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Brits improve on open water results

5th February 2013

British Gas Loughborough ITC swimmer Jack Burnell was the top Brit at the second leg of the FINA 10km World Cup in Viedma, Argentina on Saturday.

Burnell finished eighth in 1:50:49, just 11 seconds behind two-time Olympic 10km medallist Thomas Lurz who was third.

Following six seconds behind Burnell was British teammate Tom Allen (British Gas ITC Swansea), who finished 10th in 1:50:55 while City of Sheffield’s Tom Sunter was one place back in 1:51:57.

Romain Beraud of France took the win in 1:50:21 ahead of his compatriot Damien Cattin Vidal in 1:50:30.

Rachel Williamson (Kingston-upon-Hull) swam solo for much of the women’s race en route to finishing 15th in 2:30:19 while Lucy Charles (Hatfield) withdrew with an on-going shoulder injury.

Berni Dietzig, Interim Head of Open Water said: “As we expected, this trip wasn’t easy. The journey from the first leg in Santos (BRA) to Viedma (ARG) took 18 hours.

“With only two days on the ground before race day the team followed a stringent preparation program consisting of course familiarisation, training, mobility and stretching routines in order to get race ready in time.  

“The Viedma 10 km was swum in a river which is tidal and has extremely strong currents so our swimmers were challenged to find the best lines.

“Having learned valuable lessons in Santos, Burnell, Allen and Sunter swam a tactically aware race, dealing with breakaways and tidal currents and expertly managing to get themselves into the lead group for the final sprint.

“Considering the international depth of the field, we are very happy with an 8th, 10th and 11th finish for Brunell, Allen and Sunter respectively.”

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