208 entries from nearly 40 national federations have been received for the 5K, 10K and 25K races at the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome. This represents an unprecedented number of swimmers in the open water swimming portion of the championships and reflects the global growth in our sport.
With a live TV feed and a special open water swimming village, the World Championships will be something special.
Held a week before the pool competition begins, it will also be very interesting to see what technical swimsuits the athletes will wear.
Additionally, FINA will launch its formal pre-race inspection procedures for the first time ever at the open water swimming competition in Ostia, Rome - several days before the pool competition. This pre-race inspection procedure will confirm that all technical swimsuits conform to the new FINA guidelines. It may be that many pool representatives will be at the open water swimming competition just to see first-hand exactly how these procedures will be implemented. Stay tuned.