High Wind and Waves Postpones Open Water Racing at European Championships


Yesterday, LEN, the European federation of aquatics, announced a change in the program of the European Open Water Championships due to adverse weather conditions. According to the new program, the men’s and women’s 10km will take place on Friday, August 19. On August 20, there will be the men’s and women’s 5km, simultaneously, and on August 21, the men’s and women’s 25km, simultaneously.

While Friday’s forecast calls for rain and storms, which could further impact the schedule, Thursday’s readings show sustained winds at 19 miles per hour and high waves, which could create potentially-unsafe conditions for athletes.

With many recent major open water events being held in controlled lake or rowing basin conditions, this week’s return to the ocean will create a more traditional open water experience.

Reigning Olympic champion in the 10km , Florian Wellbrock will not compete in the marathon to be held on August 19 in Ostia, Italy. Even an extra day of rest wasn’t enough for him to take to the 10k, though.

I know about the 10km schedule change. Despite an extra day of rest, my European is over with the 1500 final. Tomorrow I will return home and skip the open water races.

Florian Wellbrock, has already cut from his program at the European Championships in Rome the men’s 800 freestyle where he was entered as seeded. Wellbrock’s coach had revealed a few days ago that Florian would reduce his race program in Rome since he was recovering post Covid.

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 GIUSY  CISALE Giusy Cisale graduated high school at the Italian Liceo Classico "T.L. Caro" where she was engaged in editing the school magazine. In 2002, she was among the youngest law graduates of the  Federico II University of Naples (ITA). She began her career as a Civil Lawyer, becoming licensed to practice law …

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