Monday, September 1, 2014

Deans Just Misses Out on Podium in Croatian Marathon

Marks Deans (City of Glasgow) was Scotland’s representative in the 39th Croatian International Long Distance Swimming Championships held in the sea of the coast of the island of Hvar in the Adriatic on Saturday (30th August).  The 16 km race is one of Europe’s top international open water events and had 30 invited participants covering 17 nations and 4 continents.

In the race, a group of 10 swimmers established a leading pack from the outset.  This was reduced to five shortly before the mid-way point with Deans’ contesting the lead with swimmers from Egypt, Canada, Ukraine and Italy.  The group was further reduced to 4 with 4.5 km remaining as Egypt’s Adel Ragab Elbehary dropped from contention.  Deans’ was holding on well until a lift in pace with 3 km remaining proved decisive and he was left to swim in for fourth place behind the eventual winner, Matteo Furlan (Italy), and the Canadian Xavier Dasharnais & Ukraine’s Vlodymyr Voronko who were awarded a dead heat for 2nd place when analysis of the video footage of the finish failed to separate them.

Deans’ forth place finish was the highest place finish by a Scottish representative and his time of 3 hours 14 minutes and 3 seconds was 29 seconds faster than his time in the event last year and represents the fastest time by a British swimmer in the event’s history.