2000 World Open Water Swimming Championships – Men's 25 km
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The Men's 25 km Open Water event at the 2000 World Open Water Swimming Championships was held on November 4, 2000 in Honolulu.
Russian marathon swimmers Yuri Kudinov and Aleksey Akatyev both from Russia teamed up to capture first and third in the 25K at the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships. The very versatile David Meca from Spain continued his impressive work by capturing the silver medal in Saturday's championship held off the shores of Waikiki Beach.
The duo's outstanding performance propelled the Russian nation to first place in the men's overall team standings—a tally that included points won in the 5K and 10K events held earlier this week. Kudinov indicated that the race was "most difficult for me because of the waves, but I was able to move forward after the fourth lap of the course." His teammate Akatyev, and Meca trailed only slightly behind him during the final lap of the race.
"It was the most difficult race of my life," said Akatyev, the 5K & 25K world champion from the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth, Australia. "I tried to shorten the distance between me and my teammate but the waves kept pushing me back. I was not prepared for these conditions." Akatyev is also the coach of Russian swimmer Yevgeny Bezruchenko, found that his own race was perhaps his most difficult challenge of the week. "In the last kilometer we changed places many times, the final sprint was difficult for me."
David Meca, the only swimmer from his country, scored 50 points to single-handedly earn the second place team title. Meca admitted "I was planning to catch him, I got very, very close to him. The Russians are great swimmers, but I had already swam three races and I was tired." Meca also earned a gold in the 10K, and a silver in the 5K event. Today was a great day, it was hot, it was nice and it was quite flat. At the halfway mark I was in 15th place but I always swim this way, trying to be progressively faster as the race advanced.
24 swimmers completed the race and the winner finished in under five hours. Race officials were extremely pleased with the result and quickly calculated that the winners time was an average of 1:12 per 100 meters. Finishing 50 minutes later in 22nd place was the single competitor from the host of the 2004 Olympic Games, Georgios Tsianos from Greece explained that this was his first swimming marathon, "I was training in preparation for the English Channel crossing, but I hope that I will have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic swimming marathon when this becomes an event in the Olympic Games."
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Key: DNS = Did not start