A second Russian race has joined the GSS. The 25K Kotlin Race in St Petersburg was first to join, and now we have a World Class race in Moscow joining the Global Swim Series too.
The “TYR Champions Cup” was originally founded by 3 legendary Russian open water swimmers, including: Yevgeny Bezruchenko, 2000 & 2001 World Champion in the 5k & 10k, Larissa Ilchenko, 8 World Titles and first 10K Olympic Champion, as well as Vladimir Dyatchin, a 2-time Olympian in the 10k at the 2008 & 2012 Olympics.
Since then the Champions Cup has grown into the first major open-water swimming series in Russia, with over 5000 participants in just 4 years.
Winners in the past 4 years include other big names from the open water swimming world, such as: Valerio Cleri (Italy), Christian Reichert and Alexander Studzinski (Germany), Michael John Sheil (Australia), Evgeny Dratcev and Daniil Serebrennikov (Russia).
However, not all of those 5,000 swimmers that took part in TYR Champions Cup were Olympians, World Champions and professional swimmers. The race is unique in that it allows everyday swimmers, from 18-75 years old, to swim with some of the fastest and most decorated swimmers in the world. A very cool experience that isn’t often available to most swimmers.