Cancún Will Be A Great Pre-Olympic Preview

Cancún Will Be A Great Pre-Olympic Preview

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Mexican Swimming Federation is really pulling out all the stops in preparation for a fast FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup on April 24th and a competitive FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (15 km) on April 26th in Cancún.

Both races will be highly competitive – especially the 10 km Olympic preview – and will give the elite marathon swimming world an excellent barometer of where the top athletes stand heading into the last Olympic 10 km Marathon Swimming qualification race.

On the men’s side, the 9 current and former Olympians include Brian Ryckeman (Belgium), Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria), Ky Hurst (Australia), Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece), Allan do Carmo (Brazil), Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine), Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic), Igor Snitko (Ukraine) and Jose Hervas (Spain).

On the women’s side, the 7 current and former Olympians include Swann Oberson (Switzerland), Martina Grimaldi (Italy), Angela Maurer (Germany), Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), Olga Beresnyeva (Ukraine), Erika Villaecija (Spain) and Jana Pechanova (Czech Republic)

Other female swimmers entered include Leena Struzina (Canada), Jade Dusablon (Canada), Nadine Williams (Canada), Beatrice Pineau (Canada), Alona Berbasova of Ukraine, Waaijer Maaike (Netherlands), Nadine Reichert (Germany), Ines Hahn (Germany), Gabriela Rocha (Brazil), Nataly Caldas Calle (Ecuador), Margarita Dominguez (Spain), Cindy Toscano (Guatemala) and Silvie Rybarova (Czech Republic).

Among the men, Philippe Guertin (Canada), Rooney Tyra (Canada), Dussoma Mellouli (Tunisia), Michael Dmitriev (Israel), Stefan Sigrist (Switzerland), Davy Billiau (Belgium), Chris Bryan (Ireland), Matthais Schweinzer (Austria), Nicola Bolzonello (Italy), Victor Simoes (Brazil), Rodrigo Correa (Brazil), Mariana De Souza (Brazil), Santiago Enderica (Ecuador), Ivan Enderica Ochoa (Ecuador), Diego Galarraga Carrillo (Ecuador), Luciano Martin Sales Rubio (Argentina), Kevin Vasquez (Guatemala), Libor Smolka (Czech Republic) and Jan Posmourny (Czech Republic) are expected to be flying fast around the compact 1.25 km loop course in the beautifully clear waters of Cancún.

Photo shows the entrance to the Caribbean Sea venue where the flags of the nations of the swimmers are posted.

Copyright © 2012 by World Open Water Swimming Association
Steven Munatones