Paltrinieri, Cunha To Compete In Sunday’s Capri-Naples Marathon


Red-hot Gregorio Paltrinieri will headline  the Capri-Naples Swimming Marathon in Italy this weekend, with Brazilian open water star Ana Marcela Cunha also competing.

The 36-kilometer open water swim spans from the Island of Capri in the Tyrrhenian Sea through the Gulf of Naples to the city of Naples in Italy. The historic event has been going on since 1954. The swim takes roughly six to seven hours.

Unique to the Capri-Naples swim is that athletes have lots of flexibility on their routes. The opening portion allows athletes to determine their own course, often based on water currents, before all routes converge to a buoy-lined stretch near the end. The event website lays out some sample routes and strategies here.

Paltrinieri will be headliner. He’s been on fire the past month, stretching back to his European record 14:33.10 in the 1500 free at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. Paltrinieri is proving to be a true double-threat, crossing over into open water a few days later to win the Italian 10K national title.

Brazil’s Cunha has won open water swimming medals at the past five World Championships, including gold medal wins in 2011 (25K), 2015 (25K), 2017 (25K) and 2019 (5K & 25K).

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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