David Alleva Shares Admiration For Shelley Taylor-Smith On WOWSA Live

David Alleva Shares Admiration For Shelley Taylor-Smith On WOWSA Live

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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison interviewed fellow Hall of Famer David Alleva, PhD on today’s edition of WOWSA Live.

Dr. Alleva, a leading immunotherapeutics expert and researcher, took time out of his extremely busy schedule where he and his colleagues are working on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and antibody test at Akston Biosciences near Boston.

He developed one of the first antigen-specific immunotherapeutic clinical candidates for type 1 diabetes – and is now in a race with over 170 companies to help protect people around the world against the COVID-19 virus.

His six-year professional marathon swimming career that spanned 30 races started in 1988. He went straight from the pool to with a third-place finish at the 42 km Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog in Canada and continued on where he won the 36.2 km Atlantic City Around the Island Swim in New Jersey and the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy.

Along the way, he competed against many Hall of Famers including Paul Asmuth, Diego Degano, and Claudio Plit.

Dr. Alleva shared some very kind and respectful thoughts about Australia’s Shelley Taylor-Smith, renowned as one of the women in history who was capable of competing head-to-head against the world’s fastest men.

Below are a sampling of the races where Dr. Alleva competed against Taylor-Smith in the late 1980s and early 1990s:

1990 35th 36.2 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli:
1. David Alleva USA 6h 57’ 41”
2. Diego Degano Argentina 7h 05’ 59”
3. Paul Asmuth USA 7h 21’ 34”
4. Attila Molnar Hungary 7h 24’ 28”
5. Claudio Plit Argentina 7h 28’ 13”
6. Ahmad Hussein Syria 7h 28’ 32”
7. Bill Schmidt USA 7h 29’ 58”
8. Richard Kamas Czechoslovakia 7h 32’ 37”
9. Firas Muala Syria 7h 36’ 56”
10. Rosario Castellano Italy 7h 38’ 20”
11. Christof Wandratsch Germany 7h 38’ 22“
12. Michael Sanda Czechoslovakia 7h 41’ 44”
13. Shelley Taylor-Smith Australia 7h 44’ 11” 1st women
14. Max Metzker Australia 7h 46’ 04”
15. Mamhoud Nail Egypt 7h 47’ 12”
16. Julio Fernandez Argentina 7h 52’ 54”
17. Cristian Fredes Italy 7h 53’ 10”
18. Rick Heltzel Argentina 8h 03’ 25”
19. Mohamed Ali Yassen Egypt 8h 04’ 26”
20. Susy Maroney Australia 8h 12’ 08” 2nd women
21. Silvia Dalotto Argentina 8h 24’ 37” 3rd women
22. Anemie Landmeters Belgium 8h 28’ 43” 4th women
23. Diana Simonovic Yugoslavia 8h 30’ 48” 5th women
24. Rita Lazar Hungary 8h 41’ 09” 6th women
25. Irene Van Der Laan Netherland 8h 45’ 02” 7th women
26. Girella Szlavitsek Hungary 8h 46’ 56” 8th women
27. Waldir Arid Brazil 8h 55’ 58”
28. Michael Baranek Czechoslovakia 9h 02’ 49”
29. Mohamed El Meseery Egypt 9h 07’ 21”
30. Igor De Souza Brazil 9h 07’ 56”
31. Jolanda Palmentieri Italy 9h 14’ 05” 9th women
32. Alison Streeter England 9h 15’ 10”
33. Joze Tanko Yugoslavia 9h 40’ 55”
34. Khaida Muala Syria 9h 45’ 55” 10th women
35. Maria Luisa Cabanero Spain 9h 49’ 08” 11th women
36. Carole Hunt England 9h 49’ 43” 12th women
37. Zsolt Nemeth Hungary 9h 50’ 51”
38. Sarah Hunt England 9h 52’ 28” 13th women
39. Javquo Odemaere Netherland 10h 01’ 00”
40. Yuko Matsuzaki Japan 10h 02’ 49” 14th women
41. Derek Yack South Africa 10h 13’ 59”
42. Zaharinka Dineva Bulgaria 10h 46’ 31” 15th women
43. Philippe Mayer Switzerland 11h 09’ 48”
44 Nicki Farrugia Malta 11h 11’ 47”

1992 37th 36.2 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli:
1. Diego Degano Argentina 6h 38’ 35”
2. Christof Wandratsch Germany 6h 40’ 07”
3. Hans Van Goor Netherland 6h 40’ 57”
4. David O’ Brien Australia 6h 42’ 15”
5. Fernando Fleitas Argentina 6h 44’ 49”
6. David Alleva USA 6h 46’ 11”
7. Attila Molnar Hungary 6h 48’ 10”
8 Gustavo Oriozabala Argentina 6h 48’ 47”
9. Ahmad Hussein Syria 6h 56’ 47”
10. Paul Asmuth USA 6h 59’ 15”

1991 36th 36.2 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli:
1. David O’ Brien Australia 6h 48’ 55”
2. Sergio Chiarandini Italy 6h 53’ 33”
3. Diego Degano Argentina 6h 54’ 36”
4. Attila Molnar Hungary 6h 57’ 20”
5. Fernando Fleitas Argentina 7h 06’ 42”
6. David Alleva USA 7h 12’ 27”
7. Andreas Balwe Germany 7h 13’ 13”
8. Claudio Plit Argentina 7h 15’ 42”
9. Christof Wandratsch Germany 7h 16’ 31”
10. Gustavo Oriozabala Argentina 7h 16’ 39”
11. Shelley Taylor-Smith Australia 7h 19’ 21” 1st women
12. Dusan Toth Szabo Hungary 7h 20’ 23”
13. Dragan Kurgic Yugoslavia 7h 21’ 27”
14. Firas Muala Syria 7h 24’ 42”
15. Alexander Gaidukevitch URSS 7h 25’ 15”
16. James Kegley USA 7h 31’ 43”
17. Rosario Castellano Italy 7h 36’ 41”
18. Richard Kamas Czechoslovakia 7h 40’ 17”
19. Rita Kovacs Hungary 7h 43’ 41” 2nd women
20. Tammy Van Wisse Australia 7h 48’ 57” 3rd women
21. Peter Galvin Australia 7h 49’ 21”
22. Michael Sanda Czechoslovakia 7h 50’ 20”
23. Susy Maroney Australia 7h 50’ 47” 4th women
24. Mohamed Ali Yassen Egypt 7h 52’ 03”
25. Lenka Pakakova Czechoslovakia 8h 11’ 27” 5th women
26. Jana Slaba Czechoslovakia 8h 16’ 27” 6th women
27. Silvia Dalotto Argentina 8h 22’ 37” 7th women
28. Irene Van Der Laan Netherland 8h 33’ 13” 8th women
29. Anita Sood India 8h 36’ 15” 9th women
30. Diana Simonovic Yugoslavia 8h 41’ 04” 10th women
31. Gizella Szlavitsek Hungary 8h 44’ 01” 11th women
32. Christiane Fanzeres Brazil 8h 51’ 45” 12th women
33. Ayman Saad Egypt 9h 00’ 06”
34. Maria Luisa Cabanero Spain 9h 01’ 53” 13th women
35. Igor De Souza Brazil 9h 02’ 28”
36. Alison Streeter England 9h 37’ 22” 14th women
37. Khaida Muala Syria 9h 43’ 30” 15th women

1990 36th 40 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean:
1. Diego Degano, Argentina 9h18m07s
2. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australia 9h24m38s
3. David Alleva, USA 9h31m47s
4. Claudio Plit, Argentina 9h33m52s
5. Paul Asmuth, USA 10h01m31s
6. James Kegley, USA 10h07m40s
7. Mohamed El Messery, Canada 10h24m57s
8. Karen Ward, Canada 10h28m42s
9. Jean-François Roussy, Canada 10h31m36s
10. Marc Newman, UK 10h36m40s

1991 37th 40 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean:
1. Diego Degano, Argentina 10h05m35s
2. David Alleva, USA 10h19m12s
3. Claudio Plit, Argentina 10h33m43s
4. Jean-François Roussy, Canada 10h36m14s
5. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australia 10h40m10s
6. Paul Asmuth, USA 10h43m20s
7. Diego Fleitas, Argentina 10h52m21s
8. Annie Grandisson, Canada 10h59m24s
9. Irene van der Laan, Netherlands 11h50m11s
DNF Christof Wandratsch, Germany 1h42m
DNF Sergio Chiarandini, Italy 2h
DNF Karen Ward, Canada 3h20m
DNF Michal Sanda, Czechoslovakia 5h25m
DNF Gisèle Roy, Canada 5h45m
DNF Igor De Souza, Brazil 6h45m

1992 38th 40 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean:
1. Gustavo Oriozabala, Argentina 9h55m55s
2. Paul Asmuth, USA 10h12m43s
3. Claudio Plit, Argentina 10h16m04s
4. Jean-François Roussy, Canada 10h17m00s
5. Fernando Terrilli, Argentina 10h27m58s
6. David Alleva, USA 10h28m57s
7. Marc Newman, England 10h31m34s
8. Diego Fleitas, Argentina 10h55m22s
9. Annie Grandisson, Canada 11h11m26s
10. Igor De Souza, Brazil 11h42m35s
DNF Attila Molnar, Hungary 1h10m
DNF Rita Kovacs, Hungary 2h54m
DNF Lenka Pacakova, Czechoslovakia 3h55m
DNF David O’Brien, Australia 5h22m
DNF Michal Sanda, Czechoslovakia 6h17m
DNF Irena Tyfova, Czechoslovakia 6h45m

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