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Aussie Open Water swimmers set for Mexican World Cup

April 12, 2013
Rhys Mainstone

Rhys Mainstone

Six of Australia’s up-and-coming Open Water swimmers will compete at the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Mexico this weekend, with $20,000US prize money on offer and more than 100 competitors entered in the men’s and woman’s races. 

Led by FINA World Cup champion from 2012 Rhys Mainstone and London Olympian and 1500m freestyle swimmer Jarrod Poort, the Australian contingent also consists of Sam Sheppard and Josh Richardson as well as former world championship team member Bonnie Macdonald and newcomer Jessica Walker. 

Preparing for Saturday’s 10km Marathon Swim at the University of Southern California, the Aussie swimmers will come up against some of the world’s best open water talent on Saturday including Olympic bronze medallists Richard Weinberger from Canada and Italian Martina Grimaldi

The women’s field will see 57 athletes head to the start line, while 84 men are set to compete for the $10,000US prize money for men’s and women’s 10km swims. 

The six Australian competitors will use the meet as preparation for this year’s FINA World Championships in July while full results will be available at www.fina.org

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