Due to the success of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics will be exciting.
On the women's side, most of the top open water swimming are young and have at least two more Olympics in them. Of the 25 swimmers who participated in the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, it is expected that at least 21 of the top women will return in 2012, including 9 of the top 10 swimmers and 13 of the top 15 swimmers.
Over the next few months, we may be able to see Chloe Sutton compete against Larisa Ilchenko, the Olympic champion, two more times: once in the Manhattan Pro Swim Challenge 10K on September 1 in New York City and once again at the Tiburon Mile in October 5 in San Francisco.
Of course, with 50% of the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim medalists coming from Great Britain, the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics will be exciting for the sport of open water swimming.