London 10km Marathon Swimming Invitational

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Thomas Lurz, one of the pre-race favorites
Spyros Gianniotis, one of the pre-race favorites
The 2011 London 10km Marathon Swimming Invitational is an opportunity for the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), coaches, FINA administrators and swimmers to check out the logistics and course layout of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in anticipation of the 2012 London Olympics. LOCOG called for the athletes' feedback on all aspects of the organization and competition.



The event will take place in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in central London on August 13th. The women's competition will start at 10 am with the men scheduled to start at 2 pm.

Water Conditions

The water temperature is expected to be a comfortable 19.5°C (67°F) with nearly glassy flat conditions.

Public Viewing

The public will be able to watch for free world-class swimmers including over 10 world championship and Olympic medalists at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International in Hyde Park as part of the 'London Prepares Series' and Test Event for the 2012 London Olympics. The celebrated athletes include German Thomas Lurz, Greek Spyridon Gianniotis, Italian Martina Grimaldi and Greek Marianna Lymperta. Other contenders include Alex Meyer of the USA, Angela Maurer of German, and Melissa Gorman and Ky Hurst of Australia.

Some of the best viewing is available - for free - from the north side of the Serpentine. Watch 38 competitors go head-to-head and shoulder-to-shoulder around a 6-loop 1.67K course.

FINA Statement

The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said, "FINA is extremely pleased to organize, in co-operation with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Marathon Swimming Test Event, in the beautiful Hyde Park lake. I am sure that all swimmers, coaches and officials will enjoy very much this event, and will be able to collect the best possible information for an optimal organisation of the Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming event, next year in London. I would like to express our gratitude to the International Olympic Committee and London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and ensure FINA's full collaboration in the future, namely in the Olympic preparation of our remain aquatic disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming."

LOCOG Statement

David Luckes, Head of Sport Competition at London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games explained, "The London 10km Marathon Swimming International will be used to test the Marathon Swimming course in Hyde Park as well as many of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games's operations. We are delighted to be able to run such an event with a high level of international athletes and look forward to giving the pu an opportunity to witness world class sport for free this weekend."

List of Competitors

The tactics that the male and female Olympic 10K swimmers use a year from now may - or may not - be on display at the The London 10km Marathon Swimming International. What is going through the heads of these athletes as they give the course in the Serpentine a test? The race will be interesting for everyone involved - the top athletes, organizers, media and fans, but one hero, Keri-Anne Payne, is obviously missing.

Here are the entered female athletes to date:

1. Martina Grimaldi (ITA)
2. Marianna Lymperta (GRE)
3. Melissa Gorman (AUS)
4. Poliana Okimoto (BRA)
5. Jana Pechanova (CZE)
6. Angela Maurer (GER)
7. Swann Oberson (SUI)
8. Erika Villaecija (ESP)
9. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA)
10. Yanqiao Fang (CHN)
11. Christine Jennings (USA)
12. Kalliopi Araouzou (GRE)
13. Linsy Heister (NED)
14. Xue Li (CHN)
15. Eva Fabian (USA)
16. Ashley Twichell (USA)
17. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HGK)
18. Fiona On Yi Chan (HGK)
19. Rachel Williamson (GBR)
20. Lucy Charles (GBR)

The top men, however, are in full force:

1. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE)
2. Thomas Lurz (GER)
3. Sergey Bolshakov (RUS)
4. Alex Meyer (USA)
5. Ky Hurst (AUS)
6. Francisco Jose Hervas Jodar (ESP)
7. Julien Sauvage (FRA)
8. Andreas Waschburger (GER)
9. Valerio Cleri (ITA)
10. Antonis Fokaidis (GRE)
11. Zibin Zhang (CHN)
12. Luca Ferretti (ITA)
13. Chris Bryan (IRL)
14. Csaba Gercsak (HUN)
15. Samuel De Bona (BRA)
16. Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR)
17. Marcus Yat Ho Yuen (HGK)
18. Tin Yu Ling (HGK)
19. Yuriy Kudinov (KAZ)


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