France's Joanes Hedel Takes Furious Fight To The Finish

France’s Joanes Hedel Takes Furious Fight To The Finish

Like the FINA World Cup race in Brazil, the top men at the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix had a furious fight to the finish at the end of their 8-hour 57K race from Santa Fe to Coronda in Argentina.

In a mind-boggling display of flat-out speed at the end of an endurance race that sapped everything out of the combatants, Joanes Hedel of France outlasted and out-sprinted two swimmers from Argentina Luciano Sales Rubio and Damián Blaum to win.

The conditions and race took everything out of everyone. “I was 10 seconds behind Hedel after 8 hours 36 minutes. I made my move with 5K to go, but I should of waited until 2K,” said Trent Grimsey. “I’m in a world of pain.”

1. Joanes Hedel (FRA)
2. Luciano Sales Rubio (ARG)
3. Damián Blaum (ARG)
4. Saleh Mohamed (SYR)
5. Trent Grimsey (AUS)
6. Andrea Volpini (ITA)
7. Iván Afanevich (RUS)
8. Edoardo Stochino (ITA)
9. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG)
10. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA)
11. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD)
12. Libor Smolka (CZE)
13. Bertrand Venturi (FRA)
14. Mattia Alberico (ITA)
15. Martín Carrizo (ARG)
16. Anton Pilipas (RUS)
DNF Juane Marcos Budniewski (ARG)
DNF Rostislav Vitek (CZE)
DNF Ian Van Der Hulst (NED)

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Steven Munatones