FINA Cancels Next Marathon Swim World Series Stop in Puerto Rico

by Riley Overend 15

September 05th, 2022 International, News, Open Water

The fourth leg of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series scheduled for Puerto Rico from Oct. 7-9 has been canceled due to ongoing challenges faced by the Puerto Rican Swimming Federation and limited time to prepare.

“We are disappointed to have to cancel the event, but our first priority must always be our athletes and ensuring we are providing them with the best possible environment to compete,” said FINA executive director Brent Nowicki. “After consultation with the Organising Committee, we decided that it would not be possible to host the event to the standards required, and so canceling was in the athletes’ best interests.”

The final 10km race on this year’s tour is scheduled from Nov. 11-12 in Eilat, Israel. The extra month of rest comes after an extraordinarily busy summer of major international competitions.

Olympic champion Ana Marcela Cunha won the first two stops of the series in Setubal and Paris before world champion Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands triumphed in Canada to move into a tie atop the overall points standings.

On the men’s side, Gregorio Paltrinieri cruised to victories during the first two legs of the tour, but fellow Italian Domenico Acerenza won the third stop of the series in his absence. Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky finished fourth at the recent race in Canada to take over the No. 1 ranking from Paltrinieri.

Both the men’s and women’s 10km races in Canada late last month had tight finishes separated by less than a second after about two hours of open-water swimming.

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Jose de Jesus
4 months ago

After so much talk and fanfare from PR swimming federation president Fernando Delgado that the Fina open water stop was postoned-not cancelled- for 2023,now Fina publishes the 2023 open water stops today…and PR not on the schedule. That’s embarassing…how long will federation members will continue to endure their leader’s lies and lack of commitment? Hopefully not for long…

6 months ago

Bummer for the athletes.

6 months ago

Nowicki is out of his depth

Reply to  Frandiel
6 months ago

Arrogant prick

Reply to  Katie
6 months ago


Tim O
6 months ago

FINA calendar chaos in 2022 beyond a joke

6 months ago

Nothing new, should’ve seen what happened at their international swimming open meet in April. It’s always been like this in the island for a while now.

Uncle Argyle
6 months ago

Disappointing. Not enough races for US. Always having to go abroad. College schedule makes Israel challenging between pool & OW( resting, time change etc.) . Italy, Germany, France etc. so much greater opportunity to compete on the same continent.
What does the North America offer? What would happen if our athletes were afforded the same opportunities to compete at such frequency. Europe consistently. has such depth at their races…

6 months ago

Fina diving events are a complete chaos too. Hard to know if anyone has any brains in the office anymore

Gong LA
6 months ago

combining organization skills from puerto rico and fina was always gonna be a nightmare LOL

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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