LONDON, Aug. 27. EUROPEAN swimmers continued to dominate open water swimming as they have all year.
In the London leg of the FINA Marathon World Cup at the Albert Dock on Saturday, Europeans swept five of the six medal spots. Only Argentina's Gabriel Chaillou, who finished second in the men's race, prevented a European sweep.
Bulgaria's Peter Stoichev, took a very close men's 10K race in two hours, three minutes, nine seconds, just eight seconds ahead of Chaillou.
Holland's Edith Van Dijk, who has been almost invincible this year, had an easier time of it, winning by a minute, 13 seconds. Van Dijk's winning time was only two minutes, two seconds slower than Stoichev's, a difference that works out to 1.22 seconds per 100 meters.
The final stop in the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup wil take place at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on October 6. The race is 20K (12.4 miles), with a purse of $20,000 up for grabs.
FINA Marathon World Cup
August 25, 2001
1. Peter Stoichev (BUL) 2:03:09
2. Gabriel Chaillou (ARG) 2:03:17
3. Chris Hansmann (GER) 2:03:24.
1. Edith van Dijk (NED) 2:05:11
2. Britta Kamrau (GER) 2:06:24
3. Paula Woods (GBR) 2:06:35
The final leg of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup wil take place in the Red Sea at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on October 6, 20k with a money prize of US$ 20.000.