Naples – in search of assurances and revenge after the World Championships in Budapest and especially the European Championships in Rome, where the 25 km race was unexpectedly canceled: this is the feeling that accompanies the 19 athletes registered in the 57th edition of the Capri Napoli Farmacosmo Cup, the most amazing race on the world panorama For a cross-country swim, scheduled for Sunday 4 September starting at Le Ondine Beach Club (10:30 a.m.) and arriving at the water in front of the Circolo Canottieri Napoli.
The 2023 edition was presented today, Monday 1 September, during the press conference held in the City Hall of Naples and attended by the Sports Adviser, Emanuela Ferrante, among others; Chairman of the Regional Committee Coni Sergio Ronselli; National Counsellor Fenn, Luca Pescopo; swimmers Mario Sanzulo and Eduardo Stocino; Pharmacosme leaders. Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Luciano Cotina.
It begins again after the prestigious awards given to the event organized by the Luciano Cotena subsidiary Eventalmente Eventi & Comunicazione, which first awarded the “Event of the year” award and then invited the promotion to award the stars of the Hall of Fame in Naples.
The test, which celebrates the 20th edition after it resumed in 2003, will be in effect as a stage of the new Swimming UltraMarathon Series, a world circuit intended to bring new attention to international water marathons which in 2022 saw the race also take place in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Argentina .
As has been the case for five years, Capri-Naples awards the Farmacosmo Cup, presented by the online retailer of pharmaceuticals, fragrances and health products that once again wanted to be next to a historic and exciting event such as the Gulf Marathon. The absolute champions are, as always, the athletes: twenty registered players (fifteen men and five women) representing seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, North Macedonia, the Netherlands and Italy). There are many interesting reasons, such as the first participation of Napolitan Mario Sanzolo, originally from Massa de Soma, the last winner of the Italian title in the 25 km, silver over 5 km and bronze in the team event at the 2017 World Championships: last year in Tokyo, he aimed To bring the absolute title back to Campania 52 years after the recent success of the unforgettable Giulio Travalho. For Sanzullo, it will be an opportunity to let go of the bitterness of the recent European Championships in Ostia, where blue was in the lead in the first 25km stop and then canceled by the jury. The FIAM Oro swimmer competes for the ultimate success among others current champion Alessio Uchipenti, Francesco Guitini (winner 2018), Macedonian Evgenije Bob Akiev (first in 2016) and Argentine Damien Blum, winner in 2010 and in 2015, which with this participation of Claudio Plate in a number of times Appearance in the official race: You will be at the start for the 16th time. To observe veteran Eduardo Stuchino who, at the end of July, repeated the victory in the difficult cold waters of Luck S. Jean in Canada, who is still striving in his twelfth participation to achieve success in Capri Naples, and Italian Simone Ruffini, the world champion in the 25 km race in Kazan in 2015. Then Egypt returns to the race, representing that school of “Nile Crocodiles” that has always performed well Good in the Bay of Naples. Also among the candidates is Dutchman Marcel Schouten, winner in 2020 with the men’s number in the competition, but two years ago he came behind the superwoman Ariana Brady and Anna Marcella Kona.
In the women’s field, on the other hand, Barbara Pozzubon, an Italian athlete who was aiming to undo her disappointment at the cancellation of the 25km race at the European Championships and already victorious in the Gulf waters in 2018 and 2019, had to abdicate, France’s Caroline Joyce, first last year, And Argentine Pilar Gigo, who won the Capri Napoli in 2011 and 2015.
For the seventh time, the event awards the Giulio Travalho Prize promoted by Connie Campania, dedicated to the best Italian in the competition and established to celebrate the great Baia champion. The Filippo Calvino Cup will be awarded to the best youth under 25 in the general classification. Once again, the medical / physiotherapy aspects will be handled by Dr. Flavio Mayoni, while assistance at sea will be ensured by an innovative (one-of-a-kind) water ambulance belonging to the Universo Humatitas.
The highlights of the race will be broadcast live by the broadcaster Telecapri (Digital Terrestrial Channel 15), with live windows starting from Capri’s departure, thanks to the commitment of director Costantino Federico.
Finally, we must remember how the 2022 edition was opened by open competitions, which this year saw the development of three stages (24 June, 1 and 8 July) all concluded in Circolo Posillipo with the comprehensive participation of the risers and masters of thirteen countries (Italy, Argentina, Australia, Austria and Belgium France, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA), which once again demonstrates the value of not only sports but the tourism promotion of Capri-Naples.
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