Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) will host long-distance swimmers, who will compete in the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021 Doha (QAT) over a 10-km course to be staged at the stunning Katara Beach this 13 March.
A total of 99 swimmers – 66 male and 33 female athletes – along with 65 team officials from 27 countries will participate in the season-opening meet.
France will send the biggest contingent to the Qatari capital, including 20 swimmers and 11 officials. Italy will have 13 athletes in both races along with five officials.
QSA, under the guidance of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), will organise the event by following strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of athletes, officials and all other stakeholders. The athletes will remain in bio-secure zones throughout the event.
FINA Marathon Swim World Series
The FINA Marathon Swim World Series races, which Doha hosted for the first time in 2018, is adding valuable experience and expertise as QSA prepares to organise the Doha 2023 FINA World Championships.
QSA President Khaleel Al Jabir said that this event will be another step for the QSA towards staging a successful FINA World Championships in 2023.
Federations from all over the world have reaffirmed their confidence in QSA to organise major competitions by confirming their big contingents for the first meet of FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021.
Al Jabir added that the event will be staged with strict measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. He assured that Qatar will provide a safe environment for all involved in the competition.
The water temperatures and conditions are expected to be perfect for athletes and we are looking forward to exciting races.
QSA Secretary-General Talal Mohammed Al Darwish said they are honoured to start the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series again and are confident to organise it successfully even during these difficult times.
QSA’s arrangements for hosting the event are on track. Doha will produce another exciting action of open water swimming in the presence of champion long-distance swimmers.
Top-ranked athletes to join both races
Olympic bronze medallist Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA), who won in Doha last year, will defend his men’s title against a strong line-up that also includes Kristof Rasovszky (HUN) – gold medallist at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships (5-km).
Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), Olympic and world long course and short course champion, and Fares Zitouni (FRA) will be the other main contenders in the men’s race.
The women’s field is even more star-studded with open water marathon maestro Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) returning to Doha, where she emerged victorious in 2019.
Last year, Cunha finished second behind Leonie Beck (GER), who clinched her maiden title in the series. Beck will also return to Doha – one of her favourite stops – as she also took second position here in 2018.
Other leading athletes confirmed for the women’s race include Rio Olympics silver medallist Rachele Bruni (ITA), Arianna Bridi (ITA) – 25-km winner at the 2018 European Aquatics Championships – and Lara Grangeon de Villele (FRA).
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