Andrew Gemmell, Melissa Gorman Win Fran Crippen 10K

Andrew Gemmell, Melissa Gorman Win Fran Crippen 10K

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Andrew Gemmell took it to the elite field at the Fran Crippen SafeSwim 10K in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

With 2 km to go, Gemmell wrestled control of the race and shot ahead of the leading Chad La Tourette with a 96 stroke per minute pace and a continuously fast kick. He kept up the pace and held onto the lead until the end in the warm, but choppy waters of southern Florida. Sergiy Fesenko was a close second and LaTourette finished third.

On the women’s side, it was a five-woman race throughout the 10 km course until the very end when Christine Jennings opened up a slight lead on the last lap. Around the last turn buoys, Jennings was still winning, but reigning world 5 km champion Melissa Gorman of Australia started dolphining earlier than her American rival and got a jump on her running up the beach. Gorman took first with Jennings second and Eva Fabian third.

Photo shows Andrew Gemmell and Fran Crippen congratulating each other at the end of the 10 km race at the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome where they both medaled.

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Steven Munatones