Professional marathon swimmers from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA will compete in the NYC Pro Swim this weekend on September 6th.
While the world's best swimmers are flying into New York from all over the world for the race, 2009 World Swimming Championship bronze medalist Fran Crippen (shown on left) is close enough to drive from home. He will renew his rivalry with fellow medalists Thomas Lurz of Germany (middle) and fellow American Andrew Gemmell (right) in what will undoubtedly be another extremely close race.
With currents expected to run at least 2 knots, both with and against, the athletes at different points along the course, we forecast a lot of lead changes throughout the race, especially when the swimmers are swimming near the seawall where fans will be able to cheer their favorite swimmers on from only meters away.
On race day this coming Sunday, it will be Brazilian Day in New York City, so perhaps the three Brazilian representatives (Poliana Okimoto, Ana Marcela Cunha and Allan Do Carmo) will have some additional countrymen to cheer them on?