SETUBAL, Portugal, June 30. DURING the third leg of the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup series, Brazil's Ana Marclea Cunha and Italy's Valerio Cleri won their respective events.
Cleri won the men's event in 1:52:46.80, while Thomas Lurz of Germany (1:54:10.95) and Yuri Kudinov of Russia (1:55:12.55) rounded out the top three.
For the women, Cunha stopped the clock in 2:06:04, while Germany's Angela Maurer (2:06:08) and Venezuela's Andreina Pinto (2:06:09) placed second and third, respectively.
1. Valerio Cleri (ITA) 1:52:46.80
2. Thomas Lurz (GER) 1:54:10.95
3. Yuri Kudinov (RUS) 1:55:12.55
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 2:06:04
2. Angela Maurer (GER) 2:06:08
3. Andreina Pinto (VEN) 2:06:09
Here is some of how the race played out courtesy of FINA:
Evidently, the final stretch for victory in the women's race was very close, while the top-three for the men finished about a minute apart. All three of these women's medallists will be competing in the inaugural Olympic 10km marathon swim in Beijing in late-August, while Cleri and Lurz will be among the first male open water Olympians.
This win represents Cleri's second gold medal in the 2008 World Cup series, after he prevailed in the first leg, which took place in Santos (BRA) on January 26. It is also an improvement from his bronze-medal finish in Dubai (UAE) on March 15 when the second stop of the Series took place. Lurz meanwhile, as the gold medal winner in Dubai, now has two medals in this Series. Finally, with her silver-medal finish in Portugal, Maurer secured her second World Cup medal, as she also won bronze in the women's field in Santos (BRA).
The next stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008 series will take place on July 24, 2008 at Lac St. Jean, Canada. Subsequent races will be held on September 14 in Singapore (SIN), September 21 in Shantou (CHN), September 28 in Hong Kong (HKG), and October 11 in Cancun (MEX).