FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Male Leaders

FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Male Leaders

After races in Argentina (Rosario, Santa Fe and Hernandarias-Parana), Mexico (Sumidero Canyon), Italy (Capri-Napoli), Canada (Lac St-Jean and Lac Memphremagog), Serbia (Sabac) and Macedonia (Ohrid Lake) with one race to go in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), Petar Stoychev is well-positioned to continue his remarkable lock on yet another FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix title.

Over the past decade, his reign over the professional marathon swimming world has been unprecedented.

For years, Petar has demonstrated his dominance in longest marathon swimming circuit in the world – 341K (212 miles) total with races of 15K (Rosario), 57K (Santa Fe), 88K (Hernandarias-Parana), 15K (Sumidero Canyon), 36K (Capri-Napoli), 32K (Lac St-Jean), 34K (Lac Memphrmagog), 19K (Sabac), 30K (Ohrid Lake) and 15K (Abu Dhabi). Petar and his fellow competitors race in water that ranges from 16°C (60.8°F) to 28°C (82.4°F) in venues that can be glassy flat or turgidly turbulent.

With one race in Abu Dhabi to go, the top 10 point leaders are as follows:

1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 107 points
2. Damien Blaum (ARG) 95
3. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) 61
4. Andrea Volpini (ITA) 52
4. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 52
6. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 51
7. Simon Tobin (CAN) 40
8. Rok Kerin (SLO) 25
9. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 20
10. Mattia Alberico (ITA) 17

In the first nine races, 61 men from 21 countries – Macedonia, Greece, Canada, Italy, Syria, Argentina, Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, Germany, France, Russia, France, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, USA, Australia – represent an excellent global representation of the sport.

In total, there have been 105 athletes (male and female) from 31 countries competing in the 2010 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones