21 swimmers from Argentina, Macedonia, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Brazil started the world’s longest professional marathon swim, but only 16 finished.

The 88K FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix from Hernandarias to Paraná in Argentina (Maratón International Hernandarias – Paraná) is one long way to swim, even if it is downstream.

Andrea Volpini of Italy won in 9:06.05, comfortably ahead of 22-year-old Guillermo Bertola of Argentina in 9:11.35 and teammate Luciano Sales Rubio in 9:26.02.

Defending champion Pilar Geijo returned to the top of the podium on the women’s side, finishing first in 9:30.43 followed by fellow Argentina Antonella Bogarin in second (9:52.02) and Spain’s Esther Nunez Morera third (9:54.24). The final results for both men and women were as follows:

1. Andrea Volpini (ITA) 9:06:05
2. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 9:11:35
3. Luciano Salles Rubio (ARG) 9:26:02
4. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG) 9:29:58
5. Evgeni Pop Acev (MKD) 9:39:55
6. Emanuel Corsiglia (ARG) 9:55:00
7. Daan Glorie (NED) 9:56:58
8. Igor Dimovsky (MKD) 10:07:19
Damien Blaum (ARG) DNS
Ian Van Der Hulst (NED), Ilija Stojanovsli (MKD), Tomi Stefanofski (MKD), Bruno Lemarie (ARG) DNF

1. Pilar Geijo (ARG) 9:30:43
2. Antonella Bogarin (ARG) 9:52:02
3. Esther Nunez (ESP) 9:54:24
4. Noelia Petti (ARG) 10:09:23
5. Aurelie Cote (CAN) 10:12:48
6. Vanesa Garcia (ARG) 10:20:25
7. Gabrielle Trottier (CAN) 10:36:31
Mariana Mello (BRA) OTL

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