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Tour d 'Europe swim

Wednesday 18 February 2009
Organizational meeting 1st Leg of the Tour d 'Europe swim  

source:  http://perunmondosenzabarriere.blogspot.com translated with Google. Original with photos at the bottom.

http://www.handytv.it/indexcopertina.php?id=179

Scilla, 14 February 2009

Was held at the town of Scilla, a fruitful meeting organizational directed towards the implementation of the first stage of the Tour of Europe in Swimming to be made by Salvatore Cimmino, disability swimmer's physical, not new to these companies.

Channel swim hero Capt Webb who met his end at Niagara Falls

The original article (with picture) is posted on Evening Courier on 2009-03-26

CAPTAIN Matthew Webb made history when he became the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875.
Sadly, only eight years later Capt Webb was dead – drowned while attempting a dangerous swim through the Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls.

Mention of this story in the Courier brought a letter from Sandra Whitehead, of Halifax, who recalled the sad aftermath of the Channel hero's death. Mrs Whitehead, of the Hough, Northowram, writes: "Reading about Matthew Webb's death in 1883 brought back to me our family connection.

"As a girl I used to listen to my mother and nan telling me that, some time after Capt Webb's death, the newspapers ran a story of how his two daughters were living in squalor and how they had been left without proper care after their father's death.

The Science of Drafting.... And positioning to win!

The following CONCLUSION was published in the March 7, 2009 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:

In praise of wild swimming

The original article by Margaret McCartney (with pictures) is posted on FT since March 21 2009 00:33

Indoor swimming pools have many attractions. Heated and disinfected water, private changing space, and even the occasional Jacuzzi on the side. So why would anyone want to swim outdoors? Britain’s seas and rivers are often shockingly cold, and they are also inhabited by all manner of incontinent marine life. Add in the constant threat of exposure to chill winds and rain, and you do not have the ideal ingredients for a pleasant swim. Yet I must confess that I share the enthusiasm of the swimmers of Sandycove near Dublin, who are pictured here.

Channel races of the 1970's

The original article (with pictures of the original swims) is posted on 10k swimmer

The Great Channel Swim, one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims, will debut on August 19th this year, but there was another series of English races held 30 years ago that were organized by the Saudi Arabian Swimming Federation with the Channel Swimming Association. The races were sponsored by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz who was a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Apparent shark bite ends Maui man's channel swim

The original article by Brian Perry is posted on Honolulu Advertiser since Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WAILUKU — Something, most likely a cookie-cutter shark, took a bite out of Mike Spalding's left calf Monday night as he was attempting to swim the nearly 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel from the Big Island to Maui.

Cannibals in the Channel

original: 10kswimmer.com

The Discovery Channel produced a fascinating look at Paul Hopfensperger's 13 hour 52 minute crossing of the English Channel in 2007 for a program called The Human Body: Strength - Endurance.

The Discovery Channel described the production as, "Push it to the limit and your body will hit the wall and then start to cannibalise itself..." Paul's charity challenge across the Channel was sponsored and filmed by Dangerous Films Ltd.

http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/video/human-body-strength-endurance video-link

(Hoffy is an registered user at openwaterswimming.eu . Niek)

Swimming suit rules are sexists, says Sweden's Therese Alshammar

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar disqualified over suit law

posted Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:43pm AEDT on http://www.abc.net.au
Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar has been disqualified for swimming in two suits at the Australian Swimming Championships.
She has also been stripped of the world record she set in this morning's heats of the 50 metres butterfly.
Australian coach Alan Thompson says Alshammar can only wear one suit in competition under a new Swimming Australia by-law.
Swimming Australia says Alshammar has appealed against the decision.
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