Sharon van Rouwendaal Sprints to Marathon Swimming Gold Medal at the World Championships

Sharon van Rouwendaal Sprints to Marathon Swimming Gold Medal at the World Championships

2016 Rio Olympic marathon swimming champion Sharon van Rouwendaal is back on top of the podium with her first FINA World Championships 10 km marathon gold medal.

It wasn’t easy in Lake Lupa. In fact, it was downright difficult.

Van Rouwendaal told the media afterwards, “It’s pretty hard. All the time you have to find a different tactic and a different way to swim a 10 km. Today I think I did the perfect race. I felt really good. I was waiting for my moment and then in the end everything fell together – everything I had in my head fell together.

Unlike the men’s race where the field was more separated, all the top three women – van Rouwendall, Leonie Beck of Germany, and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil – jostled into first over the last 100 meters of the race.

They finished with 1.5 seconds of each other, but it was clear was finished first.

Beck who won her second medal after earning gold in the 6 km Team Relay event said, “We were really close in the sprint. It is better if you are a bit on your own and grab your own water. Of course there is a little luck in the end with who touches second and third and first.  I think 100 meters (from the finish) Ana and I were leading and Sharon managed to pass us. In the end I think Sharon did a really good job.”  

Cunha won her fifth bronze medal of her FINA World Championship career to add to her six gold medals and two silver medals. She is a good bet to earn another medal in tomorrow’s 25 km race given the fact that she has won the 25 km championship race in 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2019.

While the American team was without Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell for the first time since 2010, 16-year-old Katie Grimes proved herself to be a force to reckon with in the future with a 5th place finish, 8 seconds back of the gold and silver medalists.

Katrina Bellio of Canada who finished 34th said, “It was a really intense race. I think I learned a lot in terms of strategy and feeding. It was a new experience. I have a lot I can take away from it. I’m really happy with where I placed and being competitive with the rest of the competitors.”

Overall Results:

  1. Sharon van Rouwendaal (28, Netherlands) 2:02:29.20
  2. Leonie Beck (25, Germany) 2:02:29.70
  3. Ana Marcela Cunha (30, Brazil) 2:02:30.70
  4. Aurélie Muller (32, France) 2:02:36.10
  5. Katie Grimes (16, USA) 2:02:37.20
  6. Anna Olasz (28, Hungary) 2:02:39.10
  7. Angelica Andre (27, Portugal) 2:02:39.30
  8. Lea Boy (22, Germany) 2:02:40.50
  9. Moesha Johnson (24, Australia) 2:02:42.00
  10. Maria de Valdes (23, Spain) 2:02:42.80
  11. Spela Perse (25, Slovenia) 2:02:43.40
  12. Mafalda Rosa (18, Portugal) 2:02:48.30
  13. Chelsea Gubecka (23, Australia) 2:02:51.70
  14. Giulia Gabbrielleschi (25, Italy) 2:02:52.20
  15. Mariah Denigan (19, USA) 2:02:54.10
  16. Viviane Jungblut (26, Brazil) 2:03:04.90
  17. Vivien Balogh (20, Hungary) 2:03:07.80
  18. Rachele Bruni (31, Italy) 2:03:17.30
  19. Eva Fabian (28, Israel) 2:03:20.20
  20. Jiake Sun (20, China) 2:05:23.60
  21. Airi Ebina (20, Japan) 2:05:51.70
  22. Amica de Jager (22, South Africa)
  23. Candela Giordanino (18, Argentina) 2:06:02.60
  24. Xin Xin (25, China) 2:06:48.00
  25. Angela Martinez Guillen (18, Spain) 2:06:50.90
  26. Krystyna Panchishko (24, Ukraine) 2:06:52.80
  27. Lenka Sterbova (27, Czech Republic) 2:06:54.00
  28. Catherine van Rensburg (18, South Africa) 2:06:54.20
  29. Martha Sandoval (23, Mexico) 2:06:54.40
  30. Tsz Yin Nip (22, Hong Kong) 2:06:58.20
  31. Caroline Laure Jouisse (28, France) 2:07:07.00
  32. Pac Tung Nikita Lam (21, Hong Kong) 2:08:00.10
  33. Narin Burcunaz (15, Turkey) 2:09:11.20
  34. Katrina Bellio (17, Canada) 2:09:13.20
  35. Romina Soledad Imwinkelried (27, Argentina) 2:09:14.50
  36. Diana Taszhanova (18, Kazakhstan) 2:09:40.70
  37. Maria Bramont-Arias (22, Peru) 2:10:07.60
  38. Abby Dunford (16, Canada) 2:10:21.20
  39. Yu-Wen Teng (25, Chinese Taipei) 2:10:24.90
  40. Yumi Tou (24, Japan) 2:10:32.20
  41. Paulina Alanis Hernandez (17, Mexico) 2:10:43.00
  42. Arianna Valloni (21, San Marino) 2:10:43.30
  43. Hae Rim Lee (25, Korea) 2:13:08.60
  44. Ruby Heath (22, New Zealand) 2:13:44.60
  45. Li-Shan Chantal Liew (23, Singapore) 2:14:09.00
  46. Fatima Portillo (19, El Salvador) 2:15:24.20
  47. Pimpun Choopong (26, Thailand) 2:15:32.40
  48. Jungju Park (24, Korea) 2:18:11.90
  49. Sofia Guevara (17, Ecuador) 2:18:18.70
  50. Jocelyn Bermeo (18, Ecuador) 2:18:21.60
  51. Mariia Bondarenko (18, Ukraine) 2:18:41.70
  52. Yi-Chen Wang (22, Chinese Taipei) 2:19:46.30
  53. Samatha Yeo (25, Singapore) 2:20:02.40
  54. Maria Porres (19, Guatemala) 2:24:08.30
  55. Leandra Torres (18, Puerto Rico) 2:24:08.40
  56. Alondra Itzel Quiles (17, Puerto Rico) 2:26:11.80
  57. Natwara Bavornsukseri (16, Thailand) 2:27:59.50
  58. Maiza Cardozo (19, Uruguay) 2:31:14.50
  • Ashmitha Chandra (16, India) OTL
  • Diana Quiros (17, Costa Rica) DNF
  • Xeniya Romanchuk (24, Kazakhstan) DNF

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