PHOENIX, Arizona, October 8. THE FINA 10K World Cup series came to a close last Saturday with the eighth stop in Hong Kong. On the line was the title of overall World Cup winner for the men and women, and a $20,000 check.
Thomas Lurz has been having a great year, including a medal in all four open water races at the world championships this summer, and he wrapped up his competition season with the overall men’s title in the 10K World Cup. Lurz only had to swim the race in order to collect his prize, and after finishing seventh in the race he was declared the overall champion. Lurz won two races on the circuit and finished 14 points ahead of rising open water swimmer Romain Beraud of France.
Emily Brunemann won the women’s title in the 10K World Cup, giving her a boost not only athletically but financially. Brunemann has had a rollercoaster year. She just missed out on making the world championship team and also just missed out on a medal in the 10K at the World University Games. A major upside, though, was getting engaged to fellow swimmer Michael Klueh in July, and this $20,000 will go a long way to paying for wedding expenses. This marked Brunemann’s best rank in the World Cup series, having finished as high as fourth in 2011.
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