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Five Simple Points On Tickling Feet In Open Water Competition

If you want to improve your race, try tickling some feet.  Yes, we are talking about drafting! The moment of rest in an open water distance swim is when it feels as though the swimmer’s toes that you’re following are actually helping reduce head water-resistance thus creating less drag. You’ll know the feeling when it’s your turn to be tracked by a foot-tickler.  Crowded open water swims are like a slow-mo version of NASCAR, with long stretches of straights and some extremely tight turns. To reach the front of the pack, a swimmer must know how to maneuver effectively in the mess of sloshy arms and legs, and anticipate every available opportunity to stretch those tired limbs.

Invitation for Sabac Marathon (FINA event)

Date: 
Saturday, 5 August, 2017 - 11:00 to Sunday, 6 August, 2017 - 19:00

Dear Swimmers and Federations,

The Organization Committee have honor  and pleasure to invite the best FINA  swimmers from all the WORLD  to take part  in the 48th INTERNATIONAL SABAC SWIM MARATHON 2017  in Serbia.

The Marathon will take place on Sunday August 6th 2017. The swimming distance is 19 km down the stream of the river Sava. Each participant and his/her coach will be provided with a TWO days (2) full board accommodation at the local hotel in Sabac from August 5th to August 6th.  Each participant will himself cover the travelling expenses.

He’s Nigerian-born, a British broadcaster and world record swimmer. Meet Ayo Akinwolere

Throughout his career as a British television presenter, he has gone by the name Andy but last year, he made news and shocked fans when he went on the BBC using his Nigerian birth name, Ayo Akinwolere.

In 2011, Akinwolere has set two world records for swimming in one of the deepest stretches of water on the planet. He swam five miles across the Palau Trench, an 8,000-metre deep abyss in the Pacific Ocean. He is the first person to swim across the deepest part of the trench, and now holds the record for the deepest location for an open water swim. He took three and a half hours to complete his swim.

Paul's lower bowel was removed because of cancer - but it's not holding him back

Marske dad-of-two returns to open water swimming event after battling back from bowel cancer.

AFTER lifesaving surgery for bowel cancer, Paul Urwin thought he’d never again get the chance to experience the joy of open water swimming.

The dad-of-two’s lower bowel was removed by surgeons - and means he now is forced to use a stoma bag.

But undeterred, the keen swimmer will head back into the water for this year’s Great North Swim.

Paul, from Marske, had taken part in every Great North Swim - the UK’s biggest weekend of open water swimming - before a shock bowel cancer diagnosis three years ago.

Jordan Wilimovsky Wins U.S. Open Water National Title in Men’s 10k, Will Defend World Title

Jordan Wilimovsky has been the top open water swimmer in the United States over the past several years, winning the World title in the men’s 10k in 2015 before finishing fifth at the Olympics in Rio. He will defend that World title this summer in Budapest after he pulled away to win the U.S. national title in the event Friday at Castaic Lake.

Wilimovsky, representing Team Santa Monica, took over the lead at the halfway point and pulled away to win by a massive margin of 52 seconds. His final time was 1:57:45.613.

VIDEO: RNLI warns people of dangers of drowning with public set to descend on beaches as result of good weather

As temperatures set to soar this weekend, new research commissioned by the RNLI has revealed that 43% of people in Northern Ireland would follow a potentially life-threatening instinct if they fell unexpectedly into water.

Sudden immersion in cold water puts people at severe risk of suffering cold water shock, which triggers the instinctive but life-threatening reaction to gasp uncontrollably and swim hard, which can quickly lead to drowning.

The RNLI is now calling on the public to fight their instincts and remember one simple skill – floating – that could save lives from drowning.

Here We Go Again – FINA Disregards High Temperature Rule In Open Water

Commentary by Brent Rutemiller. 

The swimming community should never forget the tragic death of USA Open Water swimmer Fran Crippen, who died in 2010 during an Open Water competition due to excessively warm water temperatures.

A FINA task force was established. Changes were made and new temperature rules were put into place.  Crippen’s tragic death alerted the swimming community that changes needed to be made regarding safety regulations for open water races. Following his death, FINA implemented rule OWS 5.5 stating that the water temperature cannot be below 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 F) and cannot be above 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 F).

Noah Brune Crowned Men’s 5K Junior Open Water Champion USA

The 2017 Open Water Championships continued with the junior men’s and women’s 5K open water swims.

Noah Brune of the Mission Viejo Nadadores delivered a sizzling win in the junior men’s 5K open water swim, finishing with a time of 1:01.27.1.

Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell Win At U.S. Open Water Swimming Nationals

CASTAIC LAKE, Calif. -- Defending world champion Jordan Wilimovsky and Ashley Twichell won the 10-kilometer titles at the open water national championships Friday.

Their victories clinched berths in the 10k for this summer's world swimming championships in Hungary. Also earning world berths were men's runner-up Brendan Casey and two-time Olympian Haley Anderson, who was second to Twichell.

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