Copacabana Ain’t No Rowing Basin Or Manmade Lake

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In the first Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing’s manmade Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in 2008 and in London’s manmade Serpentine, the races for gold, silver and bronze were fantastically exciting.

Mother Nature’s waves, currents, tides and marine life were essentially written out of the equation in the marathon races in Beijing and London.

But that will not be the case in Copacabana Beach at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where Mother Nature can be a raw and dynamic as can be expected in an ocean-facing shoreline.

In the Aquece Rio – Maratona Aquática test event last week, the athletes received good exposure to what Copacabana can offer in next year’s Olympics. There was a giant X factor – unknown, dynamic, unpredictable conditions – and there will be more of the same next year in 2016.

Men’s results:
1. Allan Do Carmo (BRA) 2:03:53.9
2. Yasunari Hirai (JPN) 2:03:54.4
3. Richard Weinberger (CAN) 2:03:57.7
4. Simone Ruffini (ITA) 2:04:19.5
5. Christopher Bryan (IRE) 2:07:35.6
6. Ferry Weertman (NED) 2:12:09.7
7. Jack Burnell (GBR) 2:12:22.0
8. Xavier Desharnais (CAN) 
9. Jan Kutnik (CZE) 2:27:21.4
DNF Diogo Villarinho (BRA)
DNF Daniel Szekelyi (HUN)
DNF Rodrigo Lopes (BRA)
DNF Matheus Costa (BRA)
DNF David Oliveira (BRA)
DNF Matheus Brito (BRA)
DNF Elder Oliveira (BRA)
DNF Marcos Campos (BRA)
DNF Federico Vanelli (ITA)
DNF Bernardo Almeida (BRA)
DNF Bruno Rodrigues (BRA)
DNF Matheus M Hirota (BRA)
DNF Bruno Rodrigues (BRA)
DNF Mike Painter (BRA)
DNF Juan Silveira (BRA)
DNF Daniel Costa Cunha (BRA)

Women’s results are here.

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