Capri-Napoli: The Tradition Continues With Axel Reymond and Caroline Jouisse As The Race Favorites

Capri-Napoli: The Tradition Continues With Axel Reymond and Caroline Jouisse As The Race Favorites

The second longest running* professional marathon swimming race will be held this Sunday as the second leg of the 2021 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series. The 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli will be the 56th edition of the famed race from the Isle of Capri to the mainland of Napoli in Italy. For more information, visit here and the FINA website.

Axel Reymond of France is the race favorite, but he will be pushed by his usual rivals: Edoardo Stochino, Damian Blaum, Evgenij Pop Acev, and Marcel Schouten. On the women’s side, Reymond’s French teammate Caroline Jouisse of France is the pre-race favorite and could win her first career victory on the FINA pro series.

Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli Psych Sheet (Male + Female)

1. Damian Blaum (Argentina)
2. Franco Ivo Cassini (Argentina)
3. Matias Diaz Hernandez (Argentina)
4. Rita Vanesa Garcia (Argentina)
5. Pilar Geijo (Argentina)
6. Romina Soledad Imwinkelried (Argentina)
7. Daira Marin (Argentina)
8. Nora Naessens (Belgium)
9. Matheus Emerim Evangelista (Brazil)
10. Morgane Dornic (France)
11. Caroline Laure Jouisse (France)
12. Matthieu Magne (France)
13. Lisa Pou (France)
14. Axel Reymond (France)
15. Riccardo Chiarcos (Italy)
16. Lara Gherardini (Italy)
17. Francesco Ghettini (Italy)
18. Marco Inglima (Italy)
19. Alessio Occhipinti (Italy)
20. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy)
21. Simone Ruffini (Italy)
22. Edoardo Stochino (Italy)
23. Rebecca Talanti (Italy)

24. Aleksandar Ilievski (Macedonia)
25. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia)
26. Lars Bottelier (Netherlands)
27. Marcel Schouten (Netherlands)
28. Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (USA)

Pre-race gathering of the female professional marathon swimmers. Photo by Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (far left)

For more information on the September 17th championship event, visit here.

Italy’s Arianna Bridi closely won the 2020 race in record time over Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil. Photo courtesy of Swim4Life Magazine.

While Sunday’s race from Capri to Napoli is expected to be close, it will not rival the totally unexpected and unprecedented race of 2020. A year ago, Arianna Bridi of Italy and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil went 1-2 overall, finishing only one second apart in the 36 km race. It was the first time in professional marathon swimming where the top two women finished before all the professional male swimmers. Not only did the two women finish ahead of all the men, but they also both broke the overall men’s record of 6 hours 11 minutes 27 seconds that was set by Vitalij Khudyakov in 2014 and the women’s course record held by Cunha in 6 hours 24 minutes 47 seconds also set in 2014.

Marcel Schouten of the Netherlands won the men’s race in 6 hours 5 minutes 7 seconds, setting new men’s record and barely outsprinting Matteo Furlan, Alessio Occhipinti, and Francesco Ghettini.

55th Edition Results:
1. Arianna Bridi 6 hours 4 minutes 26 seconds – new women’s and new overall record
2. Ana Marcela Cunha 6 hours 4 minutes 27 seconds
3. Marcel Schouten 6 hours 5 minutes 7 seconds – new men’s record
4. Matteo Furlan 6 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds
5. Alessio Occhipinti 6 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds
6. Francesco Ghettini 6 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds
7. Allan do Carmo 6 hours 6 minutes 55 seconds
8. Edoardo Stochino 6 hours 31 minutes 6 seconds
9. Evgenij Pop Acev 6 hours 32 minutes 40 seconds
10. Caroline Jouisse 6 hours 45 minutes
11. Barbara Pozzobon 6 hours 48 minutes 4 seconds
12. Lara Gherardini 7 hours 48 minutes 39 seconds

* The longest running professional marathon swimming race is the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean which is in its 67th edition.

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Steven Munatones