Masters Of The Open Water Universe

Masters Of The Open Water Universe

Masters aquatic athletes from all over the globe are slated to begin competition at the 13th FINA World Masters Championships in Sweden tomorrow.

The Championships will conclude with a highly popular 3K open water swim on August 7th in Lake Delsjön in Göteborg, Sweden.

With age-group divisions between 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89 and 90-94 years, the men and women will begin together with an in-water start. Wetsuits may be worn, but swimmers who wear them are ineligible for medals. A wetsuit is defined by FINA as a swimsuit that has not been approved for swimming by FINA.

The water is so clean in Lake Delsjön, which serves as the main fresh water reservoir for the city of Göteborg, that the organizers state, “There is no need for a shower after the race.”

6,600 masters athletes from 74 countries will enter, with the majority of the athletes (5,000) participating in the pool swimming events and 977 athletes entered in the open water race.

Thes open water swimmers include Bill Walker (born 1929 from Australia), Espir Aguad (born 1930 from Chile), Guiho Gabriel (1930 from France), Alfio Finy Fichera (born 1928 from Italy), Sydney Salek (born 1930 from New Zealand, shown on left), Daniel Duran (born 1930 from Uruguay) and Robert Beach (born 1930 from USA) who are all entered in the 80-84 year-old age-group.

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