Another Brazilian Winner In The FINA World Cup Series?

Another Brazilian Winner In The FINA World Cup Series?

Halfway through the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup season with races in Santos (Brazil), Viedma (Argentina), Setubal (Portugal), Lac St-Jean (Canada) completed and four more races to go in Shantou (China), Hong Kong, Cancun (Mexico) and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil is leading in the point rankings.

Can the young Brazilian hang on and become the second Brazilian in two years (after Poliana Okimoto in 2009) to win the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup?

With a 22-point lead over Angela Maurer of Germany, it looks like she may be able to hang on if she stays healthy and travels to the remaining four competitions.

The current rankings are as follows:

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 68 points
2. Angela Maurer (GER) 46
3. Linsy Heister (NED), Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 38
5. Karla Sitic (CRO) 36
6. Eva Fabian (USA) 34
7. Christine Jennings (USA) 22
8. Alice Franco (ITA), Inha Kotsur (AZE), Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 16
11. Larisa Ilchenko (RUS), Emily Hanson (USA) 14
13. Annika Traxel (GER) 13
14. Poliana Okimoto (BRA) 12
15. Zaira Edith Cardenas Hernandez (MEX), Jana Pechanova (CZE) 10
17. Andreina Pinto (VEN), Anna Guseva (RUS), Alejandra Gonzales Lara (MEX), Odette Saldivar Massimi (MEX) 8
21. Anastasia Zhidkova (AZE), Manon Lammens (BEL), Heidi George (USA), Bonnie MacDonald (AUS) 6
25. Maaike Waaijer (NED) 5
26. Kseniya Popova (RUS), Nadine Reichert (GER), Gina Mohr (GER), Antonella Bogarin (ARG), Nika Kozamernik (SLO), Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 4
32. Marta Recio (ESP), Beatrice Pineau (CAN), Rachele Bruni (ITA), Anna Uvarova (RUS), Ophelie Aspord (FRA), Chloe Sutton (USA), Maria Bulakhova (RUS), Swann Oberson (SUI), Ekaterina Zhdanova (RUS), Celia Barrot (FRA), Micha Burden Shaw (USA), Sofia Petrenko (RUS), Alexandra Sokolova (RUS), Anastasia Krapivina (RUS), Angelina Borodina (RUS), Ekaterina Lagunova (RUS), Yulia Safina (RUS), Ekaterina Firstova (RUS), Elizzaveta Gorshkova (RUS), Lara Anido Rodriguez (ARG), Fabiana Lamberti (ITA)< Daniela Pinto (POR), Alannah Jury (NZL), Giulia De Fusco (ITA), Marta Saraiva (POR), Lara Pinheiro (POR), Soraia Ribeiro (POR), Esther Nunez Morera (ESP)

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