The Russian National Team will train in Vladivostok for the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships that will be hosted next summer from July 12th-28th in Gwangju, South Korea.
While the Russian capital of Moscow in the west is 6 hours behind South Korea, Vladivostok at the far eastern end of the country is actually 1 hour ahead of South Korea, highlighting the vastness of Russia.
Vladivostok is a port city of over 600,000 people that is located about a 150 mile drive from both the North Korean and Chinese borders (the city is located on a peninsula, and so is much closer to both by water or ‘as the crow flies.’
The team will take a full month to acclimatize for the World Championships, Russian head coach Sergei Chepik said. They will spend 2 weeks in Vladivostok, and then 2 weeks in South Korea.
“If it works, we will use this option before Tokyo,” he said. “If not, we will adjust it.”
While Chepik did not announce the specific facility that the team would train at, their home will likely be at the Olympian Sport Club, which has an indoor, 8-lane, 50-meter pool.
The trip from Moscow to Vladivostok takes more than 6 days (and makes 120 stops across 9300km) via the Trans-Siberian Railway and over 9 hours via a direct flight.
Chita is the country’s largest city in the same time zone as Gwangju (which in turn is in the same time zone as Tokyo), but Chita is a much longer trip to both South Korea and Japan.