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David Meca Medina

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David Meca, Spanish world class open water swimmer
David Meca, Faros Maratón champion 2000

David Meca Medina (born 1 February 1974 in Sabadell) is a pool and open water swimmer from Spain who swam for the Club Natació Sabadell. Meca once served a one-year ban following a positive test for nandrolone, a banned performance enhancer which resulted in a retroactive banning from the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame on 22 September 2016.

Honors[edit]

He won FINA world championship events in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2005 and 25 total FINA World Cup races. He was also ranked number one in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003 FINA World Cup professional circuit while winning races in Spain, Macedonia, Egypt, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Finland, Great Britain, Croatia and Canada.

Marathon Swimming Career[edit]

World Championships[edit]

European Championships[edit]

Fastest English Channel Crossings in History[edit]

1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:57 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007
3. 7:03 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 7:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2007
5. 7:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 7:17 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
7. 7:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2003
8. 7:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 7:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 7:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 7:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978

Video[edit]

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

1998 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results[edit]

1 Alexey Akatyev 5:05:42
2 David Meca Medina 5:07:23
3 Gabriel Chaillou 5:07:53
4 Claudio Gargaro 5:09:48
5 Yuri Kudinov 5:12:07
6 Stéphane Lecat 5:14:16
7 Grant Robinson 5:14:40
8 Fabrizio Pescatori 5:16:55
9 Igor Majcen 5:17:09
10 Nicolas Knap 5:22:35
11 Mark Saliba 5:27:54
12 Andre Wilde 5:31:39
13 Nathan Stooke 5:32:21
14 Nace Majcen 5:33:52
15 Liam Weseloh 5:34:53
16 Simon Chocron 5:38:43
17 Chuck Wiley 5:42:32
18 Paulo Torres 5:45:05
19 Alberto Morejon 5:46:11
20 Ryan Coom 5:48:03
21 Serghei Mariniuc 5:52:29
22 Trpimir Kutle 5:54:18
23 Robert Dinka 5:57:26
24 Gareth Fowler 6:05:11
25 Takashi Sugisawa 6:12:37
26 Ákos Győrffy 6:25:55

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