Newly crowned European champion Mykhailo Romanchuk will be one of the main draws at the LEN Open Water Cup in Kiel, Germany, on Friday.
The Ukrainian, who beat home favourite and Rio 2016 Olympic 1500m champion Gregorio Paltrinieri in the pool at Roma 2022, will now turn his focus back to the open water.
A total of 17 men and eight women have registered for the event at the Olympic Centre in Schilksee, in what is the fifth of six stations in this year’s LEN Open Water Cup series.
This is the first time since 2013 – then in Hamburg- that the series is making a stop in Germany.
The two competitions over the Olympic 10km distance will both be held on the same day – Friday 26 August. The starting gun will be fired at 11:15 a.m. local time for the men and then five minutes later for the women.
The Northern German Championships, which are taking place at the same time, are still to be held over two days (August 26/27).
The current water temperature in the Kiel Fjord is 21 degrees (as of August 19).
The host team of the German Swimming Association (DSV) starts with great ambitions and sends several promising athletes into the race.
With Oliver Klemet (SG Frankfurt) is a reigning team world champion, with local heroine Elea Linka (SG Stormarn Barsbüttel) the sixth-placed in the World Championships over 25km. Jeannette Spiwoks (SG Essen) was ninth in the World Championships over 5km.
Linus Schwedler, last year’s silver medallist at the European Junior Championships over 7.5 km, and Lara Seifert (both SC Magdeburg) both competed at the recent European Championships, but the latter, like Romanchuk, only raced in the pool.
On the international side, Andrea Filadelli (ITA) – junior team world champion from 2016 – and Vitaliy Khudyakov (KAZ) as Olympic starter of the same year should also be considered in the men’s category.
The women’s race will see his compatriot Diana Taszhanova, World Championship participant in 2022, compete over both 5km and 10km distances.
Dutch Serena Stel was fourth at the LEN Open Water Cup at Lake Ohrid (MKD) last year and is also one of the favourites.