Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli Honored By International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

Courtesy of Ned Denison, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

One of the most fabled and historic marathon swims in the world, the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli has always attracted the world’s best swimmers. Over its history, great professional marathon swimmers including John Kinsella, Claudio Plit, Petar Stoychev, Veljko Rogošić, Paul Asmuth, Alfredo Camarero Yuri Kudinov, Nasser Elshazly, Nabil Elshazly, and many others have won in the 36 km race.

Currently the final leg of the FINA Ultramarathon Swim Series, the 36 km crossing from the island of Capri to Napoli on the Italian mainland across the Golfo di Napoli is both a challenging and beautiful competition.

The Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli was elected as an Honor Organization in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2021.

Race director Luciano Cotena, Carolina Giacco, Aniello Sammarco, and Francesco Vespe joined with IMSHOF chairperson Ned Denison on today’s edition of WOWSA Live to discuss the selection of their organization as an Honor Organization in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

The swim is historical, epic and one of the world’s marathon swimming majors,” said Steven Munatones. “The Who’s Who of the competitive and professional marathon swimming and channel swimming world have gathered on the shores of Capri with the goal of getting to Napoli as quickly as possible. The races have been fascinating to cover since it started in 1954. But, arguably, no race was as different as 2020 when Luciano and his staff, colleagues and volunteers had to navigate the global pandemic, but also got to witness the unprecedented 1-2 finish with Arianna Bridi setting a new overall record over Ana Marcela Cunha in its 55th edition.”

During the WOWSA Live interview, Cotena recalled the following:

* how he knew about the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli since he was a child and then later restarted the event in 2003
* between 2003 and 2020 hundreds of solo and relay swimmers from 57 countries have participated in the race
* when soccer great Madonna lived and played in Napoli in the years when fellow Argentine Claudio Plit was competing
* how he was able to organize the 55th edition of the race in 2020, the year “the world stopped” and all other FINA races were cancelled, but Cotena and the swimmers did not stop and the race was held with unprecedented results
* The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held in Napoli in 2022

55th Edition Results:
1. Arianna Bridi 6 hours 4 minutes 26 seconds – new women’s and new overall record
2. Ana Marcela Cunha 6 hours 4 minutes 27 seconds
3. Marcel Schouten 6 hours 5 minutes 7 seconds – new men’s record
4. Matteo Furlan 6 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds
5. Alessio Occhipinti 6 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds
6. Francesco Ghettini 6 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds
7. Allan do Carmo 6 hours 6 minutes 55 seconds
8. Edoardo Stochino 6 hours 31 minutes 6 seconds
9. Evgenij Pop Acev 6 hours 32 minutes 40 seconds
10. Caroline Jouisse 6 hours 45 minutes
11. Barbara Pozzobon 6 hours 48 minutes 4 seconds
12. Lara Gherardini 7 hours 48 minutes 39 seconds

For more information on the newest Honor Organization in the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame, visit

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