Sevilla 2024 XXVI Spanish Open Water Championships: A Stellar Display in the Guadalquivir River

Sevilla 2024 XXVI Spanish Open Water Championships: A Stellar Display in the Guadalquivir River

In the heart of Andalusia, the XXVI Spanish Open Water Swimming Championship showcased top-tier talent in the sun-drenched waters of the Guadalquivir River. The river’s temperature was 21.2 degrees, combined with a gentle breeze which provided near-perfect conditions for the grueling 10 km races.

In the men’s 10 km event, Florian Wellbrock of Germany led the pack with a winning time of 1:50:13.6, closely followed by Britain’s Hector Pardoe who finished in 1:50:19.9, Oliver Klemet, also from Germany, who completed the race in 1:50:22.8 and Britain’s Tobias Robinson in 1:50:26.1.

They were followed by a ‘Spanish podium’ formed by Guillem Pujol (1:50:27.5), Alejandro Puebla-CN Cartagonova Cartagena (1:50:47.9), and Carlos Garach-CN Churriana (1:50:52.7).

Guillem Pujol expressed satisfaction with his swim. “I’m very pleased with my performance, although I would have liked to have been with the leading group until the end. Florian (Wellbrock) dominated the race in the first two laps, increased the pace in the third, and made another surge in the last. In the end, I’m pleased that I was the first Spaniard to finish and the Spanish champion, which was my goal. Now let’s see if we can perform well in Belgrade.”

In the women’s 10 km competition, Moesha Johnson of Australia clinched first place with a time of 1:56:07.6. She was followed by Spain’s Ángela Martínez from KZM Swimming Team, who finished in 1:58:33.8, and Paula Otero from C.N. Arteixo, who clocked in at 1:58:39.4.

Ángela Martínez shared insights into her performance and her path ahead.

“It was a pretty tough race, and I would say it was consistent throughout. In the third lap, there was a sprint, and I couldn’t keep up with the Australian (Moesha Johnson), but I’m happy to be the Spanish champion, although there are many things to improve for Paris. Now I have a stage of the European Cup in Piombino, the European Championship in Belgrade, and the final preparation for the Games. Since I’m going, I will try to give my best and I hope to be up to the challenge.”

All race results

Photo credits: Instagram: @jnavasfotografia by Jorge Navas Pérez (RFEN)