Through the gently falling snow the majestic Burghausen Castle set the perfect backdrop for the two-day winter swimming world cup event.
The Wohrsee Arena which is home to Serwus Burghausen Swimming Club created a wonderful atmosphere, which was enjoyed by the swimmers, spectators as well as many tourists in town for the famous Christmas markets.
This was the first time that IWSA has held a world cup event in Germany as well as the first full winter swimming event held in Burghausen since lockdown and it proved to be a huge success with over 150 entries from over 17 countries.
With the event being held only a week after the IWSA World Cup in Estonia, many athletes combined both events into their schedule including Bárbara Hernandez (Chile) and Ailen Lascano Micaz (Argentina). The water temperature ranged between 3-4 C° over the two days and along with the snowy conditions, the scene was set for some impressive winter swimming.
The wide range of ages and speeds is always a joy to watch and there is always a warm welcome for swimmers of all abilities. Still there were some very impressive faster swimmers taking part. With the IWSA established in 2006, breaking records has never been easy, but a new wave of competitive swimmers are now excelling at the top level at these events.
One overall IWSA women’s world record was broken by Alisa Fatum (Germany) with an outstanding time of 05:37.14 in the 450-metre endurance swim. Also, an impressive 22 age group records fell during the competition with a special mention to Markus Gunthner who, besides organisational duties, proved himself as incredibly fast over the shorter distances, managing to break three records over the weekend including 50-metre freestyle in 00:28.84 in the 55-60 age group.
We are sure that after such a successful event even more competitors will travel to Burghasuen in 2023 to enjoy the winter swimming world cup.
Event director: Markus Gunthner, Tobias Wybierek
Race director: Stefan Hetzer
Event data & statistics:
Held from Dec 10 to 11, 2022
Represented by 17 countries
151 swimmers competed
12 distances ranging from 25 metres to 450 metres
To find all of the results from the event, please visit the event website.