Donbass Open, Russia

Thursday, 3 May, 2012 - 12:00 to 18:30

By popular demand of “open water swimming” fans for the first time we will have open water races on the programme of the Festival. The event will take place on a picturesque lake. Start and finish sites are situated on a sand beach.

Taking into consideration that the temperature of water in spring is about 17 °C, organizers offer the following distances: 926 meters (a half of a mile) and 463 meters (a quarter of a mile). All swimming fans can participate in the event.

Open Championship on the Ugra Khanty-marathon swimming (5000 m), Russia

Friday, 4 May, 2012 (All day)

Открытый чемпионат ХМАО-Югры по марафонскому плаванию (5000 м)

ХМАО-Югра, Ханты-Мансийск


Open Championship on the Ugra Khanty-marathon swimming (5000 m) Khanty-Mansiysk-Ugra, Khanty-Mansiysk


16# FINA World Masters Championships '15, Kazan, Russia

Russian Swim Champion Battles for Olympic Spot


Open water swimming champion Ekaterina Seliverstova has angered the Russian swim team by training individually in the hope of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics, head coach Dmitry Belov said Thursday.

Seliverstova won gold at the 2006 and 2010 European Aquatics Championships, both held in Budapest, but has struggled to post competitive times in the last year, finishing outside the top 20 at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

This year she has shunned the World Cup circuit to work on her speed.

“Seliverstova’s working according to an individual plan. My reaction to it is negative, I don’t like it, but we’ll see what happens,” Belov told RIA Novosti.

With only one place available for Russia's female marathon swimmers at the London Olympics, Belov warned Seliverstova could herself pushed aside by younger, less heralded rivals.

Murmansk sport committee

winter swimming

British Swimming requests clarification from FINA on the return of Larisa Ilchenko  Posted By: Mark Cuban

British Swimming has requested clarification from international aquatics sport governing body, Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) on the return of Russian open water expert, Larisa Ilchenko.

Ilchenko, who was considered retire as of March 2011, told a local news agency about her plans for the 2012 London Olympic Games. SwimNews has confirmed her return to swimming from FINA, which said, “She never officially announced her retirement to FINA.”

The 22-year-old Russian stayed away from competitive swimming after 2009 World Championships and currently, she is undergoing a cure for Thyroid Gland trouble.

FINA has imposed no restrictions on her comeback to open water swimming and said that the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) last examined her for a drug test in July 2010. However, WADA deploys Therapeutic Use Exemption to athletes, who may require certain prohibited drugs to cure their illness.