Open Water To The Max, The Hellenic Swimming Federation

Open Water To The Max, The Hellenic Swimming Federation

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Of all the various aquatic national teams around the world, the Hellenic Swimming Federation (Greece) is undeniably focused on its open water swimming discipline. Greece sent 28 athletes to the 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships this week in Berlin, Germany. Of those 28 athletes include, 9 for pool swimming and 4 competed in the open water swimming events.

The Greek open water representatives included Kalliopi Araouzou, Giorgos Arniakos, Antonios Fokaidis and Spyros Gianniotis.

The focus on the open water paid off with a silver medal performance in the 5 km team pursuit with Araouzou, Gianniotis and Fokaidis working as a team at the Regattastrecke Grünau.

5 km Team Pursuit Results (2-loop course with splits below):

1. Netherlands: 27:59.9 + 27:47.9 = 55:47.8
2. Greece: 28:01.8 + 28:03.7 = 56:05.5
3. Germany: 28:03.3 + 28:11.5 = 56:14.8
4. Hungary: 28:17.5 + 27:58.5 = 56:16.0
5. Italy: 28:16.2 + 28:04.7 = 56:20.9
6. France: 28:26.9 + 28:12.9 = 56:39.8
7. Great Britain: 29:21.2 + 28:45.3 = 58:06.5
8. Russia: 29:34.5 + 29:32.6 = 59:07.1
9. Poland: 29:35.4 + 29:47.8 = 59:23.2

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