Courtesy of FINA, Doha, Qatar.

Olympic 1500m freestyle champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy, world champion Jordan Wilimovsky of the USA and Jack Burnell of Great Britain are among the who’s who at the opening stop of the 2019 FINA Marathon Swim World Series that kicks off this Saturday, February 16th in Doha Bay, Qatar.

2016 Olympic 10 km champion Ferry Weertman is one of the very few superstars who are not competing this weekend.

But everyone else who will be fighting for the top 10 Olympic qualification spots at the 2019 FINA World Championships will be there. The podium finishers will be satisfied that their training and preparations are going to plan – and everyone else will re-evaluate their swim and strategies.

The event is live streamed on FINAtv with the women’s race at 9:00am (GMT+3) and the men’s race at starting at 1:00pm (GMT+3) along Doha’s stunning Corniche, a 7 km-long waterfront promenade.

Olympic contender Simone Ruffini, shown above who finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, said, “I’m really happy to be here in Doha. I’m feeling strong for this race and as this is a qualifying event for the Italian team for the World Champs, this is very important to me. I’m also happy that there are lots of swimmers in this race.”

Competitors:
1 Mahmoud Aldadah, Palestine
2 Jiabao An, China
3 Yosuke Aoki, Japan
4 Miguel Armijos, Ecuador
5 Bailey Armstrong, Australia
6 Galymzhan Balabek, Kazakhstan
7 Andrea Bianchi, Italy
8 David Brandl, Austria
9 Jack Burnell, Great Britain
10 Tiago Campos, Portugal
11 Brendan Casey, USA
12 David Castro, Ecuador
13 Lev Cherepanov, Kazakhstan
14 Igor Chervynskiy, Ukraine
15 Cheng-Chi Cho, Taiwan
16 Victor Colonese, Brazil
17 Matias Cordero, Ecuador
18 Hayden Paul Cotter, Australia
19 Allan do Carmo, Brazil
20 Kai Graeme Edwards, Australia
21 Ivan Enderica Ochoa, Ecuador
22 Esteban Enderica Salgado, Ecuardo
23 Hau-Li Fan, Canada
24 David Farinango, Ecuador
25 Niklas Frach, Germany
26 Matteo Furlan, Italy
27 Peter Galicz, Hungary
28 Pol Gil, Spain
29 Rafael Gil, Portugal
30 Brennan Gravley, USA
31 Eric Hedlin, Canada
32 David Heron, USA
33 Marcus Herwig, Germany
34 Christian Keber, Germany
35 Kenessary Kenenbayev, Kazakhstan
36 Vitaliy Khudyakov, Kazakhstan
37 Kristian Kron, Sweden
38 Riku Kuwazoe, Japan
39 Athanasios Cha Kynigakis, Greece
40 Tzu-Cheng Liao, Taiwan
41 Andrea Manzi, Italy
42 Alberto Martinez Murcia, Spain
43 Gordon John Mason, Great Britain
44 Nicolas Masse-Savard, Canada
45 Jon Thomas McKay, Canada
46 Soeren Meissner, Germany
47 Yohsuke Miyamoto, Japan
48 Abdelrahman Mohamed, Qatar
49 Rob Muffels, Germany
50 Taiki Nonaka, Japan
51 Alessio Occhipinti, Italy
52 Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy
53 Mark Papp, Hungary
54 Jose Paula Carvalho, Portugal
55 Batuhan Ecrin Pinar, Turkey
56 Fernando Ponte, Brazil
57 Evgenij Pop Acev, Macedonia
58 Guillem Pujol, Spain
59 Zhongyi Qiao, China
60 Kristof Rasovszky, Hungary
61 Christian Riechert, Germany
62 Tobias Patrick Robinson, Great Britain
63 Simone Ruffini, Italy
64 Federic Salghetti-Drioli, Switzerland
65 Ahmad Samara, Qatar
66 Raul Santiago Betancor, Spain
67 Mario Sanzullo, Italy
68 Levente Selmeci, Hungary
69 Iyad Shama, Palestine
70 Nicholas Sloman, Australia
71 Elliot Sodemann, Sweden
72 Daniel Szekelysi, Hungary
73 Takeshi Toyoda, Japan
74 Kai-Wen Tseng, Taiwan
75 Logan Vanhuys, Belgium
76 Dario Verani, Italy
77 Diogo Villarinho, Brazil
78 Ruoyu Wang, China
79 Yunze Wang, China
80 Andreas Waschburger, Germany
81 Florian Wellbrock, Germany
82 Jordan Wilimovsky, USA
83 Bozhao Zhang, China
84 Lijun Zu, China

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