David Heron Claims Narrow 5K Victory at 2017 Open Water Nats

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The 2017 Open Water Championships concluded with a tight finish between David Heron and Andrew Gemmell in the men’s 5K race.

Heron, representing Tennessee, jumped to an early lead in the men’s 5K and never looked back. Gemmell, representing Nation’s Capital, closed in on him and challenged him towards the finish, but at the touch it was Heron with a time of 57:25.8. Gemmell settled for second and a time of 57:26.1.

Canada’s Eric Hedlin picked up a close fifth place finish with a time of 57:29.0, followed by Taylor Abbott of Tennessee Aquatics. Abbott stopped the clock at a time of 57:35.3 for sixth.

Michael Brinegar of Mission Viejo and Chip Peterson of North Carolina Aquatic Club rounded out the top eight finishers with times of 57:38.0 and 57:39.5 respectively.


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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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