FINA World Championships 2011 – Lurz and Oberson win 5km Open Water Swims

Swann Oberson (SUI) won the sprint finish to secure Women’s 5km gold medal in 1:00:39.7. Aurelie Muller (FRA) was second in 1:00:40.1 and Ashley Grace Twichell (USA) third in 1:00:40.2. The top10 swimmers were separated by less than eight seconds.

View highlights of Women’s 5km race (6m 26s flashplayer required)

Thomas Lurz (GER) won the Men’s 5km in 56:16.6 with 10km winner Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) second in 56:17.4 0.8 and Evgeny Drattsev (RUS) third 56:18.5.

View highlights of Men’s 5km race (7m 17s flashplayer required)

A day earlier, the mixed-gender 3-person time trial featured 14 national teams starting 60 seconds apart in a 2 lap, 5km course. The final time is taken when the last swimmer crosses the line so drafting, positioning and pacing are critical to success.

That event was won by United States 57:00.6 (Andrew Gemmell 56:59.9, Sean Ryan 57:00.0, Ashley Grace Twichell 57:00.6). Silver went to Australia 57:01.8 (Melissa Gorman 57:01.4, Rhys Mainstone 57:01.7 and Ky Hurst 57:01.8). Bronze went to Germany 57:44.2 (Jan Wolfgarten 57:40.4, Thomas Lurz 57:42.0, Isabelle Haerle 57:44.2).

View highlights of Team event (14m 31s flashplayer required)

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