Ana Marcela Cunha Takes First Leg Of FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series

Ana Marcela Cunha Takes First Leg Of FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series

Courtesy of FINA, Doha, Qatar.

99 swimmers from 27 countries hit Katara Beach in Doha, Qatar and were ready to race at the first leg of the FINA/CSSG Marathon Swim World Series. It was a savvy veteran who came out on top.

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won her 25th gold medal in the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series today under windy condition with a lot of surface wave turbulence. Cunha’s 51st career Marathon Swim World Series medal added to her 11 FINA World Championship medals, 3 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series, and 1 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship medal over the course of her illustrious career.

But her victory was tight. Cunha had a near perfect finish. Coming into the elevated finish pad at full speed, she raised her arm up at the optimal angle and hit the finish flawlessly, out-touching second-place Oceane Cassignol of France by 0.5 seconds. Lea Boy of Germany was third overall, following Cassignol by only a tenth of a second. Cunha and Cassignol went stroke-for-stroke for much of the contest.

The race was so close that Aurélie Muller of France placed 25th overall, only 25 seconds behind Ana Marcela Cunha. The close finish is most likely a precursor to the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Tokyo Bay at the Tokyo Olympics.

FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series Results:

  1. Ana Marcela Cunha (28, Brazil) 2:01:30.30
  2. Oceane Cassignol (20, France) 2:01:30.80
  3. Lea Boy (21, Germany) 2:01:31.90
  4. Leonie Beck (23, Germany) 2:01:32.80
  5. Rachele Bruni(30, Italy) 2:01:33.20
  6. Arianna Bridi (25, Italy) 2:01:34.40
  7. Samantha Arevalo (26, Ecuador) 2:01:34.90
  8. Giulia Gabbrielleschi (24, Italy) 2:01:35.10
  9. Reka Rohacs (20, Hungary) 2:01:36.20
  10. Barbara Pozzobon (27, Italy) 2:01:36.60
  11. Maria de Valdes (22, Spain) 2:01:37.30
  12. Alice Dearing (23, Great Britain) 2:01:37.70
  13. Paula Ruiz Bravo (22, Spain) 2:01:38.80
  14. Onon Katalin Somenek (23, Hungary) 2:01:40.00
  15. Mira Szimcsak (17, Hungary) 2:01:41.00
  16. Angelica Andre (26, Portugal) 2:01:42.00
  17. Isabella Sinisi (26, Italy) 2:01:43.20
  18. Lara Grangeon de Villele (29, France) 2:01:43.50
  19. Lisa Pou (21, France) 2:01:43.90
  20. Krystyna Panchishko (22, Ukraine) 2:01:44.40
  21. Anna Olasz (27, Hungary) 2:01:44.70
  22. Madelon Catteau (17, France) 2:01:47.30
  23. Alena Benesova (22, Czech Republic) 2:01:49.50
  24. Spela Perse (24, Slovenia) 2:01:54.40
  25. Aurelie Muller (30, France) 2:01:56.20
  26. Marie Kuntzmann (21, France) 2:01:57.40
  27. Mafalda Rosa (17, Portugal) 2:01:59.10
  28. Caroline Laure Jouisse (26, France) 2:02:01.50
  29. Danielle Huskisson (27, Great Britain) 2:02:01.60
  30. Eleonora Brotto (22, Italy) 2:02:27.70
  31. Luca Vas (21, Hungary) 2:02:32.20
  32. Maria Bramont-Arias (21, Peru) 2:02:54.50
  33. Romina Soledad Inwinkelreid (26, Argentina) 2:12:32.40
  34. Mariya Fedotova (21, Kazakhstan) 2:19:16.50
  35. Milana Boldyreva (18, Kazakhstan) 2:27:03.00
  36. DSQ Inana Soleman (16, Syria)

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