FINA Pro Marathon Swimming Changes Announced

FINA Pro Marathon Swimming Changes Announced

FINA announced some major changes to its 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup 2011 calendar in order to allow its Task Force to complete its investigation of the causes and circumstances of the tragic loss of Fran Crippen and to allow the the FINA Bureau and Technical Open Water Swimming Committee to consider its findings.

As a result, the fast-approaching FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series was rescheduled.

The first event of the series is now scheduled to take place in April 2011 instead of the traditional start in January.

There were also slight changes announced in the longer FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit – where the races are longer than 10K. The first race of the Grand Prix season is in Viedma, Argentina on February 5th, but the distance will be changed to 12K where each swimmer will be provided with an individual escort boat.

The revised FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series is as follows:

April 17th – Santos, Brazil (10K)
April 30th – Cancun, Mexico (10K)
June 18th – Setubal, Portugal (10K)
July 24th – Lac St-Jean, Canada (10K)
September 25th – Shantou, China (10K)
October 2nd – Hong Kong (10K)
To be decided – United Arab Emirates (10K)

The announced FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series is as follows:

January 23rd – Rosario, Argentina (15K)
January 30th – Santa Fe-Coronda, Argentina (57K)
February 5th – Viedma, Argentina (12K)
February 13th – Hernandarias-Parana, Argentina (88K)
April 23rd – Sumidero Canyon, Mexico (15K)
June 19th – Capri-Napoli, Italy (36K)
July 30th – Lac St-Jean, Canada (32K)
August 6th – Lac Memphremagog, Canada (34K)
August 7th – Sabac, Serbia (19K)
August 14th – Ohrid Lake, Macedonia (30K)
To be decided – United Arab Emirates (15K)

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