Adeev and Pace win race number four
Under 17 Russian swimmer Denis Adeev and Hannah Pace won their respective categories in the fourth race of the Power Bar Open Water Swimming Championships 2012, organised by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club under the auspices of the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta.
Two separate waves of swimmers started this penultimate 2-kilometre race of these championships. Although the young Russian swimmer and Italian Matteo Ammannati were not in the first wave, all eyes were on them as they started to open a gap on their group by the first turning of the 500-metre loop.
Adeev won the race in 30 minutes, 18 seconds, more than a minute ahead of the Italian, who finished second in 31 minutes, 21 seconds. Under 14 swimmer Jordan Calleja finished third in 32 minutes, 24 seconds.
Hannah Pace turned on an outstanding performance in the females’ race, registering her first victory at the championships. She had to fight the stiff competition from both Victoria Ann Hardy and Marian Belsten, who were always a few seconds behind her throughout the four 500-metre laps. Pace finished first in 34 minutes, 51 seconds, in front of Hardy (35:21) and Belsten (35:59).
The next race of these championships will be the 4,000-metre event, which will be held at St Paul’s Bay on Wednesday, August 1 at 17.00h. This event serves also as a qualifier for this year’s 11-kilometre Malta-Gozo-Malta and 5.5-kilometre Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competitions organised by the Club on August 18.
The final race of the Power Bar Open Water Swimming Championships 2012 will be held on August 29 at 18.00h.