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Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana

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American Erica Rose competing in the 88 km Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana in the Paraná River, Argentina

Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Paraná (or the Maraton Nautica Internacional Hernandarias - Parana or Maraton Internacional de Rio Abierto) is held from the city Hernandarias to Paraná, Argentina in the Paraná River. At 88 km (54.6 mi), it is the longest open water swimming competition and longest professional marathon race in the world. Started in 1965, it is held annually in February under extremely competitive conditions, attracting the fastest marathon swimmers in the world, down a river with varying currents and flotsam.

Tens of thousands of spectators line the course in an extremely festive atmosphere. Offers US$25,000 in prize money when it is part of the global FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.



88 km




City Hernandarias to Paraná

Country Argentina

Region Americas


Website Hernandarias – Paraná

Event Information

Month: February

Website: Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana

Water Temp: 28°C (82°F)

Class: Professional

Wetsuit: No

18º Maratón acuática Hernandarias-Paraná

1997 Hernandarias - Parana Marathon Swim


The 88 km professional marathon swim was held in the Paraná River in Argentina on 9 February 1997. It was the fourth event in the 5th Marathon Swimming World Series held in 28°C water with the air temperature at 35°C with clear skies and light winds in the morning and moderate winds in the afternoon. Gabriel Chaillou led from start to finish with Nicolas Knap trying to keep up for the first 4 hours. Rita Kovacs led for the start in the women's race, but was pulled after 5 hours due to a back strain when Americans Lisa Hazen and Karen Burton took the lead and finished 1-2.

The event was held under the auspices of the International Marathon Swimming Association that incorporated the International Marathon Swimming Association, International Long Distance Swimming Federation, World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation, and the Marathon Swimming Committee of Europe.

Men's Results

1. Gabriel Chaillou (Argentina) 8 hours 46 minutes 36 seconds
2. Nicolas Knap (France) 8 hours 53 minutes 49 seconds
3. Attila Molnar (Hungary) 8 hours 57 minutes 2 seconds
4. Jay Benner (USA) 9 hours 0 minutes 6 seconds
5. Michael Drozd (Czech Republic) 9 hours 2 minutes 54 seconds
6. Humam Mualla (Syria) 9 hours 7 minutes 52 seconds
7. Mohamed Marouf (Egypt) 9 hours 9 minutes 39 seconds
8. Khaled El Saidy (Egypt) 9 hours 10 minutes 52 seconds
9. Ahmed El Ghitany (Egypt) 9 hours 23 minutes 16 seconds
10. Hossan Salah El Den (Egypt) 9 hours 30 minutes 58 seconds
11. Mohamed Salah El Den (Egypt) 9 hours 40 minutes 7 seconds
12. Patricio D'Ottavio (Argentina) 9 hours 43 minutes 28 seconds
13. Ahmed Abdalla (Egypt) 9 hours 50 minutes 2 seconds
14. Attila Manyoki (Hungary) 10 hours 10 minutes 44 seconds
15. Atharnasios Paparnaki (Greece) 10 hours 20 minutes 58 seconds
16. Panagiotos Pondidas (Greece) 11 hours 21 minutes 30 seconds

Women's Results

1. Lisa Hazen (USA) 9 hours 9 minutes 18 seconds
2. Karen Burton (USA) 9 hours 13 minutes 50 seconds
3. Lubna Mualla (Syria) 9 hours 15 minutes 44 seconds
4. Edith Arraspide (Argentina) 9 hours 24 minutes 36 seconds
5. Irene van der Laan (Holland) 9 hours 45 minutes 11 seconds
6. Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) 10 hours 8 minutes 27 seconds
7. Katenna Kotsiopoulo (Greece) 10 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds
8. Mana-Ines Mato (Argentina) 11 hours 2 minutes 26 seconds


Panagiotos Loukopoulos (Greece) DNF after 2.5 hours
Fabrice Cambaud-Pinon (France) DNF after 3 hours
Fernando Terrilli (Argentina) DNF after 5 hours
Rita Kovacs (Hungary) DNF after 5 hours

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