English Channel star takes aim

by Mark Bode, 2nd Nov 2012

WORLD No.1 marathon swimmer Trent Grimsey has battled adversity to earn the respect of his peers - but it seems Swimming Australia is proving harder to please.

Grimsey, who will today attempt to win his second Eyeline Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim, has accused Swimming Australia of snubbing him because he is an open-water competitor.

The Brisbane-based swimmer has produced his best year in the sport - highlighted by his ascension to the top of the FINA open-water grand prix circuit rankings and his record-breaking English Channel crossing.

In 24-year-old Grimsey, Australia has one of its most accomplished athletes.

Can someone tell Swimming Australia?

Murphy’s Path to (Open Water) London Decades in the Making

Source: The Harvard Crimson

While most Americans were sitting on their couches this summer watching the London Olympics, Harvard men’s swimming coach Tim Murphy had a different perspective of the Games as the head coach of the United States open water swimming team.

In his 14 years at the helm of the Crimson, Murphy has a long list of accomplishments. He has led the Crimson to six league championships. He turned Harvard alum Alex Meyer ’10 from a struggling collegiate athlete into an Olympian.

London 2012: Mellouli goes 'through Hell' in landmark swim win

London: Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli shrugged off the after-effects of illness to become the first person to win Olympic swimming titles in pool and open water with victory in the 10km marathon on Friday.

The 28-year-old had been laid low by a virus earlier this week but recovered to plunge into the waters of the Serpentine at a sun-soaked Hyde Park and claim victory in 1hr 49min 55.1sec, 3.4sec in front of Germany's Thomas Lurz.

Richard Weinberger of Canada took the bronze medal, with world champion Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece finishing just outside the medals in fourth place, ahead of Great Britain's Daniel Fogg.

"In the last 300 to 400 metres, I basically went through Hell and came back to life," said Mellouli.

"My shoulders were getting so heavy, my legs were getting so tight, and my lungs were burning so much.

"I caught a virus 48 hours ago and couldn't be in the water, so to come back and do this is something quite miraculous."

Mellouli's victory represented yet another milestone for the pioneering 28-year-old.

Bulgaria's Star Stoychev Surprised to Rank 9 in Men's 10km Swimming Marathon

Bulgaria's best swimmer Petar Stoychev finished ninth in the men's swimming marathon at the London Olympics on Friday even though he did set a personal record.

"I am not happy with the result. I was in excellent shape and very well prepared, but the speed was really fast," Stoychev told Bulgarian reporters in London.

Stoychev clocked 1:50:46.2, which is his best time in the 10 kilometer marathon so far.

"My strategy was to keep up with Germany's Thomas Lurz, but the moment the leaders charged ahead, I lost sight of him. Another problem was the fact that those who remained behind were a group of swimmers, who were meddling with each others' swimming. It is not that the leaders swam so fast, rather we, the rest in the group behind, created problems for one another," Stoychev said.

The phenomenal Bulgarian swimmer, who is one of the best marathon swimmers of all times, hinted that this may be his last major tournament.

“At the age of 36, I am far too older than most of my rivals. Now I will have to decide what to do next, this is the hardest part,” he shared.

Risztov caps comeback with unlikely win

LONDON (Reuters) - In a sport where comebacks rarely end in success, Hungarian long-distance swimmer Eva Risztov bucked the trend on Thursday by winning gold in the women's open water race.

Risztov was an accomplished pool swimmer who never quite made it to the Olympic podium.

She won three silver medals at the 2003 world championships in Barcelona but came up short at her two previous Olympic appearances, at Sydney in 2000 and Athens four years later.

In 2005, she quit, believing her chances of winning an elusive Olympic medal were sunk.

But after watching the 2008 Beijing Games on television, she decided to try again after being persuaded by the manager of her local swim club.

"I finished because I wasn't happy with the results but after three years I felt I missed out on the Olympics and I was capable of a medal," she told a news conference.

video Olympic 10 km male final 3 minutes

footage of the final 3 minutes of the males race

from the BBC website - live reporting London 2012 Olympics: Day 14

London 2012 Olympics: Day 14 morning session as it happened  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19083675

1118 h  Swimmers will have to cope with warm conditions in the men's 10km open water marathon. The temperature in the Serpentine, at a depth of 40cm, was recorded at more than 21C (70F) two hours before the race, which starts at 1200 BST.

1142 h  BBC Sport's Mike Henson at Hyde Park: "It is a lovely day for a dip out in Hyde Park and, despite the disappointment of Keri-Anne Payne's fourth place finish yesterday in the women's event, a healthy red, white and blue crowd is already building for the men's 10km marathon swim.

Results Olympic Open Water Swim

You can see the results more extensive, including pictures and lap times on the London Olympic site London2012

London 2012 openwater swimming

Donderdag zat ik voor de televisie te kijken naar het 10 km openwater zwemmen van de vrouwen. Ik heb genoten en geen minuut van die spannende race gemist.
Vrijdag vroeg op om de trein naar Schiphol Airport te nemen. Na een korte vlucht geland op Luton Airport en daar de trein naar London genomen.
Ariveerde om 09:30 uur centrum London. Rondgekeken en wat soeveniers gekocht.
Toen was het tijd om richting Hyde Park af te zakken. Wat een menigte was daar al. 6 rijen dik stond men.
Aan de oost kant ligt een restaurant waar wel plek was, maar hoe komt men binnen? Gelukkig lette de portiers niet goed op en konden mijn vrouw en ik naar binnen te glippen. Wat een riante plek hadden wij. Na 10 minuten binnen konden we zelfs zitten op 2 meter van de waterkant.
Veel zie je niet van de race en de speaker hoor je al helemaal niet, maar wat een sfeer.
Daar kan de televisie niet tegenop.