Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Polish Open Water Swimming Championships

Michal Skrodzki brought us a report on the Baltic Open Water Championships in the coastal town of Ustka at the first Polish Open Water Championships.

The two-day event was organized by the Polish Swimming Federation, Euro Medica, the City of Ustka and the Slupsk Life Saving Organisation.

On the first day of the event that also served as the Polish Open Water Championships, elimination races of 400 meters and 800 meters were held, leading up to the second day when the 600-meter final and 4 x 200-meter relays were held.

In addition to open water swimmers, several national Polish team pool swimmers participated including 2009 world 200-meter butterfly championship silver medalist Pawel Korzeniowski and Przemyslaw Stanczyk, Lukasz Giminski and Pawel Rurak. Some of Poland's best triathletes and lifeguards also took part along with Poland's best junior swimmers.

With 5,000 Polish zloty (US$1,710) up for grabs in the male and female senior divisions, the racing was intense. Living up to the pressure of being the world's second fastest butterflyer, Pawel was also to dolphin fast through parts of the shallow course and won overall. Joanna Golebiewska was first among the women.

Photo by Andrzej Bukszowany shows the men's elimination heat in the 800-meter race.

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