Russian Winter Swimming Championships

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Winter swimming in a pool carved out of a frozen body of water
The 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships were held in Tyumen (Russian: Тюме́н), the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located on the Tura River 1,700 kilometers (1,100 mi) east of Moscow. The prestigious extreme swimming competition was held on 15-16 December and included 25m, 50m, 1000m and an endurance event that was won by Andrei Sychev of Tyumen who swam 2250m in 1:06:15.

Endurance Swim

The Russian Winter Swimming Championships endurance race was conducted on 16 December 2012 in a water temperature of 0.3°C and air temperatures between - 30°C and -33°C. The top finishers were as follows:

1. Andrei Sychev (Tyumen, Russia) swam 2250m in 1:06:15
2. Alexander Brylin (Blagoveshchensk, Russia) swam 2200m in 1:01:43
3. Henry Kaarma (Estonia) swam 1650m in 25:25
4. Nikolai Glushkov (Novosibirsk, Russia) swam 1050m in 21:18

Natalie Gray of Moscow, Russia won the women's endurance race by swimming 1050m total, followed by Jackie Cobell (U.K.), Nuala Moore (Ireland), and Elena Guseva (Russia) at 1000m.

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