by Fergil Hesterman in 12:42:89, Vladislav Sapozhnikov in 12:48:84, Christof Wandratsch in 12:54:46, and Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu in 13:02:04.
The next fastest swimmer was Fatum in 13:02:39. In other words, the 24-year-old would have placed 6th overall if men and women were swimming together.
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