Chris Bryan set to take on World’s Best in Barcelona

20th July 2013

Ireland’s Chris Bryan will swim at the FINA World Open Water Championships this Monday 22nd July at the Moll De La Fusta in Barcelona. Competitors will have to swim inside a 2.5 kilometre circuit in the Barcelona harbour venue.

The 23 year old from Clare, who has travelled straight to Barcelona from the World University Games in Russia where he finished 7th overall on Wednesday last, was 33rd in the 10K race at the last FINA Open Water Swimming Championships in Shanghai in 2011.

“I’m feeling good and looking forward to the race” commented Bryan “This is the hardest, fastest distance swim in the World, over 60 top class guys compared to only 25 that qualify in the Olympics, so it doesn’t get better than this. I can really test myself here and see what I can do”.

There will be 66 starters for the race on Monday, amongst them 2012 Olympic 10K Gold Medallist Oussama Mellouli and 2011 World Champion Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece. Tunisian Mellouli has already taken Gold today (Saturday) in the 5K event at the World Championships in Barcelona in a time of 53 minutes and 30 seconds.

Bryan has competed in a number of events in preparation for the World Championships. The 24 year old won the Portuguese National 10K Open in May, he then travelled to Barcelona to race at the World Championship site, for a test event in the same venue as Monday’s race, in June where he finished 5th overall.

The FINA World Championship Open Water 10K Race will begin at 11am (Irish time) on Monday 22nd July, a press release will issue following the event.

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