On Saturday, February 9, the second race of the 2008 series of the 2nd FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (former FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup), also called the 14th “Maraton Acuatico Internacional Ciudad de Rosario” (a 15 km event) was held in Argentina. Confirming her first success of 2008 (one week earlier in Santa Fe), the Russian Natalia Pankina, in the women’s race.
Natalie Pankina Esther Nunez
In the women’s race, the Russian Natalia Pankina crossed the finish line five minutes before a group of five swimmers, including the winner of the 2007 edition Esther Nuñez (ESP), three Italians (Alessandra Romiti, Camilla Frediani, 3rd and 4th, and Laura La Piana, 6th) and one Argentinean, Pilar Geijo (5th).
Medallists in Maraton Acuatico “Ciudad de Rosario” .
Women – 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 2h11m38s; 2. Esther Nuñez (ESP) 2h16m23s; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) 2h17m35s.
General Standings after 2 Races
Women - 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 30 pts; 2. Esther Nunez (ESP) 18 pts; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) and Laura La Piana (ITA) 14 pts