609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation History

The history of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame were outlined in a typed memorandum and distributed bulletins to professional marathon swimmers by Joe Grossman in a Federation document circa Spring 1972. This is his information:

WATCH: Matthew wins Midmar Mile

MOUNT Edgecombe’s Matthew Meyer won this year’s Aquelle Midmar Mile champion. Meyer not only upset 7-time champion Ho, but he also out-sprinted American world champion Chip Peterson and Ferry Weertman.

“This was my 11th Midmar Mile and ever since entering the open race my goal has always been to win it. It was really tight between me, Chip, Ferry and Chad but around the 200 metres from the finish line it became a tight finish between me and Chad.

2017 George Copley Open Water Swim

THE 2017 George Copley Open Water Swim was held on Sunday February 12, with about 60 swimmers from across South Australia coming together at the Port Augusta Yacht Club.

Tea Tree Gully Swimming Club’s Tristan Herbert and Ros Gumbys were the male and female five kilometre winners, making their club the overall team champions for the second year running.

Limbless American swimmer to defy the odds at Midmar Mile race

Durban - A limbless American triathlon swimmer will at the weekend prove that some of life's limits can be pushed and overcome when he participates in the 44th aQuellé Midmar Mile race.

Craig Dietz is set to steal the show at the event which is taking place just outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on February 11 and 12.

He is among 180 athletes who will compete in the event in the category for swimmers with disabilities.

Dietz was born without arms and legs in 1979, but his disability has never stood in his way.

Extreme swimmers brace for Hong Kong’s toughest open water event

One of Hong Kong’s most gruelling races will be held next Saturday, February 18.

Now in its fifth year, the 15km Cold Half extreme marathon swim was introduced to cater to the growing interest in open water swimming in the city. It is the winter companion event to the popular Clean Half held in October.

Hungarian Olympic Champion Eva Risvtov Announces Retirement

Olympic gold medalist Eva Risvtov recently announced her retirement from competitive swimming in a social media post on her Facebook. In her post, Risvtov explains: At the age of 31 you have to realise when the time has come to say good-bye. Now I feel I can’t give any more to this sport and it’s better to begin the next chapter and start the civil life.”

Aussie Brenden Hall Encourages Multi Class Athletes to Try Open Water

For the 6th-consecutive year, Brenden Hall won the men’s Multi Class 5k open water title at the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships held at Brighton Beach in South Australia.  Also a 2-time Paralympic gold medalist, we might expect Hall to be gearing up for the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City this fall, and perhaps he is; Hall is an accomplished Multi Class swimmer in the pool and open water.  However, if Hall does make the trip to Mexico, he will have to content himself to the competition in the pool alone.

Bay loses lucrative North End Lake swim

IT was announced this week that the South African open water swimming nationals will relocate from the proposed venue of North End Lake to Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

The Championships, which are set to attract around 300 top swimmers from around the country, were earmarked to be the first swimming event in the rehabilitated lake but at the weekend the local organisers had to recommend the venue change to Swimming South Africa as water quality levels hadn’t yet met with international swimming standards.

101 swimmers at 101st Flannagan Cup, and Zac Reid takes home the prize

Last year, Zac Reid came third when he took part in New Plymouth's prestigious Flannagan Cup open water swimming competition.

This year, in a borrowed wetsuit and watched by a big crowd at Ngamotu Beach, he won the trophy.

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