Open Water swimmers Arianna Bridi and Ana Marcela Cunha battle in Seychelles

Seychelles is one of nine venues in the Open Water Series with swimmers fighting for points and qualification for the Olympics

Dolphins dancing through waves, sun beating down, angel fish patrolling under the surface and the water lapping over golden sands.

It seemed an unlikely setting for 38 elite female swimmers pushing their bodies to the limit, battling through the choppy Indian ocean, in 35 degrees, over 10,000 metres (200 lengths of an Olympic-size pool) and being battered and bruised by rivals desperate to get in front.

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