World Championship

Impressive performance from Cara Baker

source: www.stuff.co.nz

New Zealand swimmer Cara Baker bounced back from her health scare earlier in the week to finish ninth in the 5km open water swim at the world championships in Shanghai yesterday.

Baker, 21, seven seconds behind winner Swann Oberson (Switzerland) who won in 1hr 00min 39.7sec in hot conditions at Jinshan City Beach.

Team-mate Kane Radford (Rotorua) was 27th in a packed men's race won by Germany's Thomas Lurz who reversed the result of the 10km event by beating Spyros Gianniotis (Greece).

Swimming New Zealand open water manager Philip Rush said both swimmers impressed amid some aggressive and fast packs.

Rush said he was thrilled for Baker who showed her true worth after fainting twice in the leadup to the 10km race earlier in the week.

Open water swimmer Lurz takes fifth world title

source: www.thelocal.de

Germany's Thomas Lurz was hailed as one of the all-time swimming greats on Friday as he sealed his fifth world championships open water title in a dramatic 5km race in Shanghai.

Lurz left it desperately late before overhauling Greek rival Spyros Gianniotis in the final metres of the gruelling event for his third medal in three races at Jinshan City Beach.

"I was sure that I won only when I touched the finish board, the slap board. Then I already knew that I won," Lurz said.

"But before the race I didn't think about winning five times or six times or seven times in a row. I think this is big pressure. Every time I go on the start, I try to do my best and don't think about the number of titles."

Lurz, Oberson win 5K races at open water worlds

source: www.google.com

JINSHAN CITY, China (AP) — Germany's Thomas Lurz won the men's 5-kilometer race in the open water world championships Friday by less than a second over Greece's Spyros Gianniotis, reversing the result of the 10-kilometer race earlier in the week.

Switzerland's Swann Oberson, who has been swimming in international competitions for only a year, won the women's 5-kilometer race.

Lurz finished in 56 minutes, 16.6 seconds, and Gianniotis in 56.17.4. Evgeny Drattsev of Russia was third in 56.18.5.

Lurz passed the Greek swimmer late in the race.

"It was my strategy to leave it to the end," Lurz said. "But I was only sure that I won when I touched the finish board."

Gianniotis said he knew Lurz was getting close.

Tom Allen misses out on 2012 qualification at World Championships but Olympic dream is still alive

source: www.flintshirechronicle.co.uk July 21 2011 by Alec Doyle, Flintshire Chronicle

TOM Allen’s Olympic dream is hanging by a thread after he fell victim to a high-paced open water 10km race at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

A top-10 finish yesterday would have seen the 18-year-old from Hope become only the second British athlete in any sport to secure their place at the 2012 Games in London after Keri-Anne Payne did it in the women’s event on Tuesday.

And he looked all set to achieve his goal, spending the majority of the race in the top eight despite the searing heat in China.

US wins gold in open water team event

source: washingtonexaminer.com

The United States won the new 5-kilometer open water team event at the world aquatic championships on Thursday.

Ashley Twichell, Andrew Gemmell and Sean Ryan finished in 57 minutes, 00.6 seconds — 1.2 seconds ahead of second-place Australia, which was represented by Melissa Gorman, Ky Hurst and Rhys Mainstone.

"It was pretty incredible for a 5k race to come down to a single second for two teams that started 10 minutes apart," Gemmell said. "It just shows you how tight the race was."

US wins gold in open water team event

source: www.seattlepi.com

JINSHAN CITY, China (AP) — The United States won the new 5-kilometer open water team event at the world aquatic championships on Thursday.

Ashley Twichell, Andrew Gemmell and Sean Ryan finished in 57 minutes, 00.6 seconds — 1.2 seconds ahead of second-place Australia, which was represented by Melissa Gorman, Ky Hurst and Rhys Mainstone.

Current World Champion 25K Heister pulls back

source:sport.nieuws.nl  in Dutch

(AP) - Swimmer Linsy Heister won't defend her world title in Shanghai on the 25 km open water. Coach Marcel Wouda pulled the 23-year-old from Eindhoven Thursday back  According to the coach, it is medically irresponsible to swim the longest distance at a water temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius.

"After a long discussion with medical staff we decided to withdraw Linsy" Wouda reported Thursday. "It is irresponsible to swim for five to six hours in water of about thirty degrees. Besides that it's life traetening, it would take a very long recovery afterwards."

Spyros overtakes favourite Lurz in last lap to clinch victory

source: thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp

SHANGHAI: Spyros Gianniotis of Greece overtook defending champion Thomas Lurz of Germany in the last lap to win the 10km open water swim at the World Championships yesterday and qualify for the London Olympics.

Gianniotis broke free of a pack of swimmers after the final turn and passed Lurz and Britain’s Daniel Lee Fogg, who had led for most of the race.

Gianniotis snatches Lurz's 10 km open water swimming crown

source: news.yahoo.com

Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis dethroned German title-holder Thomas Lurz to win the 10km crown at the Shanghai world championships.

Gianniotis, who has repeatedly lost out to Lurz, the unofficial king of open water swimming, finally topped the podium after touching in 1hr 54min 24.7sec in baking conditions at Jinshan City Beach on Wednesday.

Lurz, who is also the three-time defending champion over 5km, took silver just 2.5 seconds behind, with Russia's Sergey Bolshakov placing third. The top 10 finishers all gained automatic entry to next year's London Olympics.

Swimming tragedy sparks hi-tech safety drive

source: www.google.comBy D'Arcy Doran (AFP)

SHANGHAI — The death of a competitor in an open water race has prompted swimming chiefs to introduce high-tech sonar equipment to keep athletes safe at the world championships in Shanghai.

World governing body FINA invested $300,000 in two sonar units which are now in use for the first time, sweeping the course every 20 seconds to alert rescue boats if any competitor falls below a certain depth.

FINA was urged to make changes after the death of American swimmer Fran Crippen last October, during the final leg of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

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