Friday, September 25, 2009

Mastering Open Water In Europe

Over 4,000 athletes attended this year's biennial LEN-organized XII European Masters Championships were held in Cádiz in southern Spain this year. The open water race was held this past weekend and was originally scheduled for a 5K, but weather conditions dictated the race be changed to 3K. The conditions, of course, did not deter the 21 swimmers over 70 years old who participated in the 3K swim.

Olympic 10K swimmer Rostislav Vitek of the Czech Republic won overall finishing in 33:19.

The next World Masters Championships will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in July-August 2010. Glen Christiansen, ­ ranked number 1 in the world in 1981 in 100-meter breaststroke, a 13-time world masters champion who has broken over 50 world masters records, will conduct 3 world masters swim camps at the T3 Training Centre in Tenerife between November 2009 and February 2010.

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