David Meca Medina
From OpenwaterpediaDavid Meca Medina (born February 1, 1974 in Sabadell) is a professional marathon swimmer from Spain, who was a world-class swimmer in both the pool and open water. He was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and has swum from mainland Spain to Ibiza among his exploits. He swims for the Club Natació Sabadell. Meca once served a one-year ban following a positive test for nandrolone, a banned performance enhancer.
Marathon Swimming Career
He won gold at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montréal for the men's open water 25 km. Meca took silver in the 5 km event at the 2000 World Championships in Hawaii. He also won silver in the 25 km competition and a bronze in the 10 km at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Meca successfully swam the English Channel on 10 August 2004 in a time of 7 hours 46 minutes and again on 29 August 2005 in a time of 7 hours 22 minutes, both times rank in the Top Ten of All-Time.
- Gold 2000 Honolulu 10 km open water
- Gold 2005 Montréal 25 km open water
- Silver 1998 Perth 25 km open water
- Silver 2000 Honolulu 5 km open water
- Silver 2000 Honolulu 25 km open water
- Silver 2003 Barcelona 25 km open water
- Bronze 2003 Barcelona 10 km open water
- Silver 2000 Helsinki 25 km open water
- Silver 2004 Madrid 25 km open water
- Bronze 2000 Helsinki 5 km open water
- Bronze 2002 Berlin 25 km open water