Oussama Mellouli, the Olympic 1500-meter gold medalist from Tunisia and USC, will have a busy October.
On October 5th in San Francisco, Mellouli will participate in the RCP Tiburon Mile and then will fly over to Australia to compete in the Sydney World Cup meet on October 25th and 26th.
Mellouli swam a great Olympic final to upset 2-time Olympic champion Grant Hackett with the third-fastest time ever swum in 14:40.84.
In the RCP Tiburon Mile, Mellouli will be similarly chased by open water swimming world champion Thomas Lurz of Germany and other open water swimming stars, including Chip Peterson, Fran Crippen and Russian 2008 10K world champion Vladimir Dyatchin. Eric Vendt is also expected to be in the mix.
The women's race should also be equally as exciting with 2-time defending champion Chloe Sutton facing a slew of pool and open water swimming stars very motivated to capture the $10,000 winner-take-all cash prize.
Photo of Mellouli by Getty Images after his 800-meter freestyle gold medal performance at the 2007 World Swimming Championships.