In Odesa, for the first time, a competition “Oceanman” was held in open water. Eight hundred athletes struggle not only with each other but also with dangerous jellyfishes, strong currents and waves. The strongest swimmers covered 10 kilometers of waves, and participants from the USA and France came to the Odesa beach.
As an international franchise, developed specifically for swimmers, the first Oceanman was held in 2015. Swims were held in Spain and Italy. In 2016, this series of swims became the only international championship in the open waters in the world. Both professional athletes and athletes-amateurs can participate in this event. OCEANMAN takes place in stunning sceneries: Putrajaya and Lake Orta, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific Ocean. Now the Odesa coast is added to this list.
Odesa has gathered a record number of athletes for the debut start. Before, at the debut stages of the “Oceanman” there were up to 500 participants in the world.
Serhiy Kvit from the Dnipro won the most difficult swim for 10 kilometers; he covered the distance just in 2 hours and 35 minutes. Among women, the Danish athlete Helen Vek appeared to be the strongest. At the 5-kilometer distance, Ukrainian women didn’t win either – Noah Shaul, a citizen of Israel, had taken the first place. However, among the men, a resident of Kryvyi Rih, Volodymyr Voronko appeared in the first place. On the shortest distance, the winners were the residents of Brovary Rostyslav Seikyrash and Natalya Khudyakova.
The top 10 participants of each swim will go to the finals of the tournament, which will take place in Dubai.
Charity swim in the framework of “Oceanman Odessa 2018” has become another innovation for this international competition. Thanks to this, the organizers were able to raise money for a 7-year-old Volodymyr. The raised money will be spent on a wheelchair so that the boy will be able to move around the city.
By Kostyantyn Rul
Photo by Maryna Bandeliuk