Podium finishers Andreas Waschburger (Germany), Yohsuke Miyamoto (Japan), Alejandro Moreno (Argentina) shown left to right

Yohsuke Miyamoto Wins First Marathon Swim World Series Race

Courtesy of FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series, Setúbal Bay, Portugal.

Japan’s Yohsuke Miyamoto has frequently swam in the long shadow of Japanese Olympic teammate Yasunari Hirai.  But yesterday in Setúbal Bay, Portugal, he found his way onto the podium for the first time in his lengthy international career.

The former 1500m pool swimming specialist won his first FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 10 km race of his career in the 19°C water temperature.

With the water temperature at 19°C, most of the athletes – both males and females – opted to swim in wetsuits including all the top athletes.

The neoprened Miyamoto said, “The water temperature was low for me and it was a very hard race. This was the first time for me to win a World Series event and I’m very happy.”

Miyomoto just touched out German Olympian Andreas Waschburger in a race that went down to the last stroke.  Waschburger summarized the event, “The race was different as to other World Series due to the number of swimmers being lower than normal.  I thought that I could win the race, but Miyamoto from Japan was flying at the end.”

Mostly everyone was flying more than usual throughout the race with favorable currents in the 5-loop course that made the cumulative time for the athletes at least 15 minutes faster than normally expected.

Official Results:

  1. Yohsuke Miyamoto (Japan) 1:34:44
  2. Andreas Waschburger (Germany) 1:34:45
  3. Alejandro Moreno (Argentina) 1:34:48
  4. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina) 1:34:51
  5. Logan Van Huys (Belgium) 1:34:52
  6. Rafael Gil (Portugal) 1:35:21
  7. Marcel Schouten (Netherlands) 1:36:07
  8. Fernando Ponte (Brazil) 1:36:09
  9. Takeshi Toyoda (Japan) 1:36:1
  10. Ivo Cassini (Argentina) 1:36:18
  11. Alexandre Finco (Brazil) 1:36:2
  12. Daniel Dangadillo (Mexico) 1:36:27
  13. Tiago Campos (Portugal) 1:36:30
  14. Dany Caille (Portugal) 1:37:5
  15. Igor Chervynskyi (Ukraine) 1:38:59
  16. Evgenji Pop Acev (Macedonia) 1:39:39
  17. José Diogo (Portugal) 1:41:00
  18. William Rollo (Australia) 1:41:05
  19. Fernando Betanzos (Mexico) 1:41:05
  20. Taiki Nonaka (Japan) 1:43:01
  21. Saurabh Sangvekar (India) 1:53:48

The athletes will have it another go on June 15th in Balatonfured, Hungary.

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