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Guillermo Bertola

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Guillermo Bértola is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Guillermo Bértola 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China

Guillermo Bértola (born 26 December 1989) is a professional marathon swimmer from Cordoba, Argentina.

Open Water Swimming Career

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominees

Bertola was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia)
2. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
3. John Batchelder (USA)
4. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina)
5. Avram Iancu (Romania)
6. Stéphane Lecat (France)
7. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer (USA)
8. Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
9. Simone Ruffini (Italy)
10. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
11. Sayed Ihsan Taheri (Afghanistan)
12. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
13. Philip Yorke (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Guillermo Bertola looks like an athlete with a hardened body and steely gaze. While he has been competing on the professional marathon swimming circuits for years, he has never risen to the top…until this year. The 27-year-old puts his mind in the right spot and aggressively attacks his training and professional marathon races around the world. This year, he won the overall title for the first time in his career, tying with Evgenij Pop Acev in the closest battle in FINA history. He won the 32 km Traversée international du lac St-Jean in Canada and finished 3rd in the 16 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy and the 33 km Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon in Macedonia. He also competed in the FINA 10K World Cup circuit from Argentina to the UAE and competed in the 5 km team, 10 km and 25 km races at the 2017 FINA World Championships. For representing his country extraordinarily well as a personable, seriously-minded ambassador on the international swimming scene, for training hard and serving as an inspiration among young Argentine swimmers, and for winning his first career title on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit, Guillermo Bertola is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Rankings

1. Trent Grimsey (AUS) 95 points in 5 races
2. Damián Blaum (ARG) 71 points in 7 races
3. Andrea Volpini (ITA) 45 points in 7 races
4. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 45 points in 6 races
5. Edoardo Stochino (ITA) 37 points in 5 races
6. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 27 points in 4 races
7. Anton Pilipas (RUS) 14 points in 4 races

Education

  • Instituto Jovenes Argentinos

Videos



Bértola after winning the 3.5 km Beach Biathlon and 2.5 km Classic Ocean Swim at the Rei e Rainha do Mar on 9 December 2017

Guillermo Bértola talking about victory at the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean together with Xavier Desharnais

Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim

Bertola won the 2011 Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim in Serbia, a professional 19 km marathon swimming competition held in the Sava River in Šabac, Serbia. Its overall winners include the following athletes:

1970 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1971 Ate Sikes Franc, Netherlands
1972 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1973 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1974 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1975 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1976 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1977 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1978 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1979 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1980 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1981 Marino Šoljan, Yugoslavia
1982 Marino Šoljan, Yugoslavia
1983 Bojan Jan, Yugoslavia
1984 Mohamed Aly Jassen, Egypt
1985 Zolt Horvat, Hungary
1986 Dariusz Tasarek, Poland
1987 Mihalj Novkovic, Yugoslavia
1988 Premislav Abramovicz, Poland
1989 Nace Majcen, Yugoslavia
1990 Nace Majcen, Yugoslavia
1991 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1992 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1993 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1994 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1995 Zoltan Pavić, Yugoslavia
1996 Tomi Stefanovski, Makedonia
1997 Nace Majcen, Slovenia
1998 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
1999 Tomi Stefanovski, Makedonia
2000 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
2001 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
2002 Nace Majcen, Slovenia
2003 Evgenij Bezručenko, Russia
2004 Gabrijel Chaillou, Argentina
2005 Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
2006 Anton Sanachev, Russia
2007 Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
2008 Brendan Capell, Australia
2009 Rok Kerin, Slovenia
2010 Rok Kerin, Slovenia
2011 Guillermo Bertola, Argentina
2012 Ivan Afanevich, Russia
2013 Marin Milan, Croatia
2014 Brian Ryckeman, Belgium

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