Chris Bryan at the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup

Last Friday, 1 March, the third race of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup series was held in Eilat, Israel. A total of sixty-five swimmers from sixteen countries descended on the city, on the Gulf of Aqaba coast in the far South of Israel, for this 10 km race. Among them was Ireland’s Chris Bryan of Ennis Swimming & Lifesaving Club and the National High Performance Unit based at the University of Limerick.

Photograph – Gilad Kavalerchik

The start of the men’s race at the MSWC, Eilat (ISR) on Friday, 1 March 2013.

The winner of the men’s race was Christian Reichert of Germany, with an incredibly fast time of 1:53:29.50. He was followed by his compatriot Thomas Lurz, with a time of 1:53:34.05 and, in third place, by Alex Meyer of the USA, with a time of 1:53:38.00. Chris finished well up the field in ninth position with a time of 1:53:55.00, only 26 seconds behind the winner and just ahead of seasoned competitor Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia. You can find full results here: FINA 10 km MSWC, Eilat (ISR) 2013 – Official Results (Men’s)

Photograph – Gilad Kavalerchik

Chris Bryan (right) during the race…

Chris commented afterwards that it was a “very physical race”. He admitted that there was some “wrestling in the last 500 m” but seemed content that this was a “solid result” for him, especially given that this was his first race of the season. He also says that he has his confidence back now and that it’s “time to build from here”. It looks like 2013 is going to be great year for Chris and Irish open water swimming at all levels!

River Blackwater explored on “Abhainn” tonight…

At 19:30 tonight, the second episode of Series Four of “Abhainn” will be broadcast on RTÉ One. This programme will follow the course of the River Blackwater in Munster from its source in the Mullaghareirk Mountains on the Cork/Kerry border to where it enters the sea at Youghal Bay on the Cork/Waterford border. Swimming in the Blackwater in Fermoy will feature about halfway through. Here is the trailer for the series:

The programme will be broadcast in Irish but there will be English subtitles. Cláracha Gaeilge are doing a great job with these series about Ireland’s rivers. Past episodes can be found on RTÉ Player and the one about the An Laoi (the River Lee) is well worth the watch of you get a chance.

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