The first Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was held in a rowing basin at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The second Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held in the Serpentine, a man-made lake in Hyde Park in the center of London in the 2012 London Olympics. The third Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Way back in the pre-Olympic marathon swimming era at the 3rd FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships held in Dubai in 2004, Thomas Lurz was making a name for himself as a 25-year-old world champion open water swimmer. In the river through the heart of Dubai, he won a dramatic come-from-way-behind victory over Alan Bircher of Great Britain who had built-up an early 400-meter lead in one of the most dramatic international races ever held. And, remarkably, 8 years later, humble, soft-spoken 33-year-old is still leading the charge with a...read more
The excitement leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games is building. There are precious few opportunities for the Olympic marathon swimming gold medal favorites to go head-to-head with one another. Cancún, Mexico presented one of those rare opportunities. The hard-fought 10 kilometer battle in the beautiful tropical setting did not disappoint. The finish was literally too close to call. For 45 minutes as an international group of officials poured over the photo finish … frame-by-frame. The race was a dead heat to the naked...read more
Ous Mellouli upped the ante in the Olympic marathon swimming 10km when he qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games. While Europeans won all the open water medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the epicenter of the sport may have just shifted to Tunisia. The men’s Olympic marathon swim was already going to be a fast race pre-Mellouli. With Mellouli now in the game, it just got a whole lot faster. Basketball fans want Kevin Durant taking the last shot in a basketball game. Swimming fans want Jason Lezak anchoring their relay. And...read more
Haley Anderson is certainly peaking at the right time. After turning in an 8:26 in the 800m freestyle without a full taper at the USA Olympic Swimming Trials, she certainly is showing the world-class speed and stamina . But the northern California native says, “I hate walls. I hate turns.” It is certainly an unusual statement from the reigning NCAA champion in the 500-yard freestyle, a gut-busting 4+ minute swim that requires 19 flip turns in, and the third-place finisher in the 800m freestyle at the Trials. But the personable...read more
Melissa Gorman will hear this Australian cheer over and over again before the start of the Olympic marathon swimming 10km in the Serpentine on August 9th: Leader: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Fans: “Oi! Oi! Oi!” Leader: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Fans: “Oi! Oi! Oi!” Leader: “Aussie!” Fans: “Oi!” Leader: “Aussie!” Fans: “Oi!” Leader (faster): “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Fans (equally fast): “Oi! Oi! Oi!” Expect Gorman to rise to...read more
As the clear-cut gold medal favorite in the Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km, Keri-Anne Payne faces the weight of Great Britain’s expectations at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Payne possesses the smarts, tenacity, endurance and speed to meet these expectations. Time and time again in international competitions between 2008 and 2011, when the pressure is greatest and her competitors are primed, she has proven that her training, tactics and techniques are the best in the world. Focused and quiet before her championship races, and...read more
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