The World Swimming Majors has compiled the data on thousands of open water swimmers in 30 major marathon swims around the world. The 30 events are listed here.

The data is organized and searchable by age, country, gender and location (e.g., English Channel). While the data base is not complete, it is interesting to see where swimmers rank. The more swims they do, the higher their rank.

Additionally, the more difficult and the longer the marathon swims are, the higher the ranking of the athletes. In other words, ranking is positively affected by the relative degree of difficulty, length and number of successful marathon swims in this fun-filled system. Currently, the top 10 men overall, regardless of age or country of origin, are as follows:

1. Kristian Rutford (USA) 2,611 points
2. Peter Jurzynski (USA) 2,579
3. Christopher Green (UK) 1,905
4. Benn Kramer (CAN) 1,901
5. (AUS) 1,866
6. Karteek Clarke (UK) 1,856
7. Antonio Arguelles (MEX) 1,765 (top photo)
8. David Blanke (USA) 1,417
9. Nick Olmos-Lau (USA) 1,411
10. James Tout (USA) 1,357

It must be noted that all the swims of such prolific marathon swimmers such as Kevin Murphy (middle photo), John Kinsella (lower photo), Michael Read, Abdul Latif Abou-Heif, Paul Asmuth, David Yudovin, David Meca Medina, Petar Stoychev and other high-profile and swimmers have not yet put completely inputted. The addition of their swims will undoubtedly change the top rankings since these men have done – and in some cases, continue to do – so many professional marathon races and solo marathon swims around the world.

Swimmers can register, login and input their own marathon swims here. Marathon swimmers are encouraged to do so in order so the estimated 8,500 marathon swimmers can compare themselves with others of like minds and talents.

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