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Golden weekend for Italy in first round of FINA marathon season

FINA, the international governing body for swimming, kicked off its open water season with two races in Argentina. On 4 February, 19 men and 19 women took to the water in Patagones- Viedma for round 1 of the 2017 FINA/ HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. The 10k swim took place in challenging conditions with swimmers having to deal with wind, rain and cool conditions.

In the women’s race, Italy’s Arianna Bridi took the lead with 2.5km to go and held on to win by a significant margin in 2:11:30.42. Second place was tightly contested with Italy’s Rachele Bruni and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto bearing down on the finish line shoulder to shoulder. The two had been in this position last summer at the Rio Olympics where they were promoted to the podium after Aurelie Muller from France was disqualified for impeding Bruni. Back then, Bruni was able to hold on for silver. This time, they were judged to finish together, in a time of 2:12:13.54.

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Welcome to the first issue of Outdoor Swimmer! We are dedicated to providing inspiration and information for people who swim outdoors – and for people who want to swim outdoors but haven’t yet quite plucked up enough courage to escape the confines of the pool. If you were a reader of H2Open, the former name of Outdoor Swimmer, we hope you will be pleased with the changes we have made. But don’t worry, we haven’t changed radically! We still have all the same great features we had before, but the changes we have made are those that were suggested by you in our reader survey. We will focus more on the social aspects of outdoor swimming and increase our coverage of wild swimming, as well as expanding our training section to include distance-specific plans to help you reach your swimming goals. We are also thrilled to have joined forces with the Outdoor Swimming Society to bring you reviews of all the best kit for outdoor swimmers. This issue we look at goggles, next month we will be reviewing wetsuits. Let us know what you think of the changes, and what you would like to see more (or less) of in Outdoor Swimmer. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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