Paulo Strehlke Wins In Acapulco...Next Stop, Hungary

Paulo Strehlke Wins In Acapulco…Next Stop, Hungary

The open water swimming races at the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships will be held in the traditional venue of Lake Balaton in Hungary this coming June.

One new face to look for is young 16-year-old Paulo Strehlke of AJ Nadadores Cuernavaca in Mexico. He comfortably won the Selectivo Unico Aguas Abiertas 10 km race in Acapulco, Mexico in 1:58:29, upsetting 2020 Tokyo Olympian Daniel Delgadillo (in 1:58:44) and 2012 Olympian Arturo Perez Vertti (in 1:58:45). Strehlke will also compete in the 5 km race in Hungary as well as compete in the 7.5 km race at 2022 World Junior Open Water Championships. Delgadillo will represent Mexico in the 10 km and 25 km in Lake Balaton.

On the women’s side of the 10 km race, Argentine Mayte Alien Puca won in 2:08:24, over Mexico’s Martha Sandoval (2:08:29), Paulina Alanis (2:08:29) and Monserrat Mora (2:12:22). Sandoval will represent Mexico in the 5 km and 10 km races in Hungary while Alanis will compete in the 10 km race and 6 km team relay event and the 10 km race at the 2022 World Junior Open Water Championships.

The Mexican national teams at the World Championships are dominated by AJ Nadadores Cuernavaca with 7 out of 12 swimmers (Paulina Alanis, Melisa Rodriguez, Regina Cuevas, Jimena Figueroa, Maximiliano Strehlke, Paulo Strehlke, and Alexis Espinoza training in the high-altitude city of Cuernavaca.

It is both the young and older Mexican open water swimmers who train in Cuernavaca (see here) at nearly 5,000 meters (16,253 feet) altitude.

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Steven Munatones