By Sharon Robb
Budapest, Hungary, July 18, 2017—In a thrilling finish, Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands sprinted to win the gold medal in the men’s 10K open water swimming race on Tuesday at Lake Batalon.
Weertman, the 2016 Olympic champion, won in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 58.5 seconds, finishing just 1/10th of a second ahead of American and defending champion Jordan Wilimovsky, a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Malibu, Calif, who took the silver medal after an incredible swim.
“Last year after my victory at the Olympics, I needed a big rest and many people asked me whether I would continue swimming or not,” Weertman said. “The answer was yes since I love swimming. I worked very hard for this result.
“In the last part of the race I realized that Marc, Jordan and Jack (Burnell) were in the first three places. But I was relaxed knowing that I have a very strong finish.”
Wilimovsky worked his way from 49th place and 31 seconds behind the leader. In the final 2.5, he moved into sixth place and was within seven seconds of the leader.
In the final 200 meters of the race, Wilimovsky was swimming side by side with Weertman and Saturday’s 5K winner Marc-Antoine Olivier of France.
Wilimovsky finished in 1:51:58.6. Olivier took the bronze in 1:51:59.2. Brendan Casey of Santa Monica, Calif., the other American in the field, was ninth in 1:52:18.6.
“I cannot complain about my swim,” Wilimovsky said. “I tried everything I could. There are plenty of very good swimmers in the 10K, so the silver medal is all right.”
A field of 65 swimmers competed in the choppy, warm lake water. The 5K women’s race is Wednesday.
Wilimovsky and Casey qualified for worlds finishing one-two at the U.S. Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake in May.
The U.S. got its first medal in the mixed 3-meter/10-meter event. In her first international diving competition Nevada grad assistant coach Krysta Palmer and her partner David Dinsmore, a redshirt sophomore at University of Miami, took the bronze medal after scoring 395.90 points. “This event is very new to a lot of eyes,” Palmer said. “To have the opportunity to participate was incredible. We didn’t have many expectations coming into this, but we did it.” The last time Palmer qualified for the world championships was in 2010 in another sport, trampoline. She was unable to compete because of a torn ACL.
China has won five out of seven gold medals. Most recent winners are Chen Aisen and Yang Hao in the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform with 498.48 points. Shi Tingmao and 15-year-old Chang Yani won the women’s 3-meter synchro springboard.
European champions Laura Marino and Matthieu Rosset of France won the first diving title for their country in the mixed team event. The pair came from behind on their final dive to win with 406.40 points for the combined platform and 3-meter event.
Defending champion U.S. women defeated Spain, 12-8, to remain unbeaten. Maddie Musselman and Kiley Neushul each scored three goals. Goalkeeper Gabby Stone had 11 saves. The U.S., Olympic champion and winner of every major competition since the 2013 world championships, leads Group B with maximum points for two games. In other games, New Zealand defeated South Africa, 8-6, and Canada edged China, 9-8…
In men’s water polo, Croatia knocked off the U.S. in its opener. Croatia, which had just beaten the U.S. in a four-match series in California, won 12-7.
Giorgio Minisini and Manila Flamini earned Italy its first world gold medal in the mixed duet technical competition. The edged the Russian duo by 0.034 of a point with 90.2979 points. “Doing 90 in this competition is something unbelievable,” Minisini said.
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