Lago di Monate (Lake Monate) in Lombardy, Italy, hosted the third stage of the Open Water World Tour (OWWT) on Sunday 16 June. The event also hosted the first event of the Italian Open Water Tour.
Now in its second year, the OWWT is a global tour with a ranking system. Participating swimmers obtain points in every event they take part in, but also through doing ‘solo swims in regulated crossings’.
The first race of the day at Lago di Monate was the Hard Swim, a 5km swim race that made use of the lake’s expanse. While the Hard Race was under way, the Special Olympics Open Water Race was also held. The organising team noted that this 1000m swim ‘delighted all the crowd who cheered these amazing swimmers and their efforts.’
Then it was the turn of the Smile swim, a 2.5km race. The competition schedule finished with a Team Relay race of 3x 1000m.
The organisers added that the Italian stage offered up… ‘an amazing day, almost 700 of swimmers taking part of all races. [An] incredible atmosphere was breathed during the whole day, and the commendable work done by all the Italian Open Water Tour staff who made this possible.’
This year, the first stage of the OWWT got under way in Africa. The chosen event to kick off the series was the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge. This is one of the most prestigious open water events in South Africa, where athletes swam in Nelson Mandela Bay, at Port Elisabeth, on April 13th.
The next stop of the OWWT will be in Norway, on 6-7 July at Horten Moss.