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Open Water, Day 2: Brazil's Okimoto and Cunha finish 1-2 in women's 10km

Poliana Okimoto Cintra (BRA) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) signaled Brazil's intentions to be the faces of women's open water swimming in the lead up to the next Olympic Games. Okimoto Cintra (1:58.19.2) touched just three tenths of a second ahead of her teammate (1:58.19.5) in the women's 10km race. Angela Maurer of Germany (1:58.20.2) finished a full second behind the winner to claim a bronze medal. For the Brazilian swimmers it was second medal for each at these World Championships. Okimoto Cintra finished second to Haley Anderson (USA) in Saturday's 5km race, Cunha earned a bronze medal in that race.
"I'm so excited. I have been training for this medal, even in freezing water, I have trained for this race, so this medal is pricelss. I am really happy to have my second medal in these World Championships. I felt strong during the race," said Okimoto Cintra. Okimoto Cintra won two silver medals in 5km and 10km at the 2006 FINA Open Water World Championships in Naples, Italy.

Poliana Okimoto, Ana Marcela Cunha Take 10K Gold-Silver

s predicted, the 52 women from 32 countries are wasting are no time. At the start of today's 10 km world championship race in Barcelona, the women are characteristically efficient, focused, and fast.

None perhaps more so than 2-time Olympian Keri-Anne Payne. After marriage, a lay-off, and the disappointment of her fourth place finish in the 10K marathon swim at the 2012 London Olympics, Payne is back and swimming well.

But so is her arch-rival Éva Risztov, the Hungarian who upset Payne in London (shown drinking).

Taking a page out of the British playbook, Risztov blasted out towards the front and pushed the pace throughout the 10 km 6-loop race in the Serpentine last summer. This summer in Barcelona, she is sticking to the plan under the flat-water, no-wind conditions this afternoon.

Open Water, Day 2: Reigning world champion Gianniotis (GRE) wins men's 10km

Reigning world champion Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) soundly defeated two of his toughest rivals to win today's 10km event in Moll de la Fusta harbour. The Greek athlete is only the second male to successfully defend his world title, and the first since Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS) in 2008.
In second place was Thomas Lurz (GER), who was hoping to become the first man to win the event four times. Taking the bronze medal was Oussama Mellouli (TUN) who won the 5km race on Saturday, Lurz finished third. Gianniotis was fresh for today's 10km race as he did not contest the 5km held just 48 hours ago.

Gianniotis said: "It was unbelievable today, I wanted to swim three laps comfortably and then get out in front on the final lap. Whenever anyone swam next to me I pushed up the pace. I'm quite good at sprinting. I watched Mellouli race in his 5km and I know that he has more speed than me. I pushed it a bit in the last 300m just to stay ahead of him. In the last 50m I never felt so bad. I almost fainted I was so tired."
Gianniotis, 33 years old, took several months off from swimming following his fourth place finish at the London Olympics Games. He won the Shanghai edition of the FINA World Championships in 2011.

Open Water, Day 1: USA's Haley Anderson wins women's 5km

Haley Anderson of the USA won the women's 5km race outsprinting Brazilian Poliana Okimoto Cintra in the final 100 metres. Anderson timed her stroke cycle perfectly and reached for the touch-pad just ahead of the Brazilian who was leading the 42 swimmers for most of the final 1500m. The margin of victory between the swimmers was 0.2 seconds; the American finished in a time of 56.34.2.

Anderson, the silver medallist in the 10km Olympic Marathon at last year’s London Olympic Games, was the surprise leader of portions of the first lap: "I didn't realise that I was going to be in the lead but when you are the leader you are in control of everyone behind you. If I drift off course I take them with me." Okimoto led the race for most of the second lap with Anderson trailing by a full body length.

Anderson, still dripping with water from the Barcelona Harbor was all smiles about her race.

Open Water, Day 1: Olympic champion Mellouli is the best in the 5km

The Olympic 10km champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won his first FINA World Championship title in the 5km using his trademark "jets" to sprint to the touch-pad in the final 100 metres of the race. Mellouli unseated Thomas Lurz of Germany who has dominated the 5km event since his first title in 2005's Montreal World Championships.

Mellouli had planned to take a year off after the Olympics. "I didn't expect to win the 5km. I am really happy with the results. I did take six months off and got back into training not too long ago. To be on top of the world is quite exciting for me."

The Tunisian won his first medal in Barcelona at the World Championships 10 years ago. He is the only athlete to have won a medal in both the Olympic pool and in open water events. Mellouli was the gold medallist in the 1500m freestyle at the 2008 Olympics, the bronze medallist in the 1500m freestyle at the 2012 Olympics, and the gold medallist in the 10km marathon swim at the 2012 Olympics.

Lurz is the only athlete to have medalled twice in Olympic open water competition. Lurz is the only person to have won a medal in each Olympic open water event. The German swimmer earned a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympic Games and was second to Mellouli in the London Olympics. Lurz owned seven consecutive titles in the 5km distance in World Championships events.

Video Venues World Championships OW Barcelona '13

source: Autor: Radek Táborský | Published: 27. 03. 2013  (Google translation)

Two totally different messages we received during the day. The most favorable and eagerly awaited the publication form circuits on the World Championship in Barcelona. Barcelona, ​​which takes this year's world championship layout very seriously, as evidenced by the example and for several weeks after circulating the internet video swimmers on Las Ramblas , presented and trails for swimming marathons, whose concept is to underline the Mediterranean tradition of the city and its close interrelationship with the sea and sport themselves, and which, therefore, will directly within the port, allowing all participants and spectators symbolically see the city view from the sea and the view of the World Trade Centre, and a footbridge Porta d'Europa. Swimmers will circle around the famous shopping and leisure center Maremagnum (short circuit in the picture) and the audience will be primarily determined by Moll de la Fuste, which is also the venue for the next sport in the world championship - the so-called high diving or cliff diving, which is in MS ranked first in history. In place of the marathon will also be built diving tower (27m for men, 20 meters for women).

Swimmer Linsy Heister has stopped racing

Swimmer Linsy Heister has stopped racing.
This she has revealed to the Dutch television. Since she couldn't qualify for the Games the only 24-year-old open water swimmer can't motivate herself sufficient to perform at the highest level.