The 8th Pirita Open was the last event of the IWSA World Cup and marked the finale of the winter swimming season 2016/17.
For the first time ever, Pirita Open was held on a selected area of water in the Old City Marina, at the Port of Tallinn. This location will also be the venue for the upcoming Winter Swimming World Championships 2018, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia, from March 6 to 10.
This year, Pirita Open gathered a total of 340 participants, from 19 countries. Participants were able to compete in the following distances:
A total of 689 starts were made. The amount of relay teams also grew this year - 31 teams competed in the 4x25m team relay swim.
After 2 days of competition, the after party and award ceremony for the IWSA World Cup was held at Kochi Aidad, a restaurant near the competition center.
This year, the absolute winner awarded with the IWSA World Cup was Igor Lukin (in male age groups) and Ludmila Maller (in female age groups), both being from Russia. Last year, these awards were given to Christof Wandratsch (in male age groups) from Germany, and Jaimie Monahan (in female age groups) from USA.
We would like to congratulate this year winners and medalists of the IWSA World Cup and we are glad to see, that more people are taking up the challenge, and participating. We look forward for the upcoming season and the Winter Swimming World Championships 2018. We would also like to thank the organizers, Tallinn Winter Swimming Center, for this fantastic event.
A big thank you to all the winter swimmers for making this season an unforgettable experience.
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