Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The great traditional swimming power of Hungary is seeing some competition from open water swimming upstart Poland. Based on the races in 2014 to date, the shifting towards the next generation of Olympic 10 km marathon swimmers is well underway.

But in front of a live television audience, veteran Gergely Gyurta of Hungary had plenty of motivation to keep the status quo. Gyurta took off with plenty to go in the race and never looked back in winning the most recent LEN Cup in an 8-loop course on Lake Balaton. But Mateusz Sawrymowicz of Poland tried to swim him down at the end as he is still learning how to swim a 10 km race.

While the Polish men are trying to establish themselves among the global elite, 2012 Olympian Natalie Charlos of Poland is already there.

At the second stage of the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup in Lake Balaton, there were plenty of eyes to see the transformation. The 10 km marathon swim that included several Olympians and professional marathon swimmers was televised live as part of a mass participation open water swim.

While Gyurta won comfortably with a 15-second gap over Sawrymowicz, the women were characteristically close from start to finish.

Charlos and two Hungarian teammates Eva Risztov and Anna Olasz finished 1-2-3 as it came down to the end.

Men’s Results:

1. Gergely Gyurta (HUN) 1:59:17.21
2. Mateusz Szawrymowicz (POL) 1:59:32.27
3. Damien Cattin Vidal (FRA) 2:01:04.54
4. Patrik Rakos (HUN) 2:01:07.45
5. Mark Papp (HUN) 2:01:58.12
6. Igor Snitko (UKR) 2:01:58.19
7. Daniel Szekelyi (HUN) 2:02:00.31
8. Karel Balouin (CZE) 2:02:40.18
9. Matthais Schweizer (AUT) 2:02:49.85
10. Igor Chervykskiy (UKR) 2:03:25.16
11. Jan Urbaniak (POL) 2:04:11.84
12. Vie Ingeduild (CZE) 2:04:25.53
13. Ventislav Aydarski (BUL) 2:04:26.15
14. Volodymyr Voronkd (UKR) 2:04:27.09
15. Edwin Seres (HUN) 2:04:27.16
16. Danyil Sereda (UKR) 2:04:13.11
17. Davy Billiau (BEL) 2:05:00.34
18. David Verraszto (HUN)2:05:01.39
19. Krzysztof Pielowski (POL) 2:07:27.77
20. Sebastian Karas (POL) 2:07:35.16
21. Idan Mordel (ISR) 2:11:14.47
22. Shai Toledano (ISR) 2:11:21.03
23. Thomas Liess (SUI) 2:12:20.79
24. Tobias Jakub (CZE) 2:12:45.79
25. Mark Meszaros (HUN) 2:17:25.60
26. Sandor Mezei (HUN) 2:20:26.05
27. Miroslav Funtik (SVK) 2:21:51.68
28. Sartosz Grzybek (POL) 2:23:03.64
Vadym Hrytsenko (UKR) DNF
Federico Brumana (ITA) DNF
Kyryio Shvets (UKR) DNF
Peter Kalman (HUN) DNF
Jarne Woutermaertens (BEL) DNF

Women’s Results:
1. Natalie Charlos (POL) 2:12:17.95
2. Eva Risztov (HUN) 2:12:19.64
3. Anna Olasz (HUN) 2:12:21.02
4. Nikolett Szilagyi (CZE) 2:12:24.03
5. Silvie Rybarova (CZE) 2:12:34.83
6. Joanna Zachoszcz (POL) 2:12:41.95
7. Giulia De Fusco (ITA) 2:14:22.72
8. Leonie Van Noort (NED) 2:14:49.85
9. Ludovica Galli (ITA) 2:17:05.27
10. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:18:08.89
11. Monika Czerniak (POL) 2:19:39.48
12. Ksenia Skrypel (UKR) 2:20:03.84
13. Boglacka Kapas (HUN) 2:20:32.19
14. Ratem Amit (ISR) 2:22:05.89
15. Annamaria Zombai (HUN) 2:23:50.72
16. Johanna Gersbauer (AUT) 2:25:55.99
17. Anna Lengyel (HUN) 2:27:09.17
18. Maryna Kyryk (URK) 2:27:29.04
19. Lidiya Ivanova (BUL) 2:30:11.97
20. Hajnalka Szabo (HUN) 2:30:34.96
21. Izabella Grzeborczyk (POL) 2:30:45.96
22. Lindi Verhoojen (NED) 2:40:16.81
Swann Oberson (SUI) DNF
Cheri Pinsley (ISR) DNF
Olga Bersenyeva (UKR) DNF

Photo of winning Gergely Gyurta by MTI/Kovács Anikó.

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