CHIAPAS, Mexico, April 9. THE competition couldn't keep pace with Sara McLarty. Competing in the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup last week, McLarty took top honors in the women's division of the event, as she covered the 15-kilometer distance in 3:41:28.60. The University of Florida product finished nearly five minutes ahead of Germany's Britta Kamrau (3:46:17.10).
The race was held in the Sumidero Canyon and featured powerful headwinds that reached 20-plus mph during the race. McLarty, though, battled through the conditions and pocketed the $1,000 first-place prize. The Netherlands' Edith Van Dijk was third while France's Florianne Richard was fourth. Erica Rose was the next-highest American finisher, as she placed eighth.
In the men's competition, Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev topped the competition with a time of 3:35:32.20 and was followed to the finish line by France's Gilles Rondy (3:35:51.50). Argentina's Demian Blaum was third and fourth place was taken by France's Stephan Gomez.