European Open Water Events Championships postponed or canceled due to weather

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2022 EUROPEAN AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – OPEN WATER

Weather again postponed the open water swimming events at the 2022 European Aquatics Championships on Thursday and led to the cancellation of the relay event.

After the races have already been postponed once due to high winds and waves forecast for Thursday in Ostia, the thunderstorm forecast for Friday has not improved either. The thunderstorms are expected to unfold throughout the day, resulting in a time crunch for championship organizers.

They canceled the relay event and condensed the individual races into two days of action. The weekend calls for slightly cooler temperatures and calmer waters.

The return of open water racing to the ocean, rather than the man-made lakes and rowing basins that have become the norm more recently, carries more risk for these kinds of interruptions due to dangerous conditions. MagicSeaweed.com, a surf condition tracker, reported waves peaking at around 6ft on Thursday, with 1-2ft waves projecting throughout the weekend.

Updated open water schedule, European Aquatic Championships 2022:

  • Men’s 5k race – Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • Women’s 5K Run – Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • Men’s 25km race – Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time
  • Women’s 25km race – Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time
  • Men’s 10K race – Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Women’s 10K race – Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Portugal competed in the team relay event.

With the 5km race and the 25km race now taking place on the same day, we might see some scratches, although the double is limited. Only three swimmers in the men’s 25km are entered in both the 25km and 5km: Martin Straka of the Czech Republic, Zalan Sarkany of Hungary and Theo Druenne of Monaco. Interestingly, none of these three are entered in the first 5k event.

Most of the small female group of 10 swimmers in the 25km event swim the longest distance as their only race, but one notable exception is Sharon van Rouwendaal From the Netherlands. She is the only swimmer of both genders to be entered in all three distances.

She is the reigning world champion in the 10km open water and was also the 2016 Olympic champion in this event. She has a total of 7 gold medals at the European Open Water Championships, winning the 5km and 10km races at each of the last two championships. Her only European medal in the 25km came in 2018, where she took silver.

Despite some poor pre-match predictions, the pool swimming competition, which took place outdoors at Foro Italico, went ahead on schedule without any issues.

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