World Championship

results and photo's/video's 9# Winter Swimming World Championships, Rovaniemi, Finland

All the results from the 9# Winter Swimming World Championships, Rovaniemi, Finland can be found on their site.


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15th FINA World Masters Championships

The Organization Committee from the 15th FINA World Masters Championships is pleased to announce that the registration for individual events is now open.

Open water race is on Sunday, 10 August, 2014

By following the link below, you will be able to obtain information about the registration process. The minimum requirements to complete the process are:

16# FINA World Championships 2015, Kazan, Russia

Friday, 24 July, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, 9 August, 2015 (All day)

Men: 5 km, 10 km, 25 km
Women: 5 km, 10 km, 25 km
Team (mixed): 5 km


28# Summer Universiade -Gwangju 2015, South Korea

Friday, 3 July, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 (All day)

10 km It will be held on July 11, 2015 at the Jangseong Boating Complex

Gritty German Lurz makes history with 25-km gold

BARCELONA: Germany’s Thomas Lurz became the only man to have struck gold in all four open water events when he battled through the pain of the final sprint to edge the 25-km race at the world championships in Barcelona on Saturday.

The balding 33-year-old from Wuerzburg, who took silver in the 10-km race and bronze over 5-km earlier in the week as well as gold in the 5-km team event, slapped the overhead finish marker to register a time of four hours, 47 minutes and 27 seconds after a marathon slog around the city’s picturesque harbour. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium came home just four tenths of a second later to take silver in a time of 4:47:27.4 followed by Russia’s Evegenii Drattcev in third with 4:47:28.1.

“These championships have been great for me,” Lurz told reporters. “I was lucky to be in the middle (for the sprint) and I had a little bit of space. “I closed my eyes for the last 100 metres, I was hurting, I had so much pain but I said, ‘Now I give it my best’.”

Open Water, Day 5: Martina Grimaldi of Italy wins women's 25km

Martina Grimaldi of Italy won her first title in the 25km in Moll de la Fusta harbour narrowly beating Angela Maurer of Germany. In the 10km distance Grimaldi owns a complete set of open water medals. She was the 10km champion in the 2010 Open water world championships in Roberval, Canada, finished second in the 2011 edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, and earned a bronze in her own country during the Rome World Championships in 2009.

Maurer hoped to celebrate her 38th birthday today with a gold medal but will have to settle for her second consecutive silver medal in this event.  The German swimmer won her first medal in the 25km, a bronze in the very first edition of the FINA Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu. Maurer was the world champion in this distance four years ago in the 2009 FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. Two years ago she earned a silver medal in this event in Shanghai.  In this same harbour 10 years Maurer earned a silver medal finishing another Italian swimmer, Viola Valli in the 10K.

Open Water, Day 5: Thomas Lurz wins 25km, his second gold and fourth in Barcelona

Germany's Thomas Lurz, 33 years old, won his first title in the 25km event to become the only male swimmer to have won a gold medal in every open water discipline. "I'm really satisfied with this gold. Now I have been at the top of the podium at every distance in the open water world championships," said the swimmer, who raced a total of 45km, winning a medal in each of four open water events in the last seven days. 

Brian Ryckeman of Belgium finished four tenths of a second behind the German swimmer. Russia's Evgeniy Drattcev earned a bronze medal. Russia has won a record 16 world championship medals in 16 editions of FINA open water swimming championships.

Open Water, Day 3: Thomas Lurz powers his German teammates to gold in Team 5km event

The team from Germany fueled by 33 year old Thomas Lurz captured the 5km Team event today. Isabelle Harle and Christian Reichert were part of the gold medal winning German team finishing in 52:54.9. Lurz now has a complete set of medals after having previously place second in the 5km on Saturday and third in the 10km on Monday. In the 2011 Shanghai edition the German team, which include Lurz and Harle, placed third.
Spyridon Gianniotis led the Greek team to their silver medal performance posting a time of 54:03.3, more than a minute slower than the German champions. Gianniotis won the Olympic gold medal in the 10km at the London Olympic Games and was the winner of Monday's 10km in Barcelona.  Kalliopi Araouzou who finished fourth in both the women's 5km and 10km and Antonios Fokaidis joined in his team's efforts.