On 7th september 2014, the 2nd Tbilisi Open Water Marathon was arranged in Tbilisi, Georgia, by the Georgian Swimmerâ€™s Club.
Around 85 swimmers from all around Georgia competed, including national, youth and EYOF team members and Georgian record holders.
Prize money was 400 GEL for 1st place, 200 for 2nd and 100 for 3rd, and they competed in three categories: Men 1995 and older, boys 1996-2000 and girls 2000 and older.
Men and boys swam 5K, girls 3K.
Men 1995 and older 5K
1. Irakli Revishvili, “Tonusi”, 1:02.43
2. Temo Kobakhidze, “Laguna-vere”, 1:08.40
3. Tsotne Maisuradze, “Rustavi”, 1:15.00
Boys 1996-2000 5K
1.Akaki Vashakidze, “Rustavi”, 1:10.08
2.Nika Kaulashvili, “Rustavi”, 1:14.40
3.Irakli Kvaratskhelia, “Tonusi”, 1:19.50
Girls 2000 and older 3K
1. Teona Bostashvili, “Rustavi”, 0:51.00
2. Ruska Goginashvili, “Rustavi”, 0:51.05
3. Lika Chikhoria, “Rustavi”, 0:55.07
This was the second open water event held by the Georgian Swimmers Club, with the inaugural being held in 2012. Revishvili and Bostashvili won the event also in 2012.
Arranger Dato Murjikneli says they are going to develop open water swimming in Georgia, and are planning an International Black Sea Grand Prix in Batumi next summer.
See photos from the event here on the Georgian Swimmers Club Facebook page.
Featured image courtesy of Dato Murjikneli / Georgian Swimmers Club