Poliana Okimoto And Eva Fabian Getting Chased

Poliana Okimoto And Eva Fabian Getting Chased

The performances of the athletes in great women’s field will be something to see on Radio Canada during today’s 5K race.

It will be very interesting to see how Poliana Okimoto of Brazil and Eva Fabian of the USA bounce back after their absolutely courageous and wonderfully paced 10K swim a few days ago.

Poliana and Eva faced down defending world champion Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain, Olympic gold medalist Larisa Ilchenko of Russia and the rest of the elite field – until they collided with one another and inadvertently went the wrong way around one of the last buoys after leading in the final backstretch. With slight changes in the race course, the probability of this happening again is much lower.

But Danielle De Francesco (AUS), Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), Yurema Requena (ESP), Cassandra Patten (GBR), Keri-Anne, Giorgia Consiglio (ITA), Alice Franco (ITA), Cara Baker (NZL), Linsy Heister (NED), Ekaterina Seliverstova (RUS) and Christine Jennings (USA), among others, are going to be right there battling Poliana and Eva entire 5K course.

With the water temperature in the lake warming up fast, the dynamics of the race and the outlook of many swimmers will undoubtedly change from the cold-water 10K race.

We expect the swimmers to take it out fast – and keep swimming at a fast pace the entire way around the two-loop course in Lac St-Jean. Tactics, positioning, speed and endurance will all come into play today.

These women are physically tough, thoroughly prepared, totally focused and true athletes in every sense of the word.

One athlete who will not be competing today is defending 5K world champion Melissa Gorman of Australia who, according to SwimNews, was awarded the 10K bronze medal last night. We have not yet heard confirmation from FINA.

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