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Van der Weijden wins 10K swimming race

Van der Weijden wins 10K swimming race

Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden skirted just inside the final red buoy and grabbed gold in the men's 10-kilometer open water marathon, completing his recovery from leukemia.
Van der Weijden won a three-way sprint with a better-angled finish under a steady rain.
David Davies of Britain and Thomas Lurz of Germany drifted to the outside at the finish and settled for silver and bronze.
Van der Weijden reached up to slap the yellow touchpad in 1 hour, 51 minutes, 51.6 seconds.
The Dutch swimmer was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. He came back in 2003 and began swimming faster than before he had the disease. He now commits a large portion of his time to raising awareness for leukemia, and raised euro50,000 (US$73,670) with a charity swim in 2004.
Davies was at or near the lead from start to finish on the 10 kilometer (6.2-mile) course and opened up a five or six body-length lead with a few hundred meters (yards) remaining. He couldn't hold it, though, and finished second, 1.5 seconds behind.
Lurz was 2.0 seconds back.
Despite the rain, the race was held in ideal swimming conditions at Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park.
With the air temperature at 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit), it was a decent contrast with the 27 degree (81 Fahrenheit) water. The water at the indoor swimming facility in Beijing is about 26 degrees (80 Fahrenheit).
The 25 competitors swam four laps each around the artificial body of water, with coaches riding close by along the shore on bicycles.
Van der Weijden won the 25-km race at this year's world championships and was fourth in the 10-km. His flexibility in adapting to different tactics and speed across various distances makes him a contender in almost any open water race.
Davies finished sixth in the 1,500-meter event inside the Water Cube on Sunday but is still relatively inexperienced in open water, as seen by his wide finish.
Lurz and Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia have dominated open water swimming for the past five years, winning the 10-km race at four of the past five world championships. Dyatchin never contended on Thursday and finished 12th.


Updated : 2021-07-27 04:12 GMT+08:00