Belarusian swimmers won six medals at Open Water Swimming Championships

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In Malaga, Spain, finished the Open Water Swimming Championships, where the leading Belarusian swimmers won six medals and got first licenses for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BelTA informs.

The Belarusian team leader Alexandra Gerasimenya won the 50m freestyle sprint with the result 24.98 seconds; thus, she got the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. Moreover, Gerasimenya finished first in the 100m freestyle race (55.61 seconds).

Yevgeny Tsurkin clinched gold in the 50m butterfly race (23.36). Tsurkin also won silver in the 100m butterfly (52.20), which allowed him to achieve Olympic ‘B’ Qualification Standard.

Nikita Tsmyg clinched bronze in Spain, updating the Belarusian record in the 200m backstroke (2.01,00); Alina Zmushko finished third in the 50m breaststroke (31.77).

The upcoming competition for Belarusians is the Water Swimming Championships in Belarus, which will be held in Brest on 14-18 April. This tournament, licensed by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) for the 2016 Olympics qualification, will host the best Belarusian swimmers, including Pavel Sankovish and Svetlana Khokhlova who are training in the United States at the moment.

Apart from qualifying for the Olympics, the national team is carrying out phased work on preparation for the FINA World Championships, which will be held from July 24 to August 9, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. Swimmers will compete in the capital of Tatarstan on 2-9 August.

Text by TUT.BY

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