|The eighth race of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008 took place on Saturday, August 2, when 21 swimmers took to the water of Lac Memphrémagog in the Canadian province of Québec. The course was 34km, and the event doubled as the 30th Anniversary of the annual Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog open water (OW) swim. |
Stefanie Biller (GER), winner of the women’s race, was even more dominant. She finished about four-and-a-half minutes ahead of another notable German swimmer, Britta Kamrau-Corestein.
1. Stefanie Biller (GER) 7h37m59s
Among women, Pankina’s bronze represents a slight decline in her performance, considering she leads the women’s rankings having won four Races in the 2008 Grand Prix Series so far, as well as a silver medal in Stage 4 at Capri-Napoli (ITA) on July 5. The win for Biller however, is a nice result, solidifying her place as one of the leading athletes in this Series, having taken bronze in Leg 4 and Leg 7, and gold on July 19 at Ohrid Lake (MKD, Race 6). Meanwhile, a silver for Kamrau-Corestein is a reminder not to underestimate her experience. She took gold in Stage 4 and bronze in Sabac on July 13, meaning she will finish 2008 with a Grand Prix medal of every colour. The last race of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008 will be held October 18 in Sumidero (MEX).
photos Janos Schmidt