17 October 2009 – Mamzar Beach, Dubai
Germany’s Thomas Lurz and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto dominated the penultimate leg of the series which moves to Sharjah on 21 October.
Lurz, a gold medal winner at 5km and 10km in Rome, outpaced his 34 competitors to record his ninth victory of the series in which he has an unassailable lead. Russian Vladimir Dyachin was second and winner of the Great East Swim, Thomas Allen (ITC Swansea, Great Britain), third.
A very tired Okimoto recorded a ninth victory to extend her lead in the women’s section. Germany’s Angela Maurer finished in second place and pre-race favourite Russian Larisa Ilchenko third out of 39 women.