Courtesy of Yasunari Hirai at the 2016 Rie e Rainha do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea), Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lexie Kelly of California and Guillermo Bertola of Argentina won the Beach Biathlon (1 km swim + 2.5 km beach sand run) for the third consecutive year at the 2016 Rie e Rainha do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea) event on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today.

A day before the big match race between countries and 2016 Olympians, the elite athletes entered in a variety of events with thousands of amateur athletes, triathletes, multi-sport athletes, and masters swimmers.

The overall fitness of the professionals is impressive. “Guillermo, a highly competitive professional marathon swimmers, looks like a gazelle running so elegantly on the soft sand,” said Steven Munatones. “He is so fluid and looks as natural on land as he is in the water. His potential as a triathlete may be untapped.”

Lower photo shows Lexie Kelly with American Haley Anderson, Japanese Yumi Kida and Brazilian Pamela Engel at Copacabana Beach.

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