FINA announces the 2023 Open Water Tour schedule

Courtesy: FINA

Lausanne (Switzerland) – The FINA Open Water Tour 2023 It will feature six events, with the annual series complementing the open water swimming at 20The tenth FINA World Championship Fukuoka 2023.

Also FINA open water tour He goes back to 17The tenth Season, the schedule of the world’s best open water swimmers has been determined:

  • May 20-21, Golfo Aranci, Sardinia (ITA)
  • May 27-28,Setubal (Pur)
  • August 5-6, Paris (FRA)
  • October 28-29, Sun Moon Lake, Nantou(TPE)
  • November 4-5,Hong Kong (HKG)
  • December 1-2, Eilat (ISR)

The first stop of 2023 is Golfo Aranci, SardiniaThis is the first time that Italy has hosted a FINA open water event.

From Sardinia, the FINA Open Water Tour 2023 will head to the familiar waters of the Setubal. It hosted the Portuguese port city FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier events in 2012And the 2016 And the 2021and the FINA Swim World Marathon 2022 series opener.

The Paris The event will then follow on the 20thThe tenth FINA Fukuoka World Championships 2023. This stop in the French capital will also serve as an official test event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Marking a change from last year’s event in Paris, next summer’s competition will be held on the Seine.

The tour will then move on to Asia, with Sun Moon Lake Hosting the second FINA Open Water event. The race will return to Hong Kong A week later, the city is scheduled to host 12The tenth Event.

The FINA Open Water Tour 2023 will then head to the Gulf of Eilat on the northern tip of the Red Sea in Israel, for the final event of the year. seasoned host, Eilat It has hosted four previous FINA Marathon Swimming events – including the 2022 final – as well as FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in 2018.

athletes in each FINA Open Water Tour 2023 event It will share the prize pool as well as the overall round winner’s prizeall paid equally between men and women.

Brazil Anna Marcella Cunha She is ranked as the Women’s All-Around Tour Champion, while Italy’s S.T.A Gregorio Paltrinieri and Hungary Christopher Rasovsky They are the men’s tour winners overall.

Olympic champion and FINA World Champion Paltrinieri is among those eagerly awaiting next season’s competitions. “It’s a great feeling to hear that we’ll be starting next season in Sardinia,” said Paltrinieri. “Racing in Italy is always special. I am sure we will bring lots of fans and friends to Sardinia to cheer us on. Sardinia is a beautiful place, especially for open water swimming. I am really happy that the FINA event in Italy is back.”

On the women’s side, the reigning Olympic champion Kunha is looking forward to a new year with new challenges. “While I come in as the two-time defending champion and six-time World Series winner, it’s a really exciting and competitive time in open water racing,” said Cuna. “There is a new generation of swimmers coming out of the junior ranks, which will make next year’s Tour even more compelling.”

Cunha added: “As one of the more experienced runners, I love the challenge. From the FINA World Championships to the FINA Marathon Swim World Championships, I am proud of what I have been able to achieve this year. Looking ahead to 2023, I am ready to take on a new year with new challenges.”

The President of the International Swimming Federation, Hussein Al-Musallam, expressed his happiness with the schedule of the next season’s competitions. “We have the right mix of familiar hosts along with a newcomer and competition venue to add to the 2023 open water swimming events calendar,” said the FINA President. “From our start in Sardinia to the end of the season in Eilat, we can continue to see some of the best performances and closest finishes ever in open water throughout the FINA Open Water Tour 2023.”

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