Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

21-year-old Nicolás Segurado qualified to compete in the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda for the first time in his native Argentina.

I fulfilled my goal that I set and I was able to complete the course [in 9 hours 26 minutes in 11th place]. The swim was very hard because of the wind we faced. The waves were so high that I almost stopped, but I tried to finish and we eventually reached that goal.”

But it was not easy. “We had problems with the boat escorts. I was swimming practically an entire hour without their support and without the possibility of feeding which is fundamental. But we were able to complete the race and are quite happy with the result. This year, my main thing was to finish; next year we will go for more.”

He is now targeting the next FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in Canada. “Last year, I was able to compete in Mexico, but I could not keep up with the pace. I hope to fulfill my goal this season. The next competition will be in Canada in July, where the water is much colder, but luckily FINA has approved the use of neoprene.”

He is finally able to train in Cordoba where he has access to a 50-meter pool with the opportunity to train up to six hours a day.

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