Cozumel, Q.R. — The Oceanman competition on Isla Cozumel took place Sunday as more than 200 competed for titles.
First place in the men’s Elite 10 kilometer category went to Fernando Betanzos Rodríguez with a time of 2:14:02, while Anahí León Becerril of Veracruz took first place in the women’s division with 2:43:39.
Second place in men’s was won by José Luis Prado Medel, with 02:31:14 and third place was given to César Corona, of Querétaro with a finish time of 02:45:46. Second in the female category swas Patricia Kohlmann Hackl of Mexico City clocking in at 2:54:55, followed by Ruth Nivon Machoud of Quintana Roo with a time of 2:58:02, placing her third. A total of 30 people fought for the Elite 10 km title.
Fermín Ejido Alonso, director of Oceanman International said that in Europe, competitions are held in open water in the choppy sea. He explained that at most, swimmers can see a maximum of three meters below the surface. Ladies winner, León Becerril, said that swimming in Cozumel water is different because the water is “super transparent, crystal clear, you see stingrays and the fish.”
More than 200 participants took part in the Sunday swim in the other categories of 5 km and 1.5 km swim at Isla Cozumel.
The men’s division for the 5 km swim awarded first place to Jovany Beltrán Valdés of the Yucatán with a time of 01:13:10. Second place was given to Rodrigo de los Cabos Mancebo of Hidalgo with 01:16:17 and third went to Darío Contreras Serrano of the Yucatán, for a swim time of 01:16:39.
The women’s 5 km challenge saw Jessica Luna Rodríguez of Estado de México finish with 01:19:44. Second went to Alejandra Patrón Hernández of the Yucatán for a time of 01:24:41, and third place was awarded to her sister, Adriana Patrón Hernández who finished with 01:24:42.