Courtesy of Miklós Oláh, Balatonfüred, Hungary.

Miklós Oláh is the chief researcher of the Balaton Development Council and has long worked on projects that support the development of the Lake Balaton region.

Balatonfüred is a good choice [for the 17th FINA World Championships and the 17th FINA World Masters Championships], since it is an optimal venue for this event. Open water swimming has great traditions since 1820, the year of the famous Bay Swim of Baron Miklós Wesselényi [shown on left].

Balatonfüred is the right choice for the open water events of the FINA World Championships. These American, Australian, New Zealander, Brazilian or South African visitors will have the chance to discover the Balaton region, so they and many of their compatriots might return the years after to this breathtaking and unique location.”

The open water swimming events of the 17th FINA World Championships open on July 15th with the men’s 10 km championship race where most of the top finishers at the 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim are expected to compete including gold medalist Ferry Weertman (NED), bronze medalist Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier (FRA), defending world champion Jordan Wilimovsky (USA), Italians Simone Ruffini and Federico Vanelli, eighth-place finisher Yasunari Hirai (JPN), ninth-place finisher Christian Reichert (GER) and tenth-place finisher Chad Ho (RSA) as well as Jack Burnell (GBR).

The open water swimming events of the 17th FINA World Masters Championships will be held between August 10th-12th.

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