Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden skirted just inside the final red buoy to grab gold in the men's 10-kilometer open water race Thursday, completing a comeback after recovering from leukemia.
Van der Weijden won a three-way sprint in the inaugural event 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. Davies was 1.5 seconds behind and Lurz finished 2.0 seconds back.
"If there is anyone in the field that can beat me, that guy is an absolute legend," Davies said of Van der Weijden. "He's a great guy. He's obviously been to the depths in his personal life and to come back is a great story."
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