VeryFerryFast Weertman Passes Poort In A Storm For Dramatic Double Dutch Gold

The end of the Olympic marathon was like the wild west today in Rio. The Dutch had reason to celebrate after a the best twitter handle in swimming, VeryFerryFast, past a Poort in a storm on the way to a dramatic finish.

That fast ferry was Ferry Weertman, who  joined Sharon van Rouwendaal as champions of the marathon but few others had cause to celebrate the messiest finish to years of efforts you will find anywhere in world sport. World-class swimmers. Certainly not a world-class event.

Sharon Van Rouwendaal Cold Shoulders Injury To Turn Copacabana Orange

Sharon Van Rouwendaal became the first Dutch winner of the marathon today, Copacabana painted orange by fans from The Netherlands , flags and clogs flying as she came home in 1 hour 56mins 32.1sec. That marked the first Dutch swimming gold of these Games, Van Rouwendaal joining compatriot Maarten van der Weijden, 2008 winner if the inaugural 10km event, in the club of Olympic marathon champions from their country.

Olympic marathon swimming is much crazier than you may think

Marathon swimming isn’t anything like it sounds.

First, the Olympic event is not even a marathon; it’s a 10K (or 6.2 miles). The reason it got that name was because it typically takes elite-level swimmers about the same to complete the open-water race as a road marathon takes to run — around two hours.

But while marathon swimming is indeed an endurance sport, that’s about where its similarities with distance running end.

Greetham ready for Olympic adventure

Scarborough swimming supremo Sam Greetham is heading to Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to oversee the aquatic sports at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Scarborough Swimming Club head coach played a key role in making the London 2012 games a huge success, but he believes he faces a tougher challenge this time around due to pollution levels in the water in Rio.

Ex-Schwimmerin Kamrau wird Kommentatorin bei Olympia

Für die ehemalige Weltklasseschwimmerin Britta Kamrau aus Rostock erfüllt sich der Traum von Olympia nun doch noch. Die mehrmalige Langstreckenweltmeisterin hatte als Aktive überraschend die Qualifikation für die Spiele 2008 in Peking verpasst.

Distance swimmer Heidi has extra oomph for Rio

PETALING JAYA, July 31 — Open water swimmer Heidi Gan regards the Rio Olympics as extra special because she is the only Malaysian to qualify for the event.

The 27-year-old secured her spot in the women’s 10km open swimming marathon after claiming a creditable 18th place in the 48-competitor Olympic qualifying tournament at Setubal Bay, Portugal, last month.

Olympics-Swimming-Open water is next big thing for South African Ho

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) - The marathon is the blue riband race that brings the athletics programme at the Olympic Games to a fitting close but swimming's equivalent is still an emerging event and a long way off enjoying the same gravitas, says open water world champion Chad Ho.

The South African is part of a 25-man field for the 10-kilometre race on Aug. 16 at Fort Copacabana against the backdrop of the world's most famous beach which will bring the swimming programme at the Rio Games to a close.

"We could definitely do with a lot more recognition for the sport," Ho told Reuters.

Jordan Wilimovsky has taken the long route -- marathon swimming -- to the Rio Olympics

The reigning men’s world champion in 10-kilometer open-water swimming — also the first U.S. swimmer to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games — failed the first swim test he ever took.

Jordan Wilimovsky of Malibu was 9 and wanted to join his friends at a summer lifeguard camp. He knew how to swim but had never taken lessons. “It was the junior lifeguard camp they have on L.A. County beaches every summer,” he said. “I tried to do the swim test and I didn’t make the time.”

Hoping to get below the 100-yard standard of 1 minute 50 seconds, Wilimovsky joined a team. He made the cut but didn’t immediately take to the sport. “I was very bad at swimming for a long time. I would not call myself naturally talented at swimming,” he said. “I put in a lot of hours and stuff before I started getting better.”

Swimming-Dutch couple see Olympics from one extreme to another

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) - The Rio Games will be both a sprint and a marathon for Dutch triple Olympic gold medallist Ranomi Kromowidjojo and her partner Ferry Weertman.

Kromowidjojo is the reigning champion in 50 and 100 metres freestyle, the fastest events on the women's swimming programme, while Weertman took the men's 10km open water silver medal at last year's world championships.

Their preparations are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

"I never knew anything about open water swimming before one year ago and now I do," Kromowidjojo told reporters at the European championships on Thursday, a day after she took silver in the 100 metres freestyle in 53.24 seconds.

Undersized and understated, Jordan Wilimovsky, Northwestern’s world champion, goes for Olympic gold

When he jumped in the water at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Jordan Wilimovsky’s goal was to finish in the top 10. The Olympics were just over a year away, and Wilimovsky knew that if he snagged a top-10 result, he would secure his spot on the United States’ team in Rio de Janeiro.

Nearly two hours later, the rising Northwestern senior was a world champion. He blew away the competition to win the 10 kilometer open water swim by around 12 seconds, the largest margin in the history of the event. Three months after his 21st birthday, the unassuming Wilimovsky had not only secured his Olympic berth, he established himself as the best open water swimmer in the world.