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Results WC Winterswimming 2012 Latvia

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15# FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, Spain

Saturday, 20 July, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, 27 July, 2013 (All day)

20 July - 5 km man and woman

22 July - 10 km woman

23 July - 10 km man

25  July -  5 km team time trials

27 July - 25 km man and woman

Italy grabs two golds and one bronze in open water of Shenzhen Universiade

source: By Sportswriters Lu Yuchen, Xiao Sisi

SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Italian men's 10-kilometer open water swimmer Simone Ruffini won the first gold of Shenzhen Universiade, while his teammates Rachele Bruni and Alice Franco seized the gold and bronze in women's event.
"Our secret? Hard training everyday!" said Bruni in Italian, which was translated by her teammate Franco, the bronze medalist in women's 25km open water of Shanghai FINA World Championships.

FINA World Championships, Open Water: First-Hand Account of Controversial 25Ks; Race Should Have Been Cancelled

source: Column by Steve Munatones, Swimming World open water correspondent and founder of Open Water Source

SHANGHAI, China, July 23. THE open water events at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China had everything - dramatic races, incredibly tactical racing, photo finishes and humble champions who gave credit to their equally valiant competitors. Twenty well-conditioned athletes who all strategically swam their races also earned berths in the 2012 London Olympics 10K Marathon Swim. Of the twenty athletes, 18 countries were represented proving that the distribution of open water talent is global.

Canadians finish while others pull out at water worlds   Sat Jul. 23 2011 10:12:39 AM

JINSHAN CITY, China — Canadians Simon Tobin and Xavier Desharnais finished 14th and 15th in the men's 25-kilometre race at the open water world championships Saturday, despite unsafe water temperatures that forced many competitors to withdraw.

The men's and women's races were moved up two hours to a 6 a.m. start in an attempt to stage them in cooler conditions. But the water was already 30.5-degrees Celsius, just under the suggested "unsafe" point of 31 C degrees.

Petar Stoychev (BUL): first gold for last world appearance

source: by Greg Eggert, FINA Press Commission Member

Petar Stoychev, the accomplished Bulgarian open water swimmer won his first FINA title in the 25km event at Jinsan Beach in Shanghai on the same day that he announced his retirement from future FINA world championship competition. Three time world champion Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia finished 35.8 seconds behind Stoychev to earn the silver medal. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary swimming his first ever 25km race collected the bronze medal, his first medal in a FINA competition.

Swimmers in hot water in Shanghai

source:  Mark Ralston, July 23, 2011 - 7:39PM

US officials forced a swimmer out of the 25km marathon over safety fears on Saturday as soaring temperatures prompted angry complaints and a swathe of withdrawals from the world championships' event.

More than 20 swimmers did not finish the race and some were carried away on stretchers as water temperatures hit 32 degrees Celsius, above the limit considered safe by America's open water commission.

"I just want to have a rest, waiting for some water and ice," said Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev, who won the men's race in 5hr 10min 39.8sec.

Heat plays havoc with open-water racing in China

source: By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press

JINSHAN CITY, China (AP) — When Alex Meyer pulled out before the start of the 25-kilometer race at the world championships Saturday, the U.S. swimmer did so with good reason: Teammate Fran Crippen died in a race in similarly warm water last year.

As the open water race began and one swimmer after another quit, Meyer questioned why swimming's governing body was risking a repeat of last year's tragedy.

"It's like, did you not learn your lesson? Do you not remember what happened last time?" he said.

Bulgaria, Brazil triumph as row boils over

source: By Carlos Barria

JINSHAN CITY (Reuters) - Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won controversial men's and women's 25-km open water races at the world swimming championships on Saturday with water temperatures exceeding safety guidelines.

The decision to keep racing by officials drew ire from athletes and several teams, with the U.S. team advising all of their athletes not to race when they tested the water at 0530 (2130 Friday) and finding it was 30.4 degrees Celsius.

Various team officials told Reuters that the maximum water temperature should not exceed 31 Celsius. The German team tested the water during the race, with the temperature in excess of 32 degrees.

Injury curtails Patten's challenge in Shanghai


CASSIE PATTEN disappointing World Championships continued yesterday when she had to pull out of the 5km open water event in Shanghai.

Patten had been struggling with a long-standing shoulder injury, which had contributed to her only finishing 21st in the 10km event earlier this week.

She had hoped to shrug it off for the 5km race, but the 24-year old from St Cleer had to call it quits after 1,400 metres.