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U.S. Open Water Lessons from Rio Olympics

Haley Anderson arrived in Rio as the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the 10k open water swim, and Jordan Wilimovsky was the reigning World Champion in the event, but no American finished on the podium in either of the marathon swim events.

Anderson and Wilimovsky each finished fifth in their respective 10k races, while Sean Ryan placed 13th in the men’s event. Still, USA Swimming National Team Open Water Program Director Bryce Elser won’t call what happened in Rio a setback.

Medal count has definitely always been in the back of our minds, but looking at overall team performance is crucial,” Elser said. “It’s tough to put medals behind an event where so many things can go wrong in a race.”

Bayside Life Saving Club hosts annual Cerberus Swim Classic fundraising carnival

HELP the helpers by raising money for Half Moon Bay Surf Life Saving Club next weekend.

The annual Cerberus Swim Classic is on again, creating cash for the lifesavers who patrol our beaches.

Race director Elisha Gibbins said during the past four weeks they had performed a number of rescues, included a heart attack victim who needed to be pulled from the water to safety.

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

VeryFerryFast Weertman Passes Poort In A Storm For Dramatic Double Dutch Gold

The end of the Olympic marathon was like the wild west today in Rio. The Dutch had reason to celebrate after a the best twitter handle in swimming, VeryFerryFast, past a Poort in a storm on the way to a dramatic finish.

That fast ferry was Ferry Weertman, who  joined Sharon van Rouwendaal as champions of the marathon but few others had cause to celebrate the messiest finish to years of efforts you will find anywhere in world sport. World-class swimmers. Certainly not a world-class event.

Sharon Van Rouwendaal Cold Shoulders Injury To Turn Copacabana Orange

Sharon Van Rouwendaal became the first Dutch winner of the marathon today, Copacabana painted orange by fans from The Netherlands , flags and clogs flying as she came home in 1 hour 56mins 32.1sec. That marked the first Dutch swimming gold of these Games, Van Rouwendaal joining compatriot Maarten van der Weijden, 2008 winner if the inaugural 10km event, in the club of Olympic marathon champions from their country.

Olympic marathon swimming is much crazier than you may think

Marathon swimming isn’t anything like it sounds.

First, the Olympic event is not even a marathon; it’s a 10K (or 6.2 miles). The reason it got that name was because it typically takes elite-level swimmers about the same to complete the open-water race as a road marathon takes to run — around two hours.

But while marathon swimming is indeed an endurance sport, that’s about where its similarities with distance running end.

Greetham ready for Olympic adventure

Scarborough swimming supremo Sam Greetham is heading to Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to oversee the aquatic sports at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Scarborough Swimming Club head coach played a key role in making the London 2012 games a huge success, but he believes he faces a tougher challenge this time around due to pollution levels in the water in Rio.

Ex-Schwimmerin Kamrau wird Kommentatorin bei Olympia

Für die ehemalige Weltklasseschwimmerin Britta Kamrau aus Rostock erfüllt sich der Traum von Olympia nun doch noch. Die mehrmalige Langstreckenweltmeisterin hatte als Aktive überraschend die Qualifikation für die Spiele 2008 in Peking verpasst.

Distance swimmer Heidi has extra oomph for Rio

PETALING JAYA, July 31 — Open water swimmer Heidi Gan regards the Rio Olympics as extra special because she is the only Malaysian to qualify for the event.

The 27-year-old secured her spot in the women’s 10km open swimming marathon after claiming a creditable 18th place in the 48-competitor Olympic qualifying tournament at Setubal Bay, Portugal, last month.

Olympics-Swimming-Open water is next big thing for South African Ho

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) - The marathon is the blue riband race that brings the athletics programme at the Olympic Games to a fitting close but swimming's equivalent is still an emerging event and a long way off enjoying the same gravitas, says open water world champion Chad Ho.

The South African is part of a 25-man field for the 10-kilometre race on Aug. 16 at Fort Copacabana against the backdrop of the world's most famous beach which will bring the swimming programme at the Rio Games to a close.

"We could definitely do with a lot more recognition for the sport," Ho told Reuters.

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