Evgeny Drattsev On A Comeback

Evgeny Drattsev On A Comeback

Courtesy of Marina Drattseva, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Russian Evgeny Drattsev is working hard to return to the Olympics.

After placing fifth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10 km swim, he missed qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

Disappointed, but he did not give up the sport. He kept plugging away and qualified today at the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Abu Dhabi to represent Russia at the 2016 Olympic qualifier in Setubal, Portugal.

For a handful of swimmers from around the world, the World Cup race in Abu Dhabi was a race-within-a-race.

Drattsev won his mano-a-mano competition among his Russian opponents as he came in fourth overall. Teammate Kirill Abrosimov, won finished 11th overall, captured the second Russian position and will accompany Drattsev in Setúbal Bay.

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Steven Munatones